Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Not a total loss

Nope. Summer was not a total loss.

I say that because my disdain for this season is well known. I'm not into heat. I'm not into humidity. I'm not into the kids hanging around the house whining about how bored they are while the pool filter labors happily away keeping the chlorinated water crystal clear while no one swims in it.

Nope. It's not my season.

So, the fact that I completed and submitted TWO novellas this summer is monumental in my book. I wasn't really going to work too hard between June and September. In fact, when the summer began, I didn't have many plans to write at all. I was just fooling around with some ideas, dabbling, but not interested in sweating to the finish line, and lo and behold, I did.

So I'm somewhat pleased with myself. Of course it remains to be seen whether those novellas will sell or not. That's in the hands of my editors, but I accomplished more than I set out to, so I'm pretty jazzed.

Now that September is looming, I'm starting to think about goals again. I picked up a partially finished story from my pile and have decided this is the NEXT BIG ONE. I hesitate to make any specific plans for it, because you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men...but considering I'm neither a man nor a mouse, maybe I have a decent shot.

Wish me luck.


Jen said...

A VERY productive summer. Good for you!

Good luck with your next project!

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Thanks! The next challenge is actually getting started on it...too much end of the summer other stuff to do first. Agh!

Nacie said...

Congrats on a productive summer! The fact that you got so much done when you weren't planning to really speaks to the power and unruly nature of creative thought. When inspiration strikes, you just have to roll with it! Here's to a great fall as well!

Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Thanks, Nacie!

Cathryn Cade said...

Loved your funny take on summer! It's the best time of the year here in the Pacific Northwest, but sometimes those hot afternoons ARE the best writing time. Turn on the air conditioning, fill up that glass of iced tea and get out the laptop. Fantasy, here I come.

ps. Also love the header you girls have on your blog.


Bernadette Gardner and Jennifer Colgan said...

Thanks for stopping by, Cathryn! I've always wanted to visit your area of the country. I think I'd love the weather there.

PS: Our gorgeous header is courtesy of the lovely and talented Jody Boulter, a fellow writer and web designer who does awesome work. Thanks!