2009. Did anyone see where it went? Seems like one minute we were ushering it in and the next it was gone. Over the last month I’ve been on a mission to clear out the stacks and stacks of magazines in my office. We’re talking years of Romantic Times and the RWR from RWA, on top of all the horse-related ones.
It’s amazing all the good stuff contained in those magazines! No wonder I put them aside to read one day, it just took a while for that day to arrive. But it did, and just in time for 2010.
I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, but I am a fan of reflection at this time of year, and of assessing where I am with my writing. In 2009 my 30th story with Ellora’s Cave was published and the first two books in my post-Apocalyptic urban fantasy romance series with Berkley hit the shelves. But looking back on it, it seems like I spent too much time on an emotional roller-coaster and not enough of it enjoying the ride.
There’s a Zennish saying to the effect that when the student is ready, the teacher will show up. Among the stacks of magazines, I encountered Why Publishing is Making You Crazy—and What You Can Do About It: The Tao of Publishing by Steven Axelrod and Julie Anne Long. It was in the December 2008 RWR.
I won’t attempt to summarize the article, I could never do justice to it. But I hope you’ll check it out. Give yourself the gift of sanity It’s a great way to start 2010!