emmagrant01: (woman)
1. My mom and I often joke that we are mentally connected. Over the years, we've had many, many incidents that made us think that, and today there were two more. I went to lunch with DH, and on the way I said, "Wouldn't it be great if my mom came for a visit this fall?" It had just hit me, out of the blue, that she hasn't been out here in two years. Within 15 minutes, my mom texted me and said, "I'm thinking of coming to visit you this fall" and asked what weekends would work for us. Later that afternoon, I picked up my phone and thought, "I should call mom, but I'm not sure if she's off work yet." Ten seconds later, my phone rang -- it was her. This happens to us A LOT. I haven't lived in the same state as her since I was 18, so it's cool to think of us as connected... even if I don't believe in anything supernatural.

2. I took a carload of stuff to a kids' resale shop, and they took very little of it. That was a bummer, but I decided to come home and offer up two of the larger items on our neighborhood social networking site (we use Nextdoor.com, and it's a huge improvement over the old yahoo group). Within half an hour our doorbell rang: it was a family who wanted to buy one of the items and just decided to stop by. So that was cool!

3. I think I've finally decided that the professional writing thing isn't for me. A year ago, I decided to give it a serious try, and I set aside time and everything, but... I haven't really accomplished much.
Get your tiny violins ready... )
emmagrant01: (woman)

One of the bedtime things I do with BG is that once the lights are out, we get under the covers and I tell a story. He picks the theme or topic and often the main character, and I tell a story based on that. It's kind of like writing original fic on the spot, given a prompt. Sometimes the stories are mediocre (I can't figure out how to wrap up the plot and just give it a crappy ending), but sometimes they're rally good. The good ones we end up telling over and over and embellishing, improving, and so on.

So it has occurred to me on many occasions that those are the stories I should consider actually writing and trying to get published. I have no idea about children's lit, but it's always there in the back of my mind.

Anyway, BG really liked last night's story about a little squirrel named Sammy who started sneezing and couldn't stop. He loved it so much that he just presented me with fan art for it:

My kid's art: let me show you it. )


I love it! Getting fan art for something I've written is so amazing always, but this was extra special. :-)

emmagrant01: (woman)
I've said for years that I didn't think I wanted to try to publish any original fiction, but I've changed my mind about that in the last year. For a long time it didn't seem that the kinds of things I'd want to write would get published, but that's clearly no longer the case. I know so many people in fandom who've published m/m romance and erotica, and so I've been thinking about whether or not I want to do this too.

And yes, after stewing on it a year, I think I do. I have an idea for a book and have been thinking about it obsessively, and in another month I will have time to sit down and start working seriously on it. It's an idea I'm really excited about, as excited as I usually am for fanfic, and I feel like I need to go with my energy on this.

So I'm looking for some advice on how to proceed. I know many of you have experience with this, and I would appreciate any tips you could give me. I'm not sure what to do first. Do I write the book and then shop it around, or do I write a synopsis first and use that to look for an agent/publisher/whatever? I am a complete n00b in this area.

Any resources you could recommend or advice you might have would be greatly appreciated!

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