Some things have been easy to change. Before I go to bed I lay out my clothes for the morning and make a lunch. That way I roll out of bed, eat some breakfast and I am good to go. But for some reason I have missed taking my meds a few days in the past few weeks. I will go back to having them in a pill minder. Since there was just the one pill in the evening I thought I didn't need to be minded.
But here is the thing: I ALWAYS need to be minded. Need a minder.
Starting a new routine of going to a coffee shop with elder boy for a few hours on Sunday so that we can work on things for extended period of time. He can do school projects or take classes on Khan academy. And I can write.
Finished the final revisions of my first not-too-trashy novel after getting the grammar notes from Spouse. Just need to do final touch-ups on the prologue before it is Ready To Go.
Originally I was going to submit directly to a market that doesn't require fiction to be agented. But now I have decided that it would be a better plan to go the agent route if I can. This fills me with guilt over the fact that I abandoned my work of literary fiction (that has an agent already!) in order to pursue this genre for a time.
I promise that I will not abandon my work forever.
I think that the time away, the years added to my life, and the distance from actual events will make it easier to return to that book (depressing literary fiction). And hey, if I have a few things going on at once... I can always write some romance when I need a break from the bleak!
So it isn't like I am cheating on the literary world. And it isn't like my romance novel is un-literary. Hopefully it will be deemed to be smartly written.
So my job now:
rework the prologue
write a query letter
check in with my agent (as an act of contrition more than anything else)
submit to agents who rep romance novels. because mine does not.
wait for the fricken' fracken' prize patrol
I feel much more confident that my work of genre fiction will be published than my earlier literary work. Not because it is better. But because the "literary fiction" market seems much more flooded. And the writers who are submitting "literary fiction" tend to be smarter writers with a nice turn of phrase. There is so much bad genre fiction out there, that I am hoping mine (which is not bad) will get some attention.
Gonna go write now.
Wish me luck.
Quaker, teacher, parent,