First Blood

Writing on David’s sequel has begun slowly, but there is excellent progress being made. My soft deadline right now for the completion of the first draft is May 1st. We’ll see. I’m feeling confident.

…which is ironic, because I totally got my first rejection letter today. I had (sort of) successfully forgotten that I even sent it out, except I started trying to remember why Dec. 15th stuck in my mind and, ah, that’s when the 2 month response time would be up. Well, I got my familiar SASE in the mail yesterday. I stared at it for a moment and, in an exercise of self-control, put it down and started cooking dinner.

But let’s face it, it’s a freakin‘ response, and the piece of paper contained within that envelope lived in the drawer of a real agent’s office — I opened it.

I’ve been bracing myself for months in the event I receive a letter that reads anything beyond “Yes! Please!” Although it would be outside my usual character, I was really afraid I would take the rejection personally, but there wasn’t any of the heartbreak or anguish I thought might bloom from the experience. Actually, my level of disappointment was only about a .5 on a scale from 1 - 10. The letter was very polite, very encouraging. I really thought I’d be more bummed than I am.

I suspect that this may be because by getting a response at all, I’m at least a part of the game now.

So the letter is going up onto the cork board in my studio, I’m on to pursue the next agent in my magic agent binder, and it’s back to work on the next book. Things are rolling along.

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