So... I know it's been ages since I've posted, though I confess I rarely go a day without checking my lj friends page. I'm sorry if I never comment, but I am still keeping up with you all.
For me, 2009 was a year of monumental changes...
*I graduated college (though exciting, leaving those friends was the hardest thing I've ever had to do).
*I finished my first original novel (YAYAYAYAYAYAY!)
*With the finishing of said novel, I decided that as much as I love theatre (which is alot), writing is now the end all and be all for me. There's no other road, I'm afraid. It's publication or bust!
*I started submitting my novel to literary agents. This was both incredibly empowering and vastly devastating. In the beginning, every good reaction was like winning a marathon and every rejection was like losing a limb. I like to think I've now moved to that point where I can really think of writing as a business. For those looking for an update, my MS is currently out with 6 agents (2 fulls and 4 partials). One of those fulls and one of those partials were upgrades where the agent read the first few chapters and requested more, which is always exciting. In all, I've garnered 10 partial requests, 5 full requests, 33 rejections based on my query letter, 6 rejections based on a partial, and 3 rejections based on a full. It's a long, long, LONG, slow, slow, SLOW process... but I'm doing it. And that's what matters, right?
*I moved over 1600 miles from my small Texas hometown to Phildelphia, PA. Like I said.... MONUMENTAL CHANGES.
*I got an apprenticeship working in a theatre-- it's about 70 hours a week of the some of the most exciting, terrible, rewarding, dirty, stressful, and amazing things I've ever done. I spend every waking moment wishing for the end (so I can have some free time) and yet marveling at how much I've learned and how much I love it.
All in all, this was the year of taking leaps-- some felt more like falling than flying-- though miraculously, I seem to have landed on my feet. So, here's to hoping 2010 is the year when I hit my stride, and all the risks and hard work pay off-- cheers!
Happy New Year!
The Obligitory End of the Year Post.