Can you believe September is almost over?
I mean, hold on up there, time. You’re being a real pushy biotch.
Now that I've gotten the scolding out of the way, I must say, September has been quite kind to me.
I took last week off from blogging because I was mentally tapped out and something had to give. Unfortunately, that was this blog. BUT. I’m back, and happier than ever.
September was full of fun and exciting edits on my book. My “team” (agent and her fab assistant) and I have been working tirelessly on putting together the best package we can to send out to publishers.
It still seems so surreal, weird, exciting, nauseating that this is happening. Some days I have to shake myself. We are pretty close to getting my manuscript polished. The next step is sending out to publishers. I am beyond thrilled, but I’ll admit, a little nervous. Because you see, there is still that chance that no publishing house will want it. And if that were to happen, I would be pretty heartbroken. Since signing with Folio Literary and working with Erin, I’ve felt like I’ve been on a rollercoaster that’s only gone up.
The annoying little glass-half-empty dipshit that lives in a section of my brain fears that rollercoaster has to plummet down at some point.
It’s hard not to be nervous, but I continue to hold fast to a small piece of advice I heard at last year’s DFW Writers Conference: remember the victories.
Because so far, this year has granted me SO many victories. I’ll focus on those and continue to work my butt off.
Hopefully, sometime in the near future, I’ll have news that my book WILL be published.
And if not, there’s always wine. And cake. And more wine.
That’s where I’m at as of now in my writing career. Now let’s continue on with some more greatness I discovered this month!
Best book: The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier
Guys. This book was so, so good. I don’t shiv-a-git about the 3.6/5 rating it has on Amazon, those 1-star raters don’t know what they’re talking about! Sorry, I’m calmer now. Anywho, this book tells the story of Ella and Isabelle, two women born four hundred years apart, but powerfully connected by family, legacy, and love. Ella, living in present-day France, feels disjointed and unaccepted in the small village her and her husband recently moved to. Loneliness and a strange recurring dream featuring the color blue leads her on a quest to uncover her French ancestry. The story alternates between Ella and Isabelle, and although their lives are centuries apart, a common thread weaves between them. The book is intriguing and fast-paced, leaving you turning the pages as fast as you can.
Best TV show I watched this month: Victoria
(ITV (UK) PBS-I watched on Amazon Prime)
Okay. Let’s keep in mind I said, “this month.” Because yes, Victoria premiered in January of this year (in the US), but I don’t have a DVR, so I was waiting for it to come to Prime. I also just realized you can watch the entire first season on PBS’s website. Brilliant, Kelly.
Back to the show! The first series of Victoria tells the story of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne, her marriage to Prince Albert and the birth of their first child. And of course, weaved throughout is a whole heap of scandal and intrigue. It’s beautifully shot, the acting is spot on, and if you’re a lover of history, this show is for you!
Best article: "Student finds loophole to pass first test of the semester, to teacher's delight"
It’s this kid’s world, we’re all just living in it. Bravo, smarty pants! Read it here.
Best recipe: Red Beans and Rice
via Cooking Light
This recipe is easy to make and oh so yummy. It’s delicious for dinner and as reheated leftovers! Check it out!
Best song: Good Old Days by Macklemore ft. Kesha
I have jumped on the Kesha train. Her new album is beauutifulll and her voice is pretty near stunning. And mixed with Macklemore’s, who I have very much missed, this song is perfecto. A touch of nostalgia mixed with a catchy melody-what more could you want? Plus, they are both dreamy looking. So, there.
What greatness happened to you or did you discover this month! Share away!
Happy Monday, readers!
Until next time,