Hmm, seems it's been awhile since I've blogged. I have no excuse other than a case of mild burnout with nothing to say paired with a dose of busy life syndrome. But I always miss blogging (and you) when I've been away too long.
So here's some of what I've been up to.
1) Yes, yes, I'm still riding the Query Sidewinder. I've posted this video before (when I had no followers and was querying another project), but it's still so apt at expressing the emotional ups and downs of the agent search:
Poor kid. I know just how you feel:
Yay, a request for a full manuscript!! This is so much fun! Let's do it again!
Damn, another f*%#!$@ rejection! I think I'm going to be sick.
Sigh. But even a roller coaster is forward motion, right? Albeit somewhat circular and on a closed track...and never mind.
2) In more exciting news, we've welcomed a new addition to the family since I've been away. Say hello to Rupert!
Rupert is a right-side drive classic Mini, born in Birmingham, England, 1981. He's named after the actor who played Ron Weasley, of course, because of that beautiful orange hair of his. :)
I've mentioned this before in a previous A to Z post, but my family suffers from a sort of Mini Mania. Can't help it. The cars are just so damn adorable.
But because Rupert is thirty-four years old, he's a little temperamental. He didn't quite pass his emissions test, so he's having his carburetor looked at. Apparently we're not the only ones in the area who like British cars, though. Luckily there's a specialty shop nearby that knows how to work on these little guys, so he's in good hands. And he'll be getting lots of TLC in the future as he slowly gets restored to like-new condition. He runs pretty good, but he's a bit of a project car.
My first car as a teenager was an orange Volkswagon Bug, and this little Mini feels very similar on the road -- which may be interpreted as being jarring as heck and perfumed with the odor of gasoline.
3) The other thing I wanted to mention was Outlander. I haven't talked about that book on this blog before have I? Ha! Oh, I was so nervous to watch this. It's my favorite novel, and to see it portrayed on screen…with actors who don't look like the characters in my head…to hear the lines delivered different than how they play in my head…
|Men in kilts, ya ken?|
But it's pretty good! Has anyone else watched the first eight episodes? I'm behind as usual, so I just got caught up with the series last week. The slow pace is driving me a little nuts, but the costumes and sets are SO stunning. It's captivating to watch, really. And so far it's a fair adaptation of the first book. They've done a decent job of integrating a lot of complicated plot points that go back and forth in time without creating confusion. And that theme song! So beautiful. Give it a listen:
So that's about it for me. I've been revising the second novel in my trilogy to get it and the first one as consistent as possible. And I've slowly been piecing together another Super Secret novel that I'm determined to finish by the end of the year!!!
How about you! How've you been? Any motion sickness lately? Got a favorite new show?