Unblog-like blog entry

I seriously don’t know what to write about.

I’ve been in a bit of a slump writing-wise, and not just because of the holidays, though they do contribute. I’ve basically taken the month of December off, which is okay, because I really didn’t have anything pressing to write at this exact moment anyway. I should enjoy it while I can.

But, something happened, writing-wise, and I am not quite happy about it. Okay, not at ALL happy about it. But, I am not going to reiterate it here. May I just state, clearly and loudly for all you folks who think that once you sell a book life just settles down into Writer Wonderland….do NOT count your chickens before they hatch.

Now, I in no way mean to be discouraging, which is why I am not explaining further. I will not bad-mouth Those Who Should Be Bad-Mouthed in public (that is what my wonderful agent is for…to listen to me bitch). I will understand that business decisions are business decisions (kinda like rejections) NOT personal attacks…even when they kinda sorta feel like personal attacks.

And, truthfully, while I am disappointed, and admittedly discouraged at this point, I completely believe this is a step back, not the end of the race by any stretch of the imagination. I just have to have more pat…pat….patie…[okay, just say the F-ing word, Shannon]…pati..e..n…c…e.

P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E. There. I can’t say it, but I spelled it. That counts for something, doesn’t it?

I have two choices. I can let the set-back cripple me as a writer (sitting in my corner pouting about how I’m unloved and mistreated), or I can treat it as an opportunity to expand…come up with new and better ideas. Kick butt with my brilliance.

So, that’s what I decided to do. We’re still going out with my YA in January (prayers and finger crossings are all very much appreciated!) and, in the meantime, I am going to come up with Idea Extraordinaire. I’m thinking paranormal romance. Witches. Demons? Warlocks? Hmmm….the ideas intrigue.

Maybe set-backs can be a good thing?

Shannon