I know. I've been slacking. December is a crazy time, even if you're not a stuff-aholic. Between church and kids and, oh yeah, writing, it seems the whole world is crashing down around me. So what's new. Let's see, I'm about two-thirds through Anne Rice's "Out of Egypt." Okay, I'm glad Anne has this new direction and she's a wonderful writer, but the story just ain't happening. I'm still waiting for something to happen. My wife has been listening to it on CD and feels the same way. That's the problem with taking a major historical figure and trying to write about a time in His life that isn't mentioned anywhere. You can't just make something exciting happen, say, like a giant meteor smashing into Nazareth. Everybody knows that didn't happen. So you're stuck with Jesus' childhood the way it probably did happen—boring. He was a normal Jewish kid, as far as anyone knows. Anne throws in a minor miracle or two and some visions, but it's just not enough. Oh, well, hopefully it will improve by the ending.
My writing buddy, Robin, has some good news from an editor, but she needs to do a major re-write. She calls it major; I told her if it doesn't involve a plot change, it's not major. Colleen Coble bugged her to get it done by January 3rd. Me and Colleen, we're on the same page. Robin has this issue, though—it's called Christmas. I told her, if it were me, I'd CANCEL Christmas and get that sucker written. She didn't agree. Neither did my wife.
My other writing partners, Ronie and Dineen, have upgraded from form letter rejections to personalized ones. No X's and O's at the bottom, though. All three of these ladies are in that very frustrating place between being darn good and getting published. They can easily be pushed over the edge—either way. Me, I'm plugging along. I don't have many submissions out there yet. 2006 will be my year of flooding the e-mail lines with proposals. Then, of course, there's Gina. She's doing so well I'm ready to stop talking to her, unless she'll grant me an interview for my blog.
That's pretty much my little writing world in a nutshell. I'm excited to get my next project started in January. I'll keep y'all up to date on that one as I go. I'm going to try to be more organized on this one and kick it up a notch—BAM!!!