Monday, March 26, 2018

Tom Petty had it right...The waiting...UGH!

I did name this blog The Waiting is the Hardest Part for a reason...

I truly need to remember why I created this blog. For me to vent discuss my feelings and insecurities about my writing and the steps I take toward publishing.

It's a perfect place to just info-dump all this angst and anxiety that I've been harboring since I started sending out the queries in the beginning of February.

To date...12 sent; 9 rejections; 3 haven't responded.

I have a short list of other places to send to, but I'm holding off for a bit. No, I don't know why. Probably cause I'm disappointed that no one likes my mashed potatoes. :)

This is when anxiety can get the better of me. If I even get a small nibble, I might assume that that's all I'll ever get, and jump at the slightest chance, instead of waiting for the right one to come along.

It's not easy. None of this is easy. Waiting. Pining. Wishing. Dreaming. Begging. Sniffling. Hoping.

Why we put ourselves through this? I have no idea.

So, I try to work on other things. I've started to write down a few story ideas. I like them, but I'm not real passionate about them yet.

I really need to fall in love with my guy character. Is that shallow? I need to love him and want to see him suffer all at the same time. :)

Meanwhile, I'll keep moving forward. That's what we do.

What are you up to? Are you doing what you need to be doing?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

#IWSG - March is flaky & Release Day for Corners by Corrina Austin!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

March 7 optional question - How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?
Alex's awesome co-hosts for the March 7 posting of the IWSG are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

  Be sure to visit the
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!

Most of NY is still recovering from a crappy snowstorm from last week and now we are experiencing yet another HUGE storm today. It's been whispered that an additional storm will be visiting us on Sunday or earlier. These are the days that I ask myself, why do I still live here?

As you can imagine...Stormy the Weather Gnome has been watching and reporting on the Facebook!


Happy IWSG March Posting Day!!!

I believe I mentioned in my last post that I was looking for a home for my latest story. Sadly, no one has accepted it yet. I have 9 rejections out of 11.

I won't lie. That's tough to swallow. It messes with you head. But, I just need to keep moving forward and keep sending out my story until the right person wants it.

Cross your fingers!

How are things going for you guys?


By Corrina Austin

Everyone needs their own special corner...

It’s 1969 and ten-year-old Davy is in a predicament. With two weeks remaining of the summer holidays, he’s expelled from the public pool for sneaking into the deep end and almost drowning. How will he break the news to his hard-working single mother? She’s at the diner all day, Davy has no friends, and he’s too young to stay by himself.

The answer lies in his rescuer, mysterious thirteen-year-old Ellis Wynn. Visiting her Grammy for the summer, Ellis offers to babysit Davy. She teaches him about “corners”–forgotten or neglected areas fixed up special. Together, the kids tackle several “corners” and Davy learns what it means to bring joy to others.

Davy begins to wonder, though. Why does Ellis want to be his friend? Why doesn’t she ever smile? And is Davy just one of Ellis’ “corners?”

Release date - March 6, 2018
$10.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 136 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Juvenile Fiction - Boys & Men / Fiction - Coming of Age
Print ISBN 9781939844392 eBook ISBN 9781939844408
$3.99 EBook available in all formats

“Austin’s message of true friendship and selflessness will resonate...strong addition to the realistic fiction genre.” - Library Journal

“This book was so engaging! Five out five stars.” - TDC Book Reviews

“This is a story about love and loss, wrapped in a blanket of friendship... reminds me of the storytelling method used in The Princess Bride.” - Gina @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
“I hope you enjoy making a corner once you've read this sweet emotional read.” - Nayu’s Reading Corner

Corrina Austin grew up in the 1960’s. She became a mother of four and an elementary school teacher, but always found time between work and family for writing. From childhood to the present, if she wasn’t reading a book, she was writing one. While honing her craft as a writer, Corrina strives to infuse the ordinary with beauty, whimsy, and connection. She lives in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.

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