Posted by: Dennie | February 17, 2014

The Days of My Life Are Flying By

…and it while it seems like months since I’ve been here, it’s actually only been a few weeks. A few weeks too many.

The “baby” has been in the incubator all this time,  with me carefully and patiently  tending it, helping it grow.

Oh, hell, I sound like an idiot, referring to a piece of writing as a baby. They are words on a screen that required tons of effort and patience. They’re a part of my story.  But truthfully, I feel like it’s consumed almost as much of my time as my kids did when they were infants.

I don’t think I can do much more to get it ready for submission.  Somebody, I think it was Anne Lamott, said revise and edit until you can’t do anymore, and that’s what I’ve done. I’ve had some (good) feedback and it’s getting close to the time to hold my breath and jump in. What’s the worse that can happen?

Rejection. “Thanks, but no thanks”.  But I’m bracing for that response. I’m a newbie, newbies have to attend the School of Hard Knocks. So throw it at me, people. I can take it.

Writing is tough. It’s harder than I thought it was going to be.And it’s so damn time-consuming. But the time flies when I’m writing. And when I hit on something really good, a sentence or a paragraph that just….sings, I get this fluttery feeling in my stomach–like the way I feel minutes before a race, nervous but excited. Up for the challenge.

And that, boys and girls, is the reason that I’m pursuing this like I’ve never pursued anything before in my life.  Yes, it would be awesome if I were to be published, but the feeling, the out-of -body experience is better than any drunk or high I’ve ever had.

I’ve sent a few magazine queries also. And I will continue to send more.  I’m not quitting. Somebody’s going to say “Yes.” I just have to keep asking.


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