Wow. Has it been three years since the start of this blog?? I don’t believe it. That time went by in a heartbeat and yet it feels like ages ago. So Nikki asked me to recap what I’ve been up to since I left MMW.
It feels like so much has happened. Since leaving, I have changed agents, sold my book, Pivot Point, and its sequel to HarperTeen, and am now patiently (sometimes) waiting for it to come out at the end of 2012. I should’ve waited to say this part of my life until the end because what am I supposed to say to top that, right? I truly feel so blessed and know how hard this step is to achieve. I never thought it would happen.
My advice (the thing that kept me going through rejections and struggles) is to just keep writing. If you’re querying something, start writing something else. If you’re on submission with something, write something else. Keep writing, keep trying, and keep living. Surround yourself with supportive people and be willing to listen to critiques and learn from others. Okay, I’m really not an advice giver, so that’s the best I have.
That’s the writer part of my life. As for the mommy part. My oldest daughter became a teenager this last year. For those of you who have survived teenage daughters, I look to you as proof that it can be done. And if you hear me walking around singing “I Will Survive” you know why. My youngest turned five in December and I overheard him tell the neighbor kid the other day: “You’re going down, B.” Only the B wasn’t a B. It was the actual word. Sigh. I guess that’s what happens when I let my five year old watch Avatar. Just like in the writing part of my life, I’m still learning in the parenting part as well. That’s what life’s about, trying to do better.
I love what I do. I love being a mom to four amazing children. And I love writing. Thanks for allowing me a spot on your blog again for a day. Congratulations on the three year mark!