On this Sunday's Pop-Ups, we have literary fiction from Angel, a romantic thriller from Victoria and Rebecca, adult mainstream/literary from Robert, women's fiction from Bob, horror from Nesta, young adult from Chris... and cosmic irony (yay!) from our very own Kirsten. So do join me!
Received another email from a producer friend in Hollywood. She's asked to see re-write, determined to help me... (she already like the last version and had suggested similar changes to @AgentPete's) so fingers crossed... she's proposing to talk to contacts at Penguin, & Orion films about it (not the constellation). Now all I need is an agent! Having said that... NOTHING may come of it, but one can but dream.
Another reason for backing off writing for a while has been a series of odd symptoms with my right eye. So yes I'm getting Glaucoma, and yes I have Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Not painful, and nothing to be done about it. But I have been freaking out for a couple of months and I have a terrible incapacitating fear of 'opthalmos' (as they call them here in France). I suppose it could have been a worse diagnosis :(
Long work days are killing my writing, but querying is actually going somewhere with my YA novel. Have one full request out and another from a small publishing imprint. Sooo...fingers crossed and stuff!
My entry for the Flash Club is the first thing I've written for ages. I have been feeling crushed by life, desperate about our lack of financial security and the latest near misses with agents, (of the "Sorry, it's very good, but just not for us at the moment" variety). But thanks to Litopia, I might just claw my way back out of the pit.
I have updated my profile as people are under the impression that only blokes paraglide. It's a myth. I also canoe and dive and ride a motorbike... The canoe image was from two days ago near Baltimore, amidst of bevy of Grey Seals. Magic.
Today I was befriended by an Afghani refugee in Paris (we have the lady, Danika, who I wrote my short story about, in common). He said I was "glorious". When I said, "no, you're very sweet, but I'm not glorious", he answered "You are really and perfectly glorious, because you are mother." My first reaction was to think he must miss his mum so much, and secondly... I wish my kids would see me that way!
So, I experimentally queried a US agent and got the most impressively fast rejection of my writing career to date. It didn't beat the current Litopia record of 37 minutes, but it was within five hours. And it was on a Sunday.
I'm actually quite concerned about this agent's work/life balance...