Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Where Have I Been?

The Blog-O-Sphere seems to be growing increasingly quiet. My favorite editors and agents have all been less active than usual because there is a great disturbance in the publishing force – namely an onslaught of new queriers during a time when houses are taking even fewer titles. The general consensus is that many of the newly unemployed are taking the opportunity to write the books they’ve always wanted to write... good luck to them. They picked a rough time to be an author, but then, any time is a rough time for this profession.

Some of my favorite blogging writers have ceased blogging – the latest announcement was posted by Stephen Parrish, who I love and will miss. But I get it. Sometimes you need a step back; sometimes your energy needs to be spent elsewhere. Hopefully, he’ll come blazing back with announcements of a book deal. In the last year, I’ve lost many of my close knit blogging circle – Josie is on hiatus and may or may not step back into blogging. Precie’s lovely presence is gone, and many others have cut down or are absolutely silent.

Hats off to you guys. I hope you’re using the time to make amazing strides in your professional and personal life... or just to enjoy yourself a little more. Thanks for the time you spent around these parts. I’ve learned a lot from you, and enjoyed it immensely.

I, myself, have been less active in blogging and commenting. I’ve been diverted by a few things, besides writing, lately. First, I am on the great employment search... which is almost as hard as finding an agent. I could do a full post about that, and maybe I will soon.

I’m also working on some artwork... my friend, Dina asked me to do the cover for her soon to be released poetry book!!! We’ve gone over various ideas and photos and I’m currently working out a detailed portrait. It’s fun, I have to say, to have my hands full of charcoal again. Different from writing, it’s just a completely separate sensation from any other creative work. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I picked up the pencil.

On the writing front, I’m getting very little done right this second. I know, double damn. Though, I’ve been thinking through the motion of the story while I’m drawing, which usually for me translates to a very productive period once I sit back down at the keyboard to get to work.

I did, however, stumble on a blog I didn’t know about. Miss Snark’s First Victim is a blog run by the lucky writer who was the first author ripped apart by Miss Snark. She set it up a year ago, and hosts writing critiques and blind agent contests... meaning an agent is judging the entries and critiquing them, but you don’t know who the agent is until after the contest... I think the last winner’s prize was a request for a full from that agent – which is pretty flippin’ cool.

Anyway, she’s hosting another game right now, though the entries are closed. (This one is just an open critique - no prizes other than feedback and no agents playing) She asked for chapter endings – any chapter in a current or past wip, the last 250 words... the objective is to see if it makes you want to start the next chapter or not... should be fun... if you’d like to read and critique along, she’ll be posting the entries with her critique tomorrow... mine’s #27.

How about you guys... what’s been keeping you busy lately? Are you missing any friends from the blog-o-sphere?

7 comments:

Realmcovet said...

Hello there Merry!

Yes, I too will miss Stephen. But the man's got talent oozing from his fingertips, so I have no doubt that he will be back to let us touch the hem of his garment with the hopes that we too may have a taste of his "riches" soon enough. :D

Checked out your pal Dina's blog. She's totally up my alley, going to add her to my blogroll. I didn't know you were into drawing. That's way cool that you're getting to do art for her cover. How exciting!

And I'll be checking regularly on the "Miss Snark's First Victom Blog", as I want to see some of your work first hand.

Hope all is well with you and yours. It's always good to hear from you.

Stephen Parrish said...

the latest announcement was posted by Stephen Parrish

I'm sure gonna miss him. Why is it that all the really good looking guys leave the party early?

I love you too.

Travis Erwin said...

Damn, Stephen gets all the girls.

Merry Monteleone said...

Hi Realm,

Thanks for adding Dina to your blogroll, you'll love her. We went to high school together and kind of lost touch over the years and then found each other again in the last year or so... I'm so flippin' impressed with how she's doing. Just love her photography, too.

If you're thaaat interested, EA critiqued my opening pages from my middle grade:

http://pitchclinic.blogspot.com/2009/02/first-pages-mg-raskins-wings.html

I put up a revision in the comments section, too.

Hi Stephen,

I'm sure gonna miss him. Why is it that all the really good looking guys leave the party early?

My theory is that they're all secretly dying of love for me and just have to walk away rather than deal with the heartache of never being able to have me :-)

Don't be a stranger, Stephen. I expect great things from you.

Hey Travis,

What are you talking about, Mr.-I-had-two-wives-for-my-halloween-costume? That's what we used to call "Cryin' with a ham under each arm" (depression era, it was more about food, than money, it was)

Realmcovet said...

Merry, thanks for the link. I just read it, and was so glad to see that it was Raskin's Wings. I heard talk of you writing about a fairy that had lost it's wings, and the fact that it wasn't a girly fairy made my heart all giggly with glee.

VERY cool. I like your bit.

Lillie Ammann said...

Merry,
Interesting you should be talking about blogging friends. I just posted about blogging friends earlier in the week (and mentioned you).

Merry Monteleone said...

Hi Realm,

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it... I've decided to revise and get it back out there... I like the story too much to make it an 'under the bed book'...

Hi Lillie,

Thank you so much!!! That really made me smile today. Thank you for thinking of me :-)