Jessie’s Bullets: Cock It and Pull It.
Monday, January 5, 2014
- __3__ Gratitudes (January sunshine, flip flops in the sand, friends who come to stay)
- __2__ Units of Caffeinated (or otherwise non-water) Beverages (I love Pero! 5 points to anyone who knows what that is!)
- __2 hrs Spent Writing (revising doesn't ever feel as productive as drafting to me :/)
- _3__ Culinary Delights/Disasters Created With Own Hands (German pancakes, BBQ chicken & steak, feta salad, and Nutella crepes for dessert...yes, it felt like I was in the kitchen most of the day.)
Bummer alert: So I'm actually really sad that 2014 is over. It was so awesome in so many ways that I am having a hard time letting go. 2014 was kind of like a beautiful relationship in high school for me:
- Landed my first kiss (i.e. published my debut book)
- Partied like freshman rockstar at Homecoming (i.e. threw a launch party)
- Rounded to second base (i.e. published the sequel)
- Partied like a sophomore rockstar at Prom (i.e. threw another launch party)
- Had a whirlwind romance (i.e. travelled, attended writing conferences, book festivals/signings, etc.)
- Fell desperately in love (i.e. basked in the glow when my books became Amazon Bestsellers)
And then it all ended before I was ready, before I wanted to let go, before I knew it... (because he ran off with another girl...thanks a lot Josh Hunter!) Anywayz, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, books and stuff...
So excuse me while I reminisce about how great a year 2014 was not only for me, but others around me.
- My writing partner Erin Summerill wrote a fabulous YA Fantasy which landed the literary agent of her dreams, Josh Adams of Adams Literary, in 2014. She waited long and worked hard for her moment in the sun and I'm so happy for her. If there's one nugget of gold to be learned from watching her journey to becoming agented, it's that it never hurts to be nice to agents you meet in person. Erin attended writing conferences for years and made friends with dozens of agents, all of whom remembered her. In the end, agents were fighting for the chance to work with her
- My friend and Mentee from PitchWars, Mara Rutherford, also landed her dream agent, John Cusick of Greenhouse Literary, with her YA Russian Fairytale Retelling. The way this happened is actually miraculous. Through the online PitchWars contest opportunity, she garnered over ten requests and several offers from the participating agents. Although John Cusick wasn't participating in PitchWars this year, I wondered if he'd like to take a peek. (I know John because he is an agent at my literary agency). Here's the miracle part: John majored in Russian Literature in college! And he'd been looking for a Russian story like this for years! Just so freaking ridiculously awesome.
I know that 2015 will be amazing. It will be full of adventure, fresh ideas, new experiences, and all that crap. But right now, please allow me this break up period with my first love, 2014, who touched me in all the right ways in all the right places. I will always love you 2014.