Here an Update, there an Update and another little Update

Happy Friday, peeps! As the title promises, here are some updates:

Seraphine is up to 10,036 words, and I’m ready to be finished with it but I’m not yet. ๐Ÿ˜› How quickly the romance dies! I still like the story and I think it could be good, one day, after lots of editing, but I’m really feeling the lack of outline and wondering if it’s turning out anything like the original idea. But I am glad I’m doing it, and I do think the story has merit, and I’m gonna finish it!! I’m hoping I can wrap it up in another 5k and be done by the end of the month. We’ll see. Incidentally, what does one call a story that’s 15,000 words long? Certainly not a short story and nowhere near novel (or even novella length). Hmmm. This is why I’ve been calling it a not-so-short story; guess that will have to do!

The partial of Whale and the Tree was rejected yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Sad, but the agent was very nice and the letter left me feeling ever-so-slightly encouraged. Maybe because I’m irrepressibly hopeful, but you’ll have that. Still waiting to hear back from the full. Trying not to hope too much on that one, but… I definitely am. ๐Ÿ˜› I’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for all your comments regarding the Roen/Wren post from Wednesday. I’ve decided I’m definitely keeping Wren’s name, so hooray!

Rose Queen edits didn’t get very far this week. I think I worked through part of a chapter on Tuesday, making a few very minor word-choice changes. So pretty epic fail on progress there.

And the elusive ending for this year’s NaNo? Still elusive, though I feel like I’m *this* close to figuring it out. Here’s hoping!!

Ju-ly, Ju-ly, Ju-ly-y-y-y, It never seemed so strange…

Well, we’re smack dab in the middle of summer, now. Temps have been rising horribly into the hundred-teens, and I’m getting cranky. Especially when I realize that 1) There’s three and a half to four more months of this, and 2) Billions of people across the planet live surrounded by trees and green growing things and can be outside during the summer without the flesh peeling off their bones and their inner organs gasping and dying like a bunch of shriveled-up raisins.

Not that I’m complaining or anything.

Okay, not much.

But really. It’s HOT here. I mean, seriously! I tried to take a cold shower the other day, and there wasn’t any cold water. If that’s not bad, I don’t know what is.

And now for an update on all things novel related:

  • As of last night, I have twelve rejections, eight outstanding queries, and one request for a full (which is a MAJOR yayyy! but doesn’t necessarily mean anything).
  • Editing on The Fire in the Glass is going absolutely terrible. I’m very disheartened.
  • Re-reading The Rose Queen and thinking it might be possible to fix after all…

And that’s it.

Guess I’ll blame the heat for my increased levels of inactivity.

Dang heat.