Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Hallelujah! Some Proper Feedback!

So this week has been filled with rejections. But the bad news was tempered with some good...the agent who had my full actually put some feedback in her response. FINALLY!

She said that she loved the story and that the period and setting really stood out from other run-of-the-mill historical romances. The reason she did not bite was the POV shifts. She was not a fan plus she felt that it might be a hard sell to publishers.

OK, I can handle that. At least I know that I'm creative and can write an enjoyable story. Now the question is should I revise the story to all third person? It would take a lot of work and I may have exhausted my querying for this particular story. The agent did not invite me to re-submit so that makes me wonder if there were other problems. Am I barking up the wrong tree? Should I just put REBEL HEART to bed and work on my other novels? My other works are all third person so I might not have the same issue. Additionally, I'm getting some good initial feedback on REBELLION. I have an inkling (a very small one) that I may have hit upon something very good with that one. I've just got to focus on writing it! Which seems to be so very, very hard for me right now.

What do you think I should do, dear readers? Should I close the book (ha, ha) on this manuscript and move on or should I revise, rinse, and repeat?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

On Absinthe and Crazy Artists

Did you know that Van Gogh was downing Absinthe the night he cut off his ear? I gleaned this little tidbit from the bartender who prepared a glass of thr stuff for me father. Yes, I drink with my father. Which is quite amusing, especially to the waitress who was assigned to us last night.

We got together for a late night snack and beer...that turned into an Absinthe test drive. The whole preparation is fascinating, actually. You put a strainer over the glass and place a sugar cube on top. The Absinthe is poured over the sugar cube and set on fire (awe-some) before adding ice water because you don't want to ingest the full throttle version of this stuff. In fact, as I related this story to my mother she said, "You probably just aged your liver by five years." Oops.

A little history on this stuff--the original version contained wormwood, which is a hallucinogen. That is illegal in the States, of course. But not in Germany or Amsterdam as the bartender informed us. Even so, at 120 proof, the American version still packs a kick. I was totally seeing how Van Gogh could cut off his ear because after two sips, I couldn't feel my face. Needless to say, the two ounces I ingested was a pretty nifty nightcap. I slept pretty hard this morning and when the alarm went off...I was not a happy camper!
In any case, I think this brush with the alcohol of choice for so many of the great writers and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries (Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, etc) has churned my creative juices into a fervor. I've been editing Rebellion and hoping the mojo doesn't run out before I reach my stopping place at page 54. It has a very good premise and I'm hoping to see this one through in less than ten years this time around. Should I be ambitious and shoot for a year? How about you? Do you set deadlines for yourself? Do you find that they stifle your creativity?