Friday, May 18, 2007

Submissions, work and itchiness.

Well I got three rejection letters in the mail this week and I'm pretty sure they are the last ones I will get in the mail for awhile thanks to the postage rate change that started on Monday.
I'm still out of ink and now I'm out of stamps so I've put in some e-mail submissions this week.
And I'm having a submission dilemma. On the publications that ask for a bio I'm not sure if I put it on my cover letter or after my story or on it's own page. Also, I worry about what my bio should say. I really don't have anything noteworthy to mention. Before I used to just fudge through these things but now I start to stress that maybe these little things could make all the difference.

Work has been insane this week so I'm definitely getting material for Behind the Naugahyde. Although, Jenni has been super busy and I haven't heard from her in a while so we haven't gotten much work done on it.

I did finally start my new novel while I was at work. I only got the first five paragraphs done because customers kept coming in and interrupting me.
My novel has a bunch of characters that don't know each other and I want to start the book by showing their different life styles before they all end up meeting. I'm struggling with how to do this with out confusing the reader. I thought it might be good to read a book that does this but I can't think of one.

I'm having a horrible allergic reaction to something and it has made my ears and neck turn red and itchy and my eyes won't stop watering. I hardly got any sleep because of it. So I'm tired and work put me in a really bad mood. Now I just want to go to sleep so this post is short and boring. But I didn't post yesterday and I'm trying to stay in the habit of posting often so I decided to write it anyway. I promise I'll try to post something more interesting tomorrow.


D.B. Echo said...

The only similar book I know is one whose name I forget. It's about five people who don't know each other, who independently decide to kil themselves by jumping from the top of a building on a certain night. They all wind up meeting each other on the top of the building, and...well, I don't know what happens next, maybe they share life stories or something.

Didn't Crash do something like that too, focusing on the characters' individual stories and only briefly showing their encounters with each other? - but again, I don't know, I never saw it!

Ashley said...

Crash did do something like that and very well too.
I can think of of few other movies that do the same thing but no books.

jenni said...

The series "Lost" kind of does that but it went in reverse, showing how the characters all met each other and then each week jumping back to show the lives of the characters before. The longer you watch the show, the more you realize that the characters all have some link to one another or had seen each other in another part of their lives (except that they never seem to figure it out while they're sitting there on the island). Perhaps "Lost" has books out now that you could read for examples? I bet Erin would know! ;)

D.B. Echo said...

Ah. The book I was thinking of is A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. It actually involves four people, not five.

Ashley said...

Jenni-While Lost does sound like it would be good to read if they have already made books, I think the last thing I need is to get drawn into another epic T.V. show that makes you wait seasons at a time before answering any questions.

D.B.- Thanks for the suggestion. I should have checked my e-mail before I went to the library.