Wednesday, July 21, 2010

updates, so to speak

Ok, so no updates to speak of. Things are at a standstill right now while I await my turn for How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket to be published. This is so exciting to me, and a monumental test of my patience and self-control. I must be growing up if I can stand to wait for a couple of MONTHS before my book gets published. I am proud of myself.

I think that I will have to change Hooking Up again. I was very happy about the direction the book is going, but I am afraid that I may have gone too far. I think that some of the parts of the book are too authobiographical, and I think that if certain people were to read it, I'd ruin my relationship with them forever. No matter how I feel, I'm not willing to risk that. So, I guess that this experience has actually forced me to see some truths. You can be hurt by and angry with a member of your family, but they will always be family, and some relationships, no matter how strained and dysfunctional, are worth salvaging.

I think that I'll spend some more time this weekend refining my work on that book to change things up. I won't lose the raw emotion of my MC, but I'll redirect its source. I still have lots of research to do on certain aspects of our legal system, so I'll work on that as well. It was wonderful last Saturday to get up before everyone else in my house, throw on a pot of coffee, and sit at the kitchen table with my netbook, just sipping, thinking, and writing. I could really get used to this writing thing.

That's all for tonight. I told myself that I'd go to bed early, but obviously that didn't happen. Oh, well. Live life while you can. Stay up late, get up early, have fun, and enjoy what you're doing. You just never know.

10 comments:

Catherine Chisnall said...

Hi Jessica

Oh how exciting about your book. I lose track of who is being published when and where. Its so exciting to hold a copy of your book in your hands, like a baby :-)

Jessica L. Degarmo said...

I can't wait!!! congrats on yours, too.

Jessica Wagner said...

Hey Jess,

This is Jaz from authonomy... just wanted to say that I'm very excited about the publishing of your book! Also, I was wondering... is this other book you're working on 'Hooking Up' the same book written by 'Jasmine Fields'?

Melanie said...

hey new author, you won an award!
Come by my blog to pick it up. http://readitin7days.com

Nice to see your comments are working again.^^

Jessica L. Degarmo said...

Hi Jess (Jaz!),

Yep, that's me! I wanted to get more exposure for my second book and it was largely being ignored under my original auth account. A friend on the site suggested that I set up a second account, so I did. Now I'm getting a lot more feedback, of both the positive and negative varieties!
Nice to see you here....

Leah Petersen said...

Hey! I read some of your book as How to Meet a Guy at the Food Lion, right? I liked that title better but it's rather regional, isn't it?

Well it was fantastic and I'm not surprised you're being published. Congratulations! And thanks for the mention.

You should join us for Five Minute Fiction next Tuesday!

Jessica L. Degarmo said...

Hi, Leah! Thanks. I put my reply under the wrong blog post! I was just saying that I had to change the title of the book and the name of the grocery store because Food Lion told me I couldn't use their name in a work of fiction. I was bummed for a solid day!

T.L Tyson said...

Well, look at that. Thanks for the shout out... cicic

Soooz said...

Congrats on the publishing contract Jessica, it's such an exciting time. The change in title was unfortunate but has worked well i'm so pleased that it did.

Hooking Up is also terrific. You have a great writers voice.

Where else are the books up for a review, I love to give a review of work I like.

Jessica L. Degarmo said...

Thanks so much Soooz! Hooking Up, in one of its incarnations, is on Authonomy under my alter-ego, Jasmine Fields. But I have been hard at work changing things so I may re-upload soon. I had to change some backstory. Otherwise, the first chapter is posted on Night Publishing's website. Thanks for reading my blog! Nice to see you here...