Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Craziness that is My Life

So, it's been a while since I've posted, because there's been so much going on! I am not even sure where to start...

I finally finished my semester at college, and I'll graduate tomorrow! I can't believe it's finally over. I've spent the last three and a half years working toward this moment that I'm a little sad that it's over. I've learned so much, not only about the world around me, but also about myself.

My advisor at school nominated me for the Continuing Education Part-Time Student Award, and I got to go to the award banquet on Saturday. It was nice! They gave me a plaque and a nice meal, and talked about me to the whole room. It was strange, but nice.

Two weekends ago, I wrote a novella. Yes, in a weekend. I did 32,000 words in about 4days. It's called Six Weeks, and it's written in the first-peron, present tense, dedtailing six weeks in the life of Imogene Jones, a nineteen-year-old girl who finds out she's pregnant. She has six weeks to choose what to do about it. I felt this piece, from the bottom of my soul. It was easy to get it on paper. I'm pretty happy about it, and I've actually already sent it out on submission and received a request for a full. Fingers crossed, please!

Hooking Up has also been released and it's doing amazingly well! I cannot believe the response that my little book has been getting. I'm on cloud 9! If I'm being honest, though, I'm a little scared at the same time. The more people who read it, the more potential for negative feedback, and although I'm tough and I can handle it, it's still scary to put yourself out there. Sometimes I think reviewers forget that there are warm-blooded people behind the books they read. Be gentle!

On the medical front, everything is going mainly ok. My septoplasty didn't work, so that has to be done over again. I have an appointment scheduled. My big issue is that I have two options on how to fix the problem, and one is worse than the other, but it has a better success rate, so we're leaning on going that way. I'm just worried that I won't be ready for the gig my band has at Riverfest in August. Decisions, Decisionsan.

Oh, and speaking of Decisions, it will be released by Silver Publishing on July 16! I got an email from Reese, the cover designer, and he sent me some lovely model choices to pick from. I think we've depicted my characters perfectly, and I can't wait to see the finished cover!

I'm working on The Storm Within again, and waiting for the help of some wonderful friends to read through my WIP to see what they think. That one has been hard for me, and I'm just plain stuck. I'll get there, but I definitely need some motiviation.

I think that's it for now. Everything is going along swimmingly, and I cannot believe how amazing this year has been so far. Thank you to all of my readers, and to my friends and family who have been so supportive. You guys are amazing!



Jasmine Walt said...

Wow! Looks like you've been one busy girl! Congrats on the success with your book-- I must say that I'm jealous! I've got a short story, erotica, out with Silver Publishing right now for their "Sweet Treats and Sensual Tricks" Anthology, as well as with Harlequin. I hope one of them decides to take it! :3

Oh, and congrats on graduating. What major were you taking?

Jessica L. Degarmo said...

Hi, Jasmine!
Good luck with your publishing dreams. Hope you can turn them into reality.
I am earning an AAS in Business Administration. I'll be moving on to get my Bachelor's degree after a much-needed break. I'm tired!
And wow-thanks for commenting. I wasn't even entirely positive that anyone ever read this thing!

Sudam said...

Jess, you should be on cloud nine. Books after books are doing well and you write. edit a novella in a week. That's brilliant.

Talking about cloud nine, I'm from India, if you can bank on me, i can read the Storm Within and share feedback. This is only an offer and you should not fear me, if I'm not good I'm not bad either. (My editing will be over within a week, so i've got some time to be away from the syndrome.)

So sorry about the health front. Wish good luck this time. And congratulation for the graduation. Thanks.

Jessica L. Degarmo said...

Thanks for the kind words! I am pretty happy. Things are going better than I really ever expected them to. I have some people on my WIP now, so hopefully soon I'll make some headway on it.