Jennifer Lyon

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Monday, October 11th, 2010
Slacker Witch

I’m  a slacker!

I’m probably not going to blog today, but will be back tomorrow!

Maybe I’ll even tell you why I’m a slacker…maybe…

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Musing on Failure and Success in Writing

Correction! I completely misquoted Jenny Bent.  Her actual tweet was I just blogged on failure, and bravery and heart (clearly something the fellow in my last tweet has a lot of). My sincere apologies to Ms. Bent! I’ve corrected it below as well. And may I add that Jenny Bent was very gracious in pointing out my error!

I rarely do this on this blog, but I’m going to talk a bit about writing.  I saw a tweet the other day by the agent Jenny Bent that said, “I just blogged on failure, and bravery and heart (clearly something the fellow in my last tweet has a lot of).

This totally resonated with me.  Rejection? It hurts like a bitch. Been there, done that, and I expect to do it again in the future. It’s part of the business. I don’t like it, but I know that I must risk rejection to have any hope of success. That is true for almost anything we do in life.

But Jenny’s tweet really caught my attention right now because I just sent a synopsis to my agent. I told her I needed this synopsis to be very strong and wanted her input.

Guess what I got back? Her input.  Direct and profession. She is not worried about hurting my feelings, she is focusing on her job of helping me make this project as strong as possible.  The first time I read through her comments, it stung a bit. I did not send her my first draft, I sent her something I really worked on. That I put true time and thought into.

But the cold fact is that it’s not strong enough. Period. It doesn’t matter how much I sweated over it. The synopsis needs more work.  So I’m working on it.  Really struggling to add the elements my agent suggested, while keeping the parts that I love and making it all work cohesively.  And once I do that? There are no guarantees that my agent will like it.

And if she does, and we send it to my editor, it doesn’t mean she’ll buy it.  All this sweat, all this work, all this worrying and fretting–it could all be a big fat waste of time and effort. Or it could be exactly what I need to propel me up to the next level of success.

I’ll never know–unless I try.

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
Lunch with Biker Witch

On Saturday, I took Biker Witch (my sister) to lunch to celebrate her birthday. Thing were going surprising well. We even managed to get through the big WHERE SHALL WE GO TO LUNCH debate without anyone getting hurt. Always a plus. Usually the conversation goes like this:

“Where do you want to go?”

“Wherever you want to go.”

“I don’t know where I want to go that’s why I’m asking you!”

“But I picked last time. ”

“No you didn’t, I did.”

“Uh huh…”

And then one of us name of a restaurant out of desperation and dares, I mean DARES the other sister to argue.  Of course the time before this, Biker Witch named the restaurant and I argued. Barely escaped with my life too! So this time, we negotiated very nicely.

Mom would be so proud.

Anyway, we were both happy with the choice. We both got salads (HELLO celebrating a birthday here, there WILL be chocolate dessert coming.) We ate and chatted, all happy.

Suddenly biker witch stops eating and says look. Pointing at her plate.

I roll my eyes.  “Give me a clue.” Because seriously, she says random things and how the heck am I supposed to guess what she’s talking about? Does she want praise for eating most of her salad? Is she showing me a pineapple or something? WHAT????

She leans closer. “A. Bug.”

Now I pay attention. Holly Troll Poop there is a bug. GROSS.

However, the reason I’m not mentioning the restaurant name is that they were WONDERFUL about it.  Biker Witch handled with total class and so did the restaurant.  This stuff happens in clean, well run establishments. Anyone who has worked in the food industry knows that.  It could happen to anyone.

But of course, it happens to Biker Witch.

Happy Birthday Biker Witch!

(And sorry about the bug in your birthday lunch.)

Monday, October 4th, 2010
Monday Roundup!

I sent off my synopsis for a new Wing Slayer Hunter book to my agent on Friday,  so this weekend I was free of work. Well not free, I had “other” work but it was all easy enough. And I finally had time to read FAERIE FIRE by Silver James! This book surprised me. I was expecting more of a romance like the first book  FAERIE FATE, but this book was more of a suspense, I think. Always nice to be surprised!  Duncan and Moira must battle against both fate and terrorists to win a timeless love.  If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out!

I just started ETERNAL KISS OF DARKNESS by JEANIENE FROST.  I haven’t gotten very far, but as usual, she sucks me in from the very first page!

And just a reminder, tomorrow (October fifth) is the release date for the first book in an awesome new series ETERNAL HUNGER by Laura Wright. I’ve read portions of this book as she was writing it (Laura and I are critique partners) and I’m predicting this series is going to be a huge hit! I have been amazed at the evolution of the world she has built,  along with her fully developed, hot, sexy, and emotional characters!  I can’t wait to buy my copy and read it now that it’s all come together in the final polished product!

Tune in tomorrow for an episode of Lunch with Biker Witch.

How was your weekend?

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