First, the good news: congratulations to long-time reader Jeanne Ryan (better known in Author! Author! circles as clever and insightful commenter Serenissima) for taking third place in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Genre Novel category in the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association Literary Contest! Everyone, please join me in a big round of applause!
I recognized a few names of Author! Author! commenters on the finalist list, but the Organization-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named has not yet posted the winners and placers. Please, those of you who have triumphs to report, report them so we may all gloat properly.
Ditto with landing agents, selling manuscripts, placing articles, and other triumphs of the writers’ life — this long, long road is considerably easier to traverse if we can cheer for one another along the way.
That’s the good news. Now for the bad news.
I must have been overdoing it of late, as I seem to have picked up a touch of the demon pneumonia again. (I thought the docs were just kidding about needing to take it easy for a year or two after my late bout with mono. Apparently, they weren’t.)
As a result, I am going to be taking an unplanned hiatus from blogging. I’m hoping that it will be no more than a week (at least, that’s the period during which the docs have threatened to storm my house and rip the keyboard out of my fever-weakened hands), but I can’t say for sure.
I’m really, really sorry about the timing, of course — I will, rest assured, be going over submission packets, standard format, and query letters upon my return. For those of you who have need of advice on any of the above in the interim, I please check out the SUBMISSION PACKETS, STANDARD FORMAT BASICS, STANDARD FORMAT ILLUSTRATED, and/or HOW TO WRITE A QUERY LETTER categories from the extensive list at right, as your requirements dictate. (Yes, it did occur to me just to rerun each of these series while I’m knocked out, but in my experience, these are all topics that tend to generate mountains and mountains of thought-provoking questions that take much concentration and time to answer. Better to wait, on the whole, until oxygen can reach my brain on a more regular basis.)
I shall be back as soon as I can, I promise. In the meantime, keep up the good work!