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Slaving Away in Obscurity

This is not a ‘woe is me entry’. I’m very pleased with where I am now regarding the book. Yes, of course I wish I was done. I want to see what happens. When I send it off to an agent, which I’ve not even seriously looked for yet, it will probably be rejected. That’s normal. I know at that point I will feel the urge to insist that the agent know how much I’ve put into this, like my blood and soul, that I’ve rearranged my life, made sacrifices, taken huge chances, endured self doubt and intense ridicule from my own mind. The agent will say, “So what. Everyone says that. The story doesn’t move me. Go back to your sales job.” I’m braced for that. It’s like taking that first downward plunge on the roller coaster. You just have to get it over with and enjoy the ride. Meanwhile, I’ve need to shave, and shower, my hair is a mess, the coffee is getting cold, and I slave away in obscurity.

This is my unsophisticated writing desk where I've written the bulk of Parts II and III of the epic saga CREED of KINGS. On the wall is a sketch of the temple in which the main female character lives. Below that are character and scene notes.

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  1. Curt Jarrell
    January 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I took a shower, will have more coffee later. And if you can find my hair I’ll wash it. I DO NOT SHAVE! And just like you, my obscurity is coming to an end. I know this to be true. Always good to see your posts, Allen.

  2. January 16, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Let us not strive to be known, but strive to be worthy of being known. 😉 Thanks for the comment Curt.

  3. March 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Wow. I found your link on my site and hit it. I’ve probably read your blog prior (I tend to do a lot of trolling), but I wanted to drop a line and let you know how much I enjoy your simple blog detailing what so many writer’s endure. I tried to find your first chapter, but the only post I came upon was chapter 7 (or so) and reading that would defeat the purpose. As you, I’ve finished my initial drafts of the WiP and am now doing what I hope to be my final major edit prior to submission (or publication if I go the e-book route). It’ll be nice to read someone else going through the same challenges!

  4. March 8, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Warren – thanks for your interest and thoughtful comment. Reading over what I wrote up there I gasped in horror at the errors. You know how that is…us writers edit and edit and then forget to change the tense of a word …oh well.

    I’ve only put up chapters 7 & 8 as a little teaser (which was originally Chapter 5). The book consists now of about 750 pages MS Word and 70 something chapters.

    I bogged down at chapter 9 about three weeks ago during the re-write, but I’m back at it now and steaming ahead. I needed to take a break. I’ve worked on this for two solid years (and not so solid for two years before).

    I’m torn between going traditional or total promotion through my web platform. I hope to finish the book this summer. I will decide then.

    Don’t be a stranger. Thanks for stopping by.

    I will probably be blogging more in the weeks to come as I have freed up some time.

  5. March 8, 2011 at 3:21 am

    A stranger? I can’t be… I’ve subscribed :). As I’ve read your blogging, I feel I’ve found a kindred spirit, which says something for your usage of a blog! I still need to work on the blogging concept, and hopefully will make better usage for it.

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