I finally got a new WIP (work-in-progress) started! And for the first time in a LONG time, I started writing today (hence, I'm getting my newsletter out late) and did not want to stop. Even now, I've got this little itch to return to my completely imperfect little manuscript because it's MINE, and the characters are starting to come to life, and I want I find out what happens next!
I also just read the book Trying, by Kobi Yamada, to my kindergartener and it spoke to my soul. Here's the excerpt that hit me hardest:
"I had tried, and I had failed. Now he was asking me to try again? What good would that do? I had already proven I couldn't do it.
"But if I was honest, I wanted to believe I could.
"So, even though I worried that I wasn't good enough, I decided to try again."
Trying, writing, reaching, discovering . . . is a wonderful feeling, and it helps make up for the feelings of failure I have when I saw that negative review for Green as Grass. Every negative review is disheartening, but because of how Amazon's metrics work, a negative review right at the outset can be devastating! It essentially buries the book before it can get off the ground, so that's been very discouraging.
If any of you have had the opportunity to read Green as Grass, I hope you'll consider leaving a review on Amazon to help offset the negative reviews. The general etiquette, when it comes to supporting small-time authors, is "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all." I was once contacted by a reviewer who did not enjoy Harriet and did not wish to review it. She offered to mail it back to me! I was a little disheartened, but I was also touched by her thoughtful response. I have tried to follow her example ever since. Just because a book isn't good for you doesn't mean it isn't good for someone else.
who am I?
My name is Mary-Celeste, but my friends call me M.C. I am a writer, wife, mother, amateur gardener, sourdough bread baker, n00b video gamer, Austen enthusiast, tabletop gamer, Trekkie, and generally cheerful human being. I write Regency romances and I post about it here (among other things). Thanks for stopping by!