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This Isn’t the Story of Us

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If you had never moved to New York, do you think you and Mark would still have met? Bridget, a good friend, had once asked me this question.

 No, of course not. I had replied, and I had meant it. If asked today, I’d still mean it.

She wants to believe in fate. Kismet. Soul mates. The idea that two people meant to be together will find each other. No matter what.

I don’t believe in this nonsense. I told her I’d have found someone else. Proximity is way more responsible for love than the quantifiable illusion of destiny.

So.

This isn’t the story of how we met. Mark and I.

It isn’t a love story that began with a silly speed-dating event. We never had our first date at that dive bar.

I never felt the undeniable pangs of falling love too soon. Or how I denied it. How I was skittish to find myself getting more tangled in his life.

Or how I could tell how much he loved me without him even having to say it. How he adored me in the beginning up until almost the end. But there is always an end, isn’t there?

It’s not the story of how our lives mingled together.

Or how his friends became my friends. My friends grew to be his.

It’s not the story of how I thought we had the kind of relationship that would last. The kind of relationship people should be jealous of. The kind most people didn’t have.

It’s certainly not about how it ended. Horribly. Cruelly. Broken into pieces.

Nor is it even the story of how he came back one day, spouting words of how he’d changed and how he didn’t quite know how to let me go.

Or even how I agreed to give us another chance only to find out that nothing really changes.

This is the tale of two people and the choices that they make. Choices that lead people away from each other rather than toward each other.

I mean…does anyone really believe we still might have met? Despite taking different paths in life?

Sure. Anything is possible. At our core, our personalities would have been similar. Our interests, similar. So yeah, it’s possible. Probable, though?

Yet as we stumbled. As we teetered and blundered through a chance to reunite in spite of our very real-life complicated situation, I decided to look at our stories. Apart. Where would we be? Who would we be? Who would we love and who would love us?

This isn’t the story of us. This is the story of them.

Stay turned for Chapter 1: The Night We Never Met—Meg

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July Writing Roundup!

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imagesIt has been a very long time since I’ve taken the time to write a post, and I’m sorry about that. Time got away from me this spring but I’ve made more of an effort to get my writing back on track this summer. I wrote a short story, and now I’m doing research for a kids book about barn owls that I’m pegged to write for the children’s publishing house I work for by day. (Side note: did you know that barn owls have three eyelids? One for blinking, one for sleeping and one for cleaning/protecting their eyes!)

My goals for the next couple of months are simple. Write the children’s book, revise my short story and submit for publication, and then start incorporating comments from agents into my first book. Longer term, I want to have the first book, The Fly Tower, back in the hands of prospective agents by the end of the year. I also want to revise the sequel. I finished the first draft in February and it has made itself a lonely home on my laptop. Also, my boyfriend hosts a monthly erotic live reading, and there will be a write your own month later this year or early 2016. I failed to write a story for the first call, but I have my plot in mind now and plan to have something ready for the next one.

Wish me luck! Expect to start seeing my blog posts on a consistent basis again too!

February Writing Roundup!

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The Elephant Hotel rough draft is complete! Champagne corks popping! Fireworks exploding! Etc. Etc. Etc.

It feels so amazing to have the second manuscript finished. The only thing better would be if I had the first book in the hands of an agent, or even better yet, a publisher. So before I edit (and edit and edit) book two, I will be spending time working on my first book, The Fly Tower. I received some great comments from agents so I plan to put their suggestions to good use and then start querying again. 

No work for me tonight though. I plan to crack open a bottle of wine and celebrate.

 

January Writing Roundup!

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My life has been a whirlwind since I last took note of my writing progress. The holidays happened so I fell quite behind. Yet even in early January, I was optimistic about a rebound. It didn’t happen. The reason is a good one though. I have been promoted to the Director of Marketing at Bearport Publishing! I’m super excited AND super busy! So alas with a big sigh, I’ve only managed to write one additional chapter. I have smaller goals for the next month while I continue to transition to my new job role. Hopefully in a couple of months, I’ll be ready to return to my regular writing pace.

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

–Write one chapter a week to complete The Elephant Hotel by 2/28
–Work on a short story submission

December Writing Roundup!

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I made my writing goal. Yay! The last few chapters are really coming along nicely and I’m so happy with the story’s progression. Finishing the entire first draft by Christmas is now looking unlikely but I only have 5 more chapters to write so perhaps?…fingers crossed, I still will. If not, it will be done in early January.

What I’ve accomplished since November:

–Finished chapter 12

Added to my character and story bible so I can keep all the new developments firmly in hand.

–Drafted The Elephant Hotel chapters 13-20

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

–Finish this second book…then I’ll start revising the first again based on some comments made by agents. As well as work on a short story submission.

Happy Holidays! 🙂

November Writing Roundup!

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Made a decent amount of progress this month and surpassed my goal. Although I had hoped to exceed by at least another chapter or two. Some chapters were smoother to write than others but all in all, a strong effort this month. As long as I stay disciplined, The Elephant Hotel rough draft will be finished by the Christmas holidays.

What I’ve accomplished since October:

 –Wrote The Elephant Hotel chapters 6-11 plus half of chapter 12 (1.5 chapters ahead of my goal)…as well as did some necessary research

–Started outlining a short story submission. Right now I’m simply brainstorming because I want to finish The Elephant Hotel by the end of the year.

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

Write, write, write! 🙂

–Finish chapter 12

Add to my character and story bible so I can keep all the new developments firmly in hand.

–Draft The Elephant Hotel chapters 13-20 (more if I have time)

October Writing Roundup!

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Here I am, ready to take stock of what goals I have (or haven’t accomplished) on my writing path. While I didn’t meet all my targets, I stayed busy with writing and didn’t slack. Sometimes the idea of how long something will take to write or edit isn’t realistic or the story takes a shape I haven’t anticipated. So while I’ll strive to be more productive in the next four weeks, I’m quite happy with the progress I made last month.

What I’ve accomplished since September:

 –Wrote The Elephant Hotel chapters 3-5 (two chapters short of my goal)…as well as did some necessary research

–Started compiling another list of literary agents though I might wait to send another round of queries.  I’ve received a few more rejections, but the last couple have been filled with constructive critiques based on partial reads (i.e. not the basic form letter). I will probably start a list of the suggestions and execute some changes before sending more queries. I’m still waiting for half the agents from the last round to get back to me.

 –Revised and polished Shadow, my bounty hunter story story.  Submitted prior to the 9/30 deadline

Goals for the next 4 weeks:

It is a pretty light agenda for the next month…basically, just write, write, write! 🙂

–Draft The Elephant Hotel chapters 6-10 (more if I have time)


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