Monthly Recap: October 2019

So I know I am super late with this post – life is a little crazy right now, so I’ve had to prioritize. October wasn’t a great month – it was a lot of waiting, a lot of stress, a lot of doubt. And it ended with a whopper of a rejection. I am not sharing this with you all to gain sympathy or complain though. I am sharing it because it’s normal. It’s okay to have rough patches and it’s okay to feel sad or anxious or overwhelmed.

What’s most important is the ability and drive to bounce back. And I think I am on my way. *fingers crossed*

What I Read

Toward the end of the month, I took a much needed beach vacation with my mom and was finally able to get some reading in!


Where the Crawdads Sings by Delia Owens

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

What I Wrote

I took a break this month, and it was bittersweet but necessary. I have so much going on personally and professionally that I frankly just didn’t have the energy or the emotional bandwidth to start a new project. But I miss writing. Which I guess is a good sign that this is what I am meant to do.

Speaking of that, I have news to share. Unfortunately I was not chosen as a Pitch Wars mentee. And holy smokes was I disappointed. I cried my eyes out for about fifteen minutes straight after the email went out… until I got an email from one of the mentors who had requested to read The Blood Between Us.

She had nothing but nice things to say and actually told me that the reason she didn’t chose me as a mentor was because she felt my novel was already strong enough and agent-ready. And it was really the boost I needed to confidently dive back into the query trenches.

Coming Up

The next few weeks are going to be interesting with even more waiting and lots going on. I sent my first round of queries out this week and already have one full request (squee!!!) and am really hoping to get back on track with my blogging. I’ve missed you guys, and it’s always been a cathartic process for me. I have a long weekend coming up and am hoping to take a stab at outlining my new WIP….

Basically I am taking things one day at a time. But I look forward to sharing my progress with you next month!

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