Buttload of Writing to Do

The list of things to be written is growing. Oi vey. Do you want to see the list of titles? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Projects in no particular order (all are in various stages of development)

  1. Excalibur Lucan and the Medieval Murders
  2. Doggone It!: An Arthur Slow Mystery
  3. They Were Heroes: Jane Austen
  4. Willoughby’s Regrets
  5. Racing Through Time
  6. London Towne
  7. They Were Heroes: Emily Dickinson
  8. They Were Heroes: Charlotte Bronte
  9. They Were Heroes: Louisa May Alcott
  10. They Were Heroes: Gaston Leroux
  11. Villains: Mrs. Elton
  12. Villains: Fanny Dashwood
  13. Villains: Lady Catherine de Bourgh
  14. Villains: Mrs. Clay
  15. Steambeast
  16. The Latter Years: Pride and Prune Juice
  17. The Latter Years: Sense and Senility
  18. Pride and Prejudice – retelling
  19. Sense and Sensibility – retelling
  20. Jane Eyre – retelling
  21. Persuasion – Retelling
  22. The Phantom of the Opera – retelling
  23. The Scarlet Pimpernel – retelling
  24. Emma – retelling
  25. Salem Revisited
  26. Survival Boy
  27. Retirement
  28. Anti
  29. The Jane Austen Experiment
  30. A Comedy of Eyres
  31. The Woman in White – Screen adaptation
  32. The Footless Giant
  33. Written in Blood Orange
  34. Lady Catherine Tweets
  35. Wooing Miss Austen
  36. The Reign of Terror
  37. All-girl gangs (no title, atm)
  38. Hear Me Out
  39. Pride and Prejudice SECRET PROJECT
  40. Sense and Sensibility SECRET PROJECT
  41. Stage adaptation of The Moonstone
  42. Screen adaptation of The Moonstone
  43. Girl, Boy, Girl
  44. The Method (novel adaptation of my screenplay)
  45. Blink in, Blink out
  46. Dream-Walkers
  47. Summoned
  48. Time and Time Again
  49. The Disorderlies (book 2): Major Panic Time
  50. The Disorderlies (book 3): Bacterial Warfare
  51. Lady Knight
  52. Just Super
  53. Real Dreams
  54. Beth
  55. The Ham
  56. Jesse James
  57. “Face Time Impressions”
  58. Road Rage
  59. A Brush of Death’s Lips
  60. When You Die
  61. How NOT to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Book 1
  62. HNTSTZA book 2
  63. The Ripper Diaries
  64. The Voice Keeper
  65. The John Watson Diaries: Book
  66. The Anti-Villain
  67. DED: God Machine
  68. The Goblet Immortal
  69. The Shoe Fiit
  70. Child of the Past
  71. A Writer’s Guide to the Public Library
  72. Tender Moments series
  73. Austenites Anonymous
  74. Murder in the Afternoon: A Sweets and Sours Mystery
  75. In Defiance of Gravity
  76. Alien Invasion Novel
  77. Alien Invasion Novel Sequel
  78. The Highwayman
  79. Pirates for Hire

Oh, I left out some that are currently sans title. What am I doing fooling around on WP for? I’d better go write something!

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The Art of Hearing “No!”

No one likes to hear no…unless they’re a masochist. Writers, artists, actors, poets, etc. must hear no way more than the average human being (had to differentiate between us and cats: “NO, TIGGER! Get off the table!”)

But how to handle no? It feels like rejection. It feels personal, when someone rejects our “children” aka writing. But did you catch two VERY important words? Let me lay it down for ya:

1. FEELS. That’s the first important word. Feels like I’m being rejected. Feels personal. Feeling is a sensation that can exist apart from truth. I can feel like I’m an apple, imagine I’m round and red and juicy. But in the end, I am white and not-for-consumption (not addressing the roundness part, folks. Not going there.) I am NOT an apple. I am Beth.

True, some people may reject you for real, but not every NO on your writing automatically equals a NO to you as a person. And not every NO on your writing means a NO on other pieces of your writing. My current publisher (MuseItUp) said no to the first book I sent them, yet said yes to the second. (A lesson to keep trying.)

2. WRITING. The second important word from way up above. My WRITING was rejected. Again, rejection of your writing is not something to take personally.

Everyone (including publishers/editors/agents) has different tastes. Note this. Copy this. Frame this: A rejection is  a reflection of a publisher’s/etc.’s likes and dislikes. It isn’t even a reflection on the merit of your work.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t heed others’ advice/suggestions. Some have merit, but not all. Use discernment when choosing whom to listen to.

Food for thought, I hope.

In closing, don’t get discouraged. Keep learning. Someone out there is bound to say yes to something some day. But they won’t if you say “No, I don’t think I’ll try.” So TRY!

~Beth