Monday, October 18, 2010

When several things happen at once

Friday was an odd day. I'd finished the first draft of WIP3 the night before and I remember telling a few of you that I was feeling many things... excited, euphoric, exhausted, a little nauseous.

No worries! Knock out a few paying gigs and rest. Right?

Wow. Then out of nowhere Dream-come-true Agency replies that they liked BNN and would I please make a million changes? And if I did, they'd be happy to look at it again.

Can I just say, that's such a surreal place to be.

On the one hand, they're basically saying what you sent wasn't so great. But on the other hand, it's a bit like a sneaky vote of confidence... the whole "we think you just might be able to pull it off anyway."

I totally had a moment.

Suddenly it was all very real... and naturally, I went under the desk. Did that just happen? And can I pull this off? Me? Some little no-name girl from south Louisiana who likes to daydream? (I mean, that's who I am in my head, right?)

In other news, I agreed to be the photographer for our local magazine (in which I'm traditionally a writer) and take some shots at the Bon Jovi concert. They were here as a part of those free "Concerts for the Coast" to attract tourists back to the beach.

You see, the oil spill did more than damage the Gulf. It almost finished off what the recession started in the economy of south Baldwin County. Many more people lost their jobs, one local fisherman took his life...

While I was there, I looked at these guys who've been entertaining crowds of 30K+ off and on since they were in their 20s and I wondered what kind of surreal moments they had.

I was also there with a mob of friends who had no clue what was buzzing around in my little pea-brain, and who as far as I knew, weren't thinking about the world of book publishing. We had a great time.

At one point in the night, I looked down at the cuff of my jeans and I noticed it was filled with the soft white sand this place is famous for. As I looked at it, I remembered a time in my life when I thought the greatest thing in the world would be to live at the beach.

That made me smile. And right then I wished I could push all 35K of those nice people away and just sit down and stare out at the water for a while. That always helps me put things in perspective.

Big thanks to my bleeps and crit partners I leaned on Friday. I hope you know you can always lean right back if you need to. Looks like I've got some work to do. Til Thursday~ <3

26 comments:

salarsenッ said...

That's wonderful, girl, on all fronts!! So, the agent made actual suggestions. Are you taking them? Whatever you decide, I'm sure it will be great!

Jessica Bell said...

What fantastic news, Leigh! I'm so excited for you! :o)

Matthew Rush said...

Sometimes good news is the toughest kind to hear. You'll do the right thing.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Congrats on the great news! That's definitely a vote of confidence for your writing.

I saw Bon Jovi this summer. They seriously rock!

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations on the book and the photo shoot. You can make the changes and it will all come together as it's meant to be. Best of luck.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

LTM said...

@Sher--thanks, hon. I think I just might in this case... ;p <3

@Jess--Thanks! :D

@Matt--no doubt. The whole, "Who? Me???" Thanks~

@Stina--Thanks, and the concert was not bad! I was in a place, but we had fun~ :o)

@Mason--Thank you! :o) Words of encouragement are most welcome. It's a happy/sick feeling. :D

Pk Hrezo said...

That's fantastic news!! SO happy to hear it. You must be totally stoked. You must be feeling very light headed. But time to focus.
Hoping for the best for you! You deserve it. :)

Candyland said...

That's so awesome!!! And I'm jealous you got to be that close to JonBon:)

DEZMOND said...

Oh, a million changes? Nonsense, you'll do it in a blink of an eye :))) We believe in you.

The part of your past about the concert was lovely ;)

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, that's super great! It's a long road ahead but it'll be rewarding.

CD

Melissa said...

Wow! That is great news, congratulations. You can pull it off and when you feel weary your blogger buddies are always here for you!

LTM said...

@P--yes, stoked, lightheaded, totally intimidated. But ready... Thanks, girl~ :o)

@Candy--it's... something! And Friday was just... weird. :D

@Dez--well... I might need a few blinks. ;p And yeah. Just thinking... Hey, thanks~ <3

@C--thanks, girl! Yes, making things stronger. That's the focus~ ;p

@Mel--you are seriously the sweetest. Thanks~ :o) <3

Carolyn Abiad said...

I know you can do it! Can't wait to read the changes ;)

Morgan said...

Congratulations on hearing back from an agency! I'll keep my fingers crossed that something good comes out of it. =]

Hart Johnson said...

*hugs Leigh* I guess I didn't know you also finished WiP3 the night before all that excitement I DID know about... WOW--what a roller coaster! You TOTALLY can do this... TOTALLY!

LTM said...

@Carolyn--girrhl... we're doin it! :D

@Morgan--you are a doll. Thank you thank you thank you! :o) <3

@T/Hart--it was all a bit much. But YOU are awesome, Ms. Divide & Conquer. Already strategizing... <3 U! :o)

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Awesome. I didn't know you finished the WiP, though I did know about the concert. And YES, IT IS A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.
You rock, girl. You really really do.

Jennie Bailey said...

Jumping up and down for both Bon Jovi and Dream Agency news! Mostly for Dream Agency news. You CAN pull this off, girl! You will!!! Super excited for you!

Talli Roland said...

AMAZING! Go go go! You can definitely do it! Keep us posted!

Creepy Query Girl said...

wow- sounds like you DO have a lot swimming around (I'm sure it's not a pee) brain! CONGRATS on the interest in your ms and I'm positive you can pull it off!

LTM said...

thanks, guys! You all are so super-awesome-great! I think I'm over the initial shock now... ready to get crackin~ :D <3 you all~

K.M. Weiland said...

Bon Jovi and the dream agency all in one day? Wowzers. Big congrats on the agent. Can't wait to see your book on the best-seller list!

Ellen said...

C'mon look at the good; You can do this! I can see the apprehension in all there is to face! But they are interested and you are in a mag, your gorgeous mug! Wake up...be proud, you aren't dreaming!

It saddens me to see our country suffer so, it is everywhere, but in your world it must be a daily reminder~ It is amazing no matter how great the time, reality like sand in your cuff, can snap you to.

We have to do what we can to make things better, our place, our work our attitude~ We all struggle with this xXx I'm thrilled for YOU!

Odessa said...

Congrats on book thingy! I re-iterate: as blood relative I expect first edition, autographed copy!!!! :D

Jen Daiker said...

Wow what a moment! It would have been just as surreal for me!!! How cool!!!

RosieC said...

Belated, for sure, but congratulations! I think I would have reacted the same way. At this point, it would really freak me out. Good luck with it. Keep us updated :)