Okay, so I was a little bit overdramatic last night. I'm so much better today. Yes, I'm still upset about the rejection, but not nearly as upset as I thought I'd be. I guess I'm on my way to developing that thick skin required for this crazy business. As I told my critique partners, my "I'll show them!" attitude did surface today.
So, I'm throwing myself back into the fray. Working on the UCOD rewrites, sorting out details and incorporating the editors comments into my writing. Making it the best book I can at this point in my career. I've given myself a deadline to finish the complete manuscript by September 1. That is more than enough time. I probably won't do much on the new one, RESISTANCE, until I'm back into the swing of school.
Speaking of school, are parents really that excited about kicking their kids out of the house and back into the halls of learning? Well, I wish people would keep their excitement to themselves! As a teacher, I don't think I'm really ready to go back yet! My summer isn't over. I still have precious, valuable time. So much to do, so many books to read, so many plots to plan.
Actually, I'm kind of easing myself back into the school thing. I went to work today, caught up with a few people, thought about going into my classroom. Didn't do it. Maybe tomorrow. Technically we don't have to be back until next Monday, but every year I end up spending a good chunk of time at the school the week before we have to be back. I just know for tonight I'm planning to read a 6th grade book and start thinking about activities and lessons. I have a buttload of kids' books to read, but of course all I want to read are the 101-thousand books I picked up at Nationals!