Been doing a lot of writing lately, which is a good thing. Over at Joe Konrath's blog they're talking about what keeps a writer on track, but of course that is a Level III writing blog and they are talking about published authors who do this for a living. Us poor schleps have to try to inspire ourselves with no real hope of gain. Or, at best, the faint hope of some small remuneration down the line.
Still, I managed to find some markets for my humorous essays and sent three out this morning. In addition to that, I sent out six queries for 'Postcards...' (two 'No thank you' replies and counting). In preparation for someone eventually asking to see the manuscript, I revamped the entire book and put the chapters in a more logical order. I think it's better for it; now I just need someone to have a look at it.
Preparing the essays for submission was interesting. These were lean pieces that, to meet the submission guidelines, had to be cut by 150 words. It wasn't easy, but the final products were more polished and, if anything, funnier than before. I have to wonder when the law of diminishing returns kicks in. Take my essay about battling a spider. How many words can that be cut down to? "Saw spider. Scary!" Or just, "Spider!"
Maybe that's taking things too far?