Thursdays

More first call sales from Harlequin come on Thursdays than any other day. Did you know that? Something to do with a meeting they have or something. So for the past 52 Thursdays, I’ve rushed home to check my answering machine, not sure if the number they have on record is my home phone or my cell phone. A couple of months ago, I programmed in the phone numbers of a few writer friends who I’d call with the news as soon as I finished screaming and called my husband and mother. And emailed Rae at E Harlequin so I could get my own thread. Is it sad that I have her email address memorized?

So am I being hopeful, or foolish? Is it wrong to expect a call? Or am I just dreaming?

I thought I’d take this time for a check-in, also. I have written every day. I’m up to page 80, which is not as far as I’d like to be.

I have read four books: Mission Irresistible, Anything, Anytime, Anywhere, The Eleventh Hour and Daddy in Waiting, Karen Potter’s debut book. Of course, as I made that dent in my TBR pile, I bought the new Nora, Anna DeStefano’s latest, Diana Duncan’s first two 24 hour books, The Midas Trap and Kathleen Long’s first Intrigue.

I haven’t made any headway in reading that old ms I was considering revising.

I have walked 4 days.

The house is shaping up.

I haven’t done great on the timer thing because the dh has been home and has thrown the whole schedule off.

I’ve seen Ray, Blackhawk Down and The Recruit.

So, moving forward, but not as forward as I’d like.

7 comments:

Bonnie Ferguson said...

Why not think positively? One of these days that call WILL happen :)


Bonnie

Jill said...

When I'm waiting on The Call, I get so anxious and I tend to phone watch. Usually the minute I actually relax and forget to be anxious is when something happens. BEST of luck to you!

MaryF said...

Bonnie, I'm thinking it's BOUND to happen. I'm hoping, anyway.

Jill, tried that whole forgetting thing. That didn't work, either. And now that it's summer and all I'm thinking about is writing, well.....

Kelly Parra said...

Wow, I didn't know Harlequin calls came on Thursdays. Interesting.

It's not wrong to expect a call. It means you're dedicated and believe in your talent. And it's those writers who get the call.

Best of luck! - Kelly =)

Trish Milburn said...

Of course you should think positively. You're a great writer! Harlequin/Silhouette will be lucky to have you. And wow, you've gotten all kinds of things done.

Trish Milburn said...

Oh, and thanks for reminding me about Thursdays! Now I can watch my phone and obsess.

MaryF said...

Thanks, Kelly and Trish! It wouldn't be so bad except I emailed the editor who has the story yesterday morning and I haven't heard back, and my mind is going all sorts of places with that.

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