On The Road To Concord, MA

Early last Friday morning, I embarked on a solo adventure to Concord, Massachusetts to visit all of the literary locations that I had been dying to visit for many years. While there, I stayed at the Hawthorne Inn, run by two of the most genuine kind people I’ve ever met.

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It all started with the drive. I rented a car because my own car struggles to get me from my every day normal point A to point B. So once that was done, I took off. I waved goodbye to Jersey, and drove to Concord. Let me tell you, the drive alone sparked so many ideas. There’s something about knowing that you’re on the road for so many hours that creates this great imaginative bubble. In the picture above you can see the pencil that I used to write while I was driving. Don’t worry, there was traffic… 😉

After a little under five hours of driving I arrived in Concord. Right from the beginning, I felt at home. Everything about the town was lovely and quaint. Then the real adventures began.

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This library melted my heart.

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Pictured above was the best meal of my life, eaten at 80 Thoreau. The next day was action packed. I finally made it to Walden Pond after years of dreaming about it.

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” -Henry David Thoreau

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But by far, the highlight of my trip, was visiting Jack Kerouac’s grave in Lowell. I felt so empowered and connected while there.

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” ― Jack Kerouac

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Visiting Emerson’s house was another highlight, but seeing his study in the museum was even better.

“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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My stay at the inn was one of the best experiences of my life. I was able to spend a lot of time writing which felt so good. I do a lot of writing while at home, but there’s something about being away that gives you a new perspective.

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So I owe many thanks to the Hawthorne Inn, and I truly can’t wait to go back.

Until next time,

Christine

Digging Out the Writing Box

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Hi all! 

It’s been far too long since I sat down to write a blog post. I was originally going to talk about this topic on my vlog because I’ve been neglecting that as well, but this felt more fitting. So for the past month and a half I’ve been working on the querying stage of my novel. Writing a query letter is hard!!! Thankfully I had a lot of help from my friend Kimmy who is a published author and all around expert of the publishing world. (Check out her website here: http://kimberlyannmiller.com/) She gave me a lot of great tips and feedback which motivated me to keep moving forward. It was nerve wracking and exciting to be at that stage of the writing process. I’d been working on my novel for so long, and felt that it was ready to be sent out.

I have 10 queries out now and am anxiously awaiting some kind of response. I read that it’s recommended to send 10 queries out at a time, and wait to send out another 10 depending on the feedback you get. Most of the agencies that I queried say that they will respond within 4-6 weeks. Some say if you don’t hear anything within 6 weeks you can assume that they’re not interested. Others say to contact them if you don’t hear anything because they respond to every query. I’m smart enough to know that writers get rejected a lot, so I’ve been mentally preparing myself for that. However, I know that no matter how many rejections I get, I won’t give up on my dream of being a successful writer. It’s all about staying positive and believing in yourself! Of course I say that now…next month you’ll find me in a corner somewhere rocking back and forth listening to Lana Del Rey on repeat. Hahaha just kidding. 😉 

Now that you’re updated on what I’ve been doing, I can talk about what I’m doing now. I’ve been keeping really busy writing for the awesome comic/tv/film/game news website, Bleeding Cool. You can click on the, “Writing on Bleeding Cool” tab on my blog to see the reviews and articles I’ve written for them or go to http://bleedingcool.com/ to browse all of the latest news. It has been an awesome experience, and I am definitely looking forward to contributing more to the site. 

As far as my next writing project goes, well that’s a tricky topic. I really have no idea what I want to write next. I have a lot of ideas, but I’m not sure what direction to go in. That’s where, “Digging out the Writing Box” comes into play. Whenever I get into a frame of mind where I’m deciding what to write next, I tend to reflect back on unfinished projects, old poems, journal entires, etc. I have a literal box that I keep about 80% of my writing in. The bigger projects get their own box. Anyway, digging out the writing box the other day was quite a funny experience. I ended up finding one of the first things I ever wrote. It was a series of VERY short stories about a squirrel. My guess is I wrote it when I was 9 or 10 years old, but the amount of grammar and spelling mistakes was horrific. Still, it’s nice to see how far I’ve come 15 years later! haha. 

After digging through the box I’m not much closer to deciding what to write next, but I’ll keep digging and exploring the thoughts and ideas floating around in my brain. There is one project that keeps calling out to me, but I’m sort of running away from it. I had a love/hate relationship with one of the main characters, which caused me to write at the pace of a snail. Still, I know one day I will be ready to go back to that world and revisit those characters. I’m just not sure I’m ready at this point. I am of course tempted to start writing the sequel to the novel I’m currently querying, but I’d like to at least work on something small in between. So, we shall see! 

This is a long ramble! 

Thanks for reading it! 

Until next time,

Christine