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Thursday, May 10, 2007

"And Then, Depression Set In"

Man, for the past few days, I've been wandering around in a funk. Loving Husband thinks it's because I'm done (stick a fork in me) with revisions to Hotter Than Hell and sent the manuscript to my agent. This is it -- the last in the three-book contract. (It's also the best thing I've ever written. Eva. Seriously. Yeah, I know, I say that after I'm done with every book I write. This time, I mean it.)

Okay, yes, I have a contract for a Hell novella for a Kensington anthology, and I've begun that (thanks, Heather, Caitlin, and all the Write Ons). But once that's done (and that will probably be before the Backspace Conference in a few weeks)...then that's it.


Sure, I've got two projects on submission. And I have two more under way. But...it's not the same thing.

Loving Husband says that some authors get all maudlin and crap when they're done with a manuscript. I don't know, a sort of literary post-partum (partem? too lazy to look it up) depression, or something like that. Maybe that's what this is.


So my dad called me today to say that he read The Road to Hell. Enjoyed it. Says he liked Hell's Belles better, but he thinks that's because that story was completely novel, and this one felt more familiar. He also said that he thinks the writing is better in The Road to Hell. And he said the book "is raunchy as hell." I told him he was supposed to skip those parts. He said that he skipped ahead to GET to those parts.

I'm scarred for life.


At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Loving Husband said...

Well... I hope that the multiple kinds of chocolate, the two kinds of ice cream (including mint chocolate chip!), and the two kinds of cookies I bought will help un-depress you. (Un-depress? Repress? You know what I mean -- I ain't no writer!)

At 10:34 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

I love my Loving Husband. :)

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Devon Ellington said...

You're having post-partum from finishing the book.

You're let down after all the fun an frenzy of the RT conference.

Because you completed your contract, you're suffering from the most common disease in the arts, the I'll-Never-Work-Again disease.

Well, just keep writing; they'll be banging down your door in minutes to offer you your next three book deal.

And be nice to yourself. Do something fun just because you feel like it.

Do what I did to get over the two floods in six weeks -- go to Iceland! Or somewhere you really want to go, just for fun, like Paris or something. I don't know where your dream place is, but just go because you want to, with a minimum of planning and a maximum of adventurous spirit.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Demon Hunter said...

Yeah, Jackie--what Devon said. Go on vacation and have a non-writing blast! Can't wait to read your other books when they come out! :*)

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Debi Murray said...

Wow, Jackie, even if he ain't no writer, he's a keeper if he gets you chocolate, ice cream, and cookies, WITHOUT YOU HAVING TO ASK!!!!!! Kudos to loving husband.

Just sit back for a while and relax. Maybe your fertile (but skewed) imagination will bring you another good idea (for another 3 book deal).
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.


P.S. ATD hit # 6 on the NYT best sellers list! We are all pumped for CH. Woohoo!!!!

At 5:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheer up, Jackie!
I don't think it's writing related, but more like spring related. I get the same blues in the month of May every year. ;o)


At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Kat Richardson said...

It's moments like that that make me glad I'm mostly an orphan.

I'm on third-book blues too, but I'm still in the writing stage, so now I now what to expect (What to expect when you're expecting... a contract renegotiation)--thank you, Jackie. I shall be warning MY Loving Husband to lay in a supply of chocolate.

Now, go out and do something fun you've been putting off while you worked--it's your last chance because, as Devon said, they'll be beating on your door soon, demanding MORE Hell books ASAP, or anything else your fertile mind has on offer. Go have fun! (This is an order.)

At 10:31 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

Thanks, Devon, Demon, Debi, Adriana, and Kat. You guys seriously rock. :)

I took a break from writing this weekend -- my mom came up for Mother's Day, so there simply was no time for me to write (or mope). And today was all about smelling the roses. Um, tulips. Anyway. Feeling better (for now, heh).

Off to find Loving Husband. It's still Mother's Day for a couple hours. Time to...cash in. ;-)


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