Speedy Update is Speedy

So, just thought I'd take a moment to keep you all informed about what's going on right now.  (Keep in mind, this is in lieu of updating my personal diary, which I just don't feel like doing right now.) 

I sent in The Recruited full to the agent who expressed an interest, and I also got a partial request the same day I sent off the full.  Good day, as you might imagine.  Two emails sent off to two different agents with part or all of my manuscript does a happy writer make.  🙂  Really, that was the kind of thing I'd hoped for ever since I revised my query letter for the millionth time and sent out more letters into the publishing sea. 

The only downside of the full request was that reading over everything one last time completely derailed my school related productivity.  I have to say you guys, it actually came as a giant relief to do homework again this week, since I did so little last week.  I'm basically caught up by now, which is great, although God knows how long it will last. 

Tonight I put an early copy of my bibliography for my thesis down on paper, and I only have to read two more sources before I'm done with the research.  Both of those sources are works of fiction–thank God–and unless I encounter more information that I desperately need over the course of the writing process, I won't need to check out and pour over any more books.  *fingers crossed*

Also, is it stupid that I still have a goal to finish Back to Roots before the semester ends?  I'd ideally love to jump on it before I have to really delve into my thesis, and now that The Recruited is temporarily out of the way, I can't help thinking I'll be able to do it.  Problem is, I'm going to need someone to either talk me into pounding out the last few chapters, or someone to tell me I'm crazy and once again taking on too much.

Any takers?  What are you guys swamped with right now?  If anything? 

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Away, apparently

Couldn't help answering the question asked by the title of my last post.  Though the weather is still beautiful here, my summer ends tomorrow with the start of a new semester.  I go back to work and class on the same day, and I won't get a break from either until December.  (Then again, December doesn't really count as a break this year because of all the thesis-related things that will be done during that month.)

On the other hand, I'm finally starting to feel prepared for the start of school.  My books and groceries are bought.  I have new tennis shoes–always a necessity when you live off campus–and new clothes.  The only thing left to do is my laundry, which I'm in the process of as we speak.  In fact, it's kind of ironic to me that the only things that aren't as done as I'd like are all writing related.

Thesis research is still being done, which is okay I guess, as I have another week or two to get four more sources minimum.  I'm actually more on top of my process than I would've thought, considering something big came along and completely disrupted all of my plans for going into school well prepared.  

Since you're probably curious by this point, I'll come right out and say it.  Last Tuesday I was contacted by the same agent who asked for a partial of "The Recruited" about two months before.  This time, she wanted the whole manuscript.  Needless to say I screamed and flailed and danced around my house for awhile, before proceeding to call the rest of my immediate family to tell them the good news.  My mom was already home when I heard, and she figured it out the second I opened my mouth.  🙂

This is huge, HUGE news.  Of course, it also keeps me very busy while I go over everything with a fine tooth comb in preparation for sending it off.  Keep your fingers crossed for me guys.  Over the course of the next few months, I'll need all the good luck I can get.  

Unfortunately, I was not able to finish the "Back to Roots" rewrite before classes start, simply because of the influx of everything else that needed to be done.  I am only four and a hair chapters away from the end, so with any luck I'll either be able to finish during the semester or over winter break in a few months.  My excellent father helped me break through the plothole that had stalled me for so long, and after that I wrote most of the rest of the book over the course of our vacation.  All in all, I'm better off than I thought I'd be.

On a side note:  I even managed to finish a few of the 100 Prompts Challenge prompts.  I'm now over halfway done with something I started three years ago.  And you know what?  Given everything I have going on, I still consider it progress.  

Hope all of you are doing well!