The year is winding down, and this week has been quiet, which is more or less what I expected. So when a rejection came in early this morning I was a little taken off guard. It seems so many literary agents are waiting to send out bad news until after New Year’s. Not that I want to start 2015 with bad news, either. Maybe I would rather receive it now and close out the year with a clean slate.
I’ve been cleaning up my office in advance of the new year, too. Ready to start fresh with a tidy workspace. I’ve fallen behind on the actual writing, though I’ve edited the first half of Changers (on paper; need to go make the changes in the Word document). And I have a rough outline for the rest of the book. Or, if not an outline, a general idea of where things are going.
And today the weather was nice enough for a walk. So:
1. “Whenever We Wanted” by John Mellencamp
2. “Through With You” by Maroon 5
3. “Like Sugar” by Matchbox Twenty
4. “Why Should I Cry For You?” by Sting
5. “Getting Late” by Rob Thomas
6. “Chanson Pour les Petits Enfants” by Jimmy Buffett
7. “As Long as It Matters” by Gin Blossoms
8. “Sunday Morning New York Blue” by Rob Thomas
9. “Brighter Than the Sun” by Colbie Caillat
10. “It’s My Life” by No Doubt
11. “All Your Reasons” by Matchbox Twenty
12. “I Don’t Need Another Thrill” by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers
13. “So What” by P!nk
Those first few songs tell quite the story. An edgy, defiant relationship that ends (1–2) . . . Except he can’t quite let go (3) . . . Until yes, he finally does (4). There’s the dip in energy, an inward focus (5–7), before the chrysalis bursts open again and hopefulness shines out (8–9). But the last four songs speak of a certain back and forth tension.
In short, it was a good walk filled with a really good musical story.
Now I’m off to rework a TV pitch and make those edits to Changers . . .