The First Chapter

Posted on 21 October 2011

I have a confession to make. I’m getting a little burnt out taking pictures of my cats with publications.

It might be because I’m always rushed and don’t take the time to wait for the perfect photo opportunity. Everyone knows you can’t dictate a cat’s schedule. Even so, I tend to do something stupid like pick up Cirrus, grab a copy of the journal, shout at Peter to take a picture, and then end up with eight long red scratches on my shoulders and back. Which, admittedly, are well-deserved.

My latest injuries can be attributed to the publication of the first chapter of my novel-in-progress, OPAL, in the Summer/Fall 2011 Ohioana Quarterly. Publishing part of your novel somewhere before it’s completely finished isn’t how things usually work (unless you submit excerpts to literary magazines, which I never have). So this is another benefit of winning the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant, and one I’m pretty happy about.

But don’t worry, I did manage to get a few photos of Saucy and Cirrus with the Ohioana Quarterly. (No one said they had to be in focus…) I had to bribe Saucy with the catnip sausage and, sadly, I missed a great shot of Cirrus furiously clawing at the bed just below the journal.

Someone wise recently reminded me that all good things must come to an end, and while I don’t relish giving up this particular cat lady quirk, I may have to either retire it after the publication of Living Arrangements (an obvious grand finale if there ever was one) or else actually dedicate myself anew to the venture. It’s probably best if I don’t stop to think about whether or not that would be an effective use of my time. For now, I’ll read my copy of Ohioana Quarterly and give the camera a rest.

What have you grown tired of?


7 responses to The First Chapter

  • Paul Lamb says:

    I’ve grown tired of rejection letters lately, despite how nicely they are worded. Cats I never warmed to.

    I’ve submitted a couple of chapters from my WIP to journals recently. So far, no response (no rejection).

    • Good luck on the excerpts you sent to journals! I will politely ignore the fact that you are not a cat person, but I shall thank you for visiting my blog anyway. :) If it smooths things over, I’m a dog lover, too.

  • You can’t dictate a cat’s schedule? Well, hell, that’s what I’m doing wrong…

    I’ve grown tired of this bug I have. *Ugh* It’s messing with every plan I had for this week. Even reading is tough.

    Are we still looking at late November for your publication date?

  • Averil Dean says:

    I’ve grown tired of Vegas. So what else is new, right?

  • Downith says:

    I’ve grown tired of my dang accent.

  • lisahgolden says:

    I’m tired of unsolicited advice. And I feel it necessary to note that said advice has not come from this circle of writer friends.

  • Lyra says:

    I’ve grown tired of wishing for a more conducive life for creativity.

    I keep on the “By the time I’m _______, it’ll all fall into place”, and at this rate nothing is going to happen. I need to start modifying the life I have rather than bemoaning the facts.

    I’m also tired of the story I’ve been working for three years. Enough already!

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