Trying to get published is such a difficult, hard, arduous process! I know I've blogged about it before, and I'm sure I'll blog about it again as this isn't the only thing I've written, nor the last thing I'll ever write. But, I'm extremely happy with the pub that I found, and I'm not anticipating feeling any different as time goes on. I did research before submitting, and all my contact with the editor has been fantastic. I'm very excited to start the work of putting out a great first novel!
A few months ago, I got tired of waiting for news on the short story anthology I had been accepted into, so I pulled my story so that I could submit it elsewhere. I ended up just sitting on the story for awhile, but tonight I did a few minor edits and submitted it elsewhere. It'll take some time to hear back, but hopefully they like it.
My life is otherwise good. My husband and I have been in our house for just over a year and I've been slowly but steadily working on making it home. Two weekends ago, in celebration of signing the publishing contract, I redid my office. I had been, since we moved in, cobbling together some semblance of what I wanted an office to be, but it wasn't perfect. I got a wild hare, though, to redo it completely, starting with painting it. I had one idea of what I wanted, as well as a few half-assed "oh I like this" pictures on my pinterest board to go off of, but what I ended up with is pretty different.
I thought I wanted something light and airy, but I ended up with a dark, ocean blue color (called Tropical Oasis by Valspar, if you're curious!) that I really dig. The room is very soothing and I managed to clean out a lot of the clutter I had in there before.
The best part, of course, is that it makes my cats look so fetching!
My next plan is to redo the kitchen with some pale aqua paint and red accents. I can't quite afford to replace our hideous countertops, yet, but one day I'd like to spruce them up.