September 23rd, 2005
The Gargoyle Stays

I’m still not sure exactly what’s happening in my story now, but I’ve decided to allow Lazarus to stay. I think he’s going to stir the pot a bit, but I suppose that’s to be expected from a character who’s been trapped in stone for centuries. (wg)

I’m trying to ignore all the crap on television about the hurricane. I simply hope everyone is safe.

I’ve been thinking about the reality versus the fantasy of having a writing career. I know, for me, that publishing has turned out to be NOTHING like I expected. (Not sure exactly what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t this. 😉

What I’d like to hear are your thoughts. What’s been your fantasy about publishing? Has the reality stacked up?

16 comments to “The Gargoyle Stays”

  1. Glad you’re keeping the gargoyle! If a character shows up like that, there’s a reason.

    I’m actually living my fantasy, or at least the beginning of it. I have many more books to write and many more goals I’d like to reach, but so far it’s honestly about what I expected.

  2. Glad to hear you decided to keep the gargoyle. Maybe the story knows what course to take. It’s like once you step into the road of writing a story, you never know were your imagination might lead you. *vbg* As for having fantasies about the whole publishing business, I never did. No big fantasies about writing this great novel publishers would fight over. I guess it’s because I’ve had to deal with publishing in the academic world, so I pretty much knew how things “moved” and I figured the business of publishing novels wouldn’t be any different. Then learning about the publishing business before I started writing reaffirmed those ideas. Writing is a business, like any other business, which means that it’s unpredictable and changeable. If you want to be creative and do it for arts sake, then self-publish. If you’re in for the money, then buck up and deal with the dirty world of business.

  3. Charlene & Silma, I’m definitely looking forward to getting to know Lazarus better. He seems like quite a character. (Pardon the pun.;)

    As for the publishing business, you both are far more practical going into the game than I ever was. I knew it was a business, but there was still a healthy dose of pixie dust floating around in my head. (wg)

  4. Jordan, maybe if I had started writing when the bug bit me, back in the early 1990’s, I’d have gone into it with a different idea of what to expect. Then again, the romance writing community was smaller, internet was starting to unite us. I remember when the first (and still existing) listserv for romance writers came to life, RRA-L. (I’m still a member of it after 13 years!) Many romance writers, like Stella Cameron, Millie Criswell, and Karen Haubargh just to name a few and Romantic Times founder Kathryn Falk, were in it. It was wonderful to talk to them one on one, just like old friends. *vbg* I’m sure the romance writing business was tougher back then due to the limited number of publishing companies. Now there are so many thanks to ebooks, and even technology allows you to self-publish your own ebooks so easily, that perhaps now things are easier in that area.

  5. I won’t make you laugh with a description of what I thought the publishing industry would be like. It’s Anne of Green Gables stuff. All I knew about it was what I had read from Writer’s Digest articles. Like expecting the yellow brick road and the Emerald City and getting Damnation Alley on Hell Night. The evil flying monkeys are the same, though, lol.

  6. I expected it to be like the movie business, but at least in romance, the people are nicer. Nicer, but not angels. Money is still the bottom line, and if I’m not making it for my publisher, buh-bye. I’m still shocked by the willingness of romance writers to help others, to help people who could potentially take their jobs. I don’t know that I’ll ever get that. As for the personal aspects, I fully expected to be rich and famous by now. Uh huh. I guess for me, I’m most surprised by how hard it is. And that it doesn’t get easier. Not that I don’t love it, I do. I just figured there would come a time when I could skate. Ha!

  7. I think keeping Lazzurus is a good move!

    Hmm the publishignindustry? It’s pretty much waht i expected. But I was lucky enoughto know a freelance writer when I was in my 20’s, before I ever considered making it a career for myself, and I knew how hard it was for him.

    The thing that has surprised me, is like Jo said, the sense of community and the online friendships I’ve made. I never expected them, but I thank God for them.

  8. First of all, Jordan, about your comment on my blog. Girl, you can run but you cannot hide! LOL

    As for my fantasies, things are pretty much as Id expected. Ive been on both sides of the equation, publishing as well as writing, so I was fully aware that this is first and foremost a business. And a tough one at that. Surviving and thriving as a writer involves tremendous commitment, flexibility, determination, perseverance, plenty of ice-packs to soothe the wounded ego, and an abiding love of the craft.

    Im still starry-eyed enough to dream about Daisy Dexter Dobbs being a household name, with each of my books being mega-bestsellers. 🙂 Id adore the wealth, the glamour and the adulation. But Id find it difficult to do what it takes to maintain that status level (imagine the stress!). Ive lived long enough and have enough life experience to know that its not the destination thats all important (after all, we only want more when we get there). Its the journey. 😉

  9. Hiya, Jordan. Lazarus sounds intriguing. *g* Publishing . . . I started writing YA in 2000, and yeah, I had a lot of misconceptions. And over-confidence! Sure got over that fast. I’ve learned a lot over the past 5 years, and that includes the fact that I’ll never know it all, or get it all. It’s constantly changing, and I guess we just have to change with it. Ergh.

  10. Silma, I don’t think things are easier. E-publishing has certainly opened a lot of doors for a cross section of authors (me included :), but at the same time several publishing lines have closed.

    The truth is anything worth doing is always going to be a b*tch to accomplish. (wg)

  11. PBW, You crack me up. Now I’m going to have the damn monkeys stuck in my head. LOL!

  12. Sasha, The online community has been surprising to me too. It’s almost taken the place of the ‘face’ time meetings I occasionally attend.

  13. Jo, I expected this industry to be similar to the music industry. (Something I dabbled with in L.A.) I have a lot of friends and family in the movie business. I believe it’s by far the toughest industry to excel in. It tends to bring out the worst in people.

    Of course, the music industry prepared me for the beauty of the publishing contract. (wg)

    I think deep down every writer on the planet has a dream of being showered in riches and able to skate at a certain point. It still pisses me off that there’s no truth in that reality.

  14. Daisy, Household name would be nice. 😀

  15. Chey, Lazarus is going to be fun. I can tell already. 🙂 I hear you on the constant changes. Grr… I’m pretty sure my over-confidence was blown out of the water a year and a half ago. Snicker.

  16. Chey, Meant to say that I’m glad your new blog is up and running. Everyone should take a minute or two to stop by and say hello.