For a lady who started blogging, just to keep her website from looking empty, after blogging had already peaked and was on its way out… here I am, 5 years later.
Back in April of 2015, I’d written my first complete manuscript, I’d sent it off to beta-readers, and revised it. And, following all the online advice, I set up a website as a landing page for agents, so I’d look like I hadn’t just popped into existence when my manuscript was published.
But, I didn’t want my website to look like a thing created and forgotten. So, I made a blogpost or two, just to make it look like I was still active online.
That was five years ago.
Five years ago, I never imagined that I’d still be both:
a – Unpublished and
b – Still Writing
I figured I’d be one or the other. In fact, I rather clearly remember telling my mom that I was gonna do one more pass of revisions after the beta-readers, then query for a year. If nothing, then I’d self-publish.
Ah, Morgan, you were so young, so certain that you could keep getting rejection letters without trying to ‘fix’ your manuscript.
That beloved manuscript has been through two rounds of queries, and is in the final stretch of its latest revisions, and has been joined by 3 other rough drafts, a couple dozen short-stories, and an annual month’s worth of poems.
As I said, I got into blogging after blogging had peaked, when everyone was moving to facebook or youtube, then snapchat, then Tik-Tok.
But, I’m a writer, I’m a novelist, I’m a pretty-wordy lady. The blog really is the best format for me, (and the now-regular vlog. I really do have an issue leaving a social media empty).
Obviously, no one would have predicted the spring of 2020 would look like this. But, one can only dwell and obsess for so long. In a move that surprises no one, I’m spending, (at least today), looking forward. Creating dreams and goals and plans to reach them. And here’s one, I say to you now: I plan to be published, one way or another, before I hit my ten-year anniversary.
I try to keep this blog partially educational, sometimes celebratory, always honest with a peek into my writing process — and progress (or lack thereof).
Thanks for joining me on this adventure. I’m not sure where the next five years will take us, but I’m excited to find out.