I've been MIA lately because Spring finally arrived on Cape Cod. My yard was in pitiful shape after a long winter and longer soggy non-Spring. But the blooms have been beautiful...
I've been edging beds, spreading mulch, clearing dead leaves, mowing and weed-whacking, trimming bushes and dead tree branches, replacing broken fences... you name it, I've been doing it. More like re-landscaping than yard work.
And while I work outside, my mind keeps turning over story details so that by next week, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to sit down and crank on the WIP I was stuck in the middle of.
Do you ever find that when you're stuck on a plot point, or stuck on where a story is going, it's better to put it down completely and focus on something else entirely? I tried banging my head against it, but it was like a brick wall that I couldn't break through. Now I'm feeling re-energized by my time away from the story, and eager to get back and just plow through it, like I'm doing with my yard.
What works best for you when you get "stuck" ?
Query Update on MERMAID BLOOD:
Queries sent: 6, as of last week (I told you I was going to be selective)
Form rejections: 1
Requests for more: 1 request for a full manuscript (that came the same day!) (*quiet yea*)
Thanks to everyone who has commented on my posted query. I guess I need to refine Shea's goals more - the antagonists goals are clear: world domination. What does Shea want? answers? family? to belong? I have several more names on my "selective" list that I've already researched, so maybe I'll send some more queries out next week in addition to writing.
Have a great weekend!