01 Aug

Advice Taken: Say Yes & Figure It Out Later

I’ve had the pleasure of being in the company of the fabulous Liza Palmer numerous times over the last few years. She’s been kind, hilarious, encouraging, approachable, and has always given so much of herself to pass on the things she’s learned. One piece of advice she’s received and doled out has stuck with me: Say Yes and Figure it out Later.

For too long, I’ve been saying wait. later. maybe. But now is the time, when I’m riding high on a wave of RWA post-conferences, to take advantage of this amazing sensation. In order for me to move forward, I need to get myself in motion. Progress means movement, and it’s the only way I’m going to ever inch closer to the accomplishing the things Alison and I drew up and agreed to in our contract.

So, I’m saying yes.

Yes, I am entering portions of my manuscript into two different contests (which are looking at two different aspects of the book) and eagerly waiting for feedback.

Yes, I am registering to attend the California Dreamin’ Writers Conference in 2015, even though I’m going to be getting married mere days after this conference and might be quite the basketcase by the time the conference rolls around.

Yes, I am going to sign for editor/agent appointments at the Cal Dreamin’ conference and fully expect to pitch my YA Urban Fantasy manuscript.

Yes, I emailed Decadent Publishing about their special submission call for their series of Beyond Fairytales stories. And yes, this means I will need to produce a 15k-65k length manuscript and submit it within six months from the time I receive my assigned fairy tale.

Yes, I am expecting to enter my YA Urban Fantasy into the RWA Golden Heart contest for 2015 (assuming I meet their eligibility requirements). And yes, this requires that I complete the manuscript before the end of the year.

Aren’t you supposed to be planning a wedding? Yes. I am. I will.

And aren’t you still working full-time? Yup, that’s right.

And are you still doing an internship somewhere on the interwebs? Yes, that I am.

So how are you planning on doing all this? I don’t know. My therapist doesn’t know. No one seems to know, but apparently, I’m just going to go for it. I’m going to have faith in myself (because I too often have too little), I’m going to trust the Universe/God/Powers That Be, and I’m just going to say YES.

And figure it out later.

After all, in the words of my lovely, RITA-award winning friend, Laura Drake:

Said during Laura’s 2014 RITA acceptance speech for Best First Book