I have just completed my last semester of official course work for my master’s degree. The spring will be spent finishing my creative thesis and then defending it, probably sometime in April 2021. The title of my thesis? Modern Love: Reading, Writing, and Publishing the Romance Novel. Can you hear my sigh of relief that it’s almost over?
To be honest, the past year has felt like one long checklist of items I had to finish before I could get to the good stuff, namely focusing my energy on publishing and writing. Now that the graduate degree is almost complete I feel more than ready. I am ready to release Ghost of a Chance on the world! Of course, there is a lot left to do in order to get there. I’ve been actively pursuing agents, but so far I’m still waiting for the “we’d like to see more” letter. But I will not be deterred! If I’m still agent-less in early 2021, then I’m going to go the self-publishing route.
I recognize that 2020 has been a hard slog for all of us. But, as the title of this post says, we’re one step closer to getting back on track. The pandemic has been the reality check I need to keep everything in perspective. The night before last I watched news footage of semi-trucks loaded with the Covid-19 vaccine leaving the Pfizer plant to be delivered all over the country. I’ll be honest, I cried. Cried for the lives lost, cried for medical professionals who have put their lives at risk while devoting long and arduous hours to help those who are sick, and cried for the hope that someday soon we’ll be able to meet again in our favorite places to share our lives with those we love. I cannot wait to give my first hug once this is all over! And as much as Zoom has been a huge help in keeping communication open, I’ll be damned glad when I don’t have to use it anymore! So, I’ll close by wishing you all a very happy holiday season. I’ll also remind you that, for a little while longer, continue to social distance, wash your hands, and please, please, please wear a mask.