Road Trip Wednesday - The Journey So Far

Well, I've just got to take part in YA Highway's 100th Road Trip Wednesday!  It's been quite a while since I took part too.

Today's question is: What has your writing road trip looked like so far? Excitement? Traffic Jams and detours? Where are you going next?

I like to think of mine as being stuck on the M25 during variable speed limits.  Sometimes I fly through writing or editing, and other times I grind to a halt because my life beyond writing takes over.  I'd say I'm cruising at 60 right now and over halfway through my 3rd edit.  I don't want to set firm dates, but I'd like to say I'll begin the search for an agent Spring 2012.

Remember Spring? Oh, I love Spring <3 (Photo from My Flickr)

And do you need a midweek motivator? Thanks to Francesca Zappia, I'm on a Gorillaz kick ;)

I also received an award from the lovely Margo.  I shall post it tomorrow!


  1. LOVE the roadtrip/car analogies. And good luck with querying in the spring. I hope I will be there too.

  2. The last time I was home visiting family, a friend of my brother picked us up from Heathrow. I'm pretty sure we were on the M25--until we escaped on a westward-leading road. It had been 10 years since my last trip to the UK, and I'm sure the novelty of being back sustained me through what was tortuously slow traffic. I hope you find an autobahn soon! :)

  3. I love that song! Great choice. Yes, Chessie has great taste in music.
    Woohoo to going over 60! (Is that km or miles? XD) I can't wait to hear that you've landed an agent. Because I know it'll happen next year. Because you're awesome!

  4. Oh dang! I was referenced! *dances*

    Keep us updated with the querying! I love hearing other people's querying stories. (We can share the pain.)

  5. I'm glad you're not looping around in one of those ridiculous round-abouts ;)

    Good luck querying next year :)

  6. Alison - a few people seem to be planning for next year. Let's hope it's the year for all of us to take the next big step!

    Colin: The M25 is hellish. Every time I've driven on it, I've hit the worst jams. Autobahns, what a dream! Thanks for stopping by!

    Kris: She certainly does! And it's miles. The Queen's miles ;) *blushes* Thank you so much! I hope it's your year to shine too!

    Francesca: And you're very welcome. Hm, I'm not sure how much I'll share about querying, except maybe say "I've done it, so I'll be hiding in a cupboard from now on."

    Crystal: I go around three round-abouts every day ;) I think I did about ten when I took my driving test. They're very common here. And thank you! I really hope I'll have good news to share in 2012! I should hope so, what with it being the London Olympics ;)

  7. the M25 sucks. Traffic on there grinds to a halt all the time.

    3rd edit? That's a lot of editing. I've not even finished one edit of a novel.

    I hope your querying goes well!

  8. Sorry, just took a detour myself to have a good laugh at the previous comment (3rd edit? That's a lot of editing.) I've lost count of how many drafts and rewrites I've done on books and stories.

    But you're doing the right thing by taking it at your own pace to get to the querying stage. It's so easy to get caught up in wanting to get it out RIGHT NOW. Best of luck with your query journey!

  9. Good luck with the editing, and the querying this spring! I'm working to be at that stage by then as well.

  10. I'm wishing you the best of luck with finishing up and having queries ready in the spring. It seems so far away right now, but it will be here so soon.

  11. I love that you've set a timeline goal for yourself. I like to do that too... keeps me honest and motivated. :)

  12. Kamille: Three edits is hardly anything. I know there's at least one, smaller revision more to go before the betas see it. Good luck with your edit!

    Angelica: I'm only counting edits of the finished product. If I include previous version, I've totally lost track ^^; And yes, as much as I wish I could query now, taking it slower is far better.

    Lora: Thank you! Good luck to you too!

    Cindy: Thanks! Time runs away from all of us ^^;

    Katy: Exactly. I want a time frame, but I don't want it to be completely solid because life has a habit of getting in the way.


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