Happy March 1!
So today, I’m thinking about deadlines! Some authors thrive on them, love them to bits, find that adrenaline rush for the finish line fuels them. Some of us hate them. Either way, we almost all end up with them.
Somehow, after declaring last year that 2017 would be the year of no deadlines, I find myself committed to six new romances with deadlines due this year! Plus loads more deadlines if I count blog posts like this I need to get done on time and usually have no idea at all what to write about. And my health issues are chewing up more time and getting in the way of writing way worse than I hoped. Eep!
What to do? I don’t want to drop out of any of the four wonderful new boxed sets, or the exciting new multi-author series! I’ve prayed over every new project before agreeing to it. I’ve prayed over my scheduling calendar. I’ve switched partly written stories around between sets, the switched them back again. I wish I could switch even more.
Which brings me to the title of this post. Piglets! Today is National Pig Day. A character in one of my completed but unpublished books has an adorable pet piglet, very like this one.
Unfortunately the piglet may grow just a teensy bit too big for a skinny twelve-year old stuck in a wheelchair to manage as an indoor pet, but as a smart kid who loves his pig, he has plans for that. His mom might not quite agree with all Josh’s plans… especially the bit about her marrying his estranged dad so he can move in with them…
What’s the connection between piglets and deadlines? This story would fit perfectly into the spring romance boxed set. The one with the deadline in less than a month. The one that at the time of writing I only had seven not very inspiring chapters of my other story written for! So it occured to me – wouldn’t it be perfect if I use this publish-ready story (it happens in spring and has a theme of renewal and redemption) for the boxed set instead. Then the story I’m working on can move to the first summer boxed set.
Brushes hands together. Voila! Two deadlines dealt with for the price of one!
Just one problem. I submitted the piglet story to Love Inspired four months ago and am waiting to hear back from the editor. It’s on second revisions, which means chances are good that the next time I hear from her, it will be a rejection or a contract. Or just possibly, another round of revisions. But I’ve felt almost sure it will be a rejection, it’s just a matter of when.
So the past couple of weeks, for the first time ever, I’ve prayed for a submitted story to be rejected asap! I even considered emailing the editor and taking the story back (not a wise move, with the potential for burning bridges!)
God seems to be asking me to wait, trust Him, and wait some more. Uh… and keep working on the current story in the meantime, get it as good as I possibly can, just in case it does need to go in that spring boxed set.
The waiting time is tough. It feels like a fallow season. If the piglet story is rejected too late for the deadline for the boxed set, it’s not a good fit for anything else I’m committed to this year. It might need to wait almost a year before I can release it.
And that’s okay. Even while writing this post, I had an idea for something I can tweak to make the story better! Like the psalmist, I need to trust that God’s timing is always perfect. The trees are bare and leafless still, but soon, they will produce blossom and leaves again.
This spring, like every spring, will be glorious!
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