I found out this morning that Pyr Books has opened to unagented submissions of certain fantasy subgenres, as of yesterday. Since as it happens I'd rewritten my Bell-Men query yesterday to make it a little less generic (I spill the beans about elves, for one thing), it seemed like a sign. I shot off a query to Pyr. Once I get the form rejection, I can go on and shop it to agents.
The weather here is finally warming up just a bit, thank goodness. I'm thoroughly ready for spring. Mom got a birdfeeder a few weeks ago and I've started sketching birds, which will be a lot more fun when I can actually sit outside (sitting very carefully still at a distance) to sketch. I'm also getting really into the whole birdwatching thing. I bought a cheap pair of binoculars today, and I've got three bird identification books close to hand while I sketch. I've already identified several birds I never knew the names of before.
I'm especially excited about the binoculars, the wildlife sketching, and the little pocket animal identifier book I bought a few weeks ago. Once spring really is here, I can take the show on the road--or the trail, anyway--and see how many animals and birds I can identify and draw out in Clear Creek. My goal, of course (since I'm obsessive this way) is to draw every single animal and bird that lives around here. I think it will take me approximately 200 years, which should keep me busy.
Good luck, Kate
How do you write so much, work, walk for miles, have a life and then decide to take up nature drawing and birdwatching?
Does the clock move slower in your hemisphere or is Groundhog Day repeating a real event for a couple of months each year?
Natalie--Now every time I see a tufted titmouse, I'll think of you. :)
BT--Somehow I still find time to waste hours and hours playing video games, too.
If I had to drop one activity, I'd drop work. :)
Suckola! I'm sorry I missed query time, although it looks like you got some fabulous feedback. That's what I get for taking a blog break and editing like a crazy person.
Good luck. It's time you were due.
Yeah, how dare you edit your own stuff when you could edit my query? :p
Aaron--Thanks! My fingers are crossed.
I am intensely jealous of anyone who can draw as I can only draw stick figures, and not very good ones at that. Sounds like a nice relaxing time though.
Well, look at the guy from xkcd--he draws stick figures and everyone loves them. :)
Just don't add insects to that list or you could be drawing for the next millennium! :P
No problem about that, I don't want to look close enough at bugs to draw them. :)
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