Some great news: I got the job at the literary agency! I'll be starting in just a few weeks and I'm extremely excited and relieved. I'll be reading query submissions and sending acceptance/rejection letters as well as working on some book trailers for an in-house series that is turning into a pretty big "product". I'll also be researching some things in the market on some blogs and working on movie deal contracts for a few authors, and scheduling some book events. It's going to be amazing and I can't wait to get moved into my own, ACTUAL office!
Just a small update today for those who care how the interview went. I think it went well overall. I talked for a while with the agent and one of the authors she represents and they seemed interested in some of the projects I had worked on in the past. I'll be hearing back from them in a few days to know if I got the position or not. I'm really hoping for the best! Also speaking of work, tomorrow I start the training for my position at the humane society. I only work weekends there, but I have a few hours of training tomorrow to prepare me for when I'm left alone this weekend. I'm excited at least!
Finally, I got around to seeing The Great Gatsby
tonight. Oh, God... it was beautiful. The novel is probably one of my top favourite novels ever written and I think that it was brought to life wonderfully in the new film. The actors were perfect, too! Regardless of if you saw the film or not (or want to), this song... "Young and Beautiful"
... Give it a listen. Honestly, I don't think I've teared up in a theatre in so long. Everything about it was gorgeous
After an amazing weekend in Boston, I'm finally back home in New York. The graduation ceremony was absolutely spectacular and I was so glad to get to see all of my lovely friends again that I left when I graduated early in December. Saturday was spent getting to wander around the city again and go on a cruise down the Charles River and then through the Boston Harbour (I'll be posting a photo I took from the boat soon). It was a nice way of saying good-bye to the memories I made there with all my friends over the last few years. Then, Sunday, I had my graduation ceremony. It was beautiful and so inspirational. Our president spoke for a while about the events that happened with the Boston bombing and the strength of the community during those times. Then, our commencement speaker came out-- Max Mutchnick (a graduate from the class of '87 and the creator of Will and Grace
)-- and gave a brilliant speech about his time at our school and his hope for the future of not only all the students, but for humanity as a whole. It was a very long ceremony, but a great way to say good-bye to Boston and the many friends, professors, and memories I made there. Thank you for everything!
Tomorrow's my second interview with the literary agency! I'm excited but nervous at the same time. I'd really love to get hired there to change things up (things are much less stressful from what I've heard working at an agency vs. publishing house), and because I always wanted to get a job in literary representation and this was the first opportunity that popped up. I've been spending the last few hours ironing my dress shirt and pants and trying to make them look presentable for tomorrow. Wish me luck! I'm grateful I'm at least going for a second interview, but I'm hoping the next time I hear from them, they'll be telling me when to come to the office for actual work!
Now on to stuff about actual writing since I mentioned the lit. agency! If you hadn't noticed, Chapter 3 of Fiction
has been posted! It's a week overdue (I was busy getting ready for graduation and didn't really have internet in Boston to post it), but it's up all the same. I'd appreciate any and all feedback (as always) and am currently working on the next chapter now... HOPING to have it up next week.
Fiction : Chapter 3Chapter 3
The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
“A sparrow and a swan…” Rebecca thought aloud even long after Daniel concluded his tale.
He kept his gaze out towards the river, not daring to speak a word. It was only when Ariel’s hand brushed against his own that he glanced down at her. She gave him a sad smile as she squeezed his hand. Daniel took a heavy breath and another sip of tea, trembling as the cool breeze from off the waters reached the porch.
“A sparrow and a swan,” Rebecca repeated,
And now, to announce the winner of the 50
for the critique raffle I offered for Chapter 2:
! I thank everyone who gave such helpful and in-depth critiques on that chapter for me. All your suggestions mean so much and I'm currently working on cleaning it up in between getting Chapter 4 ready to post. I'll be getting to the critiques I promised everyone in exchange, as well. It's just taking some time since I'm busy with other things, but I won't forget about you-- I promise!
And for a final mention about Fiction
, I got a lovely write-up on the story in the online fiction blog Black Rose Reviewer! You can read what they had to say about Fiction here
! (Totally agreeing I need to be on top of updating more often! I'm so slow... so busy... ;-; ).
I'm also thinking of opening up a contest this summer (once things start to simmer down and I get situated at my different jobs and see where I'll be ending up publishing-wise). I'll need some judges and some prize donators, so if anyone is interested before I get the information posted, PLEASE let me know (and let me know if you'd like to be a judge or donator [and what you'd donate]). I'll be getting more info about the contest in mind up in a few weeks.
And now, for those lovely community happenings:
Shameless promotion first! Remember that my Lit. Daily Pick
project is still going strong. I'm always looking for new and lesser known writers to feature, so be sure to send me some suggestions!
I also am starting my dAuthors
feature. Each month, an author and their novel from dA will be featured in a news article with an interview on their work, and on my page as the dAuthor of the Month! If you know someone who writes novels here, feel free to suggest them!
is hosting Project Edit
for writers! The rules are simple, and it's a great way to get some feedback on your work. Just check out the journal entry and create your folder and start reading and editing others' work!
is hosting her Review Project
once again, this time opening it up to all artists. If there's an artist that you love, why not leave them a review? You could get entered to win some fabulous prizes and features! (And, this project will be run every month now!) Spread the love! Deadline is May 31st
for this month.
is also hosting a Spring Contest
for her story! The prizes are amazing and it looks like it will be a lot of fun to enter. All the details can be found in her journal entry. Deadline is June 16th
Have a lovely week, everyone! I thank you so very much for your support as always and will be working hard on getting Chapter 4 posted within the next week. Until then, I'll be busy with my interview at the literary agency and starting work this weekend at the humane society. My time on here is going to become very limited, but I'll keep pushing to be as active as I can