I've been diverted by other novel events, but back to my own. It's almost a letdown after watching so much politics. The weight of history is heavy and I wonder now how it's carried.
We write weighty words, measured for effect, launched like catapults into other hands. During this past election we've had a sense of how we help shape history ourselves, but we've usually never carried the weight of it alone.
Except when we submit to the publisher. That is our alone time. How long do you wait? When do you write to ask about the status of your book and does it ruin your chances if you do?
Ours is not the destiny of leading nations through policy, ours is in some small, but vital destiny of leading through words. Maybe not nations, but our written voice sends ideas soaring, boarding us passages into imagined worlds that we might share. Our weight of history, no matter how it turns out, includes more patience than any campaign, waiting to see the results. Our own elections, editors' ballots cast, are silent and hidden, yet the rejections just as painful and humiliating.
As I work on my word count for National Novel Writing Month, I finally had to write an editor to ask about a novel that's been held so very long. Luckily, I read an "offbeat marketing" book before I did it and today the editor got an oversize fortune cookie asking about my novel's fortune. Though still I wait for that vote to be cast.
While I continue the new book for the next catapult, I hope I made a hit somewhere with the launch of another months ago. Win or lose, our stories roll on, the walls of publishing castles not totally insurmountable, the hopes of our own history knocking at those doors.
The wait will soon be over. And I hope the new President doesn't mind me borrowing a phrase to help me keep going, to keep writing, to keep cranking up the treadmill of trying...for my elections are still not over. They never are.
"Yes We Can" "Yes We Can" "Yes We Can" The countdown continues....
Causes Teryl Cartwright Supports
United Methodist Committee on Relief, American Red Cross, Heifer Project, American Cancer Society, Doctors without Borders