Slumpy

July 11th

I’m in a rut. I’ve hit a slump. I’m feeling blah.

However you want to coin it, the dog days of damn heat are here and I’m feeling the wrath this year. It could be from a variety of things:

1. Things are slow at work, leaving me oh-so-antsy.
2. I’m missing my family.
3. It is too hot to do anything outside 15 hours a day. Those other dark hours I happen to usually be asleep. Annoying? Yes. Controllable? No. I need to get over it already and realize June, July and August are my payment to Mother Nature for the other 9 months of sweet weather.
4. I got back my first rejection letter for my novel. I’ve only sent one, making that a 100% rejection level. However, the photocopied letter was addressed, “Dear Author.” That was pretty cool.
5. I want to be curled up on the couch knitting and watching a good, old movie — like the African Queen. Alas, I have yet to purchase a new TV. Yet another thing I need to quit bitching about and do something about.

In my family, you were allowed to complain about something once. Twice and you got a swat for being a whiner. With that in mind, my action plan:

1. Volunteer for more work. Get busy. Busy = happy. Okay, well busy = not bored. It’s an improvement.

2. I’m scheduling a trip to see my brother soon. I’ve got plans to see mis papas soon enough. We’re mustering through this.

3. Get out my cutest bikini, large brimmed hat and buy a new slew of magazines to enjoy the pool this weekend. I’m house sitting (YAY!) and can’t wait to plunk my bootay by the water. Not to mention I also get to play with the pooches. I love animals, and rented ones are even better.

4. I read this article in The New York Times magazine this weekend and thought, “Why don’t I send him a copy of my book? He knows Africa. He loves Mozambique. He’s a published author.” Strangely enough, I found his address online and dropped a letter in the mail Mr. Stark yesterday. We’ll see what happens.
Also, I decided it is foolish to beg someone (read: literary agent) to take a severe percentage of my future earnings to get my book in front of Ms. Winfrey when for a few bucks postage and a manila envelope, I can send her one myself. Again, it is a long shot, but I’m a lucky girl. I believe in good karma. And it can’t hurt. (One day, my future literary agent is going to read this post and smile at my spunk and naiveté.)

5. I’m going to use my freelance pay this month to buy myself a new tee vee with a dee vee dee player and join the ranks of all you technophiles. So there. Katherine Hepburn, move it. Mr. Bogart’s all mine.

~K

P.S. If all this positive, happy blather doesn’t work, I may just splurge on one of these. I wear white or black about 80% of the time and can’t tell you how much I’ve invested in white T-shirts that are close, but not perfect. This one looks divine.

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17 Responses

  1. What a novel (no pun intended…seriously, i didn’t mean it) idea to send your book directly to Oprah! You’re one smart cookie πŸ˜‰
    And on the t-shirt….get it, but be warned, I’m feeling a rainbow of those fancy tee’s in your near future. Hehehehe.
    Hope you are having a happier day today!
    Love you! Miss you!

  2. That is so cool that you wrote a book! The fact that you did anything like that at all is something to be proud of. πŸ™‚ And double kudos for taking action, too many people just complain and do nothing. Sad people, they don’t realize they have control over their lives. You are lucky indeed, just for knowing that you have control.

    Great tee link too!

  3. I love a girl who can list all the things bumming her out and then list the ways that she’ll make them better! I think you belong in my “naturally optimistic’ club.

    I’m keeping all my rejection letters about my film too. Someday they’ll make great fodder for Letterman or Leno. Heh. πŸ˜‰

  4. I admire your spunk! I would never have though to send a novel (not that I have finished one…yet) directly to another author or OPRAH for that matter! Good for you. It can’t hurt, right?

    Oh, and congrats on joining the technophiles and getting a TV; although in this day and age I don’t think a TV and DVD make you a tech junkie. You’d have to get TIVO and everything else on top of it.

  5. I believe in giving your dreams a shot. Don’t listen to people who call you naive or anything else. Go for it. Absolutely. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

  6. Just last night I was lamenting about the summer slump. It’s hot, blah, blah, blah. I don’t feel like doing anything, blah, blah, blah. Mostly, it just felt good to whine. A good nights sleep has brightened my mood, as has your post…I need to make a list and a plan, too!

    Take some solace in this: it is in the 90’s in the upper Midwest and extremely humid…and we don’t get the trade-off of nine months of gorgeous weather in exchange!

    Good vibes on sending your book out. Think of a rejection letter as one step closer to an acceptance letter!

  7. We saw that boat used in the African Queen in the Keys…

  8. Love your posts Kelli! Also love how you have everything planned out, and most importantly…your going to do something to change your “rut”.
    Good for you! Oh, you are going to be sipping some sort of alcoholic concoction near the pool this weekend right? Have A Great Time πŸ™‚

  9. I’m sorry to hear about the rejection letter, but I think it’s wonderful that you’re already looking ahead to other opportunities and not giving up on your dream.

    And I know what you mean about the summer blahs. I think just about everyone I know around here has them to varying degrees. At least lounging around the pool with some cute animals to keep you company should help a little πŸ˜€

  10. Have a nice weekend!

    Good luck with TV shopping. DVD player, love them!

  11. Mama, you have a good plan to get out of your rut. If I might suggest a magazine to add to your slew: Domino. Have you seen this thing? I just subscribed. All about shopping on the cheap. Also, a great t-shirt: http://www.bananarepublic.com/browse/product.do?cid=5042&pid=417049&scid=417049052
    I have one in most every color.

    Have fun with the pooches — they’re the bes rememdy for the blahs.

  12. book? is this the first i’ve heard of this? or maybe you wrote about it before i started reading your blog and i missed out. need to look through your archives, and i shall, but first, tell me all about your book. i’ll get a copy and read it.

  13. That NYtimes article was reaaly good, but I bet your book is even better. How wonderful to be an author. I have to admit I do love my tv. The woodcutter hates it, but there’s nothing better than watching some brain numbing tv soap when your really tired and need to chill out.

  14. Have you ever read PubRants? Right now Kristin is talking about how to be your own literary agent if you don’t want to get one to represent you. Check it out. πŸ™‚

    http://pubrants.blogspot.com/

  15. Wait … you wrote a novel? When did I miss *that*? That is very cool. Good luck. (I have a B.A. in English, but I don’t think I could write a novel.)

    Also, I like that white tee, too. I wear a lot of white tees because they can easily be BLEACHED! A necessity with children.

  16. thought it was time to catch up on kelli.
    What’s this about no dvd player?

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