Yesterday, Paper Lantern Lit co-founder (and one of my bffs) Lauren Oliver forwarded me the official announcement about FURY -- namely, that the fabulous folks at Simon Pulse love it, and are going to publish it!!!! I squealed and smiled and forwarded it to everyone I know. There was lots of enthusiasm conveyed with caps lock and multiple exclamation points and non-word vocabulary usage. It's so weird to think of myself as having a three-book publishing deal.
But the time for celebration is short. I mean, I'll keep celebrating, but I'll also keep working -- hard. Harder, even, than I was before. Because now I have to live up to the potential that people see in me, and in my writing. It's an awesome task, both in magnitude and in terrificness!
At the forefront of my mind is creating a regular writing schedule. I know people who write religiously, for a set amount of time, every morning. I know people who pepper their creative time throughout their days. Some friends get busy (writing, people, writing!) at night. I'm not sure yet what will work best for me and day job. When I was writing the FURY proposal, I kind of fit the writing in when I had time. But now I need a more rigorous daily ritual. Any suggestions?
Along the same lines -- I want to move my desk and clean it and reorganize my thinking space, to reinforce the writing ritual by having a designated area (that's not covered with clothes and food magazines and those pesky cords and discs that always seem to be homeless in my house) where I can focus and work. I'm off to ApartmentTherapy.com (one of my favorite guilty-pleasure Web sites!) to look for workspace inspiration! Perhaps I'll post some ideas here later.