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Every first Wednesday of the month we gather to connect with one another and share our insecurities.
For me, the fresh start represented by 2013 is less about insecurity and more about uncertainty. I have three manuscripts out there waiting for feedback - a novel and two short stories - with responses on all three due back this month. It's definitely nerve-wracking, but not in the way many people might expect. It's not so much a fear of rejection or even the prospect of disappointment that nags at me. I've been rejected before, I've been disappointed in the past, and I find I deal with it a bit better every time.
Instead, what bothers me so is my own impatience in being able to get the manuscripts back out there, shopping them around to another market, and finding one that might be more responsive. I can (almost) wait forever for a YES, but if it must be a NO, then I'd rather it be quick, so that I don't lose my own momentum. There's an excitement in being able to put that final period on a story, in being able to declare it finished, and I want to push it, promote it, and share that enthusiasm. I know from experience that the longer the wait, the harder it is to motivate myself again when the time comes, and I don't want to sabotage my own efforts.
In the meantime, I still need to polish off one of my long-lingering short stories (I think I've finally found the 'hook' around which to wrap the tale), and get cracking on my new novel.