I am up later, unable to sleep, sick sick sick. I've been sick for the past week nearly. I now have medication, but whatever this is won't give up its last couple of fingerholds on me. I tend to wake up and feel fine and be exhausted within an hour and have to lay back down again. I don't think I've ever felt so fatigued in my life.
So instead of lingering in bed, tossing and turning, I decided to log some news instead. I made a list of goals at the beginning of the new year, and several of them have already come to be met. One was finish the novel, which I actually finished on the second day of the new year, two was to revise it to my best ability and workshop it with others until I could get it in the best shape possible. I finished that process in April. One of the other things on my list of things to do was to acquire an agent to represent me, now that I have book length material to market. So I sent the novel off to an agent mid-May, on the recommendation of a couple friends, and nearly a month to the day, I heard back from the agent saying he loved the book and wanted to represent me. I'll be represented by Christopher Schelling of the Ralph Vicinanza Agency.
I'm very excited, but also intimidated just a little. The list of Christopher's other clients is, well, stunning. He represents people like Terri Windling, Kate Bernheimer, Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, Augusten Burroughs, Stephen King, Margaret Cho, and none other than His Holiness the Dalai Lama. I'm thrilled that he's going to represent my work, and like him already from the exchanges we've had. So it looks like this is it. I have to give up the book and trust someone else to take care of it from here on out. Very scary, but I'm happy it's Christopher. I had a gut feeling as soon as a friend he represents began to talk about him. I hadn't had him on my list of possible agents to send to before that, and suddenly I was caught up in getting my book to him before I sent it to the others. And that gut reaction seems like it turned out for the best. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Now back to the work of mending...