something significant – #WhatImWriting

Northumbrian sunriseAnother Tuesday dawns… probably quite literally as this post is published (I’m scheduling it for 7am) unless, of course, the world has been swallowed up overnight by our evil alien overlords.

*Clears throat*

Aaaaaaanyway, it’s time for ‘What I’m Writing’! Chrissie is hosting this week so if you’re looking to link up please head over to Muddled Manuscript. There’s a fresh pot of tea on, and I’m pretty sure I heard something about biscuits…

So, to business! What have I been writing this week? Well, again I didn’t have much time (this last month has been manic) but I did manage a piece of flash fiction to link up to #ThePrompt last Friday. And that was on such a sad subject that I then asked the boys to set me a limerick challenge just to cheer things up! Apart from that I’ve spent a bit of time tinkering about with my picture books and that was it.

BUT NO, WAIT! I did do something significant! I submitted my first picture book manuscript to an agent! I know it’s not the world’s most amazing news but it’s one of those little things that feels quite big. I’ve put myself out there. Although I’ve submitted work to publications and competitions before I’ve never sent anything to an agent, so this is new territory. This is also the most passionate I’ve felt about any submission I’ve made. This little book matters to me. So yes. There you have it. Eeeek.

This week is set to be a quieter one so I’m looking forward to spending some time on my latest picture book. I’m also planning on doing a bit more blog-surfing for poetry and prose for my first Brit Mums post in early December. I’ve already got my eye on some (last week’s Prompt was full of fab pieces) and it should be fun to hunt out more.

I’m also going to spend some quality time with my family. I have a hunch my husband is rather sick of the sight of the back of my laptop and the sound of me tap tapping away! So we’re planning a trip to the cinema and out for a meal. We used to go to the cinema (just the two of us) a lot but since having kids it’s something that happens so rarely I tend to get very excited about it. Wheeeee!

Happy weeks, all!

18 thoughts on “something significant – #WhatImWriting

  1. Nicola Young

    Exciting times re the picture books. Looking forward to hear how you get on. In the meantime enjoy your family time and going to see a grown up film too – what a luxury!

    1. Maddy Post author

      Yes it’s the idea of seeing a ‘grown-up film’ that’s so exciting. I’ve sat through far too many kids films recently! And I’m definitley excited to be at this point with my picture books – it’s good to have one that I’m happy to submit. Thanks Nikki xx

  2. Mummy Tries

    Wishing you all the luck in the world my dear, I’ll keep fingers and toes crossed for you! Very exciting :-)

    Also I can completely see why you’re looking forward your date so much! Good food and a movies sans kids, what’s not to like?!

  3. Emily Organ

    Well done on submitting your manuscript! Keeping my fingers crossed for you. It sounds like a good opportunity for time spent with the family too, I’m doing some of that myself at the moment.

  4. Rachael

    Good luck with your submission! And I’d be excited about date night too, they are so few and far between! I’ll look forward to your BritMums post next month (next week?)

  5. Sophie Lovett

    Ooh very exciting about the agent submission. It’s a big step, putting yourself out there like that – so good luck! And enjoy your date! I’m scheming to create lots more opportunities for me and my hubby to hang out as a couple as part of his Christmas present – I think we’ve only had about three dates since Arthur was born almost two years ago so something definitely needs to be done! Have a fab week, and I’ll look forward to your Brit Mums post :) x

    1. Maddy Post author

      That sounds like a very romantic christmas present Sophie (and one that you benefit from too – brilliant!) Thanks for the good wishes. xx

    1. Maddy Post author

      Ah this made me smile Chrissie! The first step is the hardest to take or so they say (at least I think they say that… ) Of course, the first step is writing and the second is editing so sending to an agent is really the third step, but still. Felt like a big leap up so yes, HUGE is a way of looking at it! Thanks xxx

  6. Jess Paterson

    That is something significant, indeed! Best of luck with it, I hope the agent likes it or at least gives constructive feedback. If he doesn’t snap it up he’s clearly a fool! xx


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