ぎりぎりのところ


Today’s title refers to being at some limit or boundary, such as the moment right before you press the send button on an email query to the only agent you really really want to have.

And while I was sitting in “the girigiri place,” my heart was going “dokidoki.”

In my last post I ranted about how unoriginal my novel now seems because I was eight years too late in finishing it. Well, I’m still a little disgruntled, but at least I’ve managed to incorporate a new spin into my query that I’m pretty sure the agent will like. Did it really take me three months to achieve this? Well, yes. I admit I’ve been neglecting my art in favor of a billion other activities. In fact, if I hadn’t taken today off from Amtgard, I’m certain I wouldn’t have even thought about working on the query letter.

But, for better or worse, the deed is done. Though I still have a few minor things to tweak throughout the novel (spelling, a place name), I’m determined to not change another thing after that. From here on, my only activity having to do with this specific novel will be querying. The rest of my effort will go to new projects. In light of this decision, I would like to share the revised version of my personal motto:

“No matter what happens, just keep smiling. When you can’t smile, just keep breathing.”

(I suppose it’s alright if you assume that the original form was “Just keep swimming.” It probably was, though subconsciously. ^^)

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