My body has returned from vacation, but my mind still isn’t wrapped around any kind of routine. We got home at 1:30 this morning and I slept until almost nine o’clock, which messed up my whole day because I’m usually up by six o’clock. I have 9 hours and 18 minutes to get psyched about going to work tomorrow.
I managed to write a little on vacation, but not nearly as much as I hoped. Without being at my desk with cats curled up by the computer (or on the keyboard) it just wasn’t the same. I also found it difficult to write with an audience; I didn’t have any place I could go alone and I can’t write with someone looking over my shoulder.
I didn’t have access to the internet during vacation and I didn’t want it bad enough to pay for it, so today, I got caught up on email. I found out two things: 1) it was refreshing to have a week and half off from obsessing over whether or not I had any query rejections waiting for me; and 2) I shop WAY too much. I had 153 emails waiting for me from different retailers attempting to entice me into jumping on the Independence Day sales. My husband is really disappointed that I missed the deals. (Not really).
Earlier, I checked the critique forum that I frequent and found someone critiqued the first few pages of my novel. The only positive comment was congratulating me for finishing the novel. I wanted to cry, but I didn’t. Briefly, I thought about quitting, but I got over it. Unfortunately, I’m still a little blue, or I wouldn’t feel the need to write about it. Two people have read and liked the final version, so I hope it isn’t as bad as this person thought. I did make a couple of changes that made sense, though. Intellectually, I know getting thick skin isn’t a process that happens overnight. I’m expecting several more wounds that will heal and make me stronger until negative comments don’t sting so badly.
Does anyone have any advice on handling not-so-glowing comments on their work?