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Excuses, excuses

Originally published at Mary Victoria. Please leave any comments there.

It has been a long while since I slunk by here, tail between my legs. My excuse, as always, is that I have been swamped “in real life” by doing, doing, doing. Indeed, like Ged at the end of ‘the Farthest Shore’, I would love to be done with doing. But I don’t get to say that – not quite yet. :)

A quick recap for anyone who wants one. Over the past few months I have been engaged in selling and buying a house (yes, we’re moving again,) in revising a manuscript and submitting it to agents, in applying for and securing a place on a MA program, in sorting out jobs and generally staying afloat. None of these tasks are finished, per se, though it’s safe to say I’m much further along with them now than I was a month ago. This is progress.

In order to help long-suffering friends make sense of my peripatetic existence, I’ve taken the liberty of preparing some answers to FAQ’s:

1) Why are you moving again, M. V.? Didn’t you do that less than a year ago?

Why, yes, thank you for remembering. The Victoria clan settled in St Albans last summer. Now we’re moving to the Watford area. Mad? Maybe, but there’s method in the madness. I won’t go into all the personal details here but if you’re burning with curiosity I will tell you over a cup of tea. Which you will make.

2) What? You applied to do a MA in Publishing? Aren’t you a writer or something?

By the book gods! The two are not mutually exclusive. I have been given the opportunity to join the wonderful MA program at UCL, but must defer the place for a year in order to apply for a grant, etc. So that will be for 2015.

3) You submitted your ms? Was this the famous manuscript-from-hell that has been haunting your dreams and blog posts for nigh on two years now? We’re sick of hearing about it.

Again, I am touched that you retain any notion of what I’ve been doing for the past two years. I had mostly forgotten, myself. But yes, that’s the very manuscript I refer to. It has been whipped into shape. It has passed muster with my agents. It’s ready to languish in a publisher’s slush pile and have that all-important mug of coffee placed firmly on top of it. I’m thrilled.

4) Whatever. You’re nuts. You’ll never settle down. You have delusions of adequacy.

This may be true.

Meanwhile, in other news, I have been venturing into the Twittersphere. Please feel free to join me there: @MAdamsVictoria. Love to all, and seriously – sorry about the long blog silences.

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