N.M Sotzek

Author of the AIM Chronicles

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1 is the Loneliest Number

Posted by nsotzek on April 6, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Well, it's happened. I've sent out queries into the universe of agents. Within a day, I was rejected by one. One lonely rejection. Don't worry, my little form rejection. You won't be lonely much longer. When I told my mother, she was more upset than I was. I'm not disillusioned. I know I won't get an agent on the first try. Of course, it's the dream, but I know better. My thinking is that each rejection brings me closer to the agent who will be perfect for my book, or the agent my book is perfect for. Either way. It's actually made me more determined, and as though this is all really happening.

Having a hard time focusing on reality (I blame that on my writing), I don't always click in when something happens. Back in 2010 I went to Jordan for my field school. Despite being stuck on the plane for ten hours, it still didn't feel like it was happening until I was standing on Jordanian soil outside the Amman airport. And now, re-reading the rejection letter, I think it's starting to sink in. I wrote a novel, and that's something I've realized a while ago. But now...now I'm in the process of getting it published. Maybe it'll sink in a bit more when I get a request for more pages, or a full. For now, this is my reality. The hunt. The wait. The game of hide and seek, and I'm sitting in my little corner, breathing very quietly until someone finds me.

In other news, work on the sequel is going well. I was doing some research on the Canadian military, which I'll only partially use since my book is set in the future. Anything can happen. My boyfriend isn't part of this book, which is a strange feeling. He was a big part of figuring out logistics for the last book...but I kind of like it now. I'm figuring out all these connections that can be made between the Underground, the McCarthy's and the military. I'm developing new uses for AIMs, and it's absolutely crazy the potential these things have!

As mentioned in my last post, I'll look at animals as if I'm scanning them. And then it hit me. I always picture AIRCs (Artificial Intelligence Remote Console) as a small, thin electronic device, similar to a blackberry, but thinner (for the latest competing models, of course. Not the regular recreational ones). The oh-so catchy phrase popped into my head: "There's an app for that!" You wanna know what song is playing that you randomly hear on the street or in the mall? There's an app for that! You see an animal and you wanna know what it is? There could be an app for that! Based on this book, there could be an app which recognizes different species of animals and using GPS tracking, could tell you whether or not it's rare to find in the area. Am I crazy for even thinking about things like this? Maybe. But my boyfriend is trying to create a boardgame based on the book....at least I'm not alone in my insanity.

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