Usually when I disappear for a bit, it’s because I’ve been sidetracked away from the world of writing. Not so much this time, although there is a little bit of that perhaps.
I saw the Samhain open call for superhero stories and had something I could revise for it so took a few weeks out from regular novel editing to get stuck into that instead.
For once I actually finished something and sent it out – only to get a form rejection a few days later, alas. However it was a good experience for me to complete something and polish it up – makes me feel like I’ve actually *done* something rather than just talk about it.
Now of course I have to go back to the novel editing. I’m entering that phase of not being super enthused about it again – absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder.
Perhaps it’s because many writers go through this in the course of writing a book, or perhaps it’s because I read something about paranormals not being particularly hot in the UK right now.
I don’t think you should write specifically to hit a hot market sector, but at the same time you can’t get away from the fact that it’s harder to sell something that’s going a bit cold. Good stuff does rise up and get published anyway most of the time, so I’ll have to hope for the best. It would help if I wrote a damn good book 🙂