10:40 AM Nina S. Gooden 0 Comments

This isn't going to be a pretty post. I won't even add a Deviation for it....mainly because I'm too sad.

Failure tastes like bitter spice in my mouth. It burns and stings my eyes. I'm in class, else I'd probably be wallowing in my bed. Ash and Diamonds was rejected by Samhain. It comes as a harsh blow, because...well, I really love this book. I've worked insanely hard on it. It's been scrubbed and brushed and raked and shaken into what I'd calls damn near perfection.

Unfortunately, sometimes writing a good book isn't the point. This is a business and certain things don't sell well. That's the only way I can look at this rejection, because I refuse to think that my writing just wasn't good enough. Ash is a paranormal romance. I'll admit that it's my favorite subgenre for Romance, but maybe it's too much already. I've heard it's hard to get them accepted, but I'm not sure...there's always these rumors about which genres are expanding and which are shrinking.

I don't know. Either way, I'm going to keep doing what I can. I still have two submissions waiting for an answer. Hopefully I'm in line for better news on them.

Ash is a damn good book. Eventually, it will find its home.



11:35 AM Nina S. Gooden 0 Comments

So....hiya, ya'll....

I know, I know. My posting lagged like you wouldn't believe. It's been months since I've even opened Blogger. But I have a good reason! Well, reasons. I've been horrible busy. Mainly, it's been school. I started back this semester, and me being the little overachiever that I am, decided to major in Computer Science and minor in Japanese.

Well, obviously that's not happening.

I'm a pretty good student (if I do say so, myself). I did that whole IB/Honor's Society when I was in high school. I love science, I'm good at math, and English is my issh! Yeah, I said "issh," because it is! Still, I'd forgotten how time-consuming the whole process is and with such a heavy course load, (plus my two super secret editing jobs), I've gotten absolutely zero writing done these months.


So I figure I'm going to have to either drop the Computer Science bit or the Japanese, so CS got the cut. I would just like to note that that decision, so neatly presented in white and black pixels, took my foreeeeever to stick with. I was so torn! Thank goodness for Taylor, who was infinitely patient with my wails of "What do I dooooo?!"

In the end, it was a no brainer. I'm very much aware of the chances of me "making it" as a writer. Many people don't. But I'm going to. I wanted to go to school in order to have a fallback career, but ultimately, I want to write for a living. So, meh, Computer Science got the cut.

Instead, I'm taking Graphic and Web Design and majoring in the ever-so-vague "Art." I think it will be fun. I'll learn a skill I can apply to my career and I'll still be able to explore my newly discovered appreciation for history. Only, it'll be Art History. And without the maths and engineering classes to obsessively study, I'll actually be able to make time to get words down onto paper.

All I have to do is survive this last month of classes. Whoo!

This Deviation is by an artist that goes by hjstory. I love everything this member does. They're little comic strips that put a smile on my face every time I look at them. In fact, I love them so much, I'm going to put the deviantArt link, here, AND the tumblr account, here. Check it out.

HJ, Story. Work Hard. 2011. DeviantArt, Seoul, Korea. Web. 7 Mar 2013. <>