Thursday, January 28, 2010


Well...I opened my mouth and jinxed myself. I was so ready to give away some of our dogs. We had four of them. When we moved, Mr. Chelle promised to build a large pen to keep them contained when they go out to do their thing. He built the pen, but it doesn't contain the dogs. *sigh* And now he's back at work so it won't get repaired for another two weeks. The Boston Terrier sisters got out. Bella and Gracie took off and a couple of hours later, Gracie showed up and was completely freaked out. I seriously thought she'd need the Dog Whisperer. Bella still hasn't come home and we're afraid she's fallen victim to a pack of strays that are terrorizing this section of the county. Instead of therapy my brother offered to take Gracie hoping she wouldn't be able to get out of their fence. I insisted she remain a house dog, and so far she hasn't played Houdini and escaped. As frustrated as I was with the heart is broken that they're gone. At least I can still see Gracie.

How has everyone's writing/life been? I've been trying to stay in touch, but I started my new meds and it has kinda wiped me out this week. We'll give it until I go back on Feb 26th. I did submit a two paragraph pitch to Donna Alward's pitch. She's a fabulous HQ Romance author and has offered her mentorship to an unpubbed author for another year. Last year I was fortunate enough to have made it into the final 5. This 11. Not too bad out of 80 something entries. She said the pitch was good...the storyline just didn't excite her. Guess I need to work on making it a little more conflict filled before I sub to Silhouette.

Hope yous guys are well and warm!!


destrella said...

Eleven still sounds good to me! Great job and keep plugging away. :O)

Chelle Sandell said...

:) Thanks, Diane! There are several Harlequin/Silhouette pitches coming up. I might try again.

Donna Alward said...

Don't let it get you down, Chelle. It WAS a good pitch. Narrowing it down to the final five was SO hard!

Your turn is coming. I know it.

Chicki said...

Sorry about the dogs. I'm not a pet person, but I know how attached people are to their furry family members.

I didn't know you started the new meds. Hope you tolerate them well and get good results.

My writing is going great. I'm finishing up Ch. 5, and got Angela's crits of chapters 3/4 last night, so you know what that means ... :) She's so good at seeing beyond the minor things to the stuff that really needs fixing.

R.M.Gilbert said...

Too bad about the dogs hon.
I think 11 is wonderful. We're proud of you at PC.
I hope the meds help. Take care.

Chelle Sandell said...

Donna ~ I'm so glad I tried again this year! You're advice is always spot on and you are such an inspiration to me. Thanks again for the incredible opportunity.

Chelle Sandell said...

Chicki ~ I miss you guys! So glad you're doing so well. And yeah...Angela's crits are always so helpful!! I was scared to try the meds and will at least give them until my next Rheum. visit. We'll see.

Rach ~ Thanks, sweetie!!