Took the kitties to the vet. Fitz is fine. He must be allergic to something in the house. Mina, however, got antibiotics and nose drops to help with her congestion, but she doesn't have anything obvious. So that's good, 'cause I was worried Fitz had brought home some nasty virus and shared. Came home and did a few Xmas cards. Then I got more in the mail to people I hadn't planned on sending one to so that means I probably ought to be nice and return the gesture.
Been sitting here and generally staring at my book again, and am sort of getting another plague of doubts--a lot of what if's. Some of this has to do with reading raleva31
's posts about queries and her thoughts on them. I know she won't rep mine anyway, but a couple of her comments on queries stuck out; namely, that it's a commonly-seen storyline when the character is falsely accused of rape and his life falls apart. Well, shoot, I have that in my story. (Granted, she also says it might work as long as it's not a central plot point, or it goes in a different direction, but I get stuck on the "it's been done before.")
So it's sort of getting stuck between the want to write something marketable and the desperation to stay away from cliches, and the need to write the story that's there. I know it's better not to write to the market, because it can be years before a new book gets published. But now I'm wracking my brain trying to think of a better storyline, or one that doesn't seem so cliche or how to make it more sexy a la Kushiel's Dart or something. I still have the nagging feeling that it's missing something writing-wise, and I even typed out some Robin Hobb, which actually helped me to get into the "zone" until I went and got myself distracted again. But so far it hasn't given me that magic insight into writing better prose. -sigh-
Or maybe I should just leave it alone and finish the darn thing. Again. Which I might be able to do if Mina wasn't sleeping on my arms right now.