Well, I've set my query aside and turned back to my MS. I intend to dig into it, hoping to find a treasure, a diamond in the rough. I will take this diamond, cut it, and polish it until it sparkles. This will be a turning point for my MS. It won't just be another fantasy story, it will be THE fantasy story! :-) Today is an optimistic day!
As an author, I believe in this MS . . . and no, I can't say that about all my MSS. Some, I admit, are crap. However, this MS has potential. I thought it may have achieved its potential, but alas, it hasn't. There is something hiding beneath the surface, a theme perhaps, that must be brought into the light. What is it that makes my novel different from the thousands of other fantasy novels out there? Yes, the characters names are different. Yes, the plot twists are unique. It's your basic good vs. evil . . . but aside from a coming of age for the MC, why MUST this story be told? I intend to find the diamond among all the cubic zirconuim. I know it's there!
So, we'll see if I am still passionate about it by the end of the day! Perhaps, after my search, I will find that there is no diamond and my MS is all cubic zirconium . . . but I'm 99.9% sure there is! :-) Wish me luck!