Archive for February, 2011

On the Other Side

So, this past two weeks I’ve been testing new directions in my life. I had the priveledge of reading slush, which was a good experience. Now I understand better nuance in different publications. Does that mean I’ll get it right every time? Probably not, but I do hope to keep a better look out for typos. It obviously had and impact on me. Last night I dreamt that someone was pointing out that I’d used the wrong form of ‘there’ in a piece. Worse, it was in the first paragraph.

Yeah, writer’s nightmares are scarier than folks nightmares. (I also dreamt that I went to a reception and was forced to sit at the kid’s table… See? Very scary!)

And then on Tuesday I ventured into the dark realm that once had the potential to be great, but morons got a hold of it and now it is a freezing, leaking, colossal mistake that’s loosing money hand over fist. (Thank you E.S.W. for your ‘vision’) *Sigh* I went to try out for a play. Had I known what the play was, I probably would have skipped it since I don’t fit either of the two female parts in the play, but it was good to get out of the house.

The snow is melting, but the drive is still a sheet of ice. The dog is impatient to traipse through the woods. I am, too. Will that furry rodent be correct? after all Will it be an early spring? I can hope…

Regardless, I do need to set up an observation notebook. In Ellie’s elephants, I sloughed off naming names of flowers since I wasn’t particularly sure if I had it exactly right. I mean, I know the progression of what blooms when, but I need to make meticulous notes of when some begin to fade and when the first shoots of the lilies and irises shoot up. Our “yard” is a bit strange though. Where we have peonies, one site seems to bloom sooner and lasts for a scant period of time compared to those by the driveway. Different sun exposure can do all sorts of strange things…

Here’s hoping the sun shines on you! Thanks for reading!

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A Draft Complete

So, I did it! I wrapped up the draft of Ellie’s Elephants and sent it to Amazon’s Contest. I also sent it to the fabulous people in my life who are my ‘first’ readers, though I try not to send first drafts to anyone.

Now I think about tinkering with it more. I think there may need to be a non-confrontation/confrontation scene when Selin and Eleanor agree to ‘maybe’ have a drink after the show and then Kyle shows up with a bouquet. Maybe it’s enough–before and after for that gap to be filled in by the reader. I don’t know. I’m going to try to wait, to work on other things.

But what? I’m trying to take this day ‘off’ from writing as much as I can. That revision was tough!

And so much was put off while I revised. It’s not a hopeless situation, but I need to gather up tax papers and make that appointment. I expect seed catalogues soon. How I love to consider the garden when all I can see out the window is snow.

The letters I started and misplaced resurfaced briefly. I again can’t find them and fear they are in a pile–not as large and unruly as the pile on the table had become, but a pile somewhere…

Pile fluctuation is bizarre around me. I have no problem filing things properly, but I keep coming back to this observation. It seems the very second I get everything put away, some project strikes me and the piles start again, unnoticed until I can’t ignore them anymore because they will fall if I do. This time it worked out that I finished the draft before I had to address the pile.

And so, off to post this and gather receipts. Fun times ahead! Have a great two weeks and thanks for checking in!

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