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!