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Monday, July 19, 2010

Meter Monday - I want a wand!!!

So there's this super cute book that I bought for my daughter a couple years ago called Alice The Fairy. It's by David Shannon and if you have a little girl, or niece or younger sister, you should have a look-see. In it Alice says, "with my magic wand, I can make leaves fall from trees (she shakes a tree with her wand) and I can draw pictures on water (she slides the tip of the wand over a pond). Sometimes I use my wand to disappear (she uses it to flip off the light)." It's extremely cute (did I say that already?)- especially when she calls her mom the Wicked Duchess and her dad the Duke of Morningside Drive (and she turns him into a pony).  Ok, I'm probably giving away the entire book now, but the point is that after reading this to my daughter the other night, I wistfully sighed and wished that I had a magic wand. What would I do with it?

1. Wave it over my manuscript, thus completing four weeks of edits/revisions in the blink of an eye.
2. Cast a spell on all agents so they would come begging for my mani - thus killing the need for a query letter.
3. As long as I've got the agents eating out of the palm of my hand, might as well make all those publishers smitten too.
4. Last but not least, come up with the most brilliant sequel ever - you know, just in case they want to do a multi-book deal.

Actually, I'm not one to dream about winning the lottery -  the end product just isn't as satisfying if you don't kill yourself in the process. I'm just wading through the land of headachey edits right now, and I'm getting a little frustrated by my lack of creativity. It could also be that I just read some awesome books and I'm having a little bit of "I wish I could write like that" syndrome. Regardless, here is my wimpy list of accomplishments for the past week.
 - I re-wrote three scenes, thus down playing one characteer and hopefully adding more tension before the big build up. *fingers crossed here*
- I edited about 50 pages since my last update and now have about 100 left to go.
- did a couple book reviews - (look under my reviews tab) Yay for blogging - darn addictive stuff!!

And....that's it. Oh, but I forgot to mention, I had the fun experience of going without electricity for nearly 24 hours. Can anyone say computer withdrawal???Yep, I was lost, but thank the work gods that the U has a back up generator. Yes Angie, there are perks to working for the government.

So how about you? If you had a magic wand what would you do with it? Any progress made this week? Any good reads you'd like to share?


Nomes (inkcrush) said...

My daughter likes Alice the Fairy too :)

sounds like good progress. And I love your new review tab/page thingy :)


Joann Swanson said...

Those are fantastic accomplishments! You done did good. If I had a magic wand (oh and I'm LOVING the sound of this sweet little book) I would definitely speed up the subbing process. I think it's week 8 (could be 7 - stopped counting). It's hard to write with a book on sub - really hard.

mellymel said...

I love that book. We have it :-) Such a great voice. Also, if you haven't read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, it's sooooo funny. You must get that one. I could recommend a ton others (Children's books are the one thing that I've read A LOT of :-) )



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