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Monday, December 13, 2010

Happy Monday!!

In truth, I hate Mondays, there's never anything to do at work and after a long weekend of sitting in the house I tend to drag my feet. Today was/is worse in many respects, but I shall try to stay positive (hence the word happy in the title).

My weekend in a nutshell:

1. I'm almost done with the first round of tightening of Nikki's Wish. It's been two weeks and I've cut 8500 words! Yay! My goal (as you can see by the little meter bar to the left) was 10K, but I figure 8500 for a first read-through is pretty good. At 350 pages, I can easily snip off another 1500 words, cuz that's only 5 words per page, dude! See? Positive attitude here. I'm a teensy weensy bit stuck at the moment because I thought of a different way to word some dialogue in the climax scene and I need to work that out, but hopefully I should get that done tonight. Then it's time for another read through, more tightening, another read through... you get the picture. Everyone keeps asking me, when are you going to query this thing??? And all I can say is, I'm getting there. And guys I so appreciate the support. THANK YOU!! *big hugs to everyone*

2. Snow!! Minnesota had a blizzard over the weekend and in St. Paul, where I live, we got 15 inches. It's not so bad when it's all spread out, but once the plows come through and everyone clears their driveways, it starts to look pretty scary. I went to Target on Sunday and driving around the lot I felt like a rat caught in a maze. I never knew when the road would end or what was around the next corner. And let me tell you, they didn't plow that lot very well. Add to that my astigmatism which makes it hard to see anyway, and I was sure I was going to wind up with a fender-bender. I came home and told my husband I wasn't going there again this winter. But *sigh* I have to go sometime this week to stock up on medical stuff for my flex money. Grrr...

3. My reading has been really slow the past 3 weeks since I've been focusing on editing. I'm currently reading Octavius Nothing by M.T. Anderson, which I'm enjoying btw, but I've been going at about 20x slower than my normal reading pace. Let me tell you, historical writers impress me. I don't know how they manage to pull off dialogue that no one speaks anymore, but then when they start to write in a style that's not done anymore I become truly awestruck. I could never write historical. I know, never say never...

4. Been feeling a little sad, realizing that the kids are growing too fast. Case in point, my son has been obsessed with puzzles, and not in a good way. His "game" is to dump out all the puzzles at once and wade through them! Yes, it's a little irritating, but at the same time, I look at him and think, I've got to take a picture of this. He's only going to be three and half once in his life, you know.

So what was your weekend like? Get any writing done? Reading? Have any special moments to share? I'm all ears.


Melanie said...

Good job on those cuts, Angie! wow, 8500, that's impressive. I have about 60K to cut from one of my wip, so 8500 sounds like cake (but i know it isn't!).

I too am working on revisions as you know and it's going pretty good, but I get bored easily so I hop over to my other novels, or blogs, or AW or whatever else takes me away and well, it's going to take way too long at this pace so I need to get my act together. Will try to pound out a couple of chapters tonight. We'll see.

Joann Swanson said...

Sounds like you've been chopping, chopping, chopping! Nice job. I'm always putting words back in because I write novels like they're screenplays.

My weekend was awesome ... right up until I slipped on the nice and sprained my knee. I've never had to use crutches before and, I'll tell you what, it sucks! And it's painful!

Hope your Target gets a clue. :)

Angie said...

Mel - yeah distractions are bad. Sometimes I have to close my browser while I'm working to keep those away. Two chaps tonight? Wow, ambitious. :)

Joann - aw, so sorry to hear about your knee. This is me sending you lots of cyber flowers and get well balloons. Hope it feels better soon.

Angelica R. Jackson said...

I have been doing the opposite--I fleshed out some characters (quite a challenge when some of them are ghosts) and added scenes. I'm now up to 95,000 words! But they do seem to be genuine improvements according to my beta and crit partners.

This weekend will be spent sending out some queries, so I'll be typing with crossed fingers . . .

Martina said...

Snow!! I love it. It seems that you have been busy. I have been busy xmas shopping

Nomes said...

your cuts are awesome.

i wrote 15k last week. but am so unsure about it all. this seems to be a theme with me - writing a lot and feeling lacklustre about it in general. i think i have too high expectations.

also - it's HOT here. dying in this heat right now. have been hitting the beach. a lot :)

Angie said...

Good luck, Angelica!

Nomes - 15K is great!! I say don't worry too much about how great it is right now. Get to the end, that's the point. If you had seen my very first draft, you'd be laughing your butt off. Ah, what I wouldn't give for some heat right now!



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