Friday, September 30, 2005

More rewrites, my bad cold, hives, homework and other Benadryl induced nonsense

I'm still rewriting and rewriting. I'm not a writer. I'm a rewriter.

Sent in my most recent manuscript and am hoping for the best.

I woke up this morning with a specially drippy cold.
My daughter says, "Thank you for that image, Mom."

My son broke out with hives after a trip to McDonald's.
He said, "Mom, I get hives when I go there."
Mom says, "That was only one time."

He broke out with hives from head to foot. Yikes. Mom, listen to your son.

I really hate homework more now than when I was kid. It's been the lifelong bane of my existence.

Head is exploding. I need chocolate. TG for teenagers who caused those chocolate chip cookies to disappear!

I love lotion Kleenex.

Good night. Don't let the bed bugs bite.
Life is but a dream.
Ashes, ashes we all fall down.

I notice we've been teaching kids stuff that makes me worry forever.

Will someone out there comment on my blog? Please!

Thursday, September 15, 2005

L.A., tea, critique groups, rewrites and the whirlwind

I went to L.A. in early August. The Summer SCBWI Conference was a wonderful time. I connected with old friends -- Chris, Sue, Jo, Mary Ann, Vicky, Nancy . . . , there's not enough cyberspace to finish this. Hmm Kevan, you were always at the bar. BTW, congrats on the cover and inside art with Holt. Jazzy. Kudos to Sally (registration) and Kim (critiques). You worked so hard! Gotta love that bookstore, too! Mega kudos to Steve and Lynn. You were wonderful, gracious, inspiring, the usual right stuff. There was good chocolate, yoga (fire alarm, bad), hot tub (sore neck from yoga), SCBWI IDOL (Verla was my favorite), great conversation (hey, Carla, Vicky!). Oh, did I mention the conference? Sonia Levitin did a fabulous talk on researching historical ficiton. And whoa, Brenda Bowen, I will value the process -- I will! Big hand clap for Tim Travaglini -- I was inspired by your attitude. I love what I do, too.

My alpha critique group

I'm taking a few months sabbatical from my critique group. It's hard, but I've got to slow down a touch. It almost makes my teeth hurt though. I miss the conversation.

Rewrites -- from Patti Gauch -- slant, detail. From GCL -- make sure the details make your characters suffer (great advice!). Mrs. Crabtree (Listen.)

The Silver Tea -- What a golden moment! I gathered with a few writer friends and talked about what we are doing, where we are going, who we are -- just lovely. Loved the cream puffs, PKA.

Whirlwind -- School for all four Js started. I'm so busy!

Another amazing thing I didn't know -- the rotation of the moon = the revolution of the moon-- 29 days. Result, we're always looking at the same side of the moon.