Monthly Archives: April 2014

Countdowns, Countdowns Everywhere

Some exciting things are happening in the next two weeks (not agent rep. or publishing excitement, but I’ll get there at some point). Hubs and I are headed to Mexico on Saturday for our anniversary. Wee!

We’ll be soaking up sun and margaritas for six days, and canoeing at least a couple mornings. I’ll help row us out, he’ll row us in. It’s a win-win for everybody. Our trip last year was the first time I’ve ever canoed. There’s nothing like racing through the ocean with waves splashing on your face to put your life in perspective.

The second exciting thing is that DFWCon starts the day after we return. I’ll be going, inevitable sunburns and all.

It will be the first conference I’ve ever attended, and it looks fantastic. There are so many panels and talks, I wish there was a way to attend them all. (Come on Hermione, give me the time-turner!). I’ve signed up for a consultation, but haven’t decided on the main points I’d like to ask about. That’s the good thing about disconnecting in Mexico — throw together a hammock, daiquiri, and a notebook, and you’ve got yourself a distraction-free brainstorming party. As long as the wildlife is napping, anyway.

Cheers!

 

Are any of you going to DFWCon? What workshop, panel, or discussion are you most excited about?

 

** Side note – can anybody explain to me how to “tier” the Twitter handles I follow? There are a few that post/RT crap that I just don’t care about 90% of the time, while tweets from several other handles are showing up way late on my feed.

 

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Into the Nether…

Welcome to the blog! I’ll be sharing insights about my writing process, the status of current project(s), and anything else I find that tickles my fancy.

Much of my last ten years has been focused on one story, a fantasy, which I planned as a trilogy. In the scope of how young I started it, ten years isn’t a long time. I finished the first draft of book one just before the new year (seriously, 9:00 PM on New Year’s Eve), and then set it aside for a couple of weeks. When I came back to it, I thought I’d be ready to push through revisions and editing sweeps to get it ready for the world of querying. I was wrong. I reread it, saw that the first half needed substantial rewriting, and promptly panicked.

It’s taken a few months, some tears/frustration, lurking on a variety of writing websites, and a lot of jottings on dry erase boards and paper, but I finally feel like I have a better grip on how the first half has to be changed.

Although writing isn’t easy, I want to show readers the world that I’ve created, and the characters who inhabit it.

 

Side note – I am really impressed that Literature&Latte (the people who make Scrivener) have a way to look up your order number if you’ve purchased it previously. So glad I don’t have to buy it again!

 

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