Friday, January 23, 2009

Is Winter Over Yet?

Because I'm freezing!!! I feel so guilty when I have to send the kids off to school on days like this. If it had been one degree colder, then they would've had to stay home because the school busses don't run if it's -40 (even though, technically, I could drive them to school myself, but if the busses don't run, then this mama stays home too...). When the wind began whipping across the hills last night, they were quite hopeful for bus cancellations, but no such luck! I suppose that's good for me, however, because much as I enjoy having all 5 rugrats at home, it's not exactly conducive to accomplishing much in the way of writing. I have a hard enough time balancing the home schooling education of #1 with the regular household duties and writerly desires. Speaking of which, I'd better get back at it.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Slow progress is better than no progress

There never seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I would like. I think it's self-defeating to complain, so I'll just leave it at that. I'm still on track with this manuscript for the end of February, so I refuse to worry.

As I get closer to the finished product, I've been thinking a lot about the next step (obtaining an agent), which entails writing a query letter (wherein a writer begs, I mean, entices an agent to represent their masterpiece) . I've spent many hours reading agent and author websites/blogs in an attempt to glean as much information as possible (thank goodness for the world wide web - I can't imagine doing this in the good old days!) My research brought me to a website called Query shark. It's an amazing service rendered by seasoned agent, Janet Reid, where people can submit their query letters for critique. Since I'm pretty new to all of this, I figured I could use all the help I can get. Ms. Reid has stated that she has quite a large number of submissions, so it could take a while, but by the time she gets to mine (assuming she even chooses it in the first place) I should be armed with a finely-tuned manuscript to go with a freshly critiqued query letter. Very exciting* stuff!
*There is a small, infinitesimal part of me that is terrified that she will tear the letter to shreds...but this is no time for my pride to get in the way...

Anyhoo, fingers crossed!


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Rough Start

*Warning, this post is not for the squeamish!

Our house was hit by a nasty flu bug just after New Year's. It got me and a couple of the kids really good. I easily spent a good 24 hours in the bathroom, and only a small portion of that was spent napping by the heating vent on the floor. Not good. My littlest fellow threw up 21 times! That's got to be some kind of record. My #1 and #3 didn't even get the bug, but got sick from being tired and stressed from everyone else being sick. My poor hubby spent 2 nights on the couch looking after #4 and 5 while I tried to recuperate. He was happy to finally get back into bed, let me tell you!

I haven't been sick in 3 days, and I'm still weak. I was hoping to get to the gym this week, but it's not looking like that's going to happen. I've been itching to get a good workout in after eating all the holiday fare, but I've only been awake for a couple of hours and I already need a nap. At least the kids made it to school today. They were supposed to start back yesterday, but I didn't have the energy to track down all the bags, lunch kits, ski pants, get the idea. The kids were still pretty worn out anyway, so it wasn't a big deal, and #4 went in the afternoon so it wasn't a complete bust. He wasn't one of the sick ones, so I didn't feel too bad about making him go. We put the munchkins to bed at 8 last night, and they had a great sleep, so I do hope they have some fun at school. Eldest is home schooled, so we're taking it easy this week. I don't think she minds too much.

On the writing front, I got a great idea for a new book while in the throes of illness. It's actually already something I had been thinking a lot about, but hadn't known how to approach, and the delirium gave me a fabulous idea for a sci-fi twist on it. I'm excited, but need to get this current WIP off before starting something shiny and new. I don't know how much I'll get done this week, but I've got big plans for the rest of the month, so starting next week I'll have to get my butt in gear. Ever pressing forward...