Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Spit and polish

As some of you know, I'm trying to finish editing/polishing my MG manuscript so I can query agents right away. The idea of having it all ready to go by the end of this month, was so that I could just sit back and relax over the summer*. Summertime seems to be pretty slow for hearing back from agents, and even if I get a few requests right off the bat, my MS would go to the back of the bus and it'd likely take a while, so it seemed like the perfect plan. I could work on some of my other stuff and play with the kids.

The only problem I've encountered, is that the last few weeks of school are always such a zoo. I mean, I'm getting there, but it's been much slower than I anticipated. I have a terrible sense of how long something is going to take in the first place, and I really want to put forth my best work. It's just too bad that sometimes life gets in the way! I mean, it's a great life and all, but still...

Really, I don't know what the rush is. I guess I just hate to miss my own self-imposed deadline. It's kind of silly, because I'm sitting on a manuscript** that I think is pretty terrific, so does it really matter if it takes me an extra week to make it the best it can be? Hmm, there's something worth pondering. :o)

How about you? Do you have deadlines you make yourself meet? Are you hard on yourself for missing them?


*You know, as much as you can while waiting by the email inbox...
**Not literally, of course. That'd be weird.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

It's a little sick, but I can't stop laughing

I'm not big on "potty" humour and I'm sorry if this is offensive, but I just can't help myself. I had to post this video. I'll just apologize right now for shattering anyone's image they may have had of me. :o)
Please tell me I'm not the only person who thinks this is hilarious.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer ramblings

Anyone else getting antsy for summertime? My husband just got back from fishing with a couple of the kids, and is busy cleaning up so we can have fish for dinner tomorrow night. I can hardly wait to BBQ it up with dill, lemon and butter. Yum! I hope we get to eat lots of fish this year. We used to live right on a lake* up north, and the fishing was awesome. I miss that.

As much as I love the long winter nights, I look forward to summer evenings because the sun doesn't fully set until around 10pm or so, and I don't feel so bad for staying up so late! :-) Oh, and the northern lights dancing across the sky...amazing! The one drawback? Birds singing at 3 in the morning. Not cool!

However, that early morning noise is totally made up for by the fact that I don't have to get the kids up and off to school, which in turn means that I don't have to make lunches!!! Hurray! I don't know why this is such a big deal, as I'm generally kicking kids out of the kitchen all summer long, but for some reason I find that way more appealing than getting up early and packing those little lunch bags. Maybe it's just the getting up early part...Mornings and I don't mix. (That may or may not be an understatement.)

Of course, one thing that I'm looking forward to is being able to query again. My manuscript will be all polished up and ready to go in the next few weeks, and I'm so excited! In spite of not landing an agent last year with my YA novel, I thought querying was a great experience, and I really learned a lot. As a result, I've finally got a way to fix what needs to be fixed in that novel, but I've made notes and set it aside for the time being. I have a number of things on the go, but I think I've really found my voice writing for the middle grade years, and I'm IN LOVE with my goofy little book that is about to be sent out. I guess I should have known - I love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books**, haha.

In the meantime, I'm very happy to say that I won a 10 page critique from fellow MG writer Natalie Bahm whose website you should really check out because she's a lovely person, and will be doing a critique a week, AND her agent is currently looking to add to her client list.

Well, I'm off to bed to try and catch up on some of the sleep I missed last night. Insomnia is the worst! Especially when you have to get up and make lunches 3 hours after you finally get to sleep.


*Not, like, on a houseboat or anything. We lived in a real house. On the shore...you get the idea.
**Seriously. I wish I had written those. They're awesome.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Delirious already

I have a hard enough time getting to (and staying) asleep, that I think school trips for elementary school which rob me of precious Zs should be illegal. I'm all for the band trips for older kids and such, but to travel 2 hours one way for a fourth grade trip to a place that they'll never remember? Not so much.

I know, I know - I shouldn't be such a grump. My #4 is completely over the moon at being able to go, but then she's always been (and will likely remain) my most eager child. (Seriously, she loves to help do anything!) And, I'll have to drug her to get her there and back (which I'm totally not supposed to do, but I'm doing anyway to save her the embarrassment of getting motion sickness*).

What's worse, is that she's so excited that she had trouble getting to sleep because she's worried her alarm won't go off, or that I'll sleep through and she'll miss the bus. I tried to remind her that my track record for school outings is impeccable, but try explaining that to a nine year old worrywart. Besides, out of all my kids, she would be the one most traumatized by me forgetting about an activity, so that's a HUGE incentive for me. I couldn't exactly tell her that, though. She'd just worry about it.

I'm hoping for a great sleep tonight, even though I shouldn't because that's when I end up staring out my front window until three a.m. (okay, so I read or go on the computer, but it's right by a window...) In any case, I'm already looking forward to tomorrow night, because I never have to worry about waking up on a Saturday morning. :o) Only 19 more days until summer holidays...but who's counting**, right?


*Also to save the teachers from having a mess on the bus.
**Okay, you got me...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Sorry for the silence. I got home from my child-free week, and then Blogger has been acting up every time I've been on here to post! You've probably seen this around, but I just wanted to put this clip up. It's the author of Eat, Pray, Love and I loved every second of it! If you've been writing or querying and need a little encouragement, this is for you. I know it's a bit on the longish side, but it's worth every second. Enjoy!