*hums “O What a Beautiful Morning…”*
- Image by Maurizio Polese. Somewhere I would like to go to recuperate.
It’s Monday, isn’t it?
Well, it doesn’t feel like one. Maybe that’s why I forgot to blog.
But I remembered!!! yay!
So, briefly, here’s my revision recuperation:
let me know if you’ve come up with anything better–
- read Hex Hall
- eat food at Grandparents’ (A LOT OF FOOD)
- go tubing on the lake– I AM THE BEST AT TUBING. NO ONE CAN FLIP ME OFF THAT THING!!! YOU SHOULD GO WITH ME NEXT TIME!!!
- go canoeing– let’s just say I sat in the front and enjoyed the scenery while Kissyface steered from the back and it was WONDERFUL.
- read Beautiful Creatures
- work on crit buddy’s critique
- sit on the porch and maybe read Shiver (if there’s time)
and I allllllmost feel ready to start re-revising. Which I will tomorrow.
I highly recommend the above activities or similar ones to anyone recuperating from reviseitis (inflammation of the revision).
If you have successfully found a cure/balm/respite from reviseitis, please do share.
So have you seen that SNL skitty-skit where these celebrities are getting interviewed, but they never get to say anything because this other guy starts singing “ooooohhhh weee what’s up with that? what’s up with that?” WELL THAT’S KINDA WHAT’S GOING ON IN MY HEAD NOW.
Super Cool Conference this weekend. I don’t have time to say much because my husband is cleaning my car and that’s supposed to be my chore, so he must be growing impatient.
Let’s just say, “CURSES TO YOU, WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL WORKBOOK! WHY COULDN’T YOU JUST LET ME BE COMPLACENT WITH MY BASSACKWARD REVISIONS???? WHY DID YOU MAKE ME WANT TO REVISE MORE?
Number one #1 #1 #1 TIP from the conference:
Wear a stop watch around your neck and keep track of your writing time. Every time you click over to twitter, surf, or blog, or pick your nose, whatever, stop the timer. Then you will see how little much time you truly spend on writing.
So I’ve been reading a ridiculous amount in the past few weeks, and I’m anxious to share my thoughts.
Before I composed my opinions, I emailed Mary Kole of Kidlit.com and asked if she thought posting book reviews on my blog could hurt my chances of getting published. I asked because I’d read a couple of books recently that flat out disappointed me—grammatically, plot-wise, character-wise—and I didn’t want my honest opinion stepping on the same toes that I might need to kiss up to in the near future.
Mary took my concern seriously and responded with a very thorough answer. Thank God for people like her in the publishing industry.
In summary, she said to stay positive. She also said that every author is a bundle of nerves, and they and their agents and editors are most likely watching the internet for any review that mentions their book, so it is quite possible that I would hurt feelings. She made it clear that it is one thing to analyze and another to write a scathing review.
I appreciate her time and honest insight. I truly believe my journey as an author would still be in the “wishful thinking” stage if it weren’t for kidlit.com
Needless to say, reviews are coming soon, I’m just working on making them as positive and helpful as possible!