In my continuing effort to read other’s blogs, rather than posting on my own, I have discovered: 2010 – The Year In Jolie | Blurt via 2010 – The Year In Jolie | Blurt. Check out her past blogs for a hysterical account of the time she was a contestant on “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me.”
I leave my studio radio on NPR and, I will have to be awfully ill to not work on Saturday when I can hear ‘Wait! Wait,’ ‘Prairie Home Companion and the whole lineup. Alright, honesty here. I have not been out to my studio in a couple of years, but this summer I will be out there again. Feeling so much healthier and ready to go. and one thing that keeps me moving is NPR. I particularly like late night jazz and Fusion.
So, what have I been doing, instead of working in my outdoor studio. I have been writing.
Husband says that I can get really crabby when I’m not working. As I became more and more weak, from undiagnosed heart problem, I got to the end of my rope and just had to work, so I wrote. And, through surgery, recovery and weird news, I still wrote. If they would have let me have paper and pen in ICU, I would have written there.
Now, I’m unwriting. I just did a run through of the second half of my (either) Middle Grade or Young Adult fantasy novel. I’m going with Advanced Middle Grade today. I was able to get rid of 1,000 words and decided to go through the upper half. It’s a matter of reading and saying, “I don’t need to say that.” “That is redundant.” and of showing instead of telling.
The big question: Will I ever be done. The fantasy is set in 2007, you’ll know if you know what the weather was like, in Indiana, in 2007. My step-mother can probably read it and tell you what month is what. The woman is a walking weather woman.
So, what does 2011 hold for me. Hopefully, I find an agent and then an editor and we work wonderfully together to make this book a success. Because, I think it will be an important book for children to read. But, even if it doesn’t, I am going to have to finish the series, because that is what I have to do.
I hope you all find what you have to do and do it, this coming year. It’s the most satisfying thing in your life.
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