3.04.2011

Tweak and Polish and other stories

As of Tuesday, I missed my self-imposed let's-do-this query deadline. As of today, the query is still in stages of minor tweaking, and the novel itself is only halfway through a final polishing read (not counting Anne Mini's drilled-in before you submit read, where the otherwise-finished manuscript is read IN ITS ENTIRETY, IN HARD COPY, and OUT LOUD. I will be doing that, oh yes. With all three hundred and seventeen pages.)

Better to submit when the polish is complete than risk rejection by an over-stressed agency assistant who has seen one too many characters looking at each other. So says everyone. And I agree. I have to do this sometime, perfectionism be danged, but I'm getting through all the steps first.

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Also as of Tuesday, Lou and I celebrated the third anniversary of our engagement—an event which made for, among other things, what is still one of my favorite blog-posts I've ever written (excepting the green of the text, which is an unfortunate remainder of my rookie-blogger stupidities.) What can I say? I was just so happy.

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The cuteness of a cat, present even when misbehaving, appears to be a powerful natural defense. Cats might not survive as a species if they weren't so adorable.

But I do love Maia. Even though I scolded her for jumping onto the stove this morning, she's cuddled down on my lap right now. Which I appreciate, because the living room is so cold today, even with the furnace going.

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Writers' link of the week: Kirsten Hubbard's excellent piece on setting.

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Music of the week: How did I miss this? It was uploaded days ago, and I follow the MoM boys around like an over-driven detective in legal fiction, waiting for them to post music videos. Speaking of which, I need to find myself some more good literature-themed music. I love wizard rock, but Harry Potter isn't the only tale out there, and thus far, I've not managed to get into Led Zeppelin or Iron Maiden.



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Funny of the week: The Onion's stats on Why Haven't We Finished Our Novel. I notice they don't include "too busy blogging" and "keeps chickening out of difficult plot decisions and justifying that cowardice by killing time reading other writers' blogs."

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I've actually cleaned house today before working on my blog post. As it turns out, there is a first time for everything.

Happy weekend!

4 comments:

  1. I just discovered your blog. So wonderful! Now off to rummage through the archives...

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  2. Thanks for coming by, Kiernan! It makes me happy that you like the blog. Going to check out yours...

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  3. Yes, cuteness is the natural defense mechanism for cats, at least in regard to humans. That & the fact that they are much more higher advanced beings than us & thus their actions are beyond human question. :)

    Happy Engagement Anniversary!!

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  4. Thanks, George!

    I have a hard time believing Maia is a more advanced being when she plays with the toilet bowl brush or drags her toys into her litter box. But she can certainly run faster and jump higher and see more in the dark. :)

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