I can't believe I'm going to the Poconos retreat in just three days. I am looking forward to a wonderful weekend of writing, expanding my knowledge of the children's writing and publishing industry, but most of all meeting other writers.
I've really been trying to limit my time on all the social networking sites so that I spend more time working on my writing projects. I think my first picture book manuscript will be ready in the next few weeks. One more round of revisions should do it. (I think, LOL)
My MG novel is moving along steadily and I should be finished with the ICL couse in less than 2 weeks. Yay!!!!! I would have been done already but I decided to put most of my writing aside last week while the kids were on Spring Break.
I only had two home for break since my oldest went on a college tour of the Northeast Ivy League schools. First off I can't believe he wil be leaving for college in two years. Second, I can't get over that he has the grades to be looking at schools such as those. I was a smart kid/teen but didn't have even close to the work ethic he does when It comes to school. I still think, or hope for sake of finances, he'll choose to be a Gator for undergrad but Lehigh, U Penn and Princeton are looking good for grad school. I sure hope he gets scholarships!!!!
I spent a lot of time at the beach with my other two chitlins and friends. It has been so hot it already feels like summer. The afternoon storms are rolling in too. Loud ones with lots of thunder and lightning! I took the kids to the Bodies exhibit in Ft. Lauderdale. That was sooooo interesting. My father , who is a retired pathologist, came along as a private tour guide. I thought I might get skeeved out by the bodies and specimens but they didn't seem real even though they were. It's absolutely incredible how everything is preserved and presented. Skeletal systems were separated from vascular and muscular systems. Even my dad wasn't sure how they could separate everything with such precision. I just wonder if the people who donated their bodies to science ever imagined this to be how they would spend eternity. Morbid thought, but I just can't help but wonder. Even though it is a bit creepy, I hightly recommend seeing this exhibit if it ever comes your way.
I started reading Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, at my 13 year old daughter's recommendation. I am totally captivated by this book. I'm glad there are two sequels since I'm flying through this one.
With the kids finally back in school today I have lots of work to catch up on. It feels good to get back on a regular writing schedule, even if only for three days! LOL
I've been in such a funk the last few days but I think I'm coming out of it now. The kids have been sick and I've been feeling a little lack luster myself. Can a person feel lack luster? I wonder if there is a lack luster emoticon. Hmmm?
Anyway, after megadoses of vitamins and airborne gummi lozenges, ( I love those airborne products) I think I'm getting my groove back. Better to be a funky diva than in a funk. :-)
I've been working on revisions to my PB and am happy to have cut it down to 780 words. I had already sent it off to my Poconos retreat critiqueathon group but couldn't resist woriking on it a bit more. The retreat isn't until mid April. I re-sent my new version and hope they don't think I'm a pain. It was only minor changes. I guess they'll let me know if the newbie is making a major faux pas. I promise to leave it alone now and work on my MG novel revisions. Revisions os the first three chapters are due to my ICL instructor by mid April as well so the deadline will give me that kick in the but I always need.
Okay, off to pop another airborne lozenge and get some work done.
Wow, I disappeared there for a little while but now I'm back. I've been trying to spend most of my writing time writing publishable material instead of blogging. Now I'll reward myself with a little blog time.
No, I did not break my toe while in the Poconos. I haven't even been there yet. I just liked how it rhymed. The two events are totally unrelated.
First, On the writing front -
I'm going to the Poconos retreat in April!!!!!! I don't know if I'm more excited about the conference or just the fact I'll get a break from mommyhood for the weekend. Really, I'm so happy to be attending this conference. It'sounds fantastic. What's really cool is that I'm rooming with a member of my online critique group who I have known for two years but never met in person. I hope we still like each other after being roomates.
I significantly revised one of my PB manuscripts by cutting over 400 words. (Yes, It started out ridiculously long!) I even changed the title. I hope to start sending it out after running it though my critique group and tweaking it a bit more.
I'm almost done with the ICL couse! I just need to revise chapter 3 of my MG novel and the first three chapters will be off to my instructor. I can hear Pomp and Circumstance playing already.
I entered three poems into the Children's Writer contest. Even if they don't win, or even place, I really liked them.
I'm still chugging along with my local monthly columns. I can't believe I've been writing them for 5 years now! I hope people are still reading them! LOL
Okay, now to the broken toe-
I didnt break my toe, my 13 yo daughter did- four days before her first dance competition of this season! This is the second time she has done this right before the start of a competition season. (She is a graceful dancer but clumsy walker! ) Three years ago she did the same thing. This time we taped it up and she danced anyway in the first two competitions. After spending way too much money on her costumes and choreography fees I wasn't about to keep her from dancing half the season. Since her feet are nearly done growing the doctor said she could dance if she could stand the pain. Thank goodness for Ibuprofen! I took my first dose of Xanex since I was a nervous wreck watching her perform turns, leaps and those awful toe drops and rises on her broken toe. If you don't know what they are just imagine standing up or sitting down from the knuckles of your toes. It looks painful even with all bones intact. She has been a trooper these last few weeks and even scored well! Kids are so resilient. Her toe is healing nicely and should be all better by the next competition.
I kind of liked the Xanex, Maybe I'll take it again anyway! LOL