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My family survived Frankenstorm Sandy. We were extremely lucky and did not lose power or property.
Hope everyone who was affected by the storm is safe and well. And that the recovery process is faster than from Irene.
If you aren’t on the east coast, I hope you have a terrific night of trick and treating.
I sent my revised manuscript to the agent on Sunday.
1000 lbs off my shoulders.
And Monday morning I faced a new unknown…
What comes next.
I still had blog posts and social media stuff to do.
But this was a week without drafting or revising. A week off from novel writing.
So I started with shaving my legs and taking out the garbage.
Things I neglected during my writing.
I walked the dog.
I called all the doctors I needed to make appointments with.
I scheduled a 4-day trip to NY to see them and my friends.
And I finally deleted all the junk in my old email account.
Then I got to work. Because I can’t not work.
I started drafting a list of editors and agents to query when I finish revising my next book, a YA fantasy.
Prep work. Groundwork for the next novel.
Because it is always good to be prepared.
And though the waiting is hard, I’m going to do what I always do: keep moving forward.
Boyfriends bring several things to the table: emotional, mental and physical connections.
Friends don’t. Friends only bring emotional and/or mental connections. So they’ve gotta be stellar at maintaining those connections.
They can’t off-set their deficiencies with sex.
But take away that magic maker and they’d never meet the minimum threshold for friendship.
That’s why boyfriends will never ever be friends after a breakup. They aren’t worthy of the title.
Also there’s that pesky problem of backsliding. No matter how much you think you’re over each other, inevitably one of you will backslide.
Then you’re in a mudslide of emotional muckiness.
Either way a rollicking disappointment.
Better to cut the cord and move forward.
Some of my best life lessons came from Japanese manga and anime. During the worst of my back injury, I inhaled them. There’s not much to do when you can’t sit. Most avenues of time spending are cut off–no dining out, no going to the movies. So you learn to distract yourself with what remains.
For me, it was manga and anime. Some of the phrases forever imprinted on me. They became my rallying calls. Even now, I still invoke them.
“Live the life you want.”
“Hold on to your dreams, tomorrow knows where and when.”
“You are not alone.”
Powerful moments in beautiful stories that I treasured. Life lesson imparted not through personal experience, but by immersing myself in their story world.
Any great story quotes you absorbed into your life?
The second hardest part of revising?
Battling my inner critic, Miranda.
It’s been 10 weeks since I started on this re-vision of my manuscript. Drafting new scenes, reworking old scenes into an alternate POV.
10 weeks of hearing Miranda say I can’t do this. Or it won’t be good enough.
She swore I’d ruin the book.
Every time she said I couldn’t, every time she made me fear I’d never write another decent word, I sat down at my laptop and faced the fear.
Just work on this chapter, this scene, this sentence.
Eventually, I got so immersed in the words, my characters drowned out Miranda.
I forgot to worry about failing. I forgot about finding the right way and let the story guide me. I fell in love with my novel all over again.
And I promised my characters that I would write the absolute best book I could for them.
As I proofread the manuscript for the last time, fear seizes me. What if it’s not good enough? What if it isn’t what the agent envisioned? I swear Miranda is cackling somewhere.
It’s the best thing I’ve written. And that counts. That matters. No matter what Miranda says. No matter what happens next, I’m proud of the book I have in front of me.
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As I’m finishing up revisions on my manuscript, I needed a shot of August’s infectious positivity. This is one of my favorite posts by her and I’ve wanted to share it for a while. Please enjoy: