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Hey! Well look at you! *squints through the screen* It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

My blog posts have been kind of sparse as of late, but there’s a reason for that. You see, I spent the bulk of the summer working on revisions (more revisions, always revisions, constant revisions, argh) for my contemporary fantasy, “Charlotte Elemental,” so that I could enter it in Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars. If you don’t know what that is, you can read all about it here.

And I did it! I finished! And you know what else? Julie Sondra Decker chose me to be her mentee! And all the !!!!!!

No really. This was my tweet when I saw my name on the list:

(Umm…”Slaash” was my Halloween Twitter handle. Don’t judge.) And everything after that was just one exciting blur. Within a few days though, I calmed down, and together, Julie and I got to work. For the last two months I’ve been going through more revisions. And more revisions. And polishing up my pitch. And my query. And, and, and soon–as in, a week soon–my pitch and excerpt will go up on Brenda’s blog for all the participating agents to take a look at and decide whether they’d like to request more material.

No, I’m not nervous or anything. Why would I be nervous? *twitch* Nope, perfect picture of tranquility here. Heh. Eheh. Eheheh. ANYWAY, carrying on. . . .

I may be less busy soon, or even if I’m not, I want to be sure to set aside more time to blog. I want to make blogging a regular habit. It may be once a week or once a month–we’ll have to see what ends up working. But I definitely don’t want to let another three months go by with nothing here for you to read. No, don’t tell me it’s ok. You want to read my things. Yes you do.

That’s right. You’re welcome.

Oh hey, and before you go, take a look at the bar at the top of this blog. See how there are new page linky thingies up there? “Shorts” sends you to a list of (surprise!) my short stories and flash fiction, and “Interviews” sends you to . . . okay, you get it. I also updated my bio. But you don’t need to look at that. (You should go look at that too. I mean, if you want to.)

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Drastic Measures

I have a big red tile on my phone with a big white number on it that gets smaller every day. It’s counting down to the day I want to be finished with my first revisions pass. Today, that number is a glaring 25. Twenty-five. Less than four weeks.

At the rate things are going, there’s absolutely no way. But I’m going to continue trying. I’m not going to call it a failure until I’ve hit Day -1, because until I haven’t made it, there’s always a chance that I can.

Here’s the thing though: I think it’s going to take something drastic. I think…wow, I’m even having trouble typing it…I think I’m…

*deep breath*

OK. I think I’m going to have to go into full on hermit mode until I’m finished. That means no social media. Let me emphasize that: NO TWITTER OR FACEBOOK FOR TWENTY FIVE DAYS.

None.

Nada.

Oh man, I just don’t know. I mean, I LOVE you guys. Really, really a lot. I love your camaraderie, your encouragement, your capacity for outright hilarity. You’re all amazing, and you’re all what keeps me checking in when I should be hyper-focused on my work. And that’s why I’m going to have to go into this little anti-social cave here for a bit if I’m going to finish what I need to do before the holiday season begins.

I’ll try to write a blog post once a week (I said try, no promises) to update my progress and hold myself accountable. And of course I’ll keep up with email. You might see me on Pinterest now and again too because, let’s face it, I have to do something while I wake up with my morning coffee.

Then, on Halloween, I’ll be back to PARTAY because hopefully I’ll be all finished! And also because it will be Halloween and you know, Halloween = PARTAY. It’s like a law or something.

I’ll give myself tomorrow to wind things down (but I won’t be on much), and then Tuesday I’ll go *poof* until the 31st.

Do you think I can do it? We’ll see!

The State of the W.I.P.

Obviously, I’ve been neglecting this blog. I apologize for that, but I’ve been ridiculously busy the past month. When I haven’t been running around taking care of family things, I’ve been so focused on my W.I.P., that any spare writing time has been used solely for that. I even gave up the short story that I was working on for a contest, partly due to time, and partly due to the fact that I was not at all happy with it. (Note to self: practice writing short stories).

So here’s the thing: my goal is to finish the first draft of my novel before Halloween, because from then until mid-January, things get crazy around here. I’m not sure how it happened, but a large portion of my family, nuclear and extended, have their birthdays clustered within that three month period (OK, I do know how it happened, but we won’t go there). Add that to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, and I am a frantic, stressed out mess. So! I figure, if I can get the entire draft finished before all of THAT happens, I can step away from it during the entire holiday season, and come back with fresh eyes for revising and editing.

If you’re following me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweeting about doing some revising right now, which may be confusing. See, after I decided, around the middle of my draft, to step back and do some outlining and better character development, (I talk about it here and here); I threw out the entire beginning and wrote a new one from scratch. I also changed from first person perspective to close third, so that I can more easily switch to other characters when the story demands it.

But much of the middle is being kept the same – except for the perspective, of course, and some changes here and there to reflect the new beginning. That’s where the revising is coming in. They’re very rough revisions, however, and will need another pass (or two, or three) when I go back and revise the rest of the book.

I’m getting kind of excited, because I’m almost up to the point where I left off. Then I’ll be back in first draft territory when I write the last half of the book from scratch. That’s going to be the most difficult part, so it’s possible I’ll neglect the blog again when I get there.

I’m not sure any of this is very exciting to anyone but myself, but I thought I ought to update, since I’ve progressed a lot since my last post. I promise, the next post, whatever and whenever it may be, will be about something else. And hopefully more interesting. Hopefully.

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