Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Five on Monday

Yes. I know it's Tuesday, which gives you some idea of how my Monday went.

1. I've been working on my presentation
for my library event Tomorrow. This is the first time I've worked with power point. Luckily my kids know how to
make it do cool stuff.

2. Allergies have been insane around here. The kids have trouble breathing, everyone's eye are itchy and teary, but we're muddling through.

3. Little League game on Saturday. We lost 12 to 1 at which point the mercy rule was put into effect and the game ended (I think it was in the middle of the fourth inning). One good thing, my son got the one run for our team. Plus he pitched for the first time in over a year and did a pretty good job.

4. I pulled out a bunch of old stories and notebooks in preparation for my presentation. My kids got a hold of them and started reading. Nothing like your ten and 13-year-old telling you that you made a mistake here or this part was repetitive there. Have to keep reminding them that those are essentially unedited first drafts from when I was in high school.

5. I don't have a free night this week until Friday. I'm really looking forward to Friday!

Top picture: The stack of notebooks I pulled out - and I think there are more someplace else - this is all essentially variations on one story.

Middle picture: A page from one of those notebooks, with commentary from myself and friends in the margins. (For a laugh, click on it and you can see it large enough to read some of it.)

Bottom picture: Me, in high school - writing. Of course.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Five on a Friday

I'm going to try to be a little consistent with blogging, so I'm going to try something new, like Five on Friday. Hope you like it.

So what has been driving my week?

1. Getting ready for my first author event. Do you like the sign? How cool to drive down my local highway and see this!

2. Last week was a great writing week, with thousands of words put down on paper. This week, not so much. I don't know what it is that makes some days so much more productive than others. Partly it's simply that real life interferes.

3. Things like crocheting. I made a blanket this week. So, not a lot of words, but a whole blanket - so it's not like I wasn't being productive.

4. I read a book this week I didn't like. It was by a well-known author and I had read a previous book by this author, that I loved. Someone obviously liked this book though, because it was published. And that just helps to serve as a reminder of just how subjective this industry is. I didn't like this book. But yet a publisher (And I'm presuming many other people did). An agent wasn't interested in my latest work. But somewhere, there's one (or many) who will be. It's just a matter of finding that match.

And finally

5. Facebook quote from my daughter: "I write to find out what happens next."