16 December 2008

Editing Complete

After nearly a month, I finally finished editing and correcting the YA novel.  I think it's in the best possible condition that I can get it in.  Now, I just need a professional to offer any helpful suggestions.  Any agents or editors out there?  I'm more than willing to send it to you!

11 December 2008

The Work Goes On

I'm in the process of editing my YA novel.  It's historical fiction set during the French Revolution.  While the editing is taking a while, I'm not hating it as much as I thought I would.  Perhaps that's because it's my own revisions and not an actual editor's.  But I really think it has more to do with the fact that I finished it in June and haven't really looked at it since.  That's helped clear my mind and allowed me to edit with a fresh eye.

I only hope the red ink in my pen lasts!

Meanwhile, the critique group I belong to is giving me advice about another YA novel I finished.  This one is set in the present day, almost.

03 December 2008

More Fun

I saw this on someone's blog and thought I would do it myself. The things I've done are in bold.

1. Started your own blog - and you're reading it!
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band - the Moulton All-Girl Polka Band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain - does being in a car count?
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo - and it was terrible
11. Bungee jumped - I wish!
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty - took three hours
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill - although not at my present job!
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing - if you count the rock wall on the cruise ship
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt - several times
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout cookies - and that's when I quit the Brownies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London - hope to on vacation next year
77. Broken a bone - four times to be precise
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book - trying!
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury - oh, I wish
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee - moistened tobacco works to remove the sting
100. Read an entire book in one day - too many to count

02 December 2008

Fingers Crossed

I sent out queries to agents again about my YA novel. I received a request for a partial (I think, the email was actually kind of vague, but I don't want to overwhelm the kind agent with more than she intended) and will send that to her tomorrow.

Here's wishing myself luck!

Just for Fun

I was reading Janet Reid's blog today, and she posted the results from a couple quizzes she took online. I thought they looked like fun (I love online quizzes), so I took them, too. Here are the results.

I also found this site today. So, it was a zombie day for me. My favorite poem is the one "by" Edgar Allan Poe.

Another quiz result.

I could survive for 44 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

Created by Bunk Beds.net

This last quiz is just completely wrong on so many levels. But I like the idea of having something that says I'm a genius, even if it is just a goofy Internet quiz.

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