Well, the old adage rang true this year – March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. A sheared lamb, but a lamb nevertheless. It was supposed to be in the mid-70s yesterday, but I don’t think it even reached 60°. Thank goodness I had the kids dressed warm when we left to run errands. The day was mostly cloudy, but at least it wasn’t raining.
The last few days have seen quite a surge in views here, which has me pretty excited. I don’t know what it is that’s attracting so many lovely visitors (aside from posting more regularly than I have in a long while), but whatever it is, I’ll try to keep doing it.
I’d intended to post my March retrospective yesterday, but by the time I got home from running errands, all I wanted to do was kick back and relax. I put the kids down for a nap and then I kicked back and relaxed. I didn’t get everything done that I wanted to, but oh well. Today’s not looking much better on that front.
I’ve been editing The Lokana Chronicles again with Seymour’s help and I think he’s got me on the right track with the one scene I keep revising. It’s a major plot point, so it needs to be right, and I think he was correct when he said that it could be better. Still, I feel like I’m beating my head against a brick wall with it. It’s starting to remind me of “Final Entry,” the apocalypse flash I wrote back in October. He helped me with that, too, and it came out brilliantly thanks to his input, but it took a lot of hair-pulling to get it right. In the end, though, it was much better than my initial draft and I’m happy to have such an awesome guy in my corner.
Last night as I was perusing Facebook (I think), I found a link to editor Robb Grindstaff’s blog that contained guidelines for formatting one’s manuscript to industry standards. As I’d just been reading about what Safkhet Publishing had to say on the matter of authors and submission guidelines, I found the article quite helpful and spent the better part of last night formatting my work so that I won’t have to think about it later (unless, of course, someone’s guidelines call for slightly different formatting, which will hopefully only apply to page margins because they’re easily fixable with a couple clicks of the mouse). I love how much information is available on the web about agent and publisher expectations when it comes to querying because to someone who’s never done it before, it can be quite difficult to know where to start. Thank goodness for sites like P&E, QueryTracker, SFWA, etc. I’ve learned so much by looking at these sites and reading agent blogs that it’s just astounding. There’s so much information out there that you’re a fool not to take advantage of it. Researching this stuff has never been so easy!
Hmm, all this talk of hard work has me feeling a bit peckish. Time to go raid the pantry (or at least stand in the doorway and stare into its depths trying to make up my mind what to have)! After all, what writer can function without large amounts of caffeine? 🙂
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