The little writer who could

It’s been a week of ups and downs here in my neck of the woods.  Thumper is now walking…when he feels like it, which frankly, isn’t that often.  Stubborn little guy.  He and Cricket are working on molars, so I’ve got two cranky little guys running around my house.  Seymour’s grandma passed away yesterday after years of health problems, so we’re dealing with everything attendant with that as well.  We’ll be seeing a lot of the family over the next few days, as the visitation is Friday, the funeral Saturday, and the family reunion/40th anniversary party for Seymour’s parents/Thumper’s birthday party is on Sunday.  Going back to work on Monday will feel like a vacation at this rate.

Photo courtesy of Lisa Wiedmeier via WANA Commons

Revisions continue.  I’ve added over 10,000 words and more than 30 pages in the last 27 days, and I still have about 90 pages left to go before I’m finished revising (this time).  I received another rejection today, so now I can mark that one off on my list.  I’ve got a spreadsheet going, but I should probably be looking into Query Tracker.  I’ve heard many people swear by it and while I’m pretty sure I looked at it once already (I might have even signed up for it, but I can’t remember), I don’t think I ever really used it.  I should change that.  Anyway, I’m not going to let a form rejection stand in my way of success.  I’m going to keep plugging away.  As a little engine once said, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”

Oh, and the reunion?  I had fun.  I got to talk to some friends, see some people I haven’t seen since the last reunion, and then afterward, my oldest friend and I spent some time looking at old photo albums from when we were kids.  That was fun, especially trying to pick out all our classmates in old pictures.  Good times.  I hope our next reunion will be even better than the last two have been.

And that’s about all from me for tonight.  I’ve been having fun on the ’90s Kid Facebook page (check it out if you’re a ’90s kid, too – it’s an awesome blast from the past!) tonight and the next few days are going to be an epic test of my patience, so I hope that I can make it through with my patience (and by extension, my sanity) intact.  Have a great rest of the week!  I’ll catch you all on the flip side.

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19 thoughts on “The little writer who could

    • Kay Lynn says:

      Thanks, Lindsey. She hasn’t been well in years, so at least she’s no longer in pain, but he’s taking it a lot harder than he thought he would, I think.

      And I hope those molars hurry up, too! Cricket and Thumper are as grumpy and miserable as can be, poor guys!

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      • Kay Lynn says:

        I discovered last night that, unbeknownst to me, not only is Thumper working on a molar, he’s also working on a couple of teeth up front, too. Poor little guy – no wonder he’s been such a grump lately!

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    • Kay Lynn says:

      I’d just like to be done with the revisions so I can get them sent off! And I’m staying positive. Between authonomy and Facebook and Twitter, I’ve made so many wonderful new writer friends over the last couple of years that I now have a great support network for things like that. Isn’t the internet lovely for bringing people together? 🙂

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        • Kay Lynn says:

          I would love to meet some of them, and perhaps someday I shall. I know a few of my online friends have met each other, but it seems like they’re all either across the pond or at opposite ends of the country from where I live. Oh, well – being stuck in a flyover state isn’t all bad. After all, it’s quiet enough to hear yourself think out here in the sticks. 😀

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          • Kay Lynn says:

            I have four kids. I suppose that explains why I write fantasy – I need the escape. 😀

            I’ll bet London is insane right now. But your paintings look lovely – tell me, is the moon as peaceful as it looks? I’ll bet it’s nice and quiet, perfect for hearing yourself think. 😉

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          • Roger says:

            Thank you. I know I’ll never be good but I enjoy it. The moon is very peaceful at the moment because it in close orbit. I’m not entirely sure I like the way it smirks at me but at least it doesn’t make me clean drains or paint the garage when I’m trying to write.

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          • Roger says:

            If you want to get better, get a book called Learning to draw on the right side of the brain. It’s just amazing and the exercises yield results immediately.

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          • Kay Lynn says:

            I may look at that someday. I’ve got an old drawing book around somewhere that I used to just trace out of when I was a kid. But between my kids and my job and my writing, I don’t think I have the time to throw in drawing, too. At least I don’t have it if I hope to get any reading done and still have time to sleep and maybe eat. 🙂

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  1. mezzsays says:

    I’m sorry about S’s grandma. Sometimes it seems like things never slow down for your family! I hope everyone gets through it all right. And the work you’ve done on your novel is absolutely AMAZING– I’m proud of you!

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    • Kay Lynn says:

      Thanks. I think it’s a miracle I haven’t met myself coming and going yet. I hope everything will go well today – Seymour’s a pall bearer, but I’m at home with the kids because we couldn’t find a sitter. We took them to the visitation last night, but it was after 11:00 p.m. before we got home. I wish I could be there for him.

      And the work you’ve done on your novel is absolutely AMAZING–I’m proud of you!
      Aww, shucks! Thank you! 🙂 I can’t believe how much I’ve accomplished over the last month and I can’t believe I’m almost done…again. I may even finish this afternoon while the boys are down for their nap, since I only have three chapters left. Eee! I just hope it doesn’t suck.

      And thank you also for the lovely literary email chat Thursday afternoon! I only wish it could have been longer. 🙂 It’s so nice to have awesome friends to discuss things like novel theme with. You know, now that I don’t mind discussing such things, unlike in high school when I don’t remember anyone actually liking those sorts of discussions. Or at least no one admitted to it, anyway. 🙂 Maybe that had more to do with our teachers than anything else, though, because I remember having a very strong dislike for John Steinbeck and Nathaniel Hawthorne in particular then and now I enjoy their works, especially The Scarlet Letter. And I’m still sad that my kids won’t get to have your mom, aka the best English teacher ever. 🙂

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