Happy Monday, everyone! Hope you all had a swell weekend. I had a great time camping with the boy and my peeps. It was the boy’s first camping experience and he’s ready to go again today!
I finished round one of edits on Glimmer last night-meaning that I’ve read it, Sarah’s read it, and all of the most obvious typos are gone. I’m starting round two today after I take the kids to IKEA to get some drawer fronts that are suspiciously missing from my kitchen order. Round two is where I clear up all the things Sarah found confusing when she was reading it. I’ve got a list of about 8 things like that and a couple of my own that occurred to me as soon as I sent the first draft off to her to read it. 😉 After I fix those things, I’m sure she will have more questions. She did posit most of the original questions to me while sitting around a campfire drinking Busch Light at 11 pm on Saturday night. Can’t expect a girl to remember everything!
Another great thing that came out of our campfire musings was that I’ve really started thinking about Glow, the final Zellie book. Sarah asked me if I knew how it was all going to end, and I do, but that’s never the hard part for me, it’s the getting there that drives me nuts. So, I did a little Glow plotting yesterday and now I’m totally psyched to start writing it in October. (I have got to get my medical transcriptionist act together in September and pass my test!) I can’t remember if this is what happened with Glimmer while I was working on Glimpse, but the feeling is vaguely familiar. The feeling of, “OMG how the eff am I ever going to write another book…oh, wait. Here come the ideas!!” Needless to say, Zellie and Co. are growing up and taking charge. L.A.- prepared to be rewound.
All right, time to get the kids cleaned up and off to the land of Swedish furniture and reasonably priced toys. Oh, what will we come home with, I wonder? This whole scenario is made all the better by the fact that I let them eat donut holes leftover from camping for breakfast. Masochist!
Thank you, Jesus, I just reached 40 K on Glimmer and managed to cause a ruckus so that I’ll have something more to write about for the next 12 K or so. By Friday of next week, I should be done with the first draft. Then comes the good stuff: revisions! Actually, I enjoy revising because I’m the one telling myself to do it and not someone else. After I’ve gone through it, then I’ll send it to Sarah who’ll edit it for typos and grammer. (Yes, that’s how I spelled grammar in a recent interview, so sue me.) She’ll also tell me what words and phrases I use too often, and what she likes and doesn’t like about it overall. After I’ve made those changes-and I usually make most of them, I am not above being edited-then I’ll send Glimmer out to my beta readers to get their opinions.Then comes more revisions and rewrites, another pass by the typo and grammar nazi (tee hee) and I’m onto formatting for both the e-book and paperback release. I plan on being done with all of this by October and take that month to send out review copies, so that when I release Glimmer in November, there will be some buzz. Hopefully, Creatspace won’t decide to start selling my book before I’ve received the proof copy like they did with Glimpse. That was a bit nerve-wracking.
I am one tired mama today. The adventure to pick up the tile and cabinets took two hours longer than I thought it would and much heavy lifting was involved. After we finish loading it all in the garage this afternoon, my exercise for the week is done. We had things so crammed into my dad’s truck yesterday, that I now have an intimate relationship with my new microwave.
Caitlin over at Written Word Review is wrapping up Glimpse week with her review of Glimpse and a character interview. Neither one of us had ever done one, so we thought we’d give it a try. This morning I answered a bunch of questions from Zellie’s point of view. Pretty cool. Did you know that Zellie used to be in handbell choir at church? Me neither!
On that completely random note, time to wake the girl up from her nap and make the kid’s some lunch.