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  • January 11th, 2006 | 9:22 PM
Character flaws, ALA & other writing rambles

My editor told me today that we have to go another round of revisions on Hugging the Rock. I sort of expected it but each go around makes me worried that I'll mess up the book or not be able to do what she asked me to do. She also said that they've printed up "The First Day" which is the first 14 poems in the book as a "teaser" for mid-winter ALA. So if you're going to mid-winter be sure to stop by the Tricycle Press booth and take a look.

I woke up this morning and realized I have no idea what DC's character flaw is....or much of anything defining about him outside of his love of flying. Oh my. The more I move forward, the less I know about the book. It reminds me of a favorite Ray Bradbury quote, "You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down."

Here's hoping I can fly.




There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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January 12th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
sorry for another round of edits. but yeah for the first day of the book being at ala!
isnt it funny when we've worked on a book for so long, and then realise what we don't know....
that's why I love in person crits. the questions raised bring about remarkable insights. Sometimes a simple question makes you realise how much you don't know.
January 15th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
Yikes, I missed replies to this post. So sorry.

And yes, the longer I work on a book the less it seems I know about it. But I'm REALLY tired of it and want to go forward with my new project so I want this one done soon.
January 12th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC)
YAY for a sample being at ALA! I wish I could be there to grab one!

You can fly, Susan. I've no doubt about it.
January 15th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
Thanks, Cindy! Sorry I missed this the other day.
January 12th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Good luck on the next round of revisions.

I love that quote. You know, I believe you can fly.
January 15th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC)
January 12th, 2006 01:26 pm (UTC)
I love that quote!

Yay for the "teaser"! That's great!
January 15th, 2006 06:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! I keep trying to find the source but I think the quote is from his book Zen and the Art of Writing.
January 12th, 2006 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the quote -- I'm pretty sure you've got wings. If not, grab a Red Bull. (Or is their advertising not meant to be taken literally?)

Congrats on the ALA thing!!
January 15th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
Thanks, Kelly. Oh, why did you have to give me the suggestion of Red Bull? Must say no.
January 12th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Chiming in with love for the Bradbury quote. I don't remember reading that one--it's even better than Julia Cameron's "Leap and the net will appear."
January 15th, 2006 06:31 am (UTC)
I like that Julia Cameron quote too.
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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