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This week got away from me. I thought about blogging on Thursday and Friday but I missed it. I have a good excuse though. I've been working on Flyboy. In my actual office even.

1. I started this week with seven chapters of a sloppy draft of Flyboy. The goal being to get all the main characters introduced and show a couple of flying scenes. Goal met.

2. It was a really, really sloppy draft. So much so that a couple of times I wanted to cry because I thought I had forgotten how to write. I recovered enough to realize I do know how to write but am still not sure I know how to write this story.

3. Began revising. Why now? Because I wanted to get this partial into shape enough to send to my agent.

4. This week I printed out what I had written. Made changes in hard copy. Input changes. Went through and let Word highlight all my typically overused words. I am now on Chapter Four excessive word use clean-up.

5. After I finish #4, hopefully in a few hours, I will print it all out and go through it one more time. Then I will have no excuses left and have to face the, (cue the music) dreaded synopsis.

6. Plant Kid is still whispering in my ear though. He told me he wants his own blog and I about had a heart attack.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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August 22nd, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yes but, synopsis writing always goes better if you do it before you write the darn book. Less chance of wandering off the important issues that way. Or so it seems for me. lol
August 22nd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Synopsis writing never goes well for me at any time. LOL
August 22nd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I had this image of you writing away, Plant Boy whispering to you out of the blue, and you just freaking! :)

Tell him to be patient, and he'll take over this one in a while!
August 22nd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
It was really freaky because suddenly this whole promo idea for Plant Kid's book popped into my head...for a book that isn't even written yet. I actually yelped out loud and scared Cassie who came over to see if I hurt myself.
August 22nd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
Love the distinction you made between knowing how to write and knowing how to write this work. That's a crucial difference to know--crucial to a writer's sanity, that is.
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August 22nd, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Another "amen" from the choir!
August 23rd, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
Of course I have something different to say or that would not be me. I would swap weeks with you in a moment. Flyboy will work out or if not he is not meant to be. You should not doubt yourself though somethings are just too difficult to write about anyway. I have no idea what the story is about but being the mother of 2 teenage boys I can well imagine.

Did you at least work out what was in the wallet if not I know what it is !!

Anyway anytime you want to swap lives, or want some help with an idea just let me know I am full of them. I am a bit worried that you can hear thing talking to you though - Kidding

-Anne McKenna
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August 25th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura. And I have to tell you that I am glad to hear it was bloglines because I wondered why I you never stopped by here anymore. I was feeling a little, well, you know. :)

I did a quick search on Bloglines not updating and it seems to be happening all over the place. They just can't find a way to be consistent anymore.
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August 25th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Except for a week in March I think I've blogged every weekday all year.

I've been checking out other blog readers myself and I'm going to post a question about them to the Kidlitosphere group. I'll let you know what they say in case there are others out there you want to check out.
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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.

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