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Tuesday, October 25, 2005


OK, I just saw how "gripey" the last post looks....

I have a confession to make....

There's another word in my vocabulary at this moment, that's right up there with "bleagh"....



Snoopy said it best--"BLEAGH!"

Every job has its "un-fun" parts, and today I'm dealing with one of those along my chosen path...the dreaded "book proposal."

The "name" I referred to in my previous post? Their rep recontacted me and suggested some resource material--written by said "name"! I'm taking that as a go-ahead to start work on my idea, hence the BOOK PROPOSAL.


In case you're unfamiliar with the term, it's basically a justification of my book's "right to life", and my right to write it. I have to explain the premise of the book, justify the need for such a book, outline the book, give some samples of the proposed content, and explain my qualifications to write the book--all in a few pages. And in this instance, have it all ready to go in a couple weeks' time when I'll (hopefully) have the ear of an editor or two for a minute or two!

To sum up:

book idea is to book proposal as:
expecting a baby is to changing a poopy diaper

I repeat--BLEAGH!

Well, I can't say I have no focus for the next two weeks! Bring on the creative fuel (chocolate and diet Coke)!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


OK, here's the deal....

I may not be writing as much here, but I am writing! The dry spell is over!

My son and I are enjoying the "never-ending bedtime story". At the rate he's giving his input on names and descriptions of characters, I may have to give him co-authour credit! :) And yes, I'm taking notes so I don't forget what to write about!

In other news, I contacted a "name" this week to ask about using an idea of theirs as a "jumping off point" for something I want to write. Their rep called it an "interesting request" and is planning on discussing it with them when they return from a business trip in a few days! Looks like I've made it past the first level--the "screeners"!

Last--and maybe least--I discovered an intriguing event yesterday. "NaNoWriMo"--National Novel Writing Month! Participants sign up to attempt writing a 50,000 word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30! Curious? Here's the address:

http://www.nanowrimo.org/ Sorry if the link doesn't work...I'm a "neophyte" (word of the day)!

Friday, October 14, 2005

I just want to say....

OK, well, I'm just posting to say that right now I have nothing to say! Something has definitely shifted. I wonder if my life is getting too full of "everyday junk"? You know...run that errand, do this chore.... Necessities? Or stalling tactics?

The odd thing is, I have all these "great ideas", but seem to lack the creativity to set any of them in motion. Besides, my office chair is REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE! I guess I'm too short for "big people furniture"!

Now that I've whined and made excuses long enough, I need to go try to kick-start my creativity!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Something New

Last night, I started something new. My 10-year-old asked for a bedtime story, so instead of reading him something or "recycling" an old faithful, I headed off into new territory. I have a story idea that's been "percolating" for some time, so last night I started telling it to my son. (Think "test market") He didn't want me to stop so he could sleep--good sign!

Now, all I have to do is figure out what happens next!

Friday, October 07, 2005


My laptop had been giving me fits, and last week I lost all the music stored on my iTunes. Usually I have music playing while I work on the computer. Maybe the silence has been so deafening I can't hear myself think? Or am I just distracted by watching the combines at work outside my office window?

Thursday, October 06, 2005

"Dead Zone"

Greetings from "The Dead Zone"! For the past week or two, I've been thinking a lot and feeling a lot, which are usually very creative times for me. For some reason, though, this time is different. All the thoughts and feelings are there as usual, but they're not processing as words. Hmmmmm....

More later.