The laundromat’s resident writer is in.
Home office companion: blooming Christmas cactus.
What makes the American postal system great, aside from cheap rates? Our mailman’s uniform looks like a Civil War tuxedo.
Honestly, I under committed last week. Good thing my boss (me) knows when I need more work.
This week’s commitments:
- Write a new chapter for Kyle Goes BYE
- Re-polish the picture books (my mom, the mother of all word nerds, read them & gave feedback)
- Research conference grant
- Write bite-sized book pitch
Next week is short for me. And then the month is almost over. Tick TOCK!
You have to listen closely to the sound of your own breathing; be aware of how much sweat is beading on your back; make sure to treat yourself to cool water and a salty snack and ask yourself, honestly and often, exactly how you feel. What could be more sensual than paying exquisite attention to your own body?
Ann Trason in Born to Run
Bertrand Battle Boomer Bailey, Battle for short, is a tough kitten living in an abandoned Air Force base house. He has always dreamed of having a human family to love and snuggle. When Jeff, a man far from his own family moves into the house, Battle sees his chance to make his dream real.
Convincing Jeff that Battle is the perfect kitten for him isn’t easy, but Battle doesn’t give up. In the end, Battle earns himself a new name and is happily headed for his dream home.
(copyright Serene Lewis)
I’m so freaking excited about this week. Last week’s commitments were grueling but paved the road for some interesting work (at least, interesting to word nerdy me).
This week’s commitments:
- Write and send first agent query (he doesn’t know it, but I already have him in my sites)
- Clean up my social platforms (will not be interesting but needed)
- Post synopsis of BATTLE BERT here
- Outline chapters for new middle-grade fiction book
Reward: another $35 in the cuteness kitty (I enjoyed the pedi I earned last week immensely!).
Commitments for this week: complete. Now the real hard work starts.
One month as a writer. April included:
- Started a memoir
- Completed Battle Bert, an early reader/pic book
- Edited Bad, Bored Emma, another early reader/pic book
- Started Layla Goes Bye, a middle reader book
- Created publishers and agents spreadsheets (Excel - it’s not just for engineers and data heads)
- Traveled to Arizona, NYC and Las Vegas
Had an emotional hiccup yesterday when I realized just how long it will take to fully realize my goal (i.e. be published). Very glad I have a writing buddy who helped me figure out how to regroup, revise and not give up.
Didn’t fulfill all three of last week’s commitments. I’m a tough boss - so no pedi for me. Fresh start this week. Commitments are:
- Complete publisher research (finished this today, but it was such hard work, it needs to be on this list)
- Complete agent research (pedestrian work but necessary)
- Finalize Bad, Bored Emma (sooooo close)
- 2 blog posts (this counts as 1!)
Reward will be $35 in the “cuteness kitty.”
After experiencing an 8-year old’s love of both Darth Vader and SpongeBob Squarepants, I couldn’t help but imagine a conversation between the two.
Would SpongeBob have a chance to make fun of Darth’s asthmatic seriousness before being choked out?