This post is going to cover a myriad of things, a few questions, an award. It's Friday and I am out of steam. It's been a week. Well, you know what I mean. We had snow, as you all know, and the Small One has been out of school except for 2 hours yesterday. She is out again today because...snow is falling again and the Piedmont is in a panic. You might think we were having a blizzard like the east coast, we're only getting a few inches, maybe some sleet, maybe not, I hate to say it the weather people on the tv arent't the brightest bulbs in the box, I don't care how much Dopplar they have. (Or maybe I should say -- Dopelar.) Question #1 - Is it snowing where you are?
And with that, I haven't written a word. Not on anything. I've looked at all the manuscripts I have in file, I've penned a few bits of dialogue on paper while waiting for the phone to ring, watching the baby in the bath tub, but I haven't written anything significant. I DID however, draw up an outline for Richard & Amanda's story, so I at least know what I'm going to try to do with it. I have also decided I'm taking out the first couple of pages, and jump right into the action, which I believe you read last Friday. (Let me see if I can make a link -- nope I can't. It's not that I'm stupid [well, when it comes to computer things, yes, yes I am] but I don't seem to have the "link" icon -- does it make a difference if I say I have OfficeXP. Question #2 - Is anyone else as computer challenged as I am?
I've been tooling around the blogs and a couple of writers seem to be trying to start their reading lists from New Years'. I didn't make a list but thought it was a good idea, so I've started posting the books I read on my side bar. I have so many books in my to-be-read pile I can just grab one and go. I also read really fast, I read Girls in Trucks in one day and am almost finished (2 days) with The Last Time They Met. (I'm trying to work something up for book reviews for the blog and will discuss them next week.) And because I'm not writing, I have the time to read. And reading is not distracting me from my writing. I tend to copy-cat when I do both at the same time. Question #3 - Can you read and write at the same time?
Thank you to Sarah Jane from Writing in the Wildnerness for giving me the Happiness Award. I appreciate it. I have already received it though from Stephanie at Writer's Cocoon so my list (which I can't link to but is from January 19) remains the same except for #8. I am happy I finished with the query process and am out scouting for agents. I am deliriously happy I received a partial request.
I would like to send this award to:
Lady Glamis, Nicole Ducleroir, Julie Cross, Kristi Faith, Elana Johnson, Teebore, Lisa, Tara & My Friendly Neighborhood Palindrome. Question #4 - Did I forget anyone? If I did, please take the award as well. I know Simon, Steph and the two Sarahs already have it.
I mailed my Partial out on Monday afternoon, and the postal lady said it would take 3business days to get there so I am assuming it will reach its destination today. I am hoping the agent will take it home over the weekend and will e-mail me by Monday to say, "Yes, I'd love to see the full." (I have no choice but to be a writer, my fantasy life is outstanding, is it not?) My cousin Liz says I'm manifesting my destiny. I have to think good thoughts and good things will happen. (I have always been a pessimist, always.) I've been thinking good thoughts for awhile now and well, if the partial is any sign.... Question #5 - Do you think you can manifest your own destiny? Or shall I leave this question for another time and post.
I think this will be the last thing I say today, (Small One is waking) there has been talk of author platforms on some of the agent blogs, and I was wondering if you think all that is necessary. Blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkdIn, and whatever else I don't know how to do. I have a blog, I started with this intention, to use as my platform, as the agents said to do so and follow a few other blogs regularly and comment. So I did. I don't think it would be worth it to me to have a web-site, as I'm not published yet, can't put up cover art, or excerpts, or any of that crap.
Question #6 - Are you building a platform or are you just blogging it for now until the big day gets here like me?
And so gentle readers, that is my post for the day. If the electricity doesn't go out I will hopefully be working on Richard & Amanda. If I don't kill the Small One/Monster Baby first. Happy Weekend. Drive safely wherever you are.