Saturday, August 27, 2005
Sunny and pleasant
Mrs. Marchmont and Mrs. Rubicon, two of the characters who began speaking to me yesterday, are very determined. I like them, but they have to wait their turn. “Dearie, when you get to be our age, waiting is not a good idea,” Mrs. Marchmont points out.
“Even if ye’re servin’ sherry,” Mrs. Rubicon adds with a cackle.
Stacks of errands to do today, and then I want to spend time on the two articles due on the 1st. They are issues about which I feel strongly – but I have to make sure it reads with interest and passion, and doesn’t sound like rhetoric from atop a soapbox.
I will need to spend more time on the serials today, although I’d rather not. However, the sooner I deal with them, the sooner each of them will be complete, and we can work towards the next phase of their lives. Of all our lives.
I did some editing on the round table interview. Most of it is quite a light edit. I have a couple of questions for individuals, and then I may shift a couple of paragraphs around. But the upside to interviewing intelligent, articulate, and witty writers is that their individual tones and experiences come out on the page. Any edit I do must enhance that, not flatten it out. I’m so tired of reading round-table interview articles where each person sounds the same, because it’s been edited for an even tone. I hate that. There’s a lot of information there, and I present some ideas about how to present said material in the query letter. Working on the piece is quite inspiring, due to the talents of my interviewees!
I will do some more work on it this weekend.
Today’s a huge race day at Saratoga, and I look forward to some socializing and some excellent racing as well. I only handicapped Saratoga races this weekend, because I did not want to dilute my focus.
If you haven’t done so already, run out and buy Tess Gerritsen’s new book VANISH right now:
Currently, she’s at the Maui Writing Conference. Her blog is linked to the right. I was so excited yesterday, because, when I stepped off the train, there’s a billboard for her book at my hometown train station platform! I’m going over there with a camera this morning to take pictures and send them to her. I’m as excited as if it was a billboard for my work.
I’m so looking forward to reading her new book, and I hope it climbs the lists quickly. And, yes, I’m buying it in hardcover at full price to make sure I do my little bit in getting her sales figures up! :)
Off to the store to buy the necessities of life: cat food, coffee, and wine.
The Thirteen Traveling Journals Project
The Place and Space Journals Project
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The Widow’s Chamber
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