Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Tuesday Hodge Podge

So I sent Beastologist III off to my editor yesterday! Yeay! I was fairly happy with it, which doesn't always happen. (It also makes me nervous, as if I have some huge blindspot.)

My first email this morning was a copy of a tear sheet from Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine. Nathaniel Fludd is being featured! Very cool to wake up to! (Did I also mention that Nathaniel Fludd was a Junior Library Guild selection? Can't remember if I did or not, but that's always a huge honor.)

Today I am diving right back in to my medieval France fantasy. I want to finish it this month or die trying. And since it involves assassins, I now have the expertise to carry out that threat. :-)

I'm also all a-flutter trying to get organized for the SCBWI National Conference that begins this Friday. Seriously, I am so excited about this, you'd think it was my first time going! It's not, but apparently I really really need it, becaue my muse is doing a happy dance. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's also four days with my bff, Mary Hershey, and even four straight days isn't enough for us to catch up on all the stuff we need to catch up on. And it's not like she lives in Alaska, either. She's only fifteen miles away. But there's something about a four day sleepover at a hotel that is very conducive to shared confidences and heart to heart talks.

The only (tiny) cloud on the horizon is that the conference falls on my younger son's birthday. In fact, it tends to do that rather frequently, so when he was younger especially, that determined whether or not I would attend any given year. But this year he is going to be twenty, long past the time I need to worry about such things. Or so he assures me. Of course, being a mom, it still pricks at me a bit, but I'm taking him at his word.

I had promised someone more posts on how to use spreadsheets, but I'm going to have to put that off until next week due to all the aforementioned stuff I need to juggle in the next three days. But I will get to it, I promise!

Our electricty was supposed to be off all day today so they could upgrade equipment nearby, but that was called off last night. What a relief to have power all day!

Off now to make good use of it!


PJ Hoover said...

Nathaniel Fludd is going to rock the house! Congrats on all your great news!

Aspiring Author said...

What do you mean your life isn't interesting? :)

Laurel said...

No problem about the spreadsheets. I have actually found an amazing program called freemind that uses organic mind mapping to outline. I think I'm in love. Have fun at the conference. Wish I was going.

Sherrie Petersen said...

Congratulations on Nathaniel Fludd! I'm looking forward to reading it. And I'm excited to meet you this weekend. See you in L.A.!!

Robin L said...

Hey, PJ! From your mouth to the publishing god's ear! Here's hoping!

Aspiring Author, now you have me thinking. I wonder if "interesting" is like "voice" in that it's one of those things one can't see about oneself?

Laurel, the freemind program sounds amazing. I think I have a friend that uses that. And if you ever get a chance to go to this conference, I highly recommend it!

Hey Sherrie! I am very much looking forward to meeting you in person, too!

Katy Cooper said...

"I have actually found an amazing program called freemind that uses organic mind mapping to outline."

Count me among freemind's fans, even though I don't use it to outline. Maybe I should start... (I wonder if it's small enough to fit on my netbook...)