Row80 – 12-4-2011 – I really need to get my act together

Wow.  I haven’t given a Row80 update in forever.  I’m such a bad, bad girl.  My intentions were there but I just can’t seem to focus my mind on doing it.  There is so much going on outside of computer world that it has been difficult for me to focus.

This past week I was in Gainesville, FL taking care of my grand-daughter as she and my daughter prepared for their trip to their new home in Seattle, WA.  My cell phone was caput.  I don’t have a laptop.  My daughter didn’t have a computer at the house.  I had no cable.  I was completely isolated from the world for 6 days and it was awful.  I couldn’t write or revise which drove me mad.  On the positive side, I did manage to complete The Fiend and the Forge, the 3rd installment in Henry H. Neff’s Tapestry series.  (look for a review of this soon).

I am so far behind on the final revisions of my novel.  I was hoping to get out to betas before Thanksgiving but it didn’t work that way.  I keep finding things that I need to fix, mainly character development issues.  (I had to add a bunch of stuff about one character and I can’t seem to get her right, if that makes sense).

I won a gift card from the fabulous Jocelyn Adams.  She’s a fellow writing buddy of mine and she has written one of my favorite books, The Glass Man.  I highly recommend it.  You won’t be able to put it down.

I did 2 critiques over the past 2 days.  I hope they don’t mind my blatant honesty and straight-forwardness.  I’ve also commented on a couple of blogs I visit all the time.  By the way, congratulations to my writer friend, Jennifer Eaton, for winning a virtual blogger award.  So cool and I can’t think of anyone else who deserves it more.

I’m gearing up for two events:  one is the Brenda Drake – Can we guess your character’s age blogfest contest.  I’m really uber excited about this contest.  I love all of her contests and it’s not about winning.  Personally, I love reading what other people submit.

The next ‘event’ if you can call it that is finishing my short story to submit to a publisher for hopeful inclusion in an anthology.  Deadline is in 26 days.  Keep fingers crossed I can finish.  I’ve been doubting myself because I didn’t finish NaNo and because I haven’t finished the re-writes on my novel, but I have to stay positive and believe in myself.  I CAN do this.

Last but not least, there are a few of us who pour our hearts out on Row80 who need prayers, either for them or someone they love.  You all know who you are.  May this holiday season be kind to you and your families and may you find peace and solace during these rough and sad times.

With that said, what have all of you been up to?

New Blogfest Contest by the fantastic Brenda Drake!

I have got to say, I love these contests Brenda Drake has on her blog.  What a great way to meet other authors and test the waters with snippets of what you’ve written.  This new contest is a great one:  Can we guess your character’s age?

I love the idea of this contest because, while we may know how old our characters are, we may not have conveyed it well to the reader.  I know that was a problem a publisher had with my novel – inconsistencies in ‘voice’.  Sometimes my MC sounded younger, sometimes older than he was.  After this was pointed out to me, I saw it crystal clear.  But not all of us are lucky enough to get a manuscript redlined for us with all the things that need to be improved.  That’s why I love this new contest Brenda has.

If you are a writer, you should give this a whirl to see if your character’s voice matches his/her age.  What a great lesson to learn before you send your MS out to an agent and/or publisher.

Thanks, Brenda, and I can’t wait for the contest to begin!  It’s going to be tons of fun to read other excerpts and guess the ages of the characters.