February Wrap Up

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Libs in the office, watching me “work.”

You know, there’s something a tiny bit intimidating about an end-of-the-month wrap up. Or should I say knowing that your end-of-the-month wrap up is coming?

I mean, it’s bad enough if you don’t accomplish much, but blowing off the accountability report is like, Dang, Cathy, how lackadaisical can you get? So I knew the Day of Reckoning was coming and I’m not gonna lie. It motivated me.

The Good:

I read seven books this month! Full Disclosure: Several were short books by Patricia MacLachlan, but a couple of them were longer, the ones by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Both authors will be at the SCBWI Springmingle Conference coming up in a few weeks and I like to read books by people who are presenting. I want to know their style, yes, but I also think it just makes an author happy when you can say you’ve read their books. And really, I don’t think it matters if the author is a New York best-selling author like Mitchard, or a Newbery Award winner like MacLachlan, or a debut author who’s launching her first book. So I read a bunch of books and now–whee!–I’m three books ahead of my Goodreads goal. Which is a good thing as March is looking pretty busy.

I wrote up an article and sent it out and sold it! It could be a while before it’s published, but still. I sent something out into the world and received an acceptance. So yay me!

I also sent my manuscript out into the world (to an indie editor) because I’d come to that proverbial spot between a rock and a hard place. (You can read more about indie editors at The Muffin with my “It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Writing Superhero!”) Which leads me to the not-so-good, otherwise known as …

The Bad:

I received the most amazingly detailed and insightful editorial letter re: my latest middle grade manuscript and…I haven’t quite finished digesting all of it. In point of fact, I need to figure out what and how to revise and so far, I’m stuck between thinking and figuring it out. I’m all for letting things sit for a while while you ponder the problems but I just can’t seem to move on to actually…well, writing. Any motivational thoughts from those of you who have found yourself in that No Writer’s Land would be swell.

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Even Libs is wore out with this project!

The Ugly:

I spent a ridiculous number of hours working on an SCBWI project that should’ve taken me about what? Two hours, tops? First, it involved design so I had to remember how to do all that, and second, it involved color printing and my color inkjet ran out on my practice sheets. And then once I finally got everything ready and pushed the Print button, the lovely pages came out completely hinky.

I am still not finished with this project. Ugh.

 

So how about you, dear writer friends? It’s your Day of Reckoning, too, and I’d love to cheer or commiserate, your choice, on this last day of February.

 

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7 thoughts on “February Wrap Up

  1. Mitchard and MacLachlan in the same place? Wow. Color me green.

    I’m also jealous of the stuff Libby is getting done. Napping. Snuggling in a blanket. She’s probably getting a lot of thinking accomplished.

    Since I have a deadline to submit an article (tomorrow) and since articles in academic journals are really not my thing, I’d better get off blogs and get onto revising. 😉

  2. You actually had an end-of-month reckoning…I feel like a slacker now. And your “bad” doesn’t sound bad to me, it sounds awesome! A detailed editorial summary is a bit of a road map, yes? You asked for advice, so I’ll tell you what my writing Yoda would tell me should I ask her. She’d say, “Just sit down and get to work.” 😉

    • Would I say that, Lisa? Maybe I’d say take a break…go on a vacation…spend a day or two or weeks cleaning your house. 🙂

      Yeah, yeah. You’re right. I’ll get to work.

      Or wait. Am I technically right here? 🙂

  3. I think that when it’s a new author it’s even more inspirational for him/her if you let them know you’ve read their book 🙂 well done on the reading 7 books, I am so behind on my reading challenge.

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