Sunday, June 2, 2013

Summer Journal 2013 - Entry #1

So I'm jumping the gun a little bit since it's technically not summer vacation yet. I still have a half day of school tomorrow and a week of faculty meetings, but (despite the icky chilly weather) it feels like summer, so I'm going to dive in!

I think I'm off to a good start on my summer writing routine. And my goal to actually do some writing. Something that's been sadly neglected in recent months.

Friday I got my second round of edits on This Feels Like Home from my editor. In her words, the manuscript is in good shape. There were just a few minor places where some re-wording needs to be done, and then it's just a matter of nit-picking and looking for all of those pesky typos, missing commas, etc. So yesterday, I got out my trusting writing tools (my lap top and memory stick) and headed out to the front porch. I worked my way through the minor changes and got about two-thirds of a complete read-through done. Today I'll finish up the read-through. This coming week I'll plan on going through the mss backwards, which makes it easier to spot errors since I'm not as caught up in the flow of the story.

It felt good to have my writing 'shoes' back on again, and even better to be working on steps to get this story closer to publication, as this one has been in the works for a long time.

Even better, I had some ideas flitting through my head for another story I've worked on here and there. For me, that was pretty exciting. It means I haven't totally lost the drive to write, it's just been hidden while I've been busy with other life things.

When I was at the library yesterday signing up for their summer reading program, I said that I was a local author and asked if I could donate one of my books to the prize cart. The woman was so excited to have the book. She had me autograph it and said she was going to pass it along to the readers' advisory committee as a recommendation for circulation rather than a summer prize. Now why didn't I do this sooner? If they accept it, I'll take over copies of my other books as well.

All in all, like I said, I think this is a good start for the summer!

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



Margot Justes said...

Happy to read you have your 'writing shoes' back on. I agree even with the chill in the air, everything is lush and green.

Morgan Mandel said...

Even though the weather is more like fall, there's something about the beauty of spring that can't be compared!

Glad you're moving forward, Deb!
Editing is the hardest part, since it is so time consuming. I wish I were a speed reader, but, if I were, I probably would miss most of the parts that need fixing!

Morgan Mandel

Debra St. John said...

I do like the green-ness of the season so far. Everything is beautiful.

I'm sure I read too fast this first time through, that's why I plan on doing it backwards this week!