16,400 words cut later, the third draft of Lesana–now known as Vodnik–is complete. I’ll be mailing it out to an agent and an editor tomorrow, both of whom have asked to see it in its entirety. This has been an interesting book to write. All along, I felt like it had promise, but somewhere in the first draft, it lost its way. It’s the book that convinced me to start plotting before I write, and it’s taken much MUCH longer than I thought I’d need to complete it. However, I’m happy to say that I’m very pleased with the end […]

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Once again, I find myself lacking the time I need to create a really nice blog post. Not having internet at home is becoming less and less of an option, and now I think it’s just a matter of time before I get it set up. That and television. In the meantime, though, you’ll just have to suffer through these short posts. However, I wanted to take the time to talk about this cool staff retreat I went on yesterday: orienteering. You really need to check this out. They give you a map, and then you get to go from

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Rejection is so much easier to take when you’ve already forgotten you might get rejected in the first place. And it’s even better when you no longer care. Yesterday and today, I got two notices that I wasn’t selected for jobs I applied for back in April or May. Darn. Now, if I could have just had the same attitude when I was still looking for a job, that would have been helpful.

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I’ve now been back on the writing track at my normal pace for two days, which is an encouraging sign. Of course, I did that last night be refusing to unpack until I was finished, and then when I was finished, I decided to watch Ghostbusters instead of unpacking. Hmm . . . Everyone needs some Ghostbusters, now and then. And it’s not like the boxes are going anywhere. I even found time yesterday to play outside with my son–all in the name of procrastination. Who said putting things off couldn’t be worthwhile?

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That’s how much my car repair bill came to. That’s the good news. The kind of bad news is they don’t know why the service engine soon light came on. It might be a transmission problem, or it might be a fluke. Hmm . . . In other news, I’m going to buy a lawn tractor tonight. Mainly to save on time and energy mowing in the summer and shoveling in the winter. I’ve got quite the driveway and lawn. Wish I had more time to post . . . but I don’t.

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