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May. 3rd, 2010 | 12:40 pm
mood: creativecreative

Classes are over for the semester, and I'm home! Huzzah! Tomorrow, I start work at the library.

I've been doing an edit-really-more-of-a-rewrite of Lord of the Dark Downs, but I've decided to pause on that when I get to the end of my current chapter in order to do a polishing edit on The Dogwatchers so that I can start querying it. This was a little tough to decide, because I would ordinarily plan to let a recently-finished manuscript sit for longer before doing the last-call edit and querying. The Dogwatchers has been finished for just over three months (got done at 3:08 AM January 30), so it's had a little while, but the main impetus for my deciding to go back to it now is that I realize none of my novels are currently making the rounds. It's always good to have something out there.

Besides this, I feel The Dogwatchers is at least as pitchable as Rabbit and Cougar and much more so than Lord of the Dark Downs. (I don't really know how to write a query for a novel with an ensemble cast.)

So, coming soon: editing! (And for those of you who are Becky, probably taking you up on your offer to read The Dogwatchers once it is edited. Thanks!)

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"Also, I can kill you with my brain."

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from: toastedcheese
date: May. 3rd, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)

I am eternally amazed at how much even a few months' perspective can help a novel. I was trying very hard to implement one of Graham's suggestions for the end of novel #2, and after letting it sit for a month during finals, I reread the scene in question and realized, Well, duh, of course it doesn't happen quite that way, it happens this way! I still need to reread my edits to make sure if they were as brilliant as they seemed last night, but I think it's a big improvement, and I could never have thought of it a month ago. It makes me feel like I'm getting smarter all the time, but really it's recurring stupidity that can only be overcome with patience.

Yay, looking forward to reading it!

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from: sunshinecampusa
date: May. 4th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)

You're home! I missed you by a week? How tragic!

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Anica Lewis

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from: anicalewis
date: May. 4th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)

I know! Sadness! Did you get my much-belated birthday card?

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