My favorite query mistake was from Katie Grimm. She advised against writing a query that
"Makes you sound mentally unstable. Maybe you think you sound quirky or
that you’ve really done your research, or you’re just that enthusiastic, but
show your feet are on the ground and you haven’t been stalking us!"
reminds me of an author event I attended with Ruth McNally Barshaw. The
audience was small, so we had a chance to chat with the author. (I won’t
mention her name here, but she’s a friend of Ruth’s.) The author announced that
the second book in a series was about to be released, and I said I was looking
forward to reading it. The conversation didn’t go well after that.
You’ve read [name of first book in series]? Me:
I’ve read all your books. Author:
stunned silence. The look on her face said, “Oh, no. It’s a stalker.” Ruth
(trying to help): Ann reads a lot.
My Work-In-Progress involves an imaginary town with a road,
a river and buildings. I drew a map and wrote the draft. Somewhere in the third
revision, I discovered geography problems. Some of my characters were on the
wrong side the river, and there is no bridge. I re-drew the map, but there were
still issues. Finally, I decided I needed to see the town in 3D. I got a very
old, very dusty set of Duplos from the basement and built the town. The model
helped me identify where the problems were. Now I’m revising with geography and
geometry in mind.
Sometimes it takes more than a map. Here's some Duplo-building music.
This little fellow likes to sun on my front steps. He has a tunnel under the lawn and hiding places under the rose bushes. I call him Chip. The dozen or so chipmunks that live by my kitchen window are all called Dale.
Just when I'd been happily ignoring my blog, it wins an award. Thank you, Juliet and Gina at City Muse Country Muse.
They are also going to use some of my previously unpublished pictures as writing prompts for their blog. I'll post a link when that happens, but don't wait to check out City Muse Country Muse. Their poetry is breathtaking.
In other news, I've been a revising fool this spring. My goal is three chapters a week. So far, I'm managing.
The Giant Backyard Project continues. More pictures will be forthcoming. My poison ivy experiment failed: nothing died. My next attempt will be to cut the stems of the poison ivy and apply the Round Up to the cut surfaces. Stay tuned for updates.