I thought I’d share a little bit about my real life as of late for those of you who are interested.
I just went on vacation with my ever-lovely friend Elyse. A short trip into southern Wisconsin (with a minor accidental crossing into Illinois … stupid detour!) to stay at an old hardware store renovated into a neat little loft. We made it our home for a few days, and we worked. Elyse focused on blogging and reading while I did some writing, a little bit of blogging and reading, and a lot of research into my query letter and hook. Having Elyse there was like having my own personal writing therapist. SO. GOOD. In the end, here’s my hook: “Summer romance, small-town secrets– and the darker side of philosophy.”
We also visited The House on the Rock while we were in Wisconsin. Sensory overload– but of the best kind possible. It’s essentially a three-part museum of weird collections: music machines, dollhouses, a few carousels. An infinity room. It was like pure fodder for two writers. Awesome– and a little creepy at times. So glad we went!
Ben, the editor I’ve been working with, finished the line edits to my novel! So after I got back from Wisconsin, I took my manuscript to task, made loads of changes (mostly pretty small things– conservation of words, taking out lots of italics. I go overboard on italics!). Then, armed with my revised query letter and revised manuscript, I queried a series of literary agents yesterday. (I don’t even really like to say so in case querying completely bombs– though one editor [a gal I met at the Big Sur workshop] asked to read the full manuscript already!)
Desiree’s wedding is less than a month away, and I’m so nervous I’m going to be an ugly bridesmaid. This is causing a fair amount of stress in my life, which I detailed to my new psychiatrist last week before vacation. It’s weird to have a new psychiatrist, but it’s necessary since my hero Dr. Suck Won Kim retired last September. The new doctor seems quite brilliant though, and together we are devising a slight change to my medication regime to allow me to sleep better. (Has anyone had any success with Trazodone? I’m terribly sensitive to it– the first time I tried it, I slept through four alarms and into the afternoon, oops!) The new doctor thinks if I dissolve half a pill in four oz. of water, then drink just one oz. that might be my right dosage. Definitely willing to try!
Now that I’ve queried several agents, it’s time to play the waiting game: YUCK. Therefore, I’m going to start a new project right away. Yes, that’s right– you heard it here first. I’m diving into writing a new novel first draft before grad school starts in January. Am I insane?
On the roommate front, I met a new girl named Chelsea who is moving into the apartment in September! She came over to the apartment to check it out and so that we could meet. It went well, and on her way out the door, she glanced at a bookshelf, and said, “Is that The Last Unicorn? I love that book!” It was meant to be.
Hmmm, what else, what else? Northwestern College successfully made its transition to University of Northwestern!
That’s all for today, folks!