Another month has come and gone and with it, all the handwritten pages of Book III, THE TRAVELER…the baseline is complete and I have moved into EDIT mode.
This is really the fun part: refining things, finding the missing links, tightening the storyline, stream-lining and cutting things that just don’t work, changing a single word to make a dialogue have more impact to the story. This isn’t the cherry on top, but more like the hot fudge and whipped cream on a sundae. The cherry comes when I sit down with my editor and talk through the tale from beginning to end.
Some new and exciting marketing going on…will let you know if anything comes of it next month! Could be stellar...but we'll see! Fingers crossed everybody!!
But for now…I have a red pen in hand, post-its everywhere and a pot of coffee going at all times….and of course, Lulu on my lap reading along with me.
Lessons from August:
- Hello, my name is Deborah, and I am a raving lunatic! (Trust me, I am…and so am I! Me, too!)
- A dog’s wet nose is STILL the best damn alarm clock ever made.
- Take time to read every day…even if it’s just a product label. You will learn something new each and every time.
- Stress kills…so channel it. Fitness nut, go an extra mile or do an extra set. Love to cook, make an elaborate meal, and then share it with a neighbor. Crafter, make something extraordinary and give it away. If you write like me, kill someone off, tell someone off or destroy something on paper. Whatever you do, get rid of it, but make it positive. Don’t let the buggers get you down! Beat them at their own game!
- Don’t wash down Doritos with hot chocolate after 2am if you are over 45 years of age.
- Let’s go A’s! Let’s go A’s! Let’s go A’s! Let’s go A’s! Let’s go A’s! Let’s go A’s!
- Mistakes are okay to make. We're human, and we all make them. Just make sure if you point a finger at someone to lay blame, those three fingers pointing back aren’t making a fool of you. (Yes, this means YOU! You know what you did. You were wrong, and I will not ever forget it!)
- People, who have trouble driving small, compact cars, should never drive big-ass SUV's. (Especially if you make u-turns…or park in parking lots…or merge onto the freeway…or…!)
- Reach out and say ‘Hi’ to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile. Just a note or a quick message can brighten both your days. It’s like saying ‘Bless you’ when a random stranger nearby sneezes. The smile in return is priceless.
- Don’t chew gum or eat while on the phone. It’s rude and makes you sound thoughtless and inconsiderate.