Sunday, January 18, 2009

Change is in the air...

So half of January has slipped by but not entirely unnoticed, at least by yours truly.

I've been working hard. I committed on the Cherry Forums, over at Jenny Crusie's blog, to do at least one submission per month (for those of you who REALLY know me, you know my weakness is not submitting enough) and I set my monthly goal as one chapter per week on the WIP. So far I'm on target, or maybe a tad ahead. I'm up to chapter six of the new manuscript.

I've re-written my query (of an already completed manuscript) based on some feedback from Jessica Faust over at Bookends Literary Agency. She ran a contest in December and we were allowed to submit our first paragraph as a pitch. I was lucky enough to be critiqued and what Jessica had to say really resonated. So, I have a new query letter but am holding off submitting until Mercury gets through its retrograde. I mean, why risk it, right? Communications can go awry under Mercury's craziness. Seriously, I'm not procrastinating, the minute that planet changes course my query letter goes out. And this time it's going to five agents at a time. No more of this send to one and be loyal and wait forever for an answer. Nope. This time I'm getting serious.

Tonight I watched Dateline and cried bucketloads regarding Barack Obama's rise to
becoming the 44th President of the United States of America. The review of our history, that step back in time, made me cry. So sad. So shameful. All I can say is what a journey and thank God it's behind us and we can move forward and hopefully repair a lot of that damage. May we never again lose sight of the fact that all humans are created equal. I love this man, and his gorgeous wife and his family. His beautiful smile makes me happy. I can be having the crappiest day and then I listen to him and somehow he makes it all seem okay.

I know we can! I know I can! I have hope.

My eyes are tearing up again just writing this. Good heavens, can you imagine what a cry baby I'm going to be on Tuesday? All I know is I'll be glued to the television, 'cause I'm not planning to miss a thing.

How about you?

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