Sorry I didn’t post on Friday! This week has been mad crazy hectic. I’d say I bit off more than I could chew and barely swallowed it without choking. 😛
The week began with me finishing up my last round of edits to the first 3 chapters of my novel for submission to the Claymore Dagger competition sponsored by Killer Nashville (a conference I’m attending in August). I have been revising the book since January in preparation for this submission.
Problem is when you revise the first 3 chapters for a contest, you suddenly realize how much work the rest of the book needs, so I did 2 massive rounds of revisions between January and now. In my head, the deadline for the competition was May 5, so I planned to finalize it all this weekend.
On Wednesday, I attended the MWA Symposium, which was so amazing it deserves it’s own post on Monday. I got to hear some terrifically talented writers speak about what they love doing. I met some terrific people, learned a lot about the craft of writing mysteries, and came out of it feeling enthusiastic about the Backspace conference in May.
After leaving the conference, I came home and started on the last chapter revisions for the Claymore Dagger contest. Something was bothering me and I checked the Killer Nashville website and realized the contest submission had to be received by May 5, 2010. UGH! That meant I had to finish all edits by Friday and overnight it just to be safe. Dumb dumb girl! How did I miss that? Luckily, I caught it in time and that meant Wed and Thursday nights and subway rides were devoted to editing.
Around that time, I also decided that to prepare for the Backspace Conference I should attend the Writer’s Digest Critique Series: Novel Queries & Pitches Live Webinar next Thursday, which required me to pay for the class online and send my newly drafted hook (from a burst of creativity on Sunday night) in for a critique.
On top of it all, my OnlineWritersWorkshop.com course, Essentials of Mystery Writing, started Thursday. And of course the textbook is taking 3+ weeks to ship from, get this, PA to NY?! I’m expecting some Amish guy to pull up in his buggy to deliver it. 3 weeks is freaking insane. So I am screwed for the first week’s reading assignment. The textbook is also hard to find. Barnes and Noble resellers estimated 4-6 business days if I wanted to buy another copy, which is around the time the one I purchased from an Amazon reseller (on April 16th) is due to arrive.
But the course sounds really fun and I started reading the lecture and posting. It’s a 6 week course and I’m hoping to learn more about the craft of mystery writing.
So back to the Claymore Dagger submission. Last night after work, I stopped at the post office to gather the Express mail envelope and form (thank god my post office is open until 8 PM). I filled everything out at home, printed out the final version of the submission, populated the submission form, and then at 9:15 AM, I raced into the post office before work to get that mailed out.
I cut off this moseying lady with a huge Macy’s bag cause I knew she would be standing at the window filling out paperwork for hours. I got in and out in record time and the submission should arrive Sat by noon. PHEW! Mega huge weight off my shoulders! I even made it to work early and was able to do a quick impromptu meeting with the boss.
So this is why my Friday post didn’t happen and instead you get a Saturday post. 🙂
I’m not even going to mention what is going on in my day job or my personal life because it’s enough to drive a girl bonkers. But oddly enough, I feel more alive than I have in months. I love challenges and deadlines and fearing I won’t make it and then making it.
Now for May, I just have to focus on my writing class, my next conference, and drafting my other story. And trying to get the weird, sticky stuff off my counter because I did zero house cleaning this week and it shows.