Monday, May 24, 2010

With love

It's been far too long since I've posted, but one of my best friends was struck by tragedy and that has been at the forefront of my mind.

So forgive me if I get a little preachy right now, but I have to ask/tell each and every one of you to take stock of your lives. Name all the people you love, and then make sure to feel grateful for them - every minute of your day. That is the type of person my friend is, and that is the gift that is going to help her through this time.

Life is short and precious - and I'm grateful for all of you!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thursday Lists, Part Deux

To really, terribly rephrase Walt Whitman: Do I repeat myself? Very well then I repeat myself. (I am large (i.e. pregnant), I contain repetitious posts.)

Things that are not awesome:
1. The constant repetitions of "Luchenbach, Texas" in my house. I can be repetitive; my husband cannot. Billion-year-old country songs are not conducive to good revisions of my novel. (And, yes, the truly awesome Willie Nelson contributed to that song; doesn't matter upon the 700th listen.)
2. The girl who made sure to point out that my current back-pain was in no way related to my pregnancy, because I have not yet achieved the term/weight/general snootiness to claim the true pains of motherhood. Thanks, judgmental girl. I'm sure your sense of superiority has nothing to do with your raging insecurity, either. :)
3. I have to play an entirely new waiting game, which is actually awesome if you read why, in #3 below

Things which are so awesome, they actually hurt:
1. You can thank for this later
2. The fact I revised two chapters today! Two! That places me around 1/3rd of the way through the manuscript, which may not seem like a lot, but it feels like a real accomplishment.
3. Drum roll: not only do I have an agent, I have a publisher!!!!!!!!!! That's right folks - we've come to a tentative agreement with a major publishing house, for a 3-book series based on Hereafter. Get ready to read an awesome new YA book in Summer 2011!