Friday, March 27, 2009

Time Out

Hi,

I'll be taking the weekend off because two of my three kids are ill and don't feel well either. I am expecting to be able to finish "Victor's Rage" (my WIP=work in progress) before the month ends. That would mean that I'll finish one week earlier than planned. That's a first ;-)

Have a nice weekend,
Cat

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Are you bored? Try doing something like this!

I found this on a blog I am following. It's really, really funny:



Live for your dreams (or build marble runs),
Cat

Sunday, March 22, 2009

next try

Hi,

my historical novel "Victor's Rage" is nearly finished (just a few more chapters of polishing) and so I decided to send a sample chapter plus exposé to a publisher. Currently, it is rather difficult to find a publisher for a novel set in the 19th century. Most publishers are looking for something set in the Middle Ages. Still, I won't give up. I hope that the quality of my novel will be good enough to convince an editor.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Cat

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Disapointment

Hi,

I am a bit sorry that "Thicker Than Water" was rejected in the ABNA contest after the second round of judging. On the other hand, getting into the group of the top 2000 is not bad considering that they took 10.000 entries. I still think it is a fabulous story. Hmmmm. Maybe they rejected it because it is a MG-story? After all, they were (sort of) looking for the top American Novel. Since all this is guesswork only, So, I'll be waiting for the promised reviews to find out why it was rejected.

On the upside, I am very happy with the way my revision is going. I nearly finished the rewrite of the reordered scenes (two more to go). If all goes well I should get through the rest of the novel by the end of the following week. I wrote and rewrote the synopsis and I began the fine-tuning (grammar, style and spelling) and polished the first 50 pages. All in all, a quite successful week.

And as Holly Lisle said: Never give up on your dreams.
Cat

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Have a nice weekend

Hi,

I have to catch up on household chores while still struggling to finish my revision. So this one will be short. I found this video over on Nathan Bransford's blog and liked it a lot. He is right, you know? It does remind of the way writers create their world.


World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

Enjoy,
Cat

Friday, March 6, 2009

Breakthrough!

Hi,

Jubilee! I finally found out how to get rid of a couple of problems I (and my proof reader) had with the part of "Victor's Rage" I am currently revising. I have been pondering it the whole week while nibbling at the scenes trying to make them fit.

The change I'll have to make is drastic: I have to put 7 scenes in a new order, write one more, change the MC in another one and then get out all the kinks and leftover bits of text that usually clutter the manuscript after such an operation. It'll be more work than I had planned but it seems to be the right decision.

So far, I rearranged the scenes and began rewriting the first one. It's exhilarating! Do you know the feeling when you do a really complicated puzzle and suddenly the most difficult pieces start falling into place? The excitement that keeps you awake until the puzzle is finished or until you're too tired to move your fingers? Well, that's the way I feel right now.

Stay true to your dreams,
Cat

Monday, March 2, 2009

stalled

Hi,

I put down the revision for the weekend and visited my family. It was a great weekend but when I went back to my revision this morning I stalled and procrastinated and didn't feel like doing it. The little I did manage isn't worth noting. So no wordcount update today.

In the afternoon my two youngest wanted to paint their faces. Unfortunately, they took the phrase a little too literally. Used up all my lipsticks in the process and left paw-marks everywhere in the bathroom. Luckily, I caught them at it before they let the bathroom. Two multicolor-red devils (face, neck and hands) in a messy room. I'm sorry to admit that I exploded. After calming down again and looking back it is hilarious how proud they were of their accomplishments.

Cat