Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Catching Up After Another Revision

I've been revising for the past three months so that's why the blog has been neglected. I can't believe I didn't post about my birthday! And book events! And gush about the books I'm reading! I've sent off the manuscript to of all my critique partners just in time for a planned break. Here's my catching up blog post before I jump into even more revision.

Revision
This is what my revision process started out with before pumping everything into Scrivener. I spent a lot of time moving things around, writing new scenes, and fixing new ones. I removed 12,000 words and added about the same amount back. I was using the Pomodoro technique, which is similar to the writing sprints. I broke my record of writing 6000 words in a day. My Muse liked me that evening.


Everyday distractions
My kitties Topher and Sophie are my co-workers. Sometimes they make me work. Other times they distract me from it. I mean, look at those faces?!?


Other times it is always good to take in the city--- or get away from it. This is actually about ten minutes from my house. We went hiking for three hours (nine miles!) and it felt like I found a slice of my hometown. Very strange to find something like this in the middle of San Diego.


Birthday
I celebrated my 31st birthday and forgot to share my wonderful week with my best friends who flew in from North Dakota. We went to the Safari Park, Old Town, the beach, Little Italy--- the fun San Diego experience. One of my favorites was meeting my favorite author, Shannon Hale. She tweeted about a Sandy Eggo so we brought her one! She loved it! We had signed the loveliest things in my book after I gushed how she is a huge inspiration for me.

Shannon Hale signing
My wonderful friends on my birthday. My bffs flew in from Fargo to spend it with me.

Bookish Events
March was when I had four different bookish events. I attended Condor where I was able to visit with Leigh Bardugo and Cindy Pon. Also, there was the Mila 2.0 and Let the Sky Fall launch parties for Debra Driza and Shannon Messenger. Lastly, I was able to swing up to Mission Viejo Library for the Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan event. I was so thrilled to high five Sarah while we talked about Diana Wynne Jones. I'm reading the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassie Clare and completely in love with it.
Shannon Messenger Launch party with wonderful ladies I've been so lucky to meet over the past year!
Fun meeting Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan.
Cassandra Clare and friends

Critique Partners
I also want to give a shout out to my new critique partners, Kaye and Amparo. Maggie Stiefvater (author of Shiver and one of the Merry Sisters) posted a critique "love connection" and we were lucky enough to find each other. Already I know that the world needs to watch out for us!

As you can see, I wasn't completely locked up in a closet with my revisions. I went out there to meet wonderful writers and readers, shared my new favorite city, goofed off with my kitties, and managed to get some work done in there. I'm so thankful for having such an understanding husband who will drag me out when sometimes I want to hide in my own imaginary world.

I'm looking forward to the next step in my process, but also in taking a little break to visit with my family and friends.

Natasha

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