Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Updates, News and Murdering the Darlings!

It's been 4 weeks of Drama at the Breezie house. Littlest girl, aka Rose Petal, had H1N1, an ear infection, pneumonia and this past weekend, while I attended the opening of New Moon she injured the muscles in her neck which resulted in another trip to the emergency room for xrays and two days of me carrying her around until the tissues healed. I joined a gym, I'm not strong enough for all of this!

So it's been revisions on the novel and finally word on the poetry book. It's ready to go, final proofing is done, the cover is done, the pictures are in there, bios are ready and the ISBN has been assigned and registered with the National Library of Canada. My publishing company is ENNA Imprints!

I was also chosen as a favourite writer over at Poetry Dances! for the November to January period!

I am loving the editing process so far. I've pulled great chunks out of the novel and replaced them with better chunks. Everybody moans and groans at this part but I think watching the book evolve into a better book, reading your obvious mistakes, choosing the substandard parts and popping out all the extra words is a great lesson in self discipline.

I've been "murdering my darlings" which is an expression that writers use to describe removing a piece of their writing that they love but just doesn't work. I've also been practicing a lot of "show, don't tell" and plan to do a blog post on some work I've been doing on that.

I started a workshop online a few months ago and it's been a great learning experience. I am learning so much and I think doing it now in the middle of editing was of great benefit. When I have a section I'm stuck on I ask my teacher to workshop it with me and he is happy to do so. Then I pop it back on the page.

So that's my little update. I'm trying to post something every few days but for a while it'll likely be simple excerpts. As the busy Christmas season comes upon is I'm working on maintaining peace and joy in my life. After the drama of sick children could anything be more desirable?

And remember...keep commenting! You are all being entered daily in the draw for the poetry book! I'm writing your names down and multiple entries will be available!



Between now and my publication date anyone who comments on a post is automatically entered into a draw to win a copy of my poetry book, Wind Rhymes!. The book should be released somewhere around the end of October! No limit, every comment is an entry!



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3 comments:

Shadow said...

wheeew, aren't you glad there's a holiday weekend nearly upon you...

Breeze said...

No holiday here in Canada, our Thanksgiving was in October and I'm grateful for that! I'm hoping it'll be a quiet weekend with family!

I need to clean my house...and I'm happy to do it!

Debbie said...

wow!! You have so much going on ..hope the little one gets better and heals soon. So glad you are enjoying the process of the novel!!! can't wait to read it!!:)