Revisions, and Lemon

Well hello there dear readers!

I’ve been waiting to hear back from several agents who have the full manuscript.  That’s right folks, multiple full requests!  From brilliant agents!  I am over the moon.

An agent I would really love to work with got back to me saying that they like the project (with praise about my premise and prose!), but that the intensity of the narrative didn’t match the intensity of the premise.

Well!  You know what?  They are right.  Shoot.

I spent yesterday thinking about how to go about fixing that, and wrote 3,400 words on how to do so.  Not 3,400 words of writing; a 3,400 word plan.  I went through each chapter and broke down what I thought was missing, and what could be added to kick it up a notch.

The major element I was missing :JEOPARDY (anticipated pain or loss).  My main issue was that my characters were not aware of the jeopardy they were in, so they could not anticipate the pain or loss.  Can’t have that.

I have a good game plan.  Hopefully, with hard work, I can have a revised draft back to that agent in two weeks.  (It’s a lot to do- we’ll see if I can get it done in such a short time.)

In non-writing mnews, I got a kitten!

You know my cat Echo, right?

Well, we wanted to get a friend for her (grumpy as she is). We took a lot of time to do the proper introductions, over several days. After nearly two weeks, the kitties are cohabiting the apartment together pretty peaceably!

Everyone, meet Lemon.

She’s pretty sweet. TONS of kitten energy which we have to harness via playtime or she will get super frustrated. She’s going to be medium-haired, with a LONG haired tail! She’s a real sweetie with a tough streak.

So that’s what’s been going on with me!

I’ll make a writerly update about revising a manuscript once I’ve gone through the process.  Fun fun fun!

Thanks for reading.

Heidi out.

Kitty, Wild Gears, Rejection

First a video of my kitty playing!  She’s rather subdued when she reaches the end of her “running around” phase of playing.  When she moves into her “rolling around” phase, I really enjoy playing with her and her mouse toy this way.  Cutest!

Next up is some art my mom made with Aaron’s Wild Gears!  Holy smokes she’s been crankin’ ’em out.

Here’s a link to the full album.

My favourite piece of hers:

Intricate!


Photo of his newly-opened gear sheet, by Scott Bleackley:

And in writing news, I’m hearing back from literary agents.  The consensus is very positive- I’m getting a lot of “Great idea!” type comments, but so far all of them don’t feel like they’re the right agent to champion my manuscript.  *crosses fingers*  One of them has got to be the one.  I’ll keep looking.  I submit to really cool people, and it’s sometimes hard to tell if they’ll be into what I got goin’ on, but I’ve got to get it right one of these times!

Tonight: Ink Club!  I’ll spend the night researching several more literary agents I’d like to submit to.

This involves reading interviews they’ve done, looking up what people on Absolute Write Water Cooler have to say about them, and looking up their past sales.  It takes time, but it lets me know if I think they’d be a match for me and my work.

I’ll keep you posted, of course.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Heidi out.