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A Productive Weekend!

First off, Happy Canada Day!  Hope all you fellow Canadians had an awesome day…I celebrated with Tim Horton’s, of course!

My MIL came over to help out with the kids, so I was able to catch up on laundry and do some major cooking and then freezing.  DS helped me and rolled out a bunch of meatballs all by himself.  They look slightly crazy, and I wouldn’t say they’re exactly round, but I’m not complaining!  I’ll take the help!

It was also a super productive weekend writing-wise, and I really needed that, coming off last week.  I managed to ‘almost’ finish up the partial and tweak the synopsis for the proposal I’m going to send my editor at Entangled this week.  I’m going to read it over one or two more times and that’s it, then I’m hitting ‘send’.  I’m really excited about this book and at the same time nervous.  It’s set in France and has a lot more glamour than the last three books I’ve turned in.  The last three have all been set in small towns.  This book also has more external conflict than I’m used to, so when I look it over again, I’m going to really try and focus on whether or not I have a good balance.  It feels like there may be too many moving parts to it.  Or that may just be because I usually don’t write this way.  Hmm.  I’ll have to figure that out.

So tomorrow is still a holiday down here.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some more writing done before my MIL leaves tomorrow night, so I’ll be in good shape to start the week.  It’s going to be another busy one…

London Calling!

Today was a big day for me…because I was expecting a call from an editor at Harlequin Romance, a result of the SYTYCW contest.

So of course, the morning was one gigantic, nervous blur.

I woke up at 5:30am because, well, I’m a total nerd and wanted to go over my synopsis and notes a few more times before the phone chat.  Then I got the kids ready, drove DS to school, raced home and basically paced the house.  I contemplated adding a little something from the liquor cabinet into my coffee (but decided against it, since I didn’t think I needed anything to add to my incoherency) and then handed over DD to my husband at about 10:00am.  She said she’d be calling around 10:30am.

Half an hour was too long for someone like myself to be left alone.  I stared at the phone on my desk.  Checked Twitter.  Checked my inbox.  Then I picked up the phone a few times to make sure there was a dial tone.  Then I turned it over to make sure the jack was plugged in.  Then I checked my inbox to make sure she hadn’t emailed to cancel.  Then I double-checked the email I’d sent her, making sure I had given her the correct phone number.  And then I waited.  At 10:36am I decided she’d changed her mind and wasn’t going to call.  Seriously.  I think I may have even shrugged sadly and said “oh well” out loud.

But then at 10:37am the phone rang :-)

She was so easy to speak with and put me at ease right away.  We talked about my contest entry a bit, my voice and then my ideas.  I explained the manuscript that I’d been working on and she said to go ahead and submit a partial to her along with the synopsis.  So I will be editing tonight, and trying to convince myself that I CAN do this…

She truly was so nice and so helpful.  The phone call was the highlight of my day.  Actually, it was one of the best things ever.

So I’m off to work…

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