It feels like I've been on a blogging vacation or something, what with helping DL Hammons host WRiTE Club and letting other writers do all the work for me :D Quick reminder that the competition is still going on, so please stop by DL's blog to cast your vote! It's more important than ever since each round is bringing the contenders closer and closer to the agents and editors who will judge the final match.
Things have been going well in my neck of the woods! I've been preoccupied with car shopping for a couple of weeks, since a mechanic told me that my old one could kick the bucket at any time and I wasn't crazy about the idea of it disintegrating on the highway during the drive home for Thanksgiving. So, I went out and bought a new one! I got a decent deal for it, too, since I researched the crap out of the whole process, being 1) type A and 2) paranoid that the salesmen were out to get me (partially true; they are only out to get my money). So thanks to that and some very car-savvy friends, I am now the owner of a shiny, safe Toyota and can drive anywhere without the fear of having to pull a Fred Flintstone.
In terms of writing, the spanking new middle-grade version of PPP is in the hands of my critique partner and a few trusted readers! As soon as they give me the yay or the nay, I'll be resubmitting to the interested agent OR doing some more edits/touch-ups before I resubmit. This will all happen in early December, I hope. The other partial request I was waiting on turned out to be a dead end, but no biggie! I think PPP was always meant to be for younger readers, and I'm so excited about this new version that it makes perfect sense to me that people hesitated about it as a YA. The good news is that my query letter appears to be doing its job. So, thanks, query letter!
Contrary to my Tweets, I didn't get to peek at ELEGY last week after all - even though I was very inspired by everyone doing NaNoWriMo. I didn't participate this year, since I already put down 35K words in August for Camp NaNo, but that's no excuse not to write my brains out. So this weekend, I'll put my feet up and read what I have written. I'm hoping that the time spent apart and distracted by PPP will help me see this WIP more clearly and fix what needs to be fixed.
Anyway, thought I'd just check in quickly and let you know that I'm still here! Hope you're all having a great week so far!
FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS (FOTL) (Novel, YA Epic Fantasy) An exiled princess searches for the five elements she needs to win the allegiance of the dragons and reclaim her kingdom from the grasp of an evil empress.