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05/13/2008: "#115: Keepin' On"

Music: Portishead
Mood: rainy

Greetings to you, dear readers. Since I last talked to you, I have been...well, doing stuff but not a whole lot of writing. In terms of writing, I worked for awhile on a short story that I came up with when I was at Potlatch. I kept on working on it but finally decided to put it "in the trunk," if you will. I had wanted to produce a short story to present to my brilliant new writing group, The Shining Creamsicles. We had our first meeting last month and will have another on Friday evening, with an additional field trip to the Ballard Library on Sunday to see Cory Doctorow. It is so awesome to have a writers group- why didn't I ever do this before? Anyways, I decided to dust off the best short story in my trunk and I sent it out to the group instead.

While I was doing this, I realized that I had not really done much in the way of editing the book since Potlatch/getting feedback on the manuscript from my editor friend. Since I realized this, I have edited about a third of the manuscript. My friend suggested that there were some sections where she would like to know more, so I plan to go back and add a couple of sections. I have given myself until the end of the month of May to finish this edit.

I have also made a list of the editors who I would like to send the manuscript to. I want to pick the one I will send it to first by Friday. I also want to take a closer look through Writer's Market to pick a magazine to send my short story to. The only way I will get anything published is to just jump in and see what happens. I've been standing on the diving board for awhile now. The water looks great, but I haven't taken the plunge yet. OK-I will send out the short story by June 15th, how about that?

All this talking about writing has made me want to go do some work on the book. See you soon!

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