Monday, October 1, 2007

Goal Accomplished, Part 1

I finished my on-paper line edits today. One hundred and thirty-seven pages. I went to my favorite restauroffice (Pizza Hut) and sat there for four hours while I whipped through the climax of the book. Let me tell you, that was the fastest four hours that have passed in my life. I was so caught up in my story, I forgot to eat! Crazy, eh?

And speaking of crazy, I work tomorrow morning, and for those of you who don't know, I work in a bakery decorating donuts and I have to be there by 4:30 am. It's almost 10:30 pm. I was supposed to be in bed two hours ago, and I'm still up. Guess why? Yeah, I was inputting my edits to the computer. I've done 107 pages since the kids went to bed. Most of it has just been a comma here, or a changed word there, but there are a few chapters that I've added whole paragraphs, and I'm trying to decipher my scrawl with bleary eyes. Anyone else would say I was torturing myself, but it's just so exciting! I want to finish! This has been the story of my heart for sixteen years, and I'd about given up on it until it won first place in the fantasy category of the LDStorymakers first chapter contest. I figured I should take a second look at it after that. It needed a lot of work, which is why it's taken me six months to get to this point - but it's almost done!

So, here's the goal, and I'm really hoping you guys will keep me accountable here. I have two people waiting for this manuscript, and I want it in the mail by Friday. Kick my bum, people! I need this one heck of a lot!

Quote of the Day: "I . . . have to constantly balance "being a writer" with being a wife and mother. It's a matter of putting two different things first, simultaneously." - Madeleine L'Engle


Marta O. Smith said...

Karen, you are so close! Keep going! Keep going!

Jill Ann said...

Consider yourself kicked!

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

First, congratulations!

A baker, I'm jealous.

And last, but certainly not least, consider you but well and thoroughly kicked.

I remember that story, Karen. It's a must finish.

Shanna Blythe said...

Of course we'll keep you on track! Congratulations on the edits and don't ever give up on this story. It is a great book--and that was even before the revisions!

Tristi Pinkston said...

All right, Karen -- I'm here to kick your bum! I'm gonna come haunt you with my fairy wings!

(Now if that's not motivating, I don't know what is)

Michelle said...

Way to go! Karen we are here to officially kick your bum. DO it! go for it! We love you!


Tristi ohhh i'm scared..... come make me finish my BIAM book please wings and all.

Tristi Pinkston said...

You've been tagged -- come to my blog and read the rules!

Karen Hoover said...

Wow, I hadn't expected so much kicking. I'd better get some padding back there! lol

Marta - I'm going, I'm going! lol

Jill - Ouch! Thanks!

Candace - Thank you. I'm glad you feel it's a 'must finish'. I do too.

Shanna - Awwww, thanks, friend!

Tristi - I LIKE fairies! lol You can come haunt me anytime. I'm afraid that's not much of a threat, my friend . . . .

Michelle - Thank you, thank you! The bum kicks are doing their job. I'm working on it, with a cold and all.

Karen Hoover said...

Tristi - Thanks for the tag. I'll get to it as soon as I can.

Julie Wright said...

Here's the kick! Not that you need it since so many others booted before me

Karen Hoover said...

Hey, Julie, I'll take as many butt-kickings as I can get! Thanks for the nudge.