Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Moving On

Isn't if funny how we so often think a project is finished only to find we've still got a million more things to do? I am in that position. I'm editing the Sapphire Flute AGAIN, thanks to some much needed suggestions from Tristi Pinkston. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful, VERY grateful, it's just hard to go back to the same thing once more when I thought it was done. Boy, have I learned a lot in this process though. Tristi is an amazing editor. If anyone is looking for a great editor-for-hire, I'd totally recommend her. It's like getting an editor and writing tutor all wrapped-up in one. So, THANK YOU, Miss Tristi! Even if you are making me work my fingers off again. Hopefully this will be the last time until a publisher/agent swoons over the smooth writing and creatively original story. :P

On another note, I just found out that one of my favorite mystery writers, J.A. Jance, is going to be in Bountiful tomorrow evening at the Davis County Library. If anyone wants to go, it's at 7pm at the south branch of the library. The address is: 725 S. Main Street. Look for me if you come, I'll be there for sure! She'll also be at Sam Weller's the following night at 6:30.

Things are still crazy around here, but I'm finding some peace at last. I can't talk about it yet, but I'll blog about it once I can.

Best of luck to all of you with your writing and in your lives.

Quote of the Day: "The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium."

~Norbet Platt


Tristi Pinkston said...

Thanks for the awesome plug, Karen! I'll return the favor and say that your story is great and I can't wait to see it come out in print.

Oh, and by the way, you're never really done revising. Once it's published and you're holding it in your hands, you're going to flip through it and go, "Oh, I could have changed this sentence to read such and such." This is why I don't read my books once they're published. :)

Shellie said...

I like that quote. Chin up and it will be worth the work (I loved the picture too).

Michelle said...

I SO agree. I have been getting crits back (thank you guys.) And it is daunting to think about rewriting it AGAIN, but like I said I promised noble I'd do my best. So back to the computer I go. We can weep and eat chocolate together. :)

C. L. Beck said...

Oh, the pain of revising when we think we're done! We can all sympathize (unfortunately).

Since I critiqued "The Sapphire Flute" in its infancy, I'll be excited to see how much it's changed and to see it in print.

You go, girl!

Em said...

Is this Karen Hoover that is married to Gary Hoover?

If so, this is Emily Ford (Jeff is my hubby). We were in the same ward, (we lived on Lake street and you were living in Gary's parents house) and in the Stake play "My Nauvoo." You and Gary were my "Mom" and "Dad" in the play.
How have you been. Jeff and I have often thought about you two and wondering how you were doing.

If this is you, I am glad I found you...I just happened to stumble across your blog.

If not, sorry to write...and just disregard this post! :)

Em said...

BTW Karen, you can check out our family blog at

Hope to hear from you soon!

Julie Wright said...

ah edits. I'm doing tons of those right now (some for me and many for others) they are the necessary evil of authors everywhere. Keep at it. Don't give up!

~paulette said...

i loved the picture. I copied it just so i could put it on my desktop for a while. Seeing it now makes me feel a little more light-hearted when i bring up my own mess of a MS. I know this post very well. I have spent the last BIAM challenge merely preparing my 12 pages for the writing contest (Storymakers conference) and finally (today) i had to just shove the pages in the envelope and screem "ENOUGH!" Edits seem to never stop... and if 12 pages required that much work and STILL isn't perfect, i'm not sure i have the guts to hit the other 688.


Karen Hoover said...

Thanks for the support everybody! It actually really helps. Making progress despite it all.

Karen Hoover said...

Emily! Yes, you most certainly do have the right Karen Hoover. I'm so glad you found me. We've got to catch up! *hugs*