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#61 of 83 Old 10-22-2009, 08:27 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I want to write..I miss my book

and my printer isn't working...


When dh comes home I can put it on a flash drive and take it upstairs to print it from his laptop with his printer...

computer went black yesterday...had to do a repair thingy..nearly died..I have got to get this on a file safe and sound..can't even find the black discs to make a copy...

Dh will be home on Sunday...hang on computer...

ps this is a relatively good computer and fairly new...my fears are probably unfounded..I just got a good scare!
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Do you have an online email account like Google or something? Can you email it to yourself so you have a backup that way? Never hurts to have the 'just in case' waiting in the wings. I do that all the time.

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Do you have an online email account like Google or something? Can you email it to yourself so you have a backup that way? Never hurts to have the 'just in case' waiting in the wings. I do that all the time.
I have gmail...I should do that uh? But it's such a large file...

ok..gmail works so much better than yahoo...a while ago I tried this with yahoo..and it wouldn't attach the file saying it was too big..so I did the opposite and gmail was no problem...so far!
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Oh, definitely make yourself a backup ASAP! I have one on a USB drive AND I emailed it to myself (Gmail) because I was terribly paranoid about it. My laptop harddrive died when I'd barely had the thing 3 months, taking 3 months of DD's baby photos out with it and I just don't think you can be too safe with your most precious data.

jooj -- Congrats on 10k words! You are doing it!

re my query -- I sent 3 e-queries and 2 paper queries, so 5 agents total. Have only heard back from 2 of them. But the last paper was a referral to a friend's agent and I had been told to send a 30-page partial and synopsis right off to that agent. I am crossing my fingers bigtime over the last one as I think my friend's agent would be an awesome agent (not that the others wouldn't be awesome, but I just get a particularly good vibe about her....)

I'm kind of hesitant to post the query online.. if I was an agent I'd totally google my potential clients and I like MDC being a private little hangout! Right now the only hit that comes up for my novel is the PNWA contest. I'd be happy to PM it to anyone who wants to read it, though.

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Oh....pm it to me..or email me at breezedaze@gmail.com...I'm so bored lately..I need something!
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ITU wanting to keep it private. Can you PM it to me, though? It's so exciting that someone I *know* from here is in the agenting stage, and I'm really interested in hearing more about your book.

eta: That was grammatically terrible. I have a comma problem. lol

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Reeeejected by another agent today! She was the one I thought was the longest long-shot on my list, though. And she was faster than I expected. She wasn't one of the ones with partials.

I sent you two my query letter.

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That is a GOOD query letter! You have good credentials!
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Can I have a look at your query?
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I accomplished nothing this weekend, so I will be hard at work today! I spent the weekend playing nursemaid and making sure my dizzy family stayed in bed. Flu season has hit too early for my liking.

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That is a GOOD query letter! You have good credentials!
I wasn't able to comment earlier because of the serious sickies here, but ITA!!

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I just caught Aufilia's sig!!! Tristan (10/24/09)

CONGRATS!!!!

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Ugh, me too. We did some farm "housecleaning" (dispatching poultry), and my dh returned from a long business trip in Kuwait, so I now have a messy house to get control over before I can get back to the draft.

In addition, I am gaining weight. Blech. So I need to figure out a new exercise regimen.

Wow--congratulations, Aufilia! Guess you've been busy!
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I just caught Aufilia's sig!!! Tristan (10/24/09)

CONGRATS!!!!
Congratulations!
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It CAN be done! Today, I managed to get my chores done, get a workout in, do a little knitting, and add another 1300w! If I can just keep this up!

This winter will have to be an exercise is discipline in many ways...from going back to single income, to keeping my weight from creeping back up, to writing this novel. Lots of peace and structure needed.
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Me too and I'm looking for a part time job too....
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Oh....pm it to me..or email me at breezedaze@gmail.com...I'm so bored lately..I need something!
are you really that bored? want my first two chapters? You can read them if you want something to kill the time with

I've been 'killing my darlings' big time with my novel and I think I've polished the first two chapters enough to move on to the next!

...who'da'thunk second drafts were just as cumbersome as the first?!

but darn if I do love all this work...and I came to realize something. EVEN IF no one ever loves my book as much as I do...EVEN IF it never gets published...I'm going to finish it, send it out and start a new one. I just LOVE WRITING so much!

And the best part of it? It's a virtually free hobby

But of course I'd just LOVE LOVE LOVE to be able to write for a career...who wouldn't!

That's why I joined a critique group...and it is great to grow as a writer...but I'm starting to think that, for me, I would do better taking a few writing courses than waiting around for other writer's opinions on my writing...one meeting they want flashbacks - I add in flashbacks - the next meeting they say there are too many - so I take them out - then they say....it's like, WAIT...am I trying to make them happy? or make my book better?...

so I might just finish out the year, drink more wine, and then take a writing class after the holidays. I love sharing my writing, but I think when it comes to the edits....I think I prefer flying solo...
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I just caught Aufilia's sig!!! Tristan (10/24/09)

CONGRATS!!!!
Awesome!
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I'll take your first two chapters!!!!...yeah...bored...can't really start anything...kids recovering from flu...I'd love something else to focus on.

Kids had/have H1N1, seems uncomplicated but I'm so stressed..all alone with them...no support...it's really hard.
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allgirls...That was me! I hope all is much better soon.
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allgirls...That was me! I hope all is much better soon.
All better now I think...still coughing but happy and healthy

and I did some writing yesterday...

I did some editing and wrote two chapters...this will help me in further editing because I had some things in there I didn't like and this rewrote those things so that I like them..but now the book repeats in a few places so I'm goign to have to "kill some darlings" down the road but I like the new darlings a lot!
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All better now I think...still coughing but happy and healthy

and I did some writing yesterday...

I did some editing and wrote two chapters...this will help me in further editing because I had some things in there I didn't like and this rewrote those things so that I like them..but now the book repeats in a few places so I'm goign to have to "kill some darlings" down the road but I like the new darlings a lot!
oh, boy...those darlings can be the death of a novel, no matter how wonderfully perfect they may be! I know what helps me is to find a way to discover the usefulness of killing them so you can enjoy making your novel more consistent and concise.

Good luck!
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I murdered quite a few today...I'm actually quite ok with it...if something is particularly nice but doesn't fit I'm saving it to a "darlings" file.
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