The start of spring break brought the attack of the spring virus. I was down for the count on Friday, sore throat and no voice, which meant no school for me. My head felt like it weighed 50 pounds and I grimaced just to swallow pills. Love Tylenol and Sudafed for these occasions. Also some hot tea with honey goes a long way. It's Monday now and, though I've been blowing my nose every 10 minutes since Sunday afternoon, I do feel better. But I have fallen far behind on reading.
Off to Lake Tahoe tomorrow for a wedding. Will be there until Sunday. We're driving from LA so lots of toys and books and a few DVDs to keep the little one entertained. As for me, I'll be finishing Sophomore Undercover by Ben Esch, one of my five esteemed followers here at Crossing Chalk. I'll also be brushing up on Greek Mythology out of D'Aulaires and reading the Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge. Stuffed The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt in my bag. I've read it once but would like to read again. Will be taking laptop to finish CROSSING CHALK (middle grade novel) revisions. Then I'll be emailing the manuscript to an agent who requested it last week.
I've lost out on some chances to agents in the last several months. All full requests but the manuscript isn't taking them special places. And it needs to. This is frustrating. But... I did figure out (with help) that the story has some shortcomings (which I had become blind to) and that's not going to cut it anytime, and especially in this tight market. I basically had to look at myself in the mirror and say 'you can do better than that.' So, more revisions, with fantastic notes from a critique grouper, and hopefully I'll get it right this time. Sometimes I feel that's the goal... Just work your ass off until you get it right!
Hope to post some pics of Squaw Valley this week. Should be heavenly up there.