Writing-wise, I am very giddy to have found Julie's beta copy of Drew in Blue in my in-box. I've been very curious to see what mangled bits she's caught so I will be hunkering down with her notes and correcting the atrocious grammar issues I missed. I'm very relieved to find that there's only a couple points where she basically had to say WTF? I'm also feeling a bit schmoopy because of her really ultra-sweet email. She's good peeps, that Julie.
I have a couple of active requests out in internet-land, so I'm waiting on word on that front. I'm stuck in the 4-8 weeks for a response zone, so the silence drives me bonkers. I also got an email that WOW! used a quote of mine in their most recent article here http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/40-FE5-FictionWritersToolkit.html#Voice.
*whispers* I am not responsible for a particular lack of a space in my quote. I found my original email and I totally wrote that correctly. /obsessing
Oh, I had a great stalking week. I like to follow Toni McGee Causey on Murderati and Murder She Writes. Left a comment on a blog featuring a prize, and I won! I never win stuff, so I didn't think of going back to check. Sheer boredom led me to peek back at Murder She Writes and I saw my name as the gift certificate winner. Dudes, it was like I won an Oscar. Read it five times to make sure it was my name, got all giddy. Chose a Target gift card, though I think I probably should have gone with Amazon, in hindsight. But then I would have bought like, personal hygiene items. So maybe Target was the better choice after all. Purchased a couple books and the second season of How I Met Your Mother. Sorry Lulu, I misquoted that third item when you asked what I got. I forgot that I changed my mind at the last second.
I was also tickled to find that Toni posted the transcript of a late night Twitter exchange that I jumped in on with agent Colleen Lindsay. I follow her, despite the fact she doesn't rep my genre, because she's just hilarious. I recommend adding her if you don't have her on your feed already. Anywho, she was tweeting maniacally about a flying cockroach attack, and I chimed in on methods of killing, seeing as my experience of living in the backwoods of Pennsylvania taught me how to kill the various beasties. I recommended Scrubbing Bubbles, which Colleen joyously proclaimed she possessed. She shot down the bastard with bubbles. I think it was only stunned though. I forgot to mention that once shot down, you must empty the entire Scrubbing Bubble can to keep the slain from rising from the dead.
I still think it would have been so awesome if I could have then queried Colleen with an opening line about how I was personally responsible for ending the aerial assault.
Migrant garden is having some issues. Hungry bugs are devouring leaves, something attacked my pepper plant and prematurely picked (not a peck of) a pepper (that wasn't pickled). There's a hole eaten in the bottom, and if I find out a squirrel attacked my peppers, I will shoot it. Pumpkin plant gave up the ghost. I think the weather has been too brutal for a gardening neophyte like me. I went out to find pumpkin plant all shriveled and yellow, and I gave it a yank. Broke off very easily, so I carried the carcass to the yard waste bin. When I returned, a swarm of flies was attacking the fresh break. What's that all about??? I expected to hear Vincent Price narrating the fly carnage. So I'm a little grossed out by that. My tea rose plant that I revived is still doing well. It's starting to bloom again, so I'm not total death to all plant life.
I was enjoying a story that the oil spill in the Gulf was going to trigger a cataclysmic End Life Event within six months. Methane bubbles and tidal waves - that sort of thing. Sadly, it was debunked a day later. And here I was all set to burn my resume and live out my last six months on a beach.
Last night, we sat around and listened to an online interview with Scott Patterson (aka Luke from Gilmore Girls). Laurie and Michelle phoned in and got to quiz the boy. I could picture Laurie squeezing her Luke Bear while she talked to him - I was giddy that Number One Fan and SP were chatting. I think Laurie should have run the interview. The actual interviewer was just god-awful. She was rambling about mac and cheese and you could almost hear Mr. Patterson banging his head into the table. After reading some of the chat comments, I'm glad I found the sane fan girls, cuz some of those people aren't playing with a full deck. If you're going to fan-girl a show, you should kind of know the plot. Just sayin'.
I leave for Greenville on Saturday! Woot! Still have mostly everything I need in two bags, though I did break down last night and repack. I should probably go through again with a more sensible clothing plan. I just can't downsize though. I'm the type who tries on ten shirts before she leaves the house. I need options. I'm excited though! Can't wait to get down there and kick back with some sweet tea! Oh yeah, and try to find a job.
I'm a dork and didn't think to officially announce my Ego Stroker Contest Winner, so I'll do that now. Christine was the lucky winner, and she has been duly prized. Congrats, Christine! I'll have to run a better organized contest soon. Probably more neutral with less ego-stroking, since that sounds kinda dirty.
Okay, I'm out. I can't think of anything else to ramble about. Toodles!