Busy. Things are busy. I will never complain about being busy. But I might skip a post or two.
So apart from the day job, I am revising a story for FicFest, because I am a finalist. (*ahem* Whoo hoo!) The finalists in other categories have novels to rewrite; I have a picture book. So, definitely they’re churning through more words per second, and they have my admiration. My version of rewriting is, change a few words, put it down and contemplate it, change a few more, put it down, etc. Intense in its own way. My mentor offered some helpful feedback, and I’ve got a good feeling about this story, so we’ll see how it goes.
Also, the NJSCBWI conference is coming up, and that is always a whirlwind of instruction and fun times with friendly fellow writer people. So I’m excited and nervous and already planning my outfits because this is what I do.
My other work-in-progress is close to done, and there are already about a thousand things I’m planning on changing in the next go-round. But that’s fine. First drafts are supposed to be messy. I started it as more of an experiment than anything else, so I’m glad the experiment seems to be sort of working out-ish.
And I’m debating whether to drop this pen name and just go with my real one. (Which probably means a new website, but oh well.) There was a point where, professionally speaking, it made sense to separate day-job me and writer me, but I don’t think that’s the case now. Though I think I’ve been pretty open about the fact that both me’s are, well, me.
I’m looking forward to the next few weeks. And if any friends are heading to NJSCBWI this year, I’d love to see you.