Random updates and tidbits this week!
This round of rewriting Sammy Keyes and the Power of Justice Jack is done. I know I'll see it again when the copy editor takes a crack at it, but for now, off it goes.
Oh. Those of you who are into the business of writing may be interested in payment structure. It used to be you received 50% of your advance upon signing, and then 50% upon "acceptance"...acceptance being at the stage where your editor says "cool beans" and passes the manuscript off to the copy editor.
In other words, now.
(Assuming, of course, that she says "cool beans" which, by the way, is an expression I adopted from her.)
But with "the economy" there's been a restructuring of payment so now it's 1/3 on signing, 1/3 on acceptance, and 1/3 on publication.
I'm "training" for a new marathon. It's more like slogging out the miles. Those of you who have followed along here know that every marathon I run I swear is my last. And I really thought the last one was.
But then my son said he was thinking he'd like to train this summer for his first marathon.
And then my other son said he'd do it, too.
So the 4 of us are doing a "family marathon" where we'll all run together for Exercise the Right to Read with the goal of crossing the finish line together.
But my younger son is having second (third and fourth) thoughts. So getting him up in the morning to do our runs has been...challenging.
After all, it's summer and, more to the point, he's a teenager.
Today our training chart called for a 12 miler -- the furthest distance yet. So I mapped a route that I thought might help keep our reluctant runner trucking along...including a detour to his girlfriend's house. I'm happy to report that it went fairly well and that we can check off the 12 mi in the box on the refrigerator.
(Don't tell my son, but I'm sore and tired and wondering why in the world I'm doing this again.)
Risky Whippet (family rock band!) played at a party this week--just a handful of songs but it was loud and raucous and fun.
My sons have been having a "do you remember" summer and decided they wanted to watch The Sword & the Stone VHS video from their childhood.
I donated that to Goodwill.
"What about our other videos?"
"Uh...donated. We could get your favorites on DVD?"
"No! It's not the same!"
Talk about being in the dog house. But this week I got my hands on 10 old VHS Disney movies from a girl who was having a yard sale.
So I'm mostly out of the dog house. For now, anyway.
(I wonder if they'll get nostalgic over their Beanie Babies...)
Every day I tell myself I've got to respond to the comments from the last few weeks. Some of them are so good! And every night I fall into bed telling myself I'll respond tomorrow. I will! soon, promise! Meanwhile, know I always appreciate that you visit me here and send me comments.
All for now. Good night!