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:~: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 :~:

Too Tired To Function

I'm tired.

Maybe it's because I went to the gym and pushed myself on the weights. Maybe it's because I stayed up too late last night working out plot ideas for the WIP. Maybe it's because DH is out of town, hence I'm "on" 24/7. Maybe it's because Gremlin #2 was up crying several times last night. For whatever reason, I'm tired today and I have a bunch of stuff to do (which is why I'm blogging and avoiding it all).

So this is me. Standing in the kitchen, making lunch for Gremlin #2. And I need coffee. It's only 12:35 and I need coffee to keep me going (hush, Piper). So I pop a cup in the microwave and as I'm waiting for it to heat, start thinking about MMB. Yes, the one I've already finished. You see, I spent a good chunk of time printing queries and a couple requested partials last night, making labels, getting things ready to be sent out the door. And something's been bothering me. One of the contest entries I got back said the first two chapters were both really good, but so dramatically different it threw the judge off. Now, this was her personal opinion, and the only person who's read it who's said anything like that, but it made me stop and think. The first two chapters ARE dramatically different. It's got an Indiana Jones-ish quality to the first chapter, but I've never considered the hook at the end of the first chapter to be super super strong. Good, but not uber-strong, you know?

So I'm standing there in the kitchen thinking about chapter one as I'm making macaroni and cheese for Gremlin #2, and it hits me. BAM! A simple solution. One paragraph at the end of chapter one that ties the two chapters together. Easy. Why didn't I think of it before? Of course, now I have query-remorse, worrying that those agents who already have it will think the first two chapters are too different. Stupid, I know, but if I don't have something to worry about, I'm just not me. In this day and age where you only have a few pages to hook an agent's attention, something as silly as one missing paragraph can make all the difference

The microwave beeps, and all this is running through my mind as I pull my mug out. I'm thinking about sitting in the office making a couple minor changes, reprinting the last page of the chapter, tearing open the envelopes I got all ready to go last night, knowing I need to print more labels. And then I look down and realize I have just added 1/2 stick of butter to my coffee because I'm too tired and too distracted to stay focused on any one thing for any length of time.


It's now 12:57.

And I'm tired. And I have a butt-load of stuff to do.


Blogger Piper Lee said...



Okay, I don't drink that sludge beverage from hell but even I know you don't put butter in it! Yuck!

Someday you and I are going to have a discussion, or maybe I'll just lecture you on the horrid things coffee and other caffeine laden beverages do to your poor system. But I'll save it for another time. :)


I'm sorry your feeling so tired.

Hope you figure out what to do with MMB. I love it as it is, but then I'm not a publisher or an agent.

No, I'm just a lowly reader who loves this story and Marina's Bane too.

But what the hell does that matter? Just because a reader loves it doesn't mean a thing right?

I mean, why the hell should an agent or publisher like it just because I do? They know what they're doing don't they?

That's why there are such good books out there like, well, I'm getting a little snarky so I'll not mention which ones shouldn't have been published, but really, it's past time for your books to be pubbed dammit and I'm sick of waiting!

Hope you snap out of it and get to feeling energetic and sparkly again!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Piper Lee said...

When I said, "I'm sorry your feeling so tired." I meant, you're, duh!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Paty Jager said...

Stop obsessing! You're going to give yourself an ulcer!

Add the paragraph and send it to the next batch you have on a list. But my feelings are if one person out of how many? caught it - If an agent likes what she sees, she may say something and you can say, "yeah, I added a paragraph that ties them together. Would you like to see it?"

Now, go get some sleep!

7:30 PM  
Blogger TJBrown said...

Um Butter?

I hear you on the tired. I am just flipping tired all the time. hey, you goign to Emerald City?

1:04 AM  
Blogger Karin Tabke said...

Hi, Elizabeth, I just wated to pop over and say hello. And I'm tired too! I'm on my third revision of a story that gave me fits until I had the ah, ha moment. I have to turn it in Monday and I have soo much left to do.

11:03 PM  

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