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Birdhouse In Your Soul

I'm so glad I didn't get frustrated enough to settle for something I didn't really want! I was putting more points into My Coke Rewards, I browsed the rewards, and found they'd put the ABS gowns BACK into the rewards page, only now it's just one entry, and you choose the size after selecting it (which makes more sense than having each size listed separately). Whatever the reason for the change, I don't care, because NOW... It's MINE! Mine all mine, a $200 designer gown! Now I'm happy again.

I've been working on writing, getting organized and considering contest entries (LORD, it's hard to keep a short story under 5000 words!), including possibly sending the next novel, although it's not completed, to SWW (SouthWest Writers) this year. I found another place that doesn't have entry fees, though, but it's only for short stories. So I figure, both. I am also studying agent pages and seeing what THEY ask for - I need to find out what agents, in general, like in the way of length (words/pages) for novel synopses. I had to cram it down to one page for the original entry to SWW, but the publisher I submitted to was good with five pages (about 2000 words). Two things that would help are a GOOD printer (laser, not inkjet) and, sadly, Microsoft Word. I'm going to have to see if I can find an affordable version, because this transferring back and forth from WordPerfect to Word is playing havoc with my formatting. I discovered the version I had on my flash drive was corrupt somehow, and now I'm wondering if the version I printed for a friend to read wasn't all screwed up (it started about halfway through; I'll have to ask, suck it up, and give them a better version).

Things I should do here in LJ: Tag entries, and put credit on icons I've lifted from others, such as the one on this post. I acknowledged the artist at first, but naturally I've now forgotten, and that's very poor Netiquette on my part. Now, mostly I make my own icons and I don't CARE if anyone else uses them (in fact, I'd be honored), so I guess that's part of it...

It's really freakishly cold in Phoenix today. The high isn't supposed to get above 50 (which is really dead-of-winter cold for us), but when we were out I think it was closer to 45 or so; otherwise it's one of those bright and sunny days that fools you into thinking it's warm and nice out. It was only about 35 or so this morning when I got up. Mostly I've been slumping around poking at this and that, reading LJ, looking for recipes, etc., etc.



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Jan. 15th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
LORD, it's hard to keep a short story under 5000 words! Who are you telling? I think the only reason I sent that story out last week was because I was so proud that it was in a sellable word count. Good luck with all the authorly things

and yeah that's cold. I was telling rahirah that you all are colder than me. It's in the 50's and pouring rain for days here
Jan. 15th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Just my usual rant about the size of short stories. *g* For me it's "short" if I keep it under 65,000... *g*

The 50's aren't too bad. Rain would be nice - we only got a little out of that storm front. It was supposed to give us a little more, but rain and Phoenix haven't been very mixy things in the last several years (decade).
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
i hear you

I'd send you this rain. the water is over my shoes in the parking lot
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
I miss rain. We had some, during the day on Friday, but it was gone by the time we left work. It was stealth rain, anyway - the parking lot and sidewalks were wet every time I looked out the window, but I never actually saw the water coming out of the sky...!
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
snort. I miss snow. After living in Wisconsin you'd think I wouldn't but...
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Hurray for you and your new dress! I'm sure there would have been something you liked in the next round, but I'm glad you didn't have to wait.
Jan. 15th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Well, since I kept going, I have almost 400 points (and a pile of bottle caps), so I'm sure I'll still be around next round, too. Plus I got a set of those retractable earphones (which are pretty cool, really).

After all, I keep drinking the stuff! *LOL!*

Jan. 15th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
How on earth do you manage to amass so many points? (I just ordered a photo book of my zoo shots. Before today's installments, unfortunately.)
Jan. 15th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Well, now sillymagpie is helping me - she gives me her week's supply of points, too.

Other than that... I drink a LOT of Diet Coke!

I had also contrived to save up all my box ends back at the end of December and put in something like nine of them on that "double points" day - that was 180 points right there!
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Then I'll keep saving little plastic bottle caps for you (and the occasional box top). :-)
Jan. 15th, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Why not? Who knows what treasures they'll give out next time!

Thanks! *g*
Jan. 15th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
Agents are different. Some want detailed full synposis (chapter by chapter) and others want brief ones (like a page or so). All information is in the Writer's Guidelines for like $39.

It's really REALLY worth the money. I just bought my copy this weekend and it has sections in there with how to write a proposal, synosis and so forth too. Really handy stuff. AND you can use it as a handy paper weight afterwards. ;)
Jan. 15th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
I was looking at some individial agents' websites and reading what they want, in addition to contests and such.

I have a very good "Guide for Manuscript Formats," as well, but that's pretty generic; other than the professional query/cover letter, it seems there's different requirements for whatever you're aiming for. Keeps a writer guessing!

Jan. 15th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Problem with that way is that not all agents specialize in the type of book you are doing. So you could be wasting your money printing out your stuff, mailing it out and sending it off to them (getting rejection letters in the long run and the, feeling worst when you don't have to). That's why getting the Writer's market is great. The agent's listing is specific. It tells you exactly which agent handles what type of genre and you could be missing out on several agents out there.

It's only $29.95 the standard book, Kats. You're killing me here.

I think you can also sign up online for the writer's.com website for like $20 or something a year. I saw that on the delux version of the book. I'm not sure if you can just sign up or if you have to buy the book and then you can sign up. You can look into it. But it might also help you mind magazines for your non-fiction reviews to get published in too. If you get published in a music magazine that might just pay back the $29 bucks for the book.

Sorry to bug the crap out of you on this, but well... the book helps writers on how to get published. I think this is an unbelievable tool especially as you have questions that it would help answer.

Good luck in whatever you decide.
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
I was going off a list of agents who specifically look for genre. I'm no dummy! I know you're only trying to help!

And remember I already TOLD you I had a new Writer's Guide?
Jan. 16th, 2007 01:45 am (UTC)
Nope, I didn't remember that you had the new guideline. I just remember last year you telling me you didn't have the money for it. Sorry!
Jan. 16th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
*g* I posted a couple months ago that I got it when I re-upped some book club or other and got it as a freebie.

You're always appreciated. {hug}
Jan. 16th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Sorry, Kats. I have like 200+ friends that I try to keep up with. I don't always remember everyone.

And I really don't think you're an idiot or anything. It's just the way you were writing, it made it sound like you didn't have the book. I don't want to insult you or hurt your feelings either. I just don't like keeping silent because I think you have a lot of potential and you need to believe in yourself a lot more than you do. That's all.

I hope that everything works out with your writing. Whatever you decide on.
Jan. 15th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
Congrats on getting the dress at last!

Tonight it's going to get down to 27 degrees Fahrenheit in Phoenix, the coldest since 1990! Brrr! (I'm snuggled under my warm knitted comforter that you made.)
Jan. 15th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
It is chilly this morning!
Jan. 15th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
There was frost on my windshield when I left for work this morning. I also discovered that my truck's radio will not function until the truck heats up. It started working about the time I pulled into the driveway at work.
Jan. 16th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Yep, ol' White Lightning needs to warm up these cold mornings...

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