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A Wandering Fool

I'm going through those "blahs" again. The next agent I was looking at on my list asks for the complete manuscript - oops. I've been making so many changes to it based on beta readers' comments I no longer seem to HAVE a complete manuscript, just those solid "first three chapters" I've been farming out. So I have to diligently put everything back together, with chapter headings (which were missing before), making sure I don't lose the formating, which means working exclusively in Word, which means only on the laptop, since I still haven't installed Word on my desktop (although I suppose I could, really, now that I have a real copy... why haven't I, again?).

In general, I seem to have more of those self-doubting days; this isn't new, but it's bothersome, and I can't stand that every time I get on the emotional, moody rollercoaster, I want to post in my journal about it (of course, that's what a journal is FOR, but these days, heck, anyone can read it!). I don't want to friends-lock everything, because how would one get more friends? And then, of course, I tell myself it's quality, not quantity, blah blah blah.

I wish someone wanted to read my writing. (There! I said it! *whimper*)

And now for something completely different.

I have almost finished reading The Golden Compass. Very cool book. Now I understand the whole daemon thang (see Lutheus). I do have to admit I like starting a series AFTER it's all finished, so I don't have to wait for the next book, I just have to close one and move on to the next (although I couldn't find the copies I know rahirah owns, so I bought new ones... no big, if we find the others, one can be donated).

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I like it.

I have realized where I have come in my life, to looking at items I need/desire and having come from "I can't afford that" to "I really shouldn't buy that." It's a very nice feeling to be able to say I can't get it not because I don't have the money, but because I don't actually want it enough to spend that money on it.

I really need to get back to the gym. I haven't gone in ages (not counting a few workouts in Vegas) - before vacation because of overtime, and now simply because I can't seem to get out of bed.

Massage this evening. Mmmmmmm....

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ljs
Aug. 9th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
I send all sorts of sympathy for the writing woes, and hugs and yay for your massage!
wildrider
Aug. 10th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
It was a good massage. Like all masseurs, however, he was impressed by the amount of tension I carry in my shoulders.... *g*

typographer
Aug. 9th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
why haven't I, again?

Because it is an absolutely horrid program? That being forced to use it ought to be considered a violation of the Geneva Conventions?

Not that I have strong opinions or anything.
wildrider
Aug. 10th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Oh, it's a horrible program. But it's the only approved format most places use for printing, thus I need it to print. Unless you can get me a quality laser printer for my birthday. *g*

nutmeg3
Aug. 10th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Why not skip ahead and send the partial to the next person down the list while you rework the complete? Or is the order key?

And I, too, haven't been to the gym in forever. Like...since March, I think. Just shoot me now.
wildrider
Aug. 10th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
I suppose I COULD do that (truly, I'm not completely anal, I just get something in my head and it's hard for me to shift gears and do something else... *g*). I probably should. Although having something spurring me to re-complete the manuscript itself isn't a bad thing (with page numbers! Hee!).

The masseur told me I need to stretch more. I pulled out my book on stretching and will - I say, WILL! - stretch every morning, at least a little.

Now see how long this lasts...

sillymagpie
Aug. 10th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
An editor wants your whole manuscript? That's great! Actually, putting things together in Word isn't all that bad. I've had to make Word do some things it probably shouldn't even do, so let me know if you have trouble.
wildrider
Aug. 10th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, not an editor, an agent - and that's his standard submission policy, complete manuscript. Every agent asks for something different (there was one who only wanted the synopsis, one who just wanted the first three chapters, one who only wanted a query letter... etc.).

I found it recommended to try agents first, because you can always re-submit to an agent with a "this has been revised, would you consider giving it another try?" whereas once a publisher says no, that's it.
tiirz
Aug. 10th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
I've got the Power 90 disks if you'd like a copy...could do a workout at home when you can't get yourself to the gym. I'm trying to do that myself for health, and also because I want to go to a couple of cons next year and I'd really like to be able to make myself something cool to wear!

And yeah, whinging on LJ is what it's there for; at least we aren't video blogging on Myspace... ;)
wildrider
Aug. 10th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
See, there's the trick. It's getting up to DO them at home - at least at the gym, I don't have anything else to distract me from actually working out. I have yoga discs, books, equipment; everything I need. Do I do this at home? I do not. I laze around in bed until I HAVE to get up, I read LiveJournal and the NY Times, I watch TV, and I contemplate my stretching books, yoga mat, and everything else I have, and still rarely get off my butt and DO them.

The thought is appreciated, though. Who knows? I might use them sometime...

:-)

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