Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Well, I haven't been blogging for the simple reason that I don't have much to blog about. I feel like I spent the past 4, 4 1/2 days underground. I thought, oh, I'll just look at this file with comments from my agent. Just to see what these minor revisions she's discussing are. So I looked at it on Friday night, and...um....I spent the next four days lost in my manuscript, enjoying every delicious moment of the revisions.

Either I have a terrible illness that makes me incapable of just putting the manuscript aside or it really is a good story—meaning my CP and I aren't completely delusional to think it will be on the shelves one day.

It could be a combination of both possibilities.

I'm grateful to get work with a set of characters who feel like old friends I haven't seen in a few months. (To know they're characters I created? Wow, that's—an incredible feeling.) Each time I visit them, I remember how much fun we have together. How cracktastic their company is. This manuscript—its world, its story, its thematic intentions—makes my heart happy.

I would like it, more than I can express, if it made other people's hearts that happy.

In fact, if it did not make your heart happy, I would check to see if you were really a heartless, and if you were, I would have to defeat you with the keyblade keychain I use as a Christmas tree decoration. I'm not bothered by you being a heartless, because they burst into healing potions for my friends and munnies for me.

It's a win-win situation.

...I have no idea what that was about, except to possibly serve as a warning to new writers that revising over 100K in four days is not good for you. I don't recommend it.

My guilty post-revisions confession is I forgot the manuscript is funny. When my agent referred to it as entertaining, I had no idea what the hell she was on about. I thought she was trying to find something nice to say and thought "entertaining" sounded better than "not what I expected."

Now, I think maybe she meant "entertaining" as in "this made me laugh." In the good way of the manuscript intending for a reader to be laughing at that point, and not the loving mockery I make of things like Kingdom Hearts 2.

1 comment:

johnevans said...

Honestly, I haven't been keeping track so I don't know what manuscript this is, but now I totally want to read it.