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November 28th, 2005

I need more sleep

I seem to be going to bed later and later. I think part of the problem is that my daughters were home from school, and once I start writing (and catching up on Verla's site, e-mails, etc.) it's tough to stop. I think my best writing time is after breakfast, but I love the quiet at night. No phone calls, doorbells or other interruptions (except an occasional barking dog).

I was also spoiled from four days in a row of not having to wake up at 6:30 am to get my daughter off to school. I was in such a daze, I'm not sure how I got both of my daughters to the right place at the right time. It even took me halfway through my aerobics class to fully wake up. I felt horrible - I was right up in front next to the instructor, yawning my head off.

So, now I'm awake and ready to go...and don't know where to begin. I'm itching to work more on my YA novel. I'm at 23,000 words now. Slower than my usual pace, but I did rework the beginning (is that a good excuse?).

Here's what I need to do today (or at least in the near future):

1. Revise my chapter book DIARY OF A KINDERGARTNER. Just got feedback from my critique group and know I need a much better hook. You'd think I'd learn by now - since that was a major part of the discussion I had with my Rutgers mentor about my MG novel (which came out much better after revision number 10,000 or so).

2. Prepare all 6 manuscripts to submit for professional critiques at the January conference in Florida. Yes - you heard me right. This is the second conference in a row where I'm getting 6 paid critiques. Shows you how much the previous ones helped. I've really come a long way thanks to all the wonderful suggestions. I'm resubmitting two of the manuscripts since they went through heavy revisions. I'm hoping to find out that all 6 are polished so well they gleam. But if there is any way to make them better - I want to know now. I'm so determined to get my books published - and I will take any steps necessary to make my dream a reality.

3. Hit the 25,000 word count on my WIP and head toward 30,000

Should I add get to sleep at a normal time? I'd be happy with heading up at midnight. That would be a great start. I often can't pry myself away from the computer until way after 1 am.

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Mindy Alyse Weiss
I write humorous middle-grade novels with heart and quirky picture books.

I'm an Administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, the FL SCBWI Newsletter Editor and Critique Group Coordinator, and a proud member of From The Mixed Up Files...of Middle-Grade Authors

I've been married for twenty years and have two beautiful daughters, an adventurous Bullmasador adopted from The Humane Society, and an adorable Beagle/Pointer mix pup who was rescued from the Everglades.

I've been published in Highlights three times and placed in the 80th Writer's Digest Competition.

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