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December 6th, 2005

So much to do...so little time

I have so many projects to work on, I'd love to add a few more hours to each day. Maybe then I can actually find some time to sleep. I woke up this morning to my one year old pup barking at the top of her lungs. Someone or something must have been outside. At least with an alarm I can hit the snooze button!

I need to figure out what I'm going to submit to one of my critique groups tomorrow. I have some PB's that could use some extra eyes. But I also have a PB that had a paid critique in June. I pretty much had to start over - but it's evolving into a chapter book. I don't think I'll have enough done by tomorrow to submit - plus I like to read through each manuscript several times before submitting to my group so they can look at the whole picture and not be distracted by typos, etc.

I also have an in person group tomorrow. There were times when I first joined that it would be only the leader and myself - but we've definitely had much larger groups recently. We did have to cancel last month because of the hurricane, and this month the critique leader has another obligation. I'll head there early to set up - and hopefully will be joined by at least a few others. I just finished revising PLEASE DON'T EAT MY GUINEA PIG after running it through another critique - and would love to get one more reaction before submitting. If I end up sitting alone, guess I'll have time to read one of the many books screaming for my attention or revise some of my manuscripts.

In my other critique group, I finished submitting the first chapter book for a series I have in mind. I think I've figured out how to start book 2, but have been juggling so many projects, I haven't had time yet. I'm so excited that my YA WIP is going to be critiqued starting the beginning of January - but a little nervous also. This is the first time that I'm submitting a WIP for critique - I usually finish the entire rough draft first. I've seen writers rushing to keep their writing fast enough to continuously submit for critique - it looks exhausting! I have about 2 1/2 months ready - so I definitely need to BIC (butt in chair) and work on this.

I'm almost done revising my first novel (again - and I'm sure it won't be the last time). Maybe I should just write the name of each project I need to work on and draw it out of a hat or something? Better stop typing in my LJ and get to work!


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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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