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December 23rd, 2005

MY BOSS IS A SLAVE DRIVER

Unfortunately, I can't ever get rid of that boss - because it's me. I really push myself to write, revise, and be as active in critique groups as possible. Some of my friends have begun to think I've vanished off the face of the earth. I often give up girls night out at the movies, phone calls, etc. in order to stay home and work. I've found that many people don't understand it. They don't feel like I work. But I do, and that's what counts.

This time of year is a little frustrating. I've gotten used to my daughters being in school and having those precious hours each day to write. Now that the holidays are here, my daughters will be home (which I love, but don't get nearly as much writing in as I should), we'll be away for a week long vacation, a week and a half later I have a conference, on the last day of the conference I start my online writing course, then I have relatives coming to stay, my daughter's 8th birthday to celebrate during the week, her party that weekend, plus another party and a carnival. Is your head spinning from this? Mine is.

I really want to finish my YA WIP. I was hoping to have it done before the conference, but that definitely isn't happening. On the bright side, I now have 133 pages and am nearing the 39,000 word count. This is my second novel, and my first was only 43,000 words, so this is really exciting for me. I also think that this is my best work yet, so I'm eager to get it finished, critiqued, polished and out to dazzle agents.

How do you handle the holiday season? Do you still fight for every possible second of writing time, or do you write when you can, but spend as much time with family and friends?


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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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