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February 15th, 2008

Happy belated Valentine's Day! My daughters surprised Hubby and me with a special breakfast, on a plate decorated with Oreos, Hershey Kisses, and pink sprinkles. So sweet of them! Hubby took me out for a nice dinner at Melting Pot--yum! I hope your Valentine's Day was filled with loved ones, flowers, and tons of forever memories.

Thank you all so much for your good wishes for Bandit! She's doing great. The vet took out all of the cancerous tumor. The good news is that it's not the kind of cancer that spreads. We do have to keep watching the area, because it's possible the cancer will come back in the same spot though. But at least we know what to look for.

My NaNo MG has been on a serious diet. So far, it has lost almost 8,000 words. I eliminated most of the first two chapters, since the story really starts in the third. I thought I'd have to work back in more of the information I cut, but very little actually made it back in. Even though I'm doing a lot of slicing,replacing, etc. I am so thankful for the NaNo push. This is the fastest novel I've ever written--only 17 days! And even though I have some muck to sort through, the first draft was very strong. And funny! It's amazing how many quirky/unusual things come out when writing this fast. I had forgotten some of it, and even made myself laugh yesterday.
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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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