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August 7th, 2008

REVISIONLAND

Between my girls being home, revising and critiquing like crazy, squeezing in a zillion appointments before school starts in a little over a week, and trying not to get buried under a laundry mountain, I've fallen way behind on LJ again. I was able to keep up with a lot of the news on the Blueboards and Facebook though. Wow, some of you have had such amazing news. Yay for all the sales, awards, completed manuscripts and revisions!

I've dedicated most of my time to revising my NaNo novel, Adventures of Bra Girl. Now that it's finished, I decided to revise some older novels and PBs that I've been neglecting. I'm also working on my newest PB, that was inspired during the Orlando Workshop in June. The hardest part about revisions for me, is not being able to keep track of how much progress I'm making. I love watching the numbers rise when writing a new novel. I'm one of those people who loves a challenge, so I love making (and surpassing) a daily or weekly goal and writing like crazy during NaNo (although I usually lose my battle with the laundry mountain during November). But I haven't found a way to do that with revisions. I have to have them ready for my critique groups, so that's a goal I need to meet, but I still wish there was some way to chart my progress. I tried giving myself deadlines, like finishing a certain number of chapters, but then you risk not diving deep enough into the revision in order to make your goal, so that doesn't work. Novels are so long, that it's great to celebrate each milestone. So how do you celebrate smaller accomplishments, before you reach the end of your final round of revisions?

My amazing mentor, Joyce Sweeney, just joined Facebook! She's the fairy godmother of most of the S. Florida authors (and many others as well). When you get a chance, hop on over and welcome her to Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673220901&ref=ts
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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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