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Wow, it's been a really long time since I posted.  I'll fill you in on what I've been up to in a sec, and want to let you know that as soon as I'm able to put my Mom War revision aside for a bit, I'll type up my notes from the FL SCBWI Conference in Miami and share as much as I can with you.  It was an absolutely AMAZING weekend! 

Since it might be a few days or longer until I'm ready to post, I'll give you an incredible nugget agent Erin Murphy shared on a handout loaded with questions to explore when revising.  I do keep an eye on a lot of them already, but I love having them all in one easy to find place.  While I'm doing a few last full rounds of revision on Mom War, I'm going to select two to four questions each round and make sure I explore them in every scene.  Erin said that Robin LaFevers has a great site that contains a good portion of the ideas that inspired her handout.  I haven't had a chance to read through the entire site yet, but I love how easy it is to find writing gems like a characterization worksheet and plotting advice (scroll down and you'll see a list of labels on the right side).  Thanks for sharing all this wonderful writing info, Erin and Robin!   

Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld put on yet another amazing conference.  The speakers were incredible, and it was great to see so many writing friends, make some new ones, and spend time with the wonderful faculty.  If you want a sneak peek at the photos, you can view them here.   

What else have I been up to since I last posted?  Well, besides, revising, revising, revising, critiquing, reading, and attending the FL SCBWI Miami Conference, I also had to bring my 1 1/2 year old Bullmassador pup in for knee surgery. 

Lolly always seemed a bit stiff right after standing up, but when she started limping, I rushed her to the vet.  Before I knew it, we went to a surgeon who pinned her rear right knee into place.  It looks like we'll have to go through the same thing with the left knee, too.  She's been spending most of her time in my office, often curled around my chair. I can't wait until she's able to run around and chase balls again--it isn't easy keeping my energetic eighty-two pound pup from climbing stairs, running, and going into psycho play mode.

I went to Lake Tahoe for the first time with my family.  Wow--it is absolutely gorgeous there!  I'll share two of my favorite photos below, and if you want to see more, you can click on this link

I'll try to post the novel intensive notes soon, but need to go through my MG one more time,revise a couple picture books, and catch up on some critiques I owe before I'll reward myself by taking a break to type up my notes. 
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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 22nd, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
Your girls are beautiful, Mindy :)
Jan. 22nd, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
Thanks, Robin. :)
Jan. 22nd, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Looks like lots of fun stuff going on in your world. Good luck on your revisions!
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:28 am (UTC)
Thanks, Karen. I love digging deeper and finding out even more about my characters.
Jan. 22nd, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous girls!

I'm revising my MG now, too -- it's nice to compare the "before" and "after" and see how much your work is improving :)
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
Thanks, Tessa! Good luck on your MG revision.

You're right--it is amazing to see how much stronger a manuscript is after some intense rounds of revision--and how much more you know about your characters.
Jan. 22nd, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Have a great time!
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
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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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