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Kyra Leigh, Queen Bee

Everything doesn’t happen for a reason.
But some things do.
Every time an airplane flies overhead I imagine a bomb being dropped.
Then the end.
But what happens after the end?
If your character dies at the beginning of the story, what happens to her after the third chapter?
This is something I’m trying to figure out right now.
She dies for a reason. But I can’t figure out that reason either.
I’m on a springtime cleanse/diet right now. My roommate had a few friends over last night. They all got way drunk and drank my cleansing drink.
Is it wrong to hope it makes them sick?
Yes.
But I still secretly hope so.
I never noticed how many cravings I consistently have until now.
During this cleanse I’ve been trying to write a brand new story idea, and rewrite the hell out of another story.
It’s actually helped me focus, and also distract myself from my hungry belly.
I only have one more day.
I hope I can finish this rewrite.
Do you ever write and thing “I need someone else to read this?”
That’s where I’m at.
I don’t want to be a grown-up anymore.
When is a time machine going to be invented?
This post is all over the place.
I’m in the middle of WAITING written by my mother. It’s good.
She’s the best.
You’re all the best.
I hope to see everyone at dinner next Monday at 7 pm.
PS. I went to court on Monday and it was dismissed. I am a record-free woman.
Yay me.

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How Did You Do?

I hope the two week writing marathon was fun for you and you accomplished your goals. I didn’t get everything done. But during the writing, I saw  my book had a flaw, and when I went back through it in my mind I realized exactly where I went wrong.

A shift here, a shift there and the book goes into my agent.

So far we have six people planning on coming to the reading/dinner. For those of you who have food allergies, there is no set plan on the menu. You may choose what you want to eat.

If this is successful, I think this might be a fun place to gather and be writers and do readings and talk books.

So mark your calendars: April 8, 7:00 pm, Station 22.

(Ann Dee, is that right? It may be 7:30. It’s whatever time I told you before!)

FYI–a note about Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (www.wifyr.com). Steve Fraser is one of the agents returning to the conference. For attendees only–there is the chance to win a Chat about Your Career with him.

Also, the WIFYR writing contest with a $1000 prize–there’s something new. The winner will be considered for publication by Familius. Cheri Pray Earl and I have a series coming out with them, starting this year. We’re excited about the possibilities with this new publishing company.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Writing for Charity event (April 27, at UVU) and for LDS Storymakers conference (in May).

Plus–we’re thinking of having a charity event, too. This will be several hours of writing and will end with a dance. As details unfold, we’ll let you know.

Now, I am off to court with Kyra.

And then back to pack and finish up my novel.

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The Day of Accountability AND Day Twelve!

So far we have five people in for lunch and the reading on April 8.

Or dinner. It might be dinner.

I’m not sure when we are meeting yet. Waiting to hear from the boss. But we do have our venue!

So how has the writing gone for you all?

We are nearly done with our marathon. We have just Friday (today), Saturday, Sunday (if you write on Easter) and Monday.

Will you reach your goal?

Will you reach your secret goal?

It’s a for sure that I will not reach my secret goal, which was start a new book.

But I will finish this novel, and I will do the rewriting of another. And maybe even another one, maybe, if my writing partner can come over and work with me.

That’s what I think right now.

Now, a note to Sue–I saw on Facebook that you are a little nervous about learning more and more and more about writing and how to put all you learn into action.

Remember what John Steinbeck said: “When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I write one page and then another. One day’s work is all that I can permit myself to contemplate.”

Just one day at a time is what you have to do. One day at a time of learning something new and then seeing how to implement what you have learned, one day at a time of rewriting, one day at a time of  whatever you are doing to make yourself the best writer possible.

This really goes to all of us.

One day. ‘Cause that’s how life is, huh?

 

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Three Things Thursday, Day Eleven!

1. I have the place for us to eat. Station 21 in downtown Provo. We’ll need a head count, so let me know if you  are coming. (22 W Center St, Ste 140)

I’ve chosen this place because they have a place where we can eat AND do our readings.

2. When? April 8, 2013. That’s the second Monday of April. (We can’t do it on April 1, because Kyra is in court. On April Fool’s Day! Scary.) As far as what time, we’ll decide on a late lunch or an early lunch. If you have a preference, let us know.

3. Be prepared with three pages of writing to read out loud. Depending on how many people there, depends on how much we get to read. There’s this old Hollywood saying (or, um, some saying) that goes, “Leave them wanting more.” Even if you want to read your whole novel to us, just choose 750 words.

Here is our quote. I quite love what Miss Flannery says here.

And I think she is dead right.

“People without hope not only don’t write novels, but what is more to the point, they don’t read them.”

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