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Thanks for all the enthusiastic comments about my cover. I look at it every day and I just keep loving it.

I read the National Book Award winner – Judy Blundell’s WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED. It was so good. I couldn’t wait to get home from work last night to finish it.

The flap copy says, "Under a pen name, [Judy Blundell] has written many New York Times best-selling novels."

O rly?

Who is she when she's pseudonymous?

I finished the first part of my JoNoWriMo goals: rewrite a middle grade fantasy to YA. Whew. I seriously underestimated the scope of that job. Everything had to change: dialogue, tone, language, voice, character development. You point to a sentence in the manuscript, and it has probably changed in some way. And I’m still not done. It will need surgery and then some deep-tissue massage.

But I want to work on my contemporary YA now. The second part of my JoNoWriMo goal was to add 20,000 words to that WIP, and I’ve only added 8000. I wonder if I can add 12,000 words in five days? The MC is talking to me, so that’s good. He really wants to talk about the ending right now, though. He’s muddled in the middle of his story. I guess I will follow him and listen.

I watched The Holiday over the weekend. It was so much better than I thought it would be! It looked totally formulaic, but there were enough little surprises in the story to keep it fresh. Plus HELLO: Jude Law. And I thought Jack Black would be an bull in a china shop in that role, but he managed to stay in character 80% of the time. It’s a nice escapist movie for this time of year. Some of the characters are writers, too. Fun.

So I’ve got the turkey.

He’s chillin in the fridge now, instead of the freezer.

I’ve got the stuffing ingredients, and the potatoes. But I have to confess, I bought pre-made pies. Not only that, I bought canned cranberry sauce. And … (lowers voice) … I’m not even making candied yams this year.

I’m just not feeling Thanksgiving this year. And how on earth is Christmas exactly one month from today? Election year excitement and collapsing financial markets have kept me distracted, I guess. I always have to work the day after Thanksgiving, too, which makes it hard to relax.

I am looking forward to a nice, quiet turkey day, though. Just my boys and me. Maybe while the real boys are watching football, I will talk to my fictional boy.


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Nov. 26th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
hey, I so HEART! Holiday
It is very fun

I wish you a great Thanksgiving
Good job on your writing goals
You take care :)
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Meg.
Nov. 26th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Judy has published a billion books, mostly sci-fi, as Jude Watson. I think it's really cool that the first book published using her real name won the NBA. My son read a bunch of her Star Wars prequels a few years ago. They were surprisingly good.....
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this, Laurie. I was curious. My daughter reads tons of Star Wars -- I'll ask her if she's read any of Judy's.

(Missed your husband at NCTE. I hope you did all right with the kids!)
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
OH! Thanks, Laurie. I'll bet they were good.
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:01 am (UTC)
I am obsessed with WIS&HIL, i *loved* it!
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
The pacing was masterful. I really did not want to put it down.
Nov. 26th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
The turkey's been in the fridge since Monday, and I think I'll still end up sticking it in water to make sure it defrosts on time. Last year, I was rinsing out the cavity to get rid of ice crystals on Thanksgiving Day. I had a whole debate with my mother about whether candied yams were actually needed, when we already had mashed potatoes . . . then, I made some yams for my husband's office Thanksgiving dinner, and both kids declared they had to have them.

Some people only like cranberry sauce if it has that can pattern on it. Happy Thanksgiving.
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
It seems like I end up giving the turkey a bath every year. They take sooo long to defrost.

Yeah, I think my husband is secretly mourning the yams with their silly, tiny marshmallows - maybe I'll make some next week for him. He's fine with the slidey version of cranberry sauce, though. :)
Nov. 26th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Just saw your cover. WOW!!! I love it!

Hope you have a great turkey day. :)
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks, MB!
Nov. 26th, 2008 11:17 am (UTC)
Just saw your cover. WOW!!! I love it!

Hope you have a great turkey day. :)
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Writing!!

Saw Holiday too and loved it!
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jama!
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
I must read that book -- heard great things about it.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
You have quite a stack already!

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Nov. 26th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Melodye. One of these days I'm going to advocate for T'giving dinner OUT! I think it's brilliant.
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Okay, I really want to read that book.

I just finished CHAINS and oh my word, I loved it. SO good. It was also one I couldn't wait to get back to each time I put it down.

Happy Thanksgiving my dear!!! I hope to do a little writing at work today - should be pretty quiet. shhhh. :)

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