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Sunburned and nervous

Alas, the sun I love doesn't necessarily love me. Yesterday I spent a wonderful day out on the patio, hanging out with a good friend (who also, in a HUGE stroke of luck for me, happens to be my sister-in-law) and talking about all sorts of things...and by mid-afternoon my shoulders, arms, legs, and even feet were lobster-red.

Sigh. It was totally worth it...but today, for the first time since British summer arrived, I haven't spent any time on the patio. My skin isn't quite ready yet for an encore.

Also, I'm on a tight deadline. Kat3 is due to my American editor one week from today. ACK! Yes, I will have a draft to send her no matter what - I'm doing a rewrite now, not a first draft - but ohhhh, I really want it to be a GOOD draft, as good as it deserves to be. And I'm panicking a little bit (...she said, understating wildly) about whether I'll manage that by next Monday.

So...journal entries and emails may be a bit sparse (and shorter than usual) this week.

Please wish me luck!



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May. 24th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Ack, sorry to hear about the sunburn (been here, done that, also with a friend. It hurts. A lot).
Good luck with the rewrite!!!
May. 24th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (And conversations with friends are so dangerous - they make us lose track of time and forget to put on sunscreen! Good thing they're so much fun, to make up for it.)
May. 24th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)

(And apologies again for not getting you comments on Kat3 -- although I am comforted by the fact that the first draft ROCKED, even if you make no changes to it. :)

Hugs and fleet fingers!
May. 24th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you sooooooooo much!!!! (And NO apologies necessary on that front, as you know!)
May. 24th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

May. 24th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really appreciate it.
May. 24th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
You WILL manage it!

And...good luck!
May. 24th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really need to hear both of those things right now.
May. 24th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Stop panicking.

It's your third novel in this series. Your editor knows you have it in you to produce a publication-grade product. They also know that authors don't always get it right first time. The only unforgivable sin is not handing something in; it's perfectly okay to hand in a draft with a cover note saying "I'm not 100% happy to let this go; what do you think?" They'll probably say "fix X and Y", at which point you've got time to fix X and Y and anything else that you thing needs working over but you didn't get right first time round.

May. 24th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
This is really, really reassuring to hear. Thank you!
May. 24th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I'm sure it'll be awesome. :)
May. 24th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I really hope you're right.
May. 24th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
May. 24th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 24th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
YOU'RE GONNA ROCK IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know it.

The sun doesn't like me either ;) *scratches slightly sunburnt left arm*
May. 25th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!!!! I really, really need to hear that right now.

*Passing the virtual aloe cream...*
May. 25th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Sending you luck and sunscreen. ;)
May. 25th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! I can definitely use BOTH of those. :)
May. 25th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
Steph, Steph, whoa, chillax...a little bird told me this book was GREAT in its first draft and anything more is going to be icing on the cake. Honest, schmonest, hand on my heart--it's gonna be great.

And what is with you? I bet Mr. D got plenty of sunscreen. *scolds* Take care of Mama!

GOOD LUCK, I wish you copious energy and minimal interruptions or crises of any kind, but most of all I want to inject you with confidence as you finish up this AMAZING TRILOGY.

May. 25th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Eep. You are totally right about the sunscreen - I forgot to put any on myself before Patrick took MrD off on a big day out, bringing the sunscreen with them. I knew better than to spend the day outside after that...but I couldn't resist. Now if only MrD could resist digging his nails into the burned bits when I'm carrying him... ;p

And THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the reassurance!!! *HUGS*

May. 25th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
random commenter
yes lots of luck with the edits and the packing, I hope you are back out on the patio soon :0)
May. 26th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: random commenter
Thank you so much! :)
May. 25th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Good luck and good wishes going out to you -- and healing thoughts for that poor lobster-red skin.

The draft is going to be WONDERFUL. In fact, I'll bet you anything it already *is* wonderful! All you need to do is be kind to yourself, and enjoy as much of the writing as you can.
May. 26th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU. I really, really need to hear this (esp. today, when MrD has just developed a brand-new fever, WAHH)!
May. 26th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! I'm so sorry for poor MrD, and for you. Writing and children are so hard to mix sometimes, aren't they? But I'm hoping the fever is mild and soon over, and that you can get the rest and writing time you need.
May. 28th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
happy birthday
May. 29th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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