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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Doing The Homework

Yesterday was a terrific writing day. I added just slightly more than 1,200 solid words to my manuscript. By solid, I mean they advanced the story. I didn't dash them out just to be putting words on the page and there's little chance that I will end up ripping them out later because they're crap. They're there to stay, therefore they're solid. So, it was a good day for me. I just wish I could write faster.

Today, I hope to add at least a few more words, but I'm mostly taking the day off to do some research. Today's mail brought the books I ordered, so I'm going to do some reading. These books are historicals from the line I plan to target with the story I'm working on now. This is called doing your homework. Getting a feel for the kind of book your targeted publishers are buying. I'm homing in on the market. Eww... I feel smarter already. LOL!

Hey, it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it. Flirty Wink

Devon


3 comments:

  1. So, girlfriend!! What books did ya buy???? HUh??? Huh??? I LIKE doing research, I get to READ!!! LOL

    Productive work is good! Then ya don't have to cut so much out later. Personally, I'm best friends with my BACKSPACE button....

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  2. Hey Devon! What is your favorite reading position? When I was kid, you'd find me in a tree, or in the hay loft, or sitting in the back yard, with a book. As a teen and early 20's, sitting backwards on a horse, with my elbows on the butt and book propped up there. In the semi, when I wasn't driving, I'd try to read while ex was driving, but I'd get sea sick. Listened to a LOT of books on tape when I was driving tho, since I did most of my driving at night.

    Took books with me to therapy, to radiation, always have a book in the car when I get railroaded. Used to read when I had the whirlpool bath. Man, i MISS that tub! But, I probably wouldn't be able to get out of it, and would have to call 911 and then it wouldn't be a pretty sight...sigh...

    Now, I'm usually in my rocker, if it's warm out, I'm on my swing, and laying down in bed. Always have apurse big enough to stuff a book in it. LOL. A couple Drs always check out what I'm reading now. They ask if the smutt is any good..rofl. When I run into Cathy, my old therapist, she is so proud that I can read!! Hey! I am too!! LOL.

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  3. Susi, I'm very happy and proud that you can read again, too! You're a survivor, girl. Good for you!!!

    I'll let you know what I think of the books after I've read them. Until then, I'll withhold titles and any recommendations.

    Where do I like to read? Curled up in my favorite chair in the living room, with my feet tucked in on the seat with me. There's a table beside the chair with a lamp. The chair sits next to the fireplace, and it's my favorite place to just sit and read or take a breath when things get hectic during the day.

    I miss having a swing. The first house hubby and I lived in after we married was nearly 100 years old and had a porch running across the entire front of it. He put up an old-timey swing for me. In summer, it was heaven and I loved sitting out there in the warm breeze reading. :o)

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