February 17, 2009

Temporary Hibernation

I thought that I might be going into temporary hibernation for reasons of moodiness and creeping angst, but this has morphed into an emergency-revision situation. Due to an unexpectedly speedy turnaround from a query I sent to an agent, I now find myself in the situation of needing to finish my major novel overhaul...BY FRIDAY.

The reason I send things out when I'm still revising is that it's supposed to be kind of an incentive to get it done more quickly. But even if I get a relatively fast turnaround, that usually means a couple of weeks in most cases. So I assumed I'd have at least that amount of time to get it done.

However, I am NOT complaining. Deadlines are good for me. Evidently without them I tend to fumble around in a rather undisciplined way. And this is a very good deadline. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that I get there, and that the result is positive. But until then, I will be hunkering down in front of my new laptop--which, rather fortuitously, also arrived today, mere hours ahead of the manuscript request.

In the meantime, during the next few days of my absence, please do remember to check out the Cybils blog and the fabulous 2008 winners. I can't wait to read Graveyard Book and Hunger Games in particular, as well as the MG and GN winners. And then I get to work my way through the finalists...ahhh, I love my TBR pile already.

6 comments:

tanita s. davis said...

Yay for deadlines! Sort of.
Fingers crossed, candles lit...!

Beth Kephart said...

Wishing you godspeed and endless inspiration....

DaviMack said...

YAY! Yay for deadlines! If they come from outside they tend to be more real, and ... well, you might respond to them. ;)

Sherry Ficklin said...

I've had that happen to me too. Good luck with the agent! Was it a partial or full request? How long have you been quering it?

a. fortis said...

Thanks, everyone...It was a full request, so my fingers are crossed!

Elaine Magliaro said...

I hope you have a productive hibernation!