I don’t quite know what to do with myself today, so instead of distracting my writing buddies with needless chatter, I thought, “I know! I can update my blog!” Which I see I haven’t done in more than six weeks? (Because I’ve been working…and celebrating the holidays…etc.)

The reason I don’t know what to do with myself is I turned in the manuscript for Buddy Files #4. For those of you who are reading this and thinking, “what do you mean you turned it in? You just sent it to me for a critique…” I still want that critique! (Of course I still want that critique!) According to my contract I didn’t HAVE to turn it in today. But my editor wanted to see “something” today so she can get the illustrator going. This book is supposed to come out this fall! So I turned in “something” with the understanding I get to keep working. But right now I really need a break from it (I worked 13 hours on Saturday!) so I can come back to it with fresh eyes. And ideas for what to work on.

So…until I hear from my critique buddies (and my editor), I could:

1) Work on a picture book I’ve had knocking around since ALA
2) Work on the new school visit presentation idea I came up with to go along with the Buddy Files
3) Plan out a Buddy Files website
4) Catch up on e-mail/blogs
5) Talk to my friends…who are all typing away across the table from me. They all have these looks of intense concentration on their faces. They NEED to be interrupted, don’t they? (Okay, maybe not…)

E-mail it is! Then the picture book. Really.

What to do…

8 thoughts on “What to do…

  • January 25, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Hee! Hi, Dori!

    I’m between projects, too, waiting to hear back from agent on the latest iteration of Crow. My goal today is to get caught up with reader emails. SO far behind, and it makes me feel guilty.

    Should we do lunch on Thursday? My house at, say, 10:30 or 11 and walk over to the BBC?


    • January 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      Heh…you had me fooled! You look like you’re really concentrating. I wonder if Wendy and Amy are working? Wendy is…she’s got a library book and a notebook.

      Sure…lunch on Thursday sounds great. I have a skype visit at 9:00 or 9:30, so I’m going to suggest 11:00 to Clar. If I’m done early enough, I’d love to walk over.

      • January 25, 2010 at 5:41 pm

        Well, answering reader email is working!

        Sure, 11:00 is fine. I’ll wait for you to come to my house and then we can head over.

        • January 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm

          That’s true…I’m doing the same thing. (I’ve been behind on reader e-mail, too.)

  • January 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    So…you’re sitting at the same table…e-mailing each other? 🙂

    I haven’t posted to my journal since Jan. 7th. And one of my resolutions was to update regularly.


    • January 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      Well, that would be silly. No, we’re sitting at the same table commenting on my blog! 🙂

      You’d posted to your journal a month more recently than I had. Is everybody posting less these days? Are blogs going out of style or are we all just too busy?

  • February 23, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Your Chicago Book Signing

    I’m fascinated with the preparation the school kids did for you. Looks like each one (or some) each had the opportunity to express themselves — with each one being unique and from the heart! I’m so glad you post pictures! Those posters sure must have warmed your heart and dissolved any fear you thought you had! Gosh – who could be scared of a room full of kids? ME! I don’t know how teachers do it. Did anyone from Albert Whitman go to the schools with you?

    Ellie in Southeast Iowa


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