"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Monday, March 31, 2008

Change is good

Who knew clothes could dry in one cycle? I'm happy to say I no longer have to give it two spins when trying to get stuff dry.

Ahead for me are revisions on my latest manuscript (T - not WIP). I got amazing feedback from my agent. Really, stuff that once you read the suggestions, you wonder why you didn't think of it yourself. It all seems so obvious. I guess that's why agents and editors are agents and editors. And why writers have agents and editors :)

I've spent the last couple days brainstorming and can't wait to sink my teeth in. And just a note that I love having a critique group. People who I can bounce my ideas off and they neither think I'm crazy nor a horrid writer (or else if they do, they keep it to themselves).

13 comments:

Christine M said...

I don't think we keep much to ourselves in our critique group :)

Bounce ideas off us as much as you like!

carla said...

ooooh an agent email!!

:)

C.

PJ Hoover said...

Yes, Carla, an agent email! How fun.

And Chris, you are right. It's great (not to mention helpful) we have a close group :)
Now about Rome...

Jim D said...

Where on earth would you come up with that "crazy or a horrid writer" line? You're a fantastic writer!!

Jim D
(oh......and......well.....hmmmm.....Ah! No crazier than I am!)

PJ Hoover said...

You're sweet, Jim. I'm a genius in my own mind. Maybe that makes me crazy?

Jason said...

Heh, that's exactly what my mom said when we got a new dryer, "Who knew clothes could dry in one cycle?"

Crit groups are awesome. I want to start one at my college. I use one of my writer friends to bounce things and it's just amazing. Even if what they come up with isn't what you're looking for, it sparks your attention.

PJ Hoover said...

What a great idea, Jason! Start one by all means. It's a wonderful thing to hang out with people who have similar interests also.

keri mikulski :) said...

I know what you mean - Why didn't I think of that? I even go over my stuff again and again, trying desperately to figure out what an editor or critique partner will say and I'm still left thinking - why didn't I think of that? :)

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Keri, and it's amazing. Everything makes such good sense. I'm just happy to get such great feedback!
Thanks for dropping by :)

Sheri said...

PJ, I have to say - like your dryer, I have this toaster that you need to toast one side, then turn it over and toast the other side. It literally takes 8 minutes to toast a slice of bread. So why do I put up with it? It still works...

Also, I agree with you on the critique group front too. It sends your writing into hyper speed! I would never have accomplished all I wrote this year had I not been in a group.

Third, I wanted you to know I have actually been using you as an inspiration. I think we've had this talk before about get a job, don't get a job... I have a job interview on Monday to teach in a private school I really love. I have been internally worried about my writing time, which now I get every day from 9 - 3:30. Very sacred time indeed. But it is hard to afford things like, I don't know... FOOD! So I thought, Hey if PJ can have a full time job as an engineer, and a published book on the way, and now an agent, I can too! So thank you for inspiring me. I don't know if I will get this job, but at least I am going into it with an open mind.

PJ Hoover said...

Aw, Sheri, you're sweet.
If you get the new job, you could even get a new toaster?
Seriously though, I really appreciate this. It's an awesome compliment.

HipWriterMama said...

T is great and I can't wait to read the revision.

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, HWM. And I can't wait for you to read the revisions. :)