I didn't have to sell an arm (whew) because my awesome neighbor offered to watch my toddler for two extra days a week! Thank you, Claudia! Armed with four days a week for writing plus nights (we unplugged the TV), I worked for 10-12 hours a day to finish my first draft and polish those first hundred pages. Said friend had awesome suggestions, which I implemented then went on to the next hundred pages, and am now revising the final hundred pages...and have begun the task of querying agents.
And I can't say anything more, lest I jinx something. But (!!!!!). I can't figure out if I'm the Bachelorette or the Bacheloree in this scenario. Kind of both. Anyways, wish me luck!
In the meantime, I bought the most amazing, beautiful hearts from my most favorite illustrator, Linda Wingerter, who injured her hand in a cosmic roller derby but continued making art while she recovered. You can see all of the hearts on Polly Sonic's blog. Here is one of the hearts I purchased:
In other news, if you haven't already checked out Janet Lee Carey's book Dragon's Keep, do it! Do it now! I got to help out with her book launch party and had a blast dragging out my Sculpey and making a bona fide dragon's claw:
Like it? I wrote up instructions for making your own dragon claw on Janet's website (follow the Fantasies link, then Dragon's Keep, then click on Claw). It was a much-needed art break after an overdose of Brimstone Soup.
Oh, oh, and I "won" a copy of Tina Ferraro's book, Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, from her blog, YA Fresh, read it, and loved it. Very charming, fun read.
Ok, back to Brimstone Soup now...