Monday, August 25, 2008


Today is the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!! My boys were up and dressed early and within thirty minutes, they were out the door. Both hugged me goodbye and trudged on in. And the stress just fell away. Only kidding. I'm very excited to see how the first day goes, if they both like their teachers, and what we can expect for the coming year.

In other news, I'm feeling very autumnal. Fall is my favorite season, and it always seems as if it rushes by me, with plans and intentions swept to the side in the face of other chores and demands. Well, I've decided to extend my writing hiatus slightly. Summer, it seems is veeerrry S-L-O-W in the publishing world, and while I've had a few form-letter rejections on my manuscript, I've mostly not heard anything. So, I'm going to wait a few more weeks before I decide which tact to take: revise or don't revise, continue the search for a willing agent or self-publish once again. I'm going to try out some new autumnal (I just like hearing that word in my head) recipes and work on the quilt I started, maybe do a little cleaning and some fall crafts.

I've been using my spare time to write since my older son was a baby, so I think I (and they) have missed out on some activities. And they'll soon be too old (or think they're too old), so I figure this is my best chance. They both still like decorating cookies and doing fun little projects (so long as it doesn't interrupt the video game time), so this is our year, baby!

This afternoon I'm thinking of making Apple Oatmeal Cake with Broiled Coconut Pecan Frosting. Fall is looking very good indeed.


Stacy said...

Is it fall ALREADY? Oh, noes!

Your day sounds so soothing and nice: crafts, baking. I'm in my office, fidgeting because Get Your Stiletto in the Door semi-finalists are supposed to be notified today. Can you give me a dose of calm please?

Stephanie J said...

Hurrah for fall! I'm so glad it's coming! I also love the concept of autumnal and I'm going to start throwing it into every conversation that I can. ;)

Regarding your revisions...did you go in feeling you might need revisions or were you feeling pretty set on what you have? Just curious!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Crossing my fingers for you, Stacy!

Stephanie, I had one agent who had asked me to trim 40-50 pages and then once I did that she came back and said that basically if I played up the mystery a little more she'd be willing to look again. I also had another reader suggest some changes, so I'm letting it all stew.

Liza said...

I'm ready for fall too. BTW, the apple oatmeal cake sounds wonderful.

Travis Erwin said...

That cake sounds awesome, especially the frosting. I love coconut.