Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Today, I finished the revisions. Today, I closed Killing Julie -- again. True, it was finished a month ago, but today I finished smoothing out the lumps and bumps. Today I finished cleaning up the small details, such as consistency and clarity.

The query letter is drafted, I 'm working on formatting details, and my readers are promising feedback by the end of the month. All that's left, then, is to edit in my own proofreading as well as their suggestions.


New deadline: May 30.
New goal: boxed and ready to send to potential agents.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Last Lecture

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”
--Randy Pausch

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, was asked to give a "last lecture," he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave — “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” — wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

-- from the Hyperion website for The Last Lecture.

Click here to read about The Last Lecture.

Dr. Pausch will be on ABC tonight, talking to Diane Sawyer about it all.