- Complete the final polish on my ms (tick)
- Write a compelling synopsis and wining covering letter (tick, I hope!)
- Submit to carefully selected agents (tick). All good so far ....
Just to give you a little info on the new project. It will be aimed at the 5-8 age group and, although it could stand on it's own as a story, I feel it has good series potential, so I am planning three stories initially, using the main two characters in different situations. I have read an awful lot on agent/publisher websites, blogs and Twitter recently that talk about wanting 'character driven' stories. So I am going to work on developing the characters into something unique and memorable. The other thing I have been reading about recently is humour in children's stories. And I guess this is really where I am stepping out my comfort zone, in that I am trying my hand at writing humour. That silly kind of childish humour has always appealed to me, some might say I never actually grew up, but maybe that's not such a bad thing for a children's writer!
Anyway, 4,000 words in and I'm loving it! It's fun and it's silly and just a little bit random in places, but I think it is working. There's a long way to go with it, but early indications are positive, and I'm happy to just see how things go for now. At least it has stopped me checking my email every 5 mins, just in case there's been an early response to my submission!
In non writerly news I took a trip to the optician. I need some new glasses, but I always find it difficult to make a decision. They will be quite expensive as I have varifocals so I don't want to make a costly mistake.The lovely lady in the optician took some pictures of me wearing the three pairs we whittled it down to. She emailed them to me to look at further, and so that I could show to husband and daughter at home.
Daughter said, "They all look the same to me," and husband said, "I bet you go for the purple ones whatever!" Frankly, not a great deal of help!
Yes, I am drawn to the purple ones, but is it just the colour? I'm worried I am incapable of making a rational decision on things any more because of my colour obsession. The purple would be the cheapest option actually because they are from the kid's range. I always have a problem finding glasses that fit because of the shape of my head. Now, before you all start laughing and scanning my photo for clues, I simply mean I am quite narrow across that part of my face, and I often feel that styles stick out too much.
The second pair are brown with a little bit of turquoise green on the inner frames. They fit well and I like the shape, I think they make me look grown-up and professional. (Note earlier point about never growing up). If only they were purple (sorry, see my problem!).
The third pair, the lady described as 'quirky.' Aha, I thought the perfect compromise. They are a pinky brown colour with a little green stripe on the arms. Green is obviously the 'in' colour in spectacle fashion this season. But I'm just not sure ....
I think I need to go back and try them all on again. I will take husband for back-up. Place your bets, which do you think I will go for? Results to be revealed in the near future.
I also took a trip to the dentist. Need to go back there for a filling.
I got a stomach bug yesterday. Nuff said on that one! Thankfully feeling bit better today although rather drained. Hopefully will have the energy to do a little writing later.
So, that was my week. Quite a lot to celebrate and a few things that made me feel blah or want to tear my hair out! A quiet weekend is in order I think, so I feel ready to go back to the real world on Monday morning.
But just before I go, I thought I'd share this link with you on writing a synopsis.If any of you are about to tackle this tricky task you might want to check it out.