This has been an ups-and-downs kinda week. First off, I've been fighting strep throat since last weekend. I guess my body, after 40 years of being impervious to strep, has given up and decided I need to have this experience now. Um, thanks? I'm on antibiotics and am slowly getting better.
But last weekend I managed to finish my latest book revision and send it off to my agent. I'm feeling good about it, and happy with my new tweaks—especially the new chapter headings I came up with. Hopefully my agent will feel the same and it'll get out to a new round of publishers soon.
Back to the bad news: There's a chill in the air again after a warm-up or two, and spring feels so far away at the moment. My 5-year-old's winter gear is barely holding together at this point—his snow pants are ripped at the knee and his coat zipper only works half the time—and I refuse to buy him new stuff that he won't be able to wear next year because he grows like a weed. Are all kids so hard on their outerwear? Maybe it's all the putting on/taking off that happens every day at school. So it's a fight to the death, at this point, to see if the gear will give up before winter does. Fingers crossed that spring comes roaring back soon.
Good stuff again, and I've saved the best for last! My entry into the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge 2017 placed first in my heat! (If you're interested and haven't read it yet, I posted it on this blog back in January.) It was my first time writing comedy (my assigned genre), concocted from a random set of prompts: my subject was landscaping and my character was a member of the neighborhood watch. I took a bit of a risk with the format, abandoning normal narrative structure, and it paid off! Only the top five stories in each heat move on to round two, which begins at midnight tonight. I'll be put into a new heat and emailed a new set of prompts. I'll have 3 days to write a new 2000-word story. My plan is to post it here next week for feedback, so stay tuned.
Wish me luck! The way this week's been going, I'm going to need it.