Saturday, February 14, 2009

Drafted!!!

Happy Valentine's Day to ME!!

My wonderful hubby took my children away for the entire weekend so that I could get the first draft of novel #2 cranked out.  I had been stuck in the same spot on my book for months--desperately needing a big block of time to really hash out some plot problems.  I know, I know . . . it's Valentine's Day, but we did the whole romantic weekend last week in New Orleans.  And, I couldn't ask for a better gift.  So thank you, John, a million times!!

My first novel is out with a few people, and I'm playing the waiting game with it right now.  But, I kept getting rejections from agents saying that they liked my writing, but they wanted to see something a little more plot driven.  Did I have anything like that?? Well, yes . . . book #2 definitely has more pop complete with crazy car chases, repressed memories, an abduction . . .  

So, here it is (to the left of the Heineken). My first draft.  Ready to be read by Katie and . . . anyone else out there willing to take a look for me??

And, now I'm off to have sushi with my friend who's in town for a book signing, and then I'm back to work in the morning.

Oh, and this is totally off the subject, but my new issue of Southern Living arrived today and guess who's in it??  My three beautiful girls.  Check it out here.

Later.

19 comments:

Marty said...

Congratulation on having time to write - and WOW what a great room you have going there!

Katie said...

I'm tellin' you what. Casa del Hardy is a regular feature in Southern Living!!

Can't wait to read that draft! I'll pop over tomorrow to pick it up :-)

Ooo! And let's discuss the uber cool signing we're going to Monday...

Hardygirl said...

Thanks Marty!

And, Katie, I'll print up a copy after I do a read-through tomorrow. Be tough--I'm thick skinned!

I'll post with pictures after Monday's signing!!

a brilliant blog said...

2 magazine showings, sushi with a friend, heineken, and the start of a new manuscript. I call that a successful week!
Jessica

Paul Äertker said...

That Heineken looks a little empty; I trust the hubby stocked the beer fridge before he left. Loved the Southern Living article. Keep on keeping on...

PurpleClover said...

Wow! Beautiful room! It's VON-derful!

ADORABLE girls!

Congrats on the silent weekend. What I wouldn't give for one of those!

Katie said...

I'm gonna be a RAZOR tongued dragon on that manuscript.

Watch out! I've decided to give you the "Jeannie Special" - which is painful but insanely helpful.

Shelli said...

Hey SF - send it over - Ill read it for you too :) cant wait!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Now don't tell me you drafted an entire novel in one weekend - I'll go have a good cry . . .

FAB playroom for your adorable girls!

Hardygirl said...

Kimberley--No, no, no! I've been working on this one for over a year. I had just been stuck for about six months and needed a big block of time to really hash it out.

Paul, of course uber hubby left me with plenty of Heineken. Lovin' your crazy blog!

Shelli and Katie--thanks a ton for being my critiquers!

And, thanks Miss J and everyone for checking out our playroom! The photographer was here to shoot some other rooms in our house, and the girls had been in there playing all day. They took some pictures just for fun and decided to put them in the magazine. Aren't my little celebrities going to have fun at school tomorrow???

Suzanne Young said...

I LOVE that picture of the room! And your girls looked beautiful!!!!!

Congrats on the second novel!!!!!

Hardygirl said...

Sorry Purple Clover--I got you mixed up with your sis!! Thank YOU for your kind words!!

sf

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Whew!!! ;-D

Hey, if you need another reader, I'm here!

Laini Taylor said...

Congrats on book 2!!!! There's nothing like a finished first draft. WHEW! Yay for you. And wonderful of your husband to give you the weekend to do it.

That play room is awesome (LOVE the floor!), and your girls are gorgeous.

:-)

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, your girls are precious! And, wow! What a wonderful husband!!! There's no better gift than "time."

Hardygirl said...

Thanks everyone for all your encouragement--and yay to hubby. sf

Little Ms J said...

I love it! You are quite the creative spirit! I was in Southern Living once, but the picture was taken when I was screaming on a new roller coaster at Busch Gardens. Not exactly southern belle material.

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow ... cool room for the kids! So neat that you made it into Southern Living magazine!

Irene Latham said...

SF - how cool are you? I mean, Southern Living. Love it. And I'd love to read your ms.

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