Oh my goodness, I have been having Blogger withdrawals this month! So much has been happening in my professional, personal and literary life that I haven't even had a spare moment to write anything down or catch anyone up--let alone enjoy a day off or sleep late. (Especially incredible when you consider--when left to my own devices--I can easily sleep thirteen hours in a stretch. The doctors are kinda baffled by me, so much so, in fact, that they recommended a sleep study for me last year to see if I had a sleeping disorder. The verdict: Nope, she's just kind of like a three-toed sloth.)
First and foremost, it occurs to me that I have hit a milestone: the 100 Follower Mark! Holy smokes, I am SOO thankful to all of you who have graced me with your presence... When I first started this blog this spring, I was amazed and humbled to hit the 10 follower mark. I nearly fell out of my chair when I hit 50 followers, so 100 followers is almost beyond my comprehension. You guys are AMAZING!!
In more exciting news, I have also begun working Sundays at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Longmont, CO, in addition to working Mondays-Fridays at my nature center in Denver. I have definitely bitten off way more than I can chew--considering I'm already commuting an hour to and from my nature center every day--but I'm so happy to finally be working at an animal hospital again. My patients so far: screaming baby birds and squirmy baby raccoons, and I couldn't be happier.
In writerly news, I have officially joined the Lighthouse Writers Workshop group in Denver, and I have attended a couple of events so far--lectures and agent panels and whatnot. I have also been lucky enough to get to spend time with Beth Christopher ("slushdiver," for those of you Query Trackers out there), who is also from the Denver area and is in the midst of submitting a bomb YA to many of the same agents I've been submitting my manuscript to. She is FANTASTIC if you haven't gotten to know her yet, and she's so, so, so damn close to landing a dream agent that you can't help but be excited when you are around her!
In my own agent news, I recently received some amazing feedback from one of my dream agents (but nothing from my four-month marker yet!). Her thoughts led to a revise/resubmit request, and I have been slaving away for the past two weeks on my resubmission--which I officially finished last night and am hoping to send off this afternoon. (!!)
Here is the guist of what she said: "The book is very well written. The characters came to life for me: Kai, Sophie and the Fischer twins. I loved the relationship between Kai and Noah--it felt very real and I found myself caring a lot about them and wanting them to get together. I also loved the Alaska setting, there was some very vivid writing here and I got a taste of the beauty of Alaska."
She gave me some pointers on some pacing issues with one of my subplots, and every single thing she said totally resonated with me, so I was overjoyed when she invited me to resubmit after redrafting a few things. So, so, so excited and nervous at the same time that I can hardly stand it.
WHEW! So that's what I've been up to, and I can't wait to spend some time exploring cyberspace and seeing what you guys have been up to. I've missed you! :)