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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Status Report

Status Report

1. Dryer. Check! The Salerni family now has clothes that are clean and dry, without having to hang them outside in the cold, damp February air.  (I did consider it.)

2. Kitchen sink and counter tops. Not yet.  Three more days of hauling dishes to the basement, and I’ll have my new granite counters, my new awesome sink, and my new faucet. And I will love them and kiss them and pet them and call them George. (Anybody old enough to get that Looney Tunes reference?)

3. Line edits and revision. Coming along nicely. I’m on pg 132 and the stack of completed pages is slightly larger than the stack of pages to go. Of course, this is just my first pass. I’ll have to read through it again on the computer to tweak it and make sure all requested revisions have been addressed.  And THEN I’ll load it on my Kindle and read it for flow and pacing and consistency. And THEN I’ll consider whether or not it’s ready to send back to my editor.

Obsession is a harsh task mistress. But I am LOVING the changes and SO excited to see this book take shape. I miss you guys out there in the blogosphere, and I have been reading your blogs when I take breaks, but I’m often a too tired to think of a comment other than “Uhhhhh….”

See you soon!

19 Responses to Status Report

  1. mshatch says:

    oh yes, plenty old enough πŸ™‚
    and I know CG will be awesome! Can’t wait to see pics of the new kitchen.

  2. I did the kitchen thing last year. I feel your pain. I can’t wait for your new book. It will be great.
    Have a great weekend!

  3. farawayeyes says:

    ‘Obsession is a harsh task mistress.’ Yes sirree!

    Good luck with the kitchen (George). Confirmed renter, when I need a change or have the desire to rearrange the furniture, I just move. Doing same next weekend.

  4. Linda G. says:

    Oh, I’m more than old enough to remember the reference. And yay for your dryer! Won’t be long until you have those counters and your lovely sink. Hang in there!

  5. So glad you’re liking your changes…from edits to kitchen. πŸ˜€

  6. Glad things in your regular life are settling down some, so you can focus better on the writing life! Isn’t it wonderful when those edits just flow and make our writing that much better? And feel free to drop by my blog and say nothing more than UHHH anytime!

  7. Chris Fries says:

    Oh yeah, old enough, and way more than a big enough Looney Tunes fan, LOL! ;^)

    Great news about the progress on all the fronts!

    And I love the “obsession is a harsh task mistress” line — reminds me of the old classic Heinlein novel, so bonus points for alluding to one of my favorite authors.

  8. Lydia Kang says:

    I lurve granite countertops. You’ll be so happy when they finally get installed!

  9. DL Hammons says:

    I’m old enough…but you’ll never get me to admit it! πŸ™‚

  10. Crap. I must be TOO old to remember the “George” reference. Oh well. Thanks for the updates. Your kitchen is gonna be gorgeous. Keep telling yourself that when you’re schlepping your dirty dishes downstairs to the basement.

  11. Hooray for dryers and for you and your dogged editing in the middle of remodeling!

  12. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss dianne! yippee! you got your dryer. wow your doing soooo good on your book and lots faster than i thought you would. i got no idea whos george???? im just real happy your counter tops and sinks coming real soon. for us we gotta fix our kitchen ceiling cause a raccoon fell through it. fixing the ceilings gonna be easy compared out with how much work it was chasig that coonie round the house with a broom and getting him to go outside. ack! ha ha.
    …hugs from lenny

  13. Steven says:

    Granite counters are a godsend.

    Don’t you love revisions? I don’t think most readers understand how many times we end up combing through our books before they are ready to be published.

  14. Alicia C. says:

    When we were kids we were allowed to watch TV only on Saturday’s. Which meant we were allowed to watch Cartoons. Which meant we were allowed to watch the Cartoons that Dad liked…meaning Loony Tunes. Personally, Marvin is my hero. Though I should say, when Dad discovered the Muppet Show, we were suddenly allowed to watch TV on Sunday nights as well…

  15. Angela Brown says:

    OMG! So glad you got the dryer fixed. I’ve hung clothes out to dry in the cold February weather before during my kiddo years. I can understand your excitement for not having to do that.

    I am definitely old enough and yes I laughed.

    Glad to hear your edits are going along well. It’s so exciting. I know it will be full of spec-greatness.

  16. I’m so glad things are coming together for you. Enjoy the revisions πŸ™‚

  17. Jemi Fraser says:

    It’s so much fun to see the book taking shape – just like your house! Have fun πŸ™‚

  18. Good luck with the revising Dianne : )

  19. You seem to be very busy these days. Good luck with the edits.