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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Wednesday in Bullet Points

Wednesday in Bullet Points


I’m not feeling coherent enough for a post on one topic, so why even try to focus? Here’s my life in bullet points:

  • I’m scheduled for 4 book events this week, including a librarian’s conference, library appearances, and a book store event. I will drive well over 600 miles and stay overnight in two different hotels. This is a big change for a stay-at-home kind of gal whose previous employment was located only 2 miles from my house. (However, I do have to say that hanging out at a hotel bar with authors on a Sunday night is a lot more fun than writing lesson plans for the upcoming week!)
  • My husband went to the pet store to buy food for the 4-legged denizens of the household and came back with a new toy for one pet and a bell to put on the collar of the other. So, guess which pet is polishing her angel halo this week and which one is, figuratively speaking, in the dog house!
  • I am past the climax of BRANEWORLD now and into the falling action — in spite of the fact that I ignored the draft for several days while revising an older, much-loved manuscript. I can’t wait to type THE END on this troublesome first draft so I can go back and analyze what is wrong with it. Revisions come so much easier to me than first drafts!
  • An opportunity came up to teach an adult class at a local community college, so I decided to give it a try. (Well, I say local, but it’s still a 70 mile round trip.) The course is “Writing for the Children’s Market.” The director has already asked me about other courses in the spring and summer, so this could lead to a semi-regular gig!
  • I have a stack of employment papers to fill out for the college that is about an inch thick. So I’ll leave you with some gratuitous pet pictures taken this week at home …
invisible cat

Luna thinks we can’t see her. She is invisible.


where is the cat

Or … maybe it’s a better hiding place than I think. Sorcia seems confused.


popcorn night

Luna doesn’t want to be left out of Popcorn Night, although she doesn’t get why the dog is so excited about this stuff.

17 Responses to Wednesday in Bullet Points

  1. Luna isn’t a popcorn cat?
    I like revisions much better than first drafts as well. Hope you can smooth yours out and fix the issues.
    Good luck with all of the events!

  2. mshatch says:

    I’m guessing the cat is in the doghouse since German Shepherds are pretty much the perfect dog and almost never get into trouble.

  3. Sheri Larsen says:

    Congrats on being that close to typing The End, again. I’m sure it’s awesome. Loved these pics on FB!

  4. Tiana Smith says:

    Good luck with all the book events this week! And yay for being close on that draft!

  5. Whew! Lots of travel and busy. I hope you get some writing done around all of that. I dread first drafts too, and editing is TOTALLY easier. I don’t understand these people who fear taking a red pen to their work. It’s so much easier to straighten out a mess when you’ve got all the pieces in front of you.

    Good luck with your epic-crazy days ahead! I’ll be eating cheese and thinking of you.

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

  6. Your 4 book events sounds exciting! And a teaching gig on top of all that? You’re really going the extra mile (literally). ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. ChemistKen says:

    Sounds like you’re keeping pretty busy. That’s a good thing… usually. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Unlike you, revisions are the hard part for me. The first draft doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but me, but the revised versions have to make sense to everyone. And that’s where I need the most help.

    Good luck with your book events.

  8. Wow. You are busy! Good luck with the book events and all those miles. I totally hear you on the editing over original draft – always more fun. Glad you’re almost at the end. Is that the string theory story???

    • DianneSalerni says:

      Tonja, yes! I call it “The Adjustment Bureau” meets “The Boy Who Reversed Himself” plus a little string theory.

  9. I have a lot of online and in-person events this week too. Maybe something is in the air.

    You have a German shepherd! I love them. I had a German Shepherdโ€”she passed last January. Now I have a German Shepherd/Greyhound mix.

  10. J E Oneil says:

    Sounds like you’ll be busy with author stuff. How fun!

    Kitties are always invisible behind the curtains. I love that her name is Luna ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Oog, I hear you about first drafts. I haven’t written a first draft I didn’t hate since last year. >_< But you're right, it's so much easier to crack that thing open a while later and work on making it awesome than it is to get everything out in the first place. Hope your revisions go well. ^_^

  12. Keith Wynn says:

    LOL I love that photo of a hiding Luna ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. 600 miles. That’s a bit of a drive. How fun to teach adult classes~you think you’re out but they pull you back in.

    Luna is a good hider!

  14. Wow, that’s a lot of miles! Love the pictures of your furry friends – I wish our dog and cat could get along ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. You’ve been so busy since you retired, I’ll bet you haven’t even had a chance to miss “working.” I know a part of you loved teaching, but I have a feeling ALL of you enjoys what’s been happening with your writing career.

  16. Hilary says:

    Hi Dianne – sounds like the world is opening up to you – yet a different sort of work remains .. even if some is drinking in a bar with literary folk. Enjoy .. and good luck with finishing the first draft …

    Bullet points work well .. cheers Hilary