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Monday, December 27, 2010

The Space Between




What I got for Christmas:

No, not actually Harry....just Harry's wand. Oh, I have wanted a wand for such a long time. I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over the summer, but the wait to get into Olivander's was four hours or something equally absurd. Four hours? In Florida? In July?

No. I think not.

But my wonderful kiddos decided that it was just plain wrong for me to remain wandless. So far, I have stupified everyone in the house....and disarmed them.....and, conjured countless patronuses (or is the plural patroni?). Now I just need to wave it over my revisions:

Finisho

Deleto junko

Reworko chaptero sixo

Um...yeah.

I also got this:
And folks, this is so ultimately cool. You are not going to believe this, but on the lightsaber page, the lightsabers actually light up!!!

Now I just need to use the sabers to whack off about 2 chapters in my book......

Sensing a theme here?

Yes, I am revising.

And not on my own, but with the help of a very smart, very pointed, very helpful editorial letter.

Except that it is not easy. I keep having to remind myself that I need to look through future readers' eyes this time...not just my own. Future YOUNG readers.

And sometimes less is more....but the word count keeps creeping up.....


Hence the need for wands and lightsabers.

hrh

P.S. I also got chocolate, lots of it, you know, to recover from dementor attacks and such. I find that chocolate with salted caramel does the trick amazingly well.









19 comments:

Yat-Yee said...

Those are the BEST presents! Wish I had me a magicko wando to help me get off my lazy butto to do the things I need to do.

Julie Dao said...

Chocolate and a magic wand... what more could anyone ask for in life?!

Stephanie Faris said...

Can I borrow your wand? I've been in revision hell for the past couple of weeks!

Kelly said...

I love the gifts you received! My youngest got about three Star Wars books. Have you seen the ABC one? The pictures are large and beautiful.
I hope you have a light saber in one hand and the wand in the other!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

A wand! Best gift ever. Your manuscript will magical no matter what.

SAMUEL PARK said...

Very cool presents, especially the wand! Who wouldn't want that! I didn't get a wand, but I did get a lot of chocolate, like yourself. So much so I don't know what to do with it, as I try not to eat too much of it.

Lots of great posts this month; enjoyed learning about UTI--didn't know about that--makes me more sympathetic toward teachers.

Madeleine said...

What a wonderful post. Had me grinning from ear to ear. I loved the magical words to go with your wand. Great gifts and the chocolate, well pure magic! :O)

Jackee said...

LOL! You are so funny. I'm glad you got away with some great things for Christmas! Good luck with revisions. :o)

Susanne Drazic said...

A wand, lightsabers, and chocolate. You are all set for doing revisions. Enjoy your gifts and best wishes for the revisions.

Karen Akins said...

Umm, those presents define awesome in my book. Have fun with revisions!

Myrna Foster said...

Sweet presents! I hope your revisions go well.

Kelly H-Y said...

Ohh, how fun! An HP wand ... you have awesome children!

Anne Spollen said...

It's just awful to be unwanded; what a cool gift!

I'm revising, too. Chocolate pecan clusters are helping me along, though a wand would come in mighty handy.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Love your presents--what great kids you have! Good luck with the revisions...

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What awesome gifts, Shelley! Perhaps you could wave your wand over my email address and send me a little magic in 2011....

Good luck with your revisions!

Have a safe New Year's Eve...

Jessica Stanford said...

I'm going to have to try your deleto junko spell. LOL.

MG Higgins said...

Just saw Harry's latest movie a few days ago and I would be so psyched to get a wand. You are one lucky revisionist!

storyqueen said...

Yat-Yee-Ah yes...I've not yet figured out the spell for the lazy butto....but once I do, I'll share.

Julie-I know, right?

Stephanie-Er...um....okay, but just for a bit. I REALLY need it....

Kelly-I've not seen the ABC one, but there is one that has the Star Wars guys in motion. When you open the page, they zoom across.....awesome!

Tricia-Thank you for the vote of confidence....but it is a bit jumbly right now....

Samuel-Uh-oh...sorry. I knew it was Too Much Information! (And if you really don't know what to do with the chocolate....send it over!)

Madeleine-Thank you...it was a magical morning.

Jackee-Thanks! Even though I have a wand, I'm going to need all the luck I can get.

Susanne-Oooh, wishes! Good idea! I need some of those, too!

Karen-Er, um....I don't know if revisions are ever really fun....but man, it would be cool if they were!

Myrna-Me too!!

Kelly-Yes, they are awesome. I appreciate so much that they don't mind what an enormous dork their mom is.

Anne-Yes, I do pity the unwanded these days. Perhaps someday, the whole world will be wanded...

Sherrie-Yes, I am going to need it! *trudges back to the trenches*

Sharon-I'm waving it over your addy right now....do you feel anything yet?

Jessica-I've also come up with "Eraseo Crappo". I'll let you know how it works.

MG- Hmmm....Revisionist. I like the sound of that. Kind of like the name an assassin would have...

Paige Keiser said...

Ooooooh I want a wand, you are SO lucky!!