Trivia: The packages went out this morning. Then, we treated ourselves to coffee and a croissant. Only one more batch of cookies to go (unless I make myself some chocolate chip ones) and a few packages to wrap.
Lessons from My Reading: Bone by Bone progresses but haven't had any blocks of time to read. 500 pages (I think) and dense characterization needs concentration so you can figure out what's going on. I'm far enough in that some of the secrets suspects are hiding don't all pertain to the murder of the MC's brother. Then, there's the extra corpse in the grave. Ya gotta love it.
To fill in the time -- during commercials and talking heads during the news -- I've been reading P. D. James' Talking about Detective Fiction. Some where I think I read that it was a fund-raiser for some Oxford library which is good since as a book, it's over-priced. The piece reminded me of the talks of Sandra Dallas, a Colorado fiction writer of note. Whatever, James gives a good summary of the development of detective fiction as a sub-category of crime fiction. She also delivers a good pep talk for the importance of characterization.
Progress: Mariah ... Nothing like a 'trunk novel' popping out of the blue. Or, is that the 'little grey cells'?
While I was dinking with my query for Demons, out popped a new take on Dark Solstice, the first of my Austel's Idiot trilogy. I've revised the manuscript and have it out on submission to an e-publisher. Sort of forgot about it after I put Tangled on the shelf. (The second manuscript in the triology.) -- I still have two months before I'll hear anything. Yeah, I'm expecting a rejection though other rejections said it had some good writing.
Demons ... I've submitted it to a few agents and already got one rejection (I really like the simplicity of e-submissions.) -- I don't think I'll sell this one either since some might think it skirts the edge of blasphemy. Oh, well, but I like my fuddy gargoyles. -- The main character is a human female teen with anger issues.
Now if I can stop dinking with the last three sentences ...
Emma ... Have begun revising my print out. The thing is surprising me. Either my critiquers took care of most of my problems or I've learned something about writing over the last five years. I'm finding I have to add stuff rather than delete. Maybe, I'll end up doing another revision where I delete like mad. Ugh