Tuesday, October 23, 2007

*Pheeeewww*

I finished a beta-read this weekend -- sent off my comments/suggestions today. To be honest, I'm a little gun-shy when it comes to crits lately. I've had such mixed responses to the ones I've done -- from anger, to outright rebuff, to hurt feelings... all over the place. I'm beginning to feel like the crit-devil. LOL. Oh well, I'm still taking the stance that mine is just one opinion. But it's always nice to be appreciated. I'm a SLOW reader, I know I've said this before, so it takes me a lot of time and effort to get one of these things out. I hope that people understand the good intention and painstaking thought I put into them. So, I'm blunt... can't help it. (g) Why waste time, right? lol

Anyway, I've had this terrible headache today. Have a feeling it's eye strain. I tend to get it every now and then -- especially when I spend a lot of time glued to the computer screen. Which, quite honestly, is what happens most days of my life. (g) No forward progress on anything this weekend, but I'm happy to have finally gotten comments out on this one MS. One more to go...maybe next weekend. At least it's a little shorter. (g) A little.

Oh...and if you haven't noticed, my pleasure reading has come to a stand still. However, I still owe four book reviews. EGADS. lol. I'll get to them someday. The lovely thing about this week is that my classes are really cut back...one prof has canceled our class twice, and another class is canceled because we're doing interviews outside of our class time. So yay, it's a good week to get things accomplished. Big week ahead, tho. Houseparty starts on Saturday and I'm hosting a winetasting at my house on Sunday. On top of that, I'm expecting to be passed the baton in the group novel we're writing on the forum. Goodness. So many things... plus HALLOWEEN. (g) I must find costumes for my puppies. YES, I'm one of _those_ kinds of people. I'll post pics. (VBG)

Anywho, calling it a night. Hoping my eyes feel better on the morn so I can move forward on _something_.

8 comments:

Precie said...

You need a vacation.

Even if my YA is ready after December, I promise I won't pressure you.

You sound like the kind of constructively critical reader I love! But then, I like it rough.

Uh, not in *that* sense.

Jen said...

Precie,

*giggles*

Nah, I love doing it--nothing better than reading a potential future bestseller. (g) Dec. is _perfect_ timing for me, so let me know if you need me. Didn't mean to sound like I'm an overworked packmule or something.

And yes, I need a vacation. I usually can make it to Thanksgiving with sanity intact (so to speak). But this Thanksgiving, I have family coming in from Cali...and well, no rest for the weary. Gah. LOL. Christmas it is. That seems SOOO far away. lol

Jen

Precie said...

Oy. Yeah, I love the holidays...but they're not always peaceful.

And, YAY, I see you joined Nathan Branford's challenge too! :) I'm such a sucker for contests like that. Good luck!

Jen said...

Precie,

Good luck to you, too! I can't resist joining any contest that will give me a professional crit. (g)

Jen

Precie said...

Jen...pathetically I have much simpler Pavlovian response to the word contest.

Writing contest! { drool } { submit }

When I saw the Amazon contest, I actually considered it for about 30 seconds before I accepted the fact that I can't possibly finish any manuscript by their submission deadline. LOL!

Jen said...

Precie,

LMAO. Dude, I wonder if you can seek treatment. (g)

Jen

Precie said...

LOL!

I don't have a problem.

I can quit anytime I want.


And, YAY, Jenny and Beth joined the fun too!!!

Jen said...

Precie,

Sure you can. ;)

And yes, I saw that! I also saw Christy in there somewhere. And now Carol K... nice to see such a strong forum presence this go round. :)

Jen