Saturday, August 1, 2009

Edits, check! Ginko, check! Ghosts, Check!

I just finished my edits on Book One and hit the "send" button! I was able to shave off 10 more pages on this round, so now it's coming in at a positively svelte 298. It's amazing how unsentimental you get on the 3,456th reading of your own work; I was slashing and burning with abandon.

And now a quick shower and then to the airport. We fly to Colorado this afternoon for a Raedeke family reunion in Estes Park, elevation 7,522. Yes, there will be gasping. We’re loading up on ginko because the interwebz said to. It also says that regular Coke is an excellent remedy for altitude sickness and my kids are more than happy to test that one out. Sweet caffeine, what will you do to an excitable five year old?

I’m excited to poke around in Rocky Mountain National Park and to do some whitewater rafting. I’m also anxious to get to the haunted Stanley Hotel, the place that inspired the setting for Stephen King’s The Shining. Redrum!

Between caffeine, rambunctious counsins, and ghosts, this promises to be a sleepless vacation for the children. Ah, summer!

13 comments:

Jennie Englund said...

Have a fun trip!

You deserve some rest and a good time after that revision. 298 pages sounds perfect!

Jenna said...

Have a great trip! :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

What a great way to leave on a trip--with work done and a feeling of satisfaction. Have a super time in what appears to be a wonderland of possibilities.

Kimberly Derting said...

OMG, you get to go to the Stanley hotel??? So freaking cool!!! I expect pictures and blog post!

Anne Spollen said...

Parallel lives -- I just read your blog as a break from doing my edits for Brian, too. I'm aiming to send them either Monday or Tuesday.

And our first date was to see The Shining, even though it was kind of an old movie by then. I guess we were always a weird couple, but boy, would I love to see the Stanley.

beth said...

Ugh! I wish I was better at cutting! I set out to cut fifty pages, but added 20 instead!

Cathy Gersich said...

Take a picture of a ghost for me

Hardygirl said...

Just don't let your next manuscript be "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy . . . ."

sf

Tess said...

It must be a wonderful feeling to push that 'send' button before you take off for vacation. No stress, work done...now you can relax and have fun :D

Barbara Slaton said...

Don't forget to say hi! to my old buddy Sue Lamb at Skyline Cottages on the Big Thompson River. She is a character and Tuxies original Mom. She can tell you the good places to dine, or get pancakes or play miniature golf etc. Been there since the 70's!!!
(970) 586-2886

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

Slash and burn... yes!

Suzanne Young said...

Oh, my gosh! I just watched the history on that hotel! haha.

And yeah, by the 5th read through of my book I was like, Can't I just kill them all?

See you soon!

Kay said...

Slasha nd burn indeed... sometimes I get so sick or reading my own words.....