Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Good night, and good luck

Hey Friends of the Wheezus,

I have been busy and stuff. Things change. And I have another blog that is not like this one. It's my writing blog, where I try to look professional and shit.

So if you would like to visit there, you are welcome -- all you need to know in order to find it is my first and last name dot blogspot dot com.

If you are a friend and you are having trouble finding it, you should know how to contact me via email and I can gladly provide the link.

For now, though, this blog will be on hiatus.

I wish you all the best; fun and luck and blessings and all that jazz.



Thursday, September 21, 2006


It's chilly this morning. I may have to turn off the A/C for a few hours.

So what's new, other than the fact that Wheezus is boring and neglectful?

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Somebody, please

diagram this sentence below (or tell Goth to get over here). Thank you.

I just didn't feel like making the appointment, because I waited too long, and I knew his schedule would be full, but if I called he would suggest fifty million other options, none of which would have worked because our schedule was so tight, and I would have felt bad that he tried so hard to fit me in, and then he would be all sad, because we are friends, and graduated the same year (from different schools, but we know a lot of the same people) and then I'd feel like I had to move the schedule around so we could catch up, and I just couldn't take the stress of trying to rearrange everything, considering the Glennie would have had to be dealt with in the process.

(yes, I know. It's terribly-erribly passive.)

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Going to Britain?

You'll need to carry your tampons in your hand, and pack your keys, cell phone, ipod and laptop in your checked bags. When they lose your luggage, well...I guess you'll just have to take a cab home. Darn those key fobs.


Items Banned Aboard Planes in Britain

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By The Associated Press

August 10,2006 | -- Security measures in place Thursday at British airports in response to thwarted terror plot:

Prohibited items in airline cabins:

-- All liquids, except medicine and baby formula verified as authentic.

-- Food bought at airport.

-- Handbags.

-- All electrical and battery-powered items, including laptop computers, mobile phones and iPods.

-- Electric key fobs.

-- Wheelchairs, except those provided by airport.


Items permitted in cabin, carried in clear plastic bag:

-- Pocket-size wallets and purses containing money, ID and credit cards.

-- Passports and tickets.

-- Prescription medicine and medical items.

-- Glasses and sunglasses, but not cases.

-- Contact lens holders, but not lens solution.

-- Baby formula and milk, but contents of each bottle must be tasted by passenger.

-- Diapers, wipes, creams for infants.

-- Tampons, sanitary napkins and tissues, but not boxes.

-- Keys.

What's going on around the U.S. today? Oh, it's a fun day at the airports all over.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Humor me a moment

What has Wheezus done lately, you are wondering.

Well. I'm working on final edits of my novel. Which is quite nearly done, or totally done, or far from done, depending on what day you ask me.

In my spare time, I am learning how to go about getting it published. I spend my evenings reading from pseudonymous literary agent Miss Snark's blog. But my day is not complete without a dose of Evil Editor.

Some of you are helping me with things, from reading the manuscript and offering suggestions to helping me edit my agent query letter. Thank you very much. The query letter is huge important, and must not only hook the agent in the first sentence, but also explain the book, and my credentials. All of this should be contained in 1 page or less, including both the to/from addresses, a sentence or two about representation and the length of the book, and the closing line and signature.

This? Was more difficult than writing the novel. How do you summarize 300 pages into one paragraph, and make it sound so intriguing that an agent, who gets hundreds of these query letters each week, will ask to see a partial or full manuscript?

Now begins the waiting. It could easily take 2 years to get an agent -- the process is painstakingly long. Once an agent is secured, it could take a year for the agent to find a publisher. But there's no guarantee of that.

So in the meantime, we start book 2. I have three pages written so far. And now, instead of dreaming at night about what happens to the characters in the first novel I had my first dream last night about what happens in the new novel. I do appreciate that--the dreams. I've worked out a few impossible scenes via that method. It's like the night shift, fixing the problems of the fully awake day shift writer.

I make a good team.