I have a title for my work-in-progress.
Well, technically, I have three titles that are in the running. Each day, I like a different one. I’m trying to find something that's short, math-related (my main character is a math aficionado) and somehow related to the theme of the book. While I love Red Polka Dot In A World Full of Plaid, it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.
One of the reasons I've been absent from my blog for so long is because I'm knee-deep in editing. Like I said in my last post, this novel is really good. I want to make sure I give the manuscript the time it deserves. I'm even thinking about getting a professional critique done. It's pricey, but if my hunch plays out, it'll be well worth its money.
The other reason I've been absent is that I was bummed out for about a week, due to some disturbing writing-related issues that I can't go into. However, after some encouragement from The Wonderful Cynthia Leitich Smith, I'm more motivated than ever. Now all I have to go is get Mrs. V on board….
Well, that's not fair. Mrs. V is pretty supportive of me. And to be honest, she had no idea what she was getting into when she said, "I do." Apparently, me slaving away at a keyboard wasn't exactly her idea of quality time. However, Mrs. V has stepped up to the plate and has been my best supporter. I wouldn't have made it nearly as far as I have without her in my corner. (And yes, if you must know, I'm trying to butter her up before I ask her to let me spend $$$$ on that professional critique).
It looks like Don and I will be the only Austin children's book writers not going to the SCBWI Conference this Saturday. I'll be in Dallas, watching OU beat up on UT (hopefully). The conference looks to have a great line-up; RA Julie Lake and the conference committee did a great job.
In closing…GO SOONERS!!! BEAT TEXAS!!!