This is officially my last weekend of summer before classes begin on Monday. Many of our friends have returned, and so people are excited to get together before the grind starts in earnest.
In other news, I still have no good formula for balance. I'm working on it. Google Reader is helping, but it feels so impersonal without the cool layouts.
What else? Oh! My totally awesomely amazing friend Rory, who you may remember from the wedding we were in a few weeks ago, sent me a page from her Vanity Fair. While we were waiting to have our hair and makeup done, she and I flipped through a couple of magazines, chatting about this and that. She was in mid-sentence, but my enthusiasm got the better of me, and I twisted the magazine around to show her an ad and said, "This looks exactly like one of my characters." Then, distracted by, oh, the WEDDING, I forgot about it until I got home. When I tried to find a picture of the same woman online, it was obviously impossible since I didn't know her name or even the ad she was in, only that it was in the Vanity Fair with Lady Gaga on the cover. In a moment of desperation, I emailed Rory and asked her to mail me the picture. And she did!! Thank you, Rory! Rawr! :)
PS—Having the ad in hand doesn't make it any easier to find it online to share with you. If you care, it's from the Lady Gaga issue. It's a Banana Republic ad on the left-hand page. The woman in the ad is holding a black umbrella and is wearing a gray sweater and pink blouse. She's a beautiful redhead with freckles and blue eyes. If you find an electronic copy of the ad, PLEASE let me know. I keep my pictures together in a file on my computer for when I'm not at home, and I don't know when I'll be able to use a scanner next.
In other writing-related happenings, I recently joined an online critique group and it's awesome. I've not only gotten some fabulous feedback, but I've had a chance to review other people's work and learn from their positives and negatives. The folks are great, balancing the critiques with the good and the needs-improving. Luck is what I can attribute to it.
One of the "events" from the group is finishing our word-count goals by the end of September. This should prove interesting. I have the original MS, which is close to 150K, but I'm changing a few things in the plot and rearranging certain events, and hoping to end up around 90-100K before more editing and cutting. I'm currently at 34K, but since I'm reusing some of the old MS, I do have less than 66K to go in a month. I'm thinking about adding a ticker to the sidebar, but I'm not sure where to get one. Any suggestions?
How about you? Any great writing news to share?