Thanks for all the well wishes, everyone. Let me tell you about my final hours...
The last few hours were, in a word, nerve-wracking! Double and triple and quadruple checking my entry against the contest rules. No mention of a cover letter. Should I include one? What about a title page? It says "first class postage". Does that mean priority mail won't be allowed? Will it get there by the 7th if I don't send it priority? Constant refreshing of the eharlequin boards to post questions and search for answers.
And, boy, am I glad I did that final read-thru after sleeping on it! I was so loopy yesterday morning after finally shutting the laptop down at 1 AM that I couldn't remember whether it was my day to carpool or for my husband to drop me off. I couldn't remember whether Youngest Son had a follow-up neurology appt this week or next. And I called the allergist to find out. I was beyond screwy!
But then I settled down and printed out my stuff. I painstakingly reread the synopsis, first chapter, and emotional scene, word for word. Found a few more misspellings and grammar foibles, despite having checked the night before. My headers were all screwed up! I made just a few minor changes--you didn't expect me to completely hold off from tinkering, did you?--and printed everything out again. Then, I placed it all in an envelope, put the envelope in my bag, and breathed a sigh of (almost) relief.
Couldn't make it to the post office before midnight as planned. Not if I was going to bake those two dozen chocolate chip cookies and two dozen cupcakes for the two youngest to take to school. So I had to trust Hubby to do it for me today. I wrote out instructions, left it with him, and prayed he'd remember before the end of the day. He did! He went first thing this morning after dropping the boys off with their snacks. My instructions weren't too good since I wrote "priority first class" which is some weird combination of "priority" and "first class". But he picked right and sent it priority for me. So it's off and I'm...
Now if I could just bring the same writing quality--without the same crazed intensity--to getting the rest of the manuscript revised and ready for submission. I'm already relaxing my goal of getting it done by the end of the year. The holidays are coming!
New goal: End of January. More on 2008 goals in a few weeks.
Have you begun giving thought to your 2008 writing goals?
Peace & Blessings,
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.