I'd have to say, as an LJ user, I am probably not winning any awards, eh?
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(Hides her face behind nearby potted plant in shame for staying so completely out of touch, then realizes no one can see her anyway and comes back to keep typing)
So...how've you been?
I've learned a new language, almost
Lived for three months in the mountains of southern Mexico,
Witnessed landslides and plucked dead chickens (not related)
Been completely embarrassed by an overly amorous latin dance instructor,
Been completely embarrassed by a single, attractive latin lawyer who likes to dance
Finished my book (okay, almost. But next week it's being mailed out! So that pretty much counts as finishing it, right?)
Acquired a nephew (Charlie!) and a sister-in-law (Stacey!),
Went back to the mountains of southern Mexico and to Mexico City,
Liked it so much I accepted a job and
Will be returning not this Tuesday but the next.
Seriously, it's nice to be back here on LJ, and I hope to get some more details posted about what's been happening.
Yeah, it's true. I'm moving out of the country. WOW!! Amazing what can happen.
If life is a river,
I'm in the current of a new curve,
drawn along by an unseen hand, and
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this ride!
Much love to you all.
If there's one thing i love, it's yard work.
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You think I'm kidding.
Every day I get to hack at wild, invading grape vines
and unclog poor, suffocated palmettos
is a day I'm happy about the world.
My muscles like heating up and feeling strong
My skin likes the sun on it
We found the sun-bleached bones
Of what was probably a possum.
And we suspect there is a dead body
Wrapped in some plastic in the ground
But we haven't dug it up yet.
So, speaking of tomorrow, after church my parents and some friends of theirs have set up a friendly lunch. Because, "Our friends know this guy...and they think you and he would really get along...so why don't we all go get lunch so you two can meet... "
I've never been asked to a "blind group sunday lunch" before, and this is curious. I'm optimistic, and I like meeting new people, so it might be fun. But, it could also be horribly, horribly stilted and forced. But at least you'll get to read something in this journal, no matter how it goes. So you win either way. Happy you...I'll try to make it interesting.
la, la, la, don't look over here...
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Trying this...pay no attention to me...
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question: is fiddling while Rome burns the opposite or the equal of whistling in the dark?
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So, what have you been doing since your last entry, Liz?
lots. Designing princess costumes and fairies.
planning a garden.
bellydancing with three generations of women in my living room.
market research (don't be fooled- that means "reading fun kids books")
Watching "Million Dollar Baby"
Painting ligers (or tions, take your pick) with a class of inspired young minds
sigh- this will be better! my computer's keyboard is having this weird delay, and the delete key is stuck. bleah.
Yep, so I was in Miami last weekend. No kidding. Thursday night at midnight, i discovered a writers'/illustrators' conference (SBCWI-http://www.scbwi.org/index.htm) down there. Neat- I've been wanting to go to a thing like that. So, siezing the impromtu day, I went, friday morning, to the Micosucci Casino and Resort, right next to the swampy everglades. Aspiring writers, i assume, haven't the budget for a beachfront ave. resort...
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I spent the whole weekend shaking in my boots. (or little black sandals...it WAS miami) Really- I was so overwhelmed/intimidated. But learned a ton, and joined a critique group. So...good. One more shaky step toward "publishment."
While there, we visited the Fruit and Spice Gardens of Miami. Who knew the jackfruit got up to 80 lbs!!!??? Geez!
And yes...they had loquats....sigh...wipe up the drool...loquats...
But back to the conference. I got two AMAZING opportunities to talk to a senior editor, and I blew them!!! I was so intimidated by his power to reject me that I lost all powers of smalltalk! I had nothing prepared, no thought-out questions (remember, 24 hrs before, I had no idea of his existance), and the best I came up with was the following brilliant pickup:
"so, do they send you to these conferences often?"
yeah. come here often? was the best i could do. Picture la poor liz's shoulders slumped in acute, dejected frustration.
Silver lining: He later told us what he was looking for. Edgy, more adult, contemporary youth fiction. Translation, he told us, sexual content. For those of you who know me...not my best genre... so he's probably not the editor I'd be sending my MS to anyway.
but it's a start.
Wow! So cool to hear from all you guys!
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I miss you!
Okay, so I just get on and write?
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But it's midnight. I'd rather listen...
|Mood:|| brrr, is this FL??|
well, is this how it works?
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hope so... now la LIZ is in business!
This, I think, was to be a Christmas present for someone, and far be it from me to deprive anyone of a Christmas wish, right?
Can anybody hear this?