Some random highlights from the week:
I've been having fun working on my WIP, pretty much rewriting each chapter after I finish it. I like the content, I just don't like the form, so I've been tightening up each scene. It's coming along much better even if it can be sort of daunting to throw out pages of adequate, if not sparkling writing. I realized the other day that editing is little bit like donating old clothes from your closet. Once you've gotten rid of a pair of pants or a passage that never fit quite right, you forget it was ever there in the first place, so there's no reason to be afraid of throwing stuff away. Sometimes, if I am feeling especially twitchy about deleting a lot of words, I make a special document that's titled something like "scenes I've cut," where I save deleted sections. It's the writing equivalent of a storage locker, and like the contents of a real storage locker, you almost never need any of it. I love editing :)
On the home front, I'm sad to say our pup is injured. She dive bombed some rodent in the grass, and must have landed on her paw funny. I took her to the vet, but they couldn't figure out why she was limping. So we're resting her for a week, and seeing if that improves things before we try the more invasive sedation/x-rays route. Her paw seems to be healing, but not very quickly.
The poor dog is also terrified of the robot vacuum cleaner now. She was cool with it at first, but then it snuck up on her from behind and "bit" her on the bottom. For all her yelping, you'd have thought it was trying to kill her. She's had a rough week :(
Meanwhile, the cats have been enjoying the olympics with us. My husband and I finally caved and bought one of those digital TV antennas so we could watch the local stations and sports broadcasts. The cats are just happy to sit on a warm lap while we cheer on Team USA. The Americans been quite good this year, especially the women! I have to give a special shout out to Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps, too. Marylanders represent!
That's all for now. It's been a fairly quiet August so far. I'm taking advantage of the extra time to get some serious writing done before the school year starts up again when I get more editing requests from clients. Gah, can't believe it's already almost fall, my least favorite season. Oh well, time marches on, I suppose.
Now please indulge my cat photo dump. We like to call the siamese cat "the Bunbun." His brother, the little grey cat, is called Hans