Wednesday, June 22, 2011

100+ Followers & Marathon Revisions Complete!

Oh my goodness, I have been having Blogger withdrawals this month! So much has been happening in my professional, personal and literary life that I haven't even had a spare moment to write anything down or catch anyone up--let alone enjoy a day off or sleep late. (Especially incredible when you consider--when left to my own devices--I can easily sleep thirteen hours in a stretch. The doctors are kinda baffled by me, so much so, in fact, that they recommended a sleep study for me last year to see if I had a sleeping disorder. The verdict: Nope, she's just kind of like a three-toed sloth.)

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First and foremost, it occurs to me that I have hit a milestone: the 100 Follower Mark! Holy smokes, I am SOO thankful to all of you who have graced me with your presence... When I first started this blog this spring, I was amazed and humbled to hit the 10 follower mark. I nearly fell out of my chair when I hit 50 followers, so 100 followers is almost beyond my comprehension. You guys are AMAZING!!

In more exciting news, I have also begun working Sundays at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Longmont, CO, in addition to working Mondays-Fridays at my nature center in Denver. I have definitely bitten off way more than I can chew--considering I'm already commuting an hour to and from my nature center every day--but I'm so happy to finally be working at an animal hospital again. My patients so far: screaming baby birds and squirmy baby raccoons, and I couldn't be happier.

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In writerly news, I have officially joined the Lighthouse Writers Workshop group in Denver, and I have attended a couple of events so far--lectures and agent panels and whatnot. I have also been lucky enough to get to spend time with Beth Christopher ("slushdiver," for those of you Query Trackers out there), who is also from the Denver area and is in the midst of submitting a bomb YA to many of the same agents I've been submitting my manuscript to. She is FANTASTIC if you haven't gotten to know her yet, and she's so, so, so damn close to landing a dream agent that you can't help but be excited when you are around her!

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In my own agent news, I recently received some amazing feedback from one of my dream agents (but nothing from my four-month marker yet!). Her thoughts led to a revise/resubmit request, and I have been slaving away for the past two weeks on my resubmission--which I officially finished last night and am hoping to send off this afternoon. (!!)

Here is the guist of what she said: "The book is very well written. The characters came to life for me: Kai, Sophie and the Fischer twins. I loved the relationship between Kai and Noah--it felt very real and I found myself caring a lot about them and wanting them to get together. I also loved the Alaska setting, there was some very vivid writing here and I got a taste of the beauty of Alaska."

She gave me some pointers on some pacing issues with one of my subplots, and every single thing she said totally resonated with me, so I was overjoyed when she invited me to resubmit after redrafting a few things. So, so, so excited and nervous at the same time that I can hardly stand it.

WHEW! So that's what I've been up to, and I can't wait to spend some time exploring cyberspace and seeing what you guys have been up to. I've missed you! :)

14 comments:

*The Old Geezer said...

Greetings From Southern California

I added myself to follow your blog.

I invite you to visit and follow TOGB.

Have a Nice Day :-)

BTW, your photos are great!

Anita said...

WOW! Such great stuff happening for you, girl! And wow, I sure miss the old QT haunts. I'm so crazy busy now just trying to keep up w/my blogging, twittering, and writing, that I never make it over there anymore. How awesome to have met someone from there in PERSON. So cool. Congrats on the r&r, that's a HUGE thing. Sending out tons of vibes for it! Keep us posted on what you hear. :) Oh, and WOOT on the big 100!

LisaAnn said...

@Geezer: Thanks for stopping by, and I will definitely swing by your blog soon!

@Anita: Oh man, I've missed chatting with you TONS, but I'm so glad to hear that your writing is keeping you so busy... How is your submission process treating you?

Oh, and everyone... UPDATE! I just hit the "send" button and funneled my revised full out to the agent who requested it, as well as the other three fulls I have under review right now. Holy crap, I immediately started sweating when my hand left the mousepad, and I'm sooooo nervous right now that I don't even know what to do with myself!!

Eliza Tilton said...

how exciting!!! So happy for you : )

JoAnn said...

Hi LisaAnn--

What nature center do you work at? I live in Colorado Springs, but we make pretty frequent trips up to Denver, and my oldest LOVES animals. He's been taking classes up at the Denver Zoo, and as soon as he's old enough I'll let him do the one-on-ones with the zookeeper.

And fingers crossed for your revision--that's how I landed my agent!

Jennifer Snyder said...

Wow, what a lot you have going on! I'm sending best wishes and good vibes your way on your novel!! :)

Toyin O. said...

Sounds like a lot of good things are happening for you, good luck with everything:)

Bethany C. said...

Dude...what a slacker you are.

:)

You are a ROCK STAR! Congrats on the 100 mark (I'm dragging...) and well done on the revisions. They suck, but are so worth it!

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Enjoy the workshop.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

that is awesome feedback! And yay on hanging with slushdiver!
Also, SQUEE on the baby raccoon!!

LisaAnn said...

@Eliza: Thank you! Probably haven't breathed since I hit "send!"

@JoAnn: How awesome! I am the Director of Education at Bluff Lake Nature Center in east Denver. It's about ten minutes east of the zoo near the Stapleton Development where the old airport used to be. We should get together one of these days!

@Jennifer: Oh man, thank you. Good vibes would DEFINITELY be appreciated!

@Toyin: Here's hoping the good things start happening. I am WAY too impatient for this! ;)

@Bethany: Woot! Woot! You're right; man, those revisions were the pits!!

@Peaches: Thanks! It's so much fun to be surrounded by like-minded folks at those.

@Falen: Hahaha, woohoo for the babies! Although it's way grosser than you'd imagine by their cute photographs. They don't know how to pee on their own yet, so you have to stimulate them after you bottle-feed them, and it's just... kinda... weird. ;)

Amy Armstrong, MS, NCC said...

Hooray! I think I saw some of your comments on Query Tracker today. Happy for you. Also starting to think my ms is hopeless and no agent will ever love me :::sniffle:::

LisaAnn said...

@Amy: Thank you so much! However, I definitely haven't heard anything for awhile either--despite my new and improved manuscript--so we are DEFINITELY in the same boat. I will keep my fingers crossed for both of us for sure!

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