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2005-03-09 - 10:08 p.m.

Hip! Hip! Hooray!

I have finished the first draft of an expanded "It's an Ill Wind, Indeed...", a long chapter of my memoir. It is now book length - 30 chapters, 35,000+ words. I need some chapter titles and a bit of a brutal editing, but still...the end is in sight. I'll soon be looking for an agent and/or publisher.

My friend, Bev, who is an accomplished writer is critiquing...and I've asked two of my brothers-in-law, who also write, to give it a thorough look-see. I fear that I've been looking at it for so long that I've fallen in love with some of the words. That's dangerous! There are probably whole paragraphs that can be deleted...and others that should be included or expanded.

One of Bev's first criticisms was that I had used the word "had" too much - proper grammar, but perhaps a bit to prim and proper for an easy read -- what's it called? The pluperfect...anyway, I did a find and replace and got rid of a lot of them. There are probably dozens more that I missed or elected to leave in.

Anyway...hello everyone. I'll try to stay better connected now...although I still have a lot to do. I'm also going to the walking pool two mornings a week and to the gym to exercise with weights three mornings a week...and tutoring every afternoon. Retired! That's what I am.

Happy writing!


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