Thursday, August 9, 2007

Drawing parallels

In my backyard is a half-acre of woods filled with vines, brambles, poison oak and poison ivy. It has become my goal to eradicate these nuisances, so for the past several months I have been dousing them with weed-killer. This morning I spent two hours in 100-plus-degree heat spraying the nocuous liquid all over the place. By dusk, the leaves already were sagging. It's brutal work, but the end result will be a worth it.

Also for the past several months, I've been knee-deep in the revision process of the last four books of my series. I'm improving phrasing, weeding out extraneous words, polishing and beautifying sentence after sentence. It's brutal work, but the end result will be worth it.

See how a writer's mind operates?

1 comment:

Jeanne Malmgren said...


You're quite the weed killer and sentence polisher!

By this autumn, we'll see the end results, both in the woods and on your book tour. I can't wait!



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