Two characters left a room they’d never entered. Another unpacked the same suitcase twice. Pass the Valium.
Character to protagonist: “Why do you keep saying that?”
Carol to self: I cut those two scenes. She’s never even said it once. Crap.
In double checking my agent-requested partial, I discovered 4 continuity issues, 9 missing words and 17 misplaced commas in 15 pages. So, even if they hate the submission, it’s an editing bonanza.*
*Big deal. I wanted a full manuscript request. At least it’s something.
On the seven millionth edit of my partial submission, I discovered my protagonist was unpacking a suitcase on a bed that wasn’t in the room yet and hanging the clothing on nonexistent hangers. MAGIC!
I am charmed by the sight of the beautiful sweet black lab in my writing place. His squeaky toy, not so much.
I pitched four agents this weekend and got four requests for partials of two different manuscripts. This is both wonderful and terrifying.
Let the search for errant commas begin.
*Hyperbole, but not irony.
The man at the next table in my favorite writing place actually said he is afraid of Romanians because of the ‘Dracula thing.’