Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday Update

• I finished the "first draft" of my novel and sent it off to my editor and agents. I put that in quotes because it's the first complete draft my editor is seeing, but something like the 200th draft I've written.

• Speaking of quotes, have you ever seen the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks? Pretty hilarious, especially if you're a punctuation nerd like me.

• Hugs, kisses, thanks and rose petals thrown at the feet of my darling friend Myfanwy Collins, who read every page of my manuscript and gave me such great advice. (And incidentally, she also introduced to the hilarious blog link above!)

• Still no great Aha! moment on my title, despite the dozens of pages of ideas I write down every day.

• Last week I finally screwed up the courage to get on the scale. I knew I had put back a little of the weight I lost, but was shocked at how much I had put back. I haven't eaten since. I'm not even kidding. I'm definitely losing weight (starvation will do that), but am gun-shy about getting back on the scale.

• My husband and daughter are going to be in our temple's Purim play. So cute seeing them rehearse together.

• The freelance project I was working on for the past few weeks is done. You can see my handiwork here.

• In April, Lisa Kudrow is going to be in a new TV show called Who Do You Think You Are. It's a genealogy program and I have more than a passing interest in learning about her roots, as we share a branch of the family tree. Read more about it here.

• A long time ago I came up with the idea for the two main characters I want to explore in my next book. I have a strong sense of who they and what their relationship is like. But I had no story, no through-line, no hook. It's been driving me crazy, because it makes me anxious to finish one book and not have another idea waiting in the wings. But around 5:00 this morning I was making notes and think I finally hit on it.

• Special shout-out to my pal Saralee Rosenberg who dropped everything to meet me for lunch this week and brainstorm on title ideas!

• Here's a YouTube video that's been making the rounds lately, and for good reason. Check out Louis C.K. talking to Conan O'Brien:

1 comment:

Myfanwy Collins said...

Love you (and your book!), Ellen! xoxo