Sunday, October 18, 2009

Soon is Good, But Good is Better Or, Please, Take Your Time

First of all, I promised an update of my Denver trip complete with poodle skirt pics. Well, it turned out not to be a poodle skirt, but pretty darn close. Given my musical background, this skirt was more appropriate. Please keep your laughter to a low roar.

Here are me and my family. Aren't my guys cute? If you look closely, you can see their fake tats on their arms with hearts and Mary Lou and Peggy Sue written on them.

And here are the my parents eating their cake and looking spectacular on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

They had a ceremony and read vows to each other. It was touching to see my parents declare their love for each other after a lifetime together.

Afterward, we had a 1950's styled party complete with an acapella singing group doing all 50's music, hula hoops, and a 50's style dinner including mashed potatoes, chicken pot pies, meatballs, and chocolate cake.

Chuck and I performed the song, "All I Have to Do is Dream" by the Everly Brothers, and my whole family performed the song, "The Great Pretender," substituting lyrics written by my sister, Laurie.

Here are a couple of pictures of the cake with my parent's wedding picture on top. Isn't it gorgeous?

Of course, meeting my new niece was a highlight of the trip. Here she is, in a puff of pink, all dressed up for the big party.

IN OTHER NEWS...
First of all, a shout-out to one of my favorite Twitter friends. Congrats to you, Jamie, for securing representation! I'm thrilled for you and look forward to watching your career flourish.

Secondly, another agent has requested the full manuscript for SPARKS FLY SOMETIMES, which is beyond awesome. He said something to me that struck a chord. When I told him I was reviewing the ms before I send it out he said, "Soon is good, but good is better." Wow. Simple yet totally freaking brilliant. I have a tendency to want everything done yesterday (I blame it on my Brooklyn DNA) so this statement is deep for me. Very deep. SLOW. DOWN. Hmm.... What an ingenious concept.

So, I'm doing my best to read/edit at a reasonable rate, and not feel like I have to finish it in record time. I'm not yet halfway through, and have shaved off over 4,000 words. As I stated in my last post, Twitter has helped me hone my writing skills and become fearless in slashing words that aren't necessary. There's always more that can be cut, but I'm doing my best. In addition, I'm tweaking the dialogue to make it tighter, more efficient, and as genuine as possible.

I'm also writing THE SECRET KEEPER, but more slowly than before the requests came in for SPARKS FLY. I'm in love with my new book, and setting it aside is hard. It's like leaving your newborn with a sitter for the first time and feeling your arms ache with longing.

BUT... I know my baby's safe in the heart of my laptop (and on a back-up CD), and that as soon as I finish editing SFS, I will nurture it to the best of my ability.

So, thank you, you-know-who, for your sage advice. I'm doing my best to follow your counsel. I hope my work will prove worthy. No matter what, it's making me a better writer which is the greatest gift of all.

45 comments:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Love the title quote.

Glad you had a good time at your parents 50th :o)

DebraLSchubert said...

Ken, I know, isn't it brilliant? And, yes, my parent's 50th bash was a blast. ;-)

Beth said...

Yes, that is excellent...and I will remember that.

So glad you all had such a great time! Looks like your family knows how to throw a party! (And I think your skirt looks fab.) Hugs, Beth

DebraLSchubert said...

Beth, My family definitely knows how to throw a party! And, thanks for your compliment on the skirt. It was a fun and very comfortable outfit to wear. I was surprised, as it was my first time wearing a petticoat!

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome quote and advice!! Definitely something to take to heart.

What an awesome-looking party. You have a good looking family. You've got a lot to be thankful for :)

Jemi Fraser said...

PS - Congrats on the 2nd request!!

DebraLSchubert said...

Jemi, Thanks so much. My family is indeed a good looking group, even though I throw off the overall good looks. ;-)

Indigo said...

Another writer friend told me when I first started writing, you will learn patience like you've never known before.

Uh yeah, you can say that again!

I know that itch to get your book out there. However good is better.
Congrats on getting a second request for a full. (Hugs)Indigo

DebraLSchubert said...

Indigo, Patience seems to be one of the big lessons I'm meant to learn in life. I'm hoping it's not too late... ;-)

mo.stoneskin said...

The only thing better than an acapella singing group is a poodle-skirt-wearing acapella singing group.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Debra, this is too fun. I've had two more requests since our last comment conversation.

Can't wait to see how things unfold for both of us!

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Exciting times in your life! Awesome!

Wished I was at the party. Sounds like a blast!

The Peach Tart said...

What a beautiful family you have. It sounds like a great anniversary party.

That's great news about your manuscript and the agent's advice is something I needed to hear.

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Love those family photos! You've got great legs, by the way, ;-) Looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for posting them.

And I'm just so thrilled for you with SFS. And I can't wait to hear how your process unfolds. I love how much you share with us.

Best wishes for continued success and that your editing flows out smoothly and in the best way possible.

Speaking of flow and writing, I finally had some inspiration this morning, way early in the a.m. I just wrote a post about it and I have questions for other writers on there. I'd LOVE for you to read it and offer comments if you have any, whenever you need a break from your busy schedule. No rush! I know you're so slammed with so many good things right now. But if you could - here is the link -

http://www.mandylifeafter30.com/2009/10/when-ideas-are-flowinghow-do-you-make.html

Thanks! Virtual hugs to you and your family! ~Mandy

Susan R. Mills said...

Congrats on the additional request. That's exciting.

Barbara said...

Best of luck on the new request for your manuscript. I'll keep fingers crossed for you. And how adorable you look in that skirt! Your boys are both cutie-pies. Sounds like your parents party was wonderful. Have a great day editing!

DebraLSchubert said...

mo., True, except three of the four singers were men so that would have been a little odd... ;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Caroline, You are on a roll, girlfriend! Good for you. It's just a matter of time, right? ;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Donna, Every day is an exciting day! I wish you could have been at the party, too! It was a definite blast.

DebraLSchubert said...

Deborah, My family isn't bad looking, even with slicked back 50's hair! And, yes, the agent's advice is simple yet brilliant. I'm glad it helped. ;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Mandy, Thank you for being such a great support. I promise to stop by sometime today and read your post. I hope you're adjusting well in sunny Florida.

DebraLSchubert said...

Susan, Each request is indeed exciting. I'm so busy writing and editing these days, I barely come up for air. But, that's what it's all about, right?

DebraLSchubert said...

Barbara, Thanks so much for your kind words. They mean a lot. ;-)))

Karen Walker said...

Love the photos of your family, Debra. The party looks and sounds fabulous. And the quote--I'm going to keep that one posted somewhere. thanks.
karen

Amy said...

Wow, 50 years together. Inspiration for us all! Debra, you're my hero at the moment. Working hard on your writing projects, getting attention from agents. You go, girl!

A.J.Johnson said...

Wonderful find, I will enjoy following your site.

DebraLSchubert said...

Karen, Thank you. When push comes to shove, my family cleans up pretty well. ;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Amy, Why thank you, but if I'm your hero you might want to rethink some things. But, seriously, I'm humbled by your comments. ;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

A.J., Welcome my new friend! I look forward to getting to know you, and hope you enjoy your time here in my little corner of the blogisphere. ;-)

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Wow, what a wonderful party! Your parents look so happy together and I love the 50s clothes, cake, etc!

I never thought about it, but you're so right about Twitter. I try to write interesting blurbs there and it's a real challenge...in a good way. I can see how it can help us slash through the fluff. Great point!

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

DebraLSchubert said...

Elizabeth, Thanks for the compliments, and yes, Twitter is helpful in scaling down the verbiage. The 140-character challenge has proven quite worthwhile!

Kelly said...

Congrats to your parents! I loved the pics. Your family is adorable!

DebraLSchubert said...

Kelly, Thank you so much. My parents, and by extension my entire family, are truly blessed.

Jody Hedlund said...

That is an awesome quote!! And how exciting to have agents waiting to read your work!! You're on a roll, girl!

DebraLSchubert said...

Jody, Thanks so much. Since I know you've got a direct line, I can say this in earnest, "from your lips to God's ears"!!!

Broke But Still Drinking said...

You should have a "Name the Book" competition because I have a few ideas I'd like to toss out there.

DebraLSchubert said...

BBSD, I'd love to hear your ideas. I'm sure they'd be quite, um, creative. ;-)

Maryann Miller said...

Glad I found your blog from Nathan's blog. That is what I love about the Internet. I am finding so many interesting people to follow.

Loved the pictures of the party. Reminded me of family parties we used to have. Nice memories. :-)

And I so agree with your advice to slow down and stay focused in writing. I used to dash things off in excitement and invariably discovered a typo or some other mistake later. Learned the hard way.

DebraLSchubert said...

Maryann, I'm glad you found me, too! And from Nathan's blog; what an honor! I look forward to getting to know you and hope you'll stop by often. ;-)

Elspeth Antonelli said...

I'm glad I've found your blog! Thanks for the quote, I'm going to repeat it to myself daily.

Elspeth

Steph Damore said...

You're awesome Debra - have I told you that? Thanks for sharing the brilliant quote too.

DebraLSchubert said...

Elspeth, I'm glad you found me because now I've found you. Awesome blog you've got there!

DebraLSchubert said...

Steph, I'm humbled, truly. I and I'm glad you like the quote.

Suzyhayze said...

There is SO much truth in this.

DebraLSchubert said...

Suzy, I know, right??? Simple yet brilliant. ;-)

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