On The 1st Day of the Apocalypse
So far, the apocalypse is going well. It’s pitch perfect weather on this 1st day after the latest apocalypse. Well, except for it being Monday, but most Mondays can make me feel like the world is coming to an end. But today is not so bad. The locusts are at a minimum. If the river runs with blood, I have Zombie Killer Meade to get me through (no, seriously I do – it’s really good stuff). A rain of toads would be disconcerting, but there’s not a cloud in the sky. Allergies are a bit harsh (autumn in the South). And I believe we have the White Horse (1st horse of the Apocalypse) pretty much stymied for the next half century. I had one of my flying monkeys (yeah, I have them. You can’t prove I don’t) tell the rider to take a left on Peachtree. He’ll be lost for at least another fifty years. Every other street in my neck of the woods is called Peachtree.
However, that doesn’t mean I have all the time in the world. In fact, I am not sure how much time I do have. I have a full request from an agent, my 2nd in fact. At the last writer’s conference I attended, someone said you have forever to get your full request to an agent. Another said, send it straight away which is why you should not query before your book is done. Well, I sure thought my book was done, but I keep catching little snafus shall we say. Hear instead of here, overuse of certain words in later chapters, and one run on sentence that starts on page 426 and goes right on until 429. I should probably fix that first. And don’t even get me started on commas. I was sure I had until about October 4 to get my full manuscript proofed and cleaned for these full requests. I wonder, do I?
If I end up mixing green drinks in Carkoon next to the kale plants, you’ll know that I ran out of time or sent a woefully inadequate manuscript. Do any of you, my ten loyal readers, have any experience with full requests? How long before I run out of time and become exiled to Carkoon? This is what happens when you mess up as a writer. Check out Janet Reid’s Blog if you don’t believe me.