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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Twizzler Moments
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Notes from a Sparrow
Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My Message in a Bottle
Monday, January 28, 2013

September Already?!?!?!?
Saturday, September 15, 2012

May 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

June 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011

May 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011

April 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011

March 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011

January 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

December 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

November, 2010

MY BLOG

writing

June 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

I’ve tried to keep to a monthly blog entry, but there’s been so much do to around the house and in the garden that June seems to have come early this year. I’ve also been busy revising a manuscript that I finally sent to my editor on Saturday.

When I got back from the post office I tackled one of the overgrown flower beds. Some weeds I recognize easily, tall dense stalks that come out effortlessly when pulled, rambling vines that tangle and ensnare everything. Other blooms are harder to assess. Is it a weed or a flower? Should it be pulled or allowed to remain?

I think about my manuscript. Sometimes revising is easy. Some thoughts just stick out where they don’t belong or ramble and choke the story with unnecessary details. Others words are harder to assess. Is this musing necessary? Does it ramble or does it enrich the story?

A good editor is like an experienced, faithful gardner. She easily identifies the weeds and gently cultivates the flowers. She helps till the soil, and may even plant a few new seeds for the writer to nurture.

I’m glad I have an editor I trust. I wish I had a gardener!