I'm not dead, just distracted. I would love to be able to blog more, but unfortunately, I have had very little time lately. I am trying very hard to get my novel ready for submission by the end of next week. I can't believe how much you can dwell on single sentences, trying to get the wording just so, and all the while thinking to yourself, I have friggin 44,000 words to go.
I am having great success with one of my three critique partners. I was hopeful that the others would work out, but not entirely surprised when they didn't. One of them just dropped off the radar; I have no idea what is going on with her. I sent her my first pages and she was supposed to send hers, but I've heard nothing from her. I have no idea why someone would agree to something they weren't all that interested in. I guess finding a critique partner that works isn't all that easy. The remaining one is fantastic and I can't believe I lucked out in meeting her; did I mention that she is already published? I don't think she misses a beat, and she has alerted me to my obsessive use of the word 'that.' On top of her awesomeness, I get to read her work too!