Although most of you probably didn't even notice my 2+ week departure, I did in fact just return from sixteen days of Hawaiian Island hopping with my parents, sister, brother-in-law and nephew, and feel like I've been under a lava rock forever. In an effort to completely relax and have quality family time I ignored newspapers, TV, email and phone messages. My secondary goal was to synthesize all my MG book revisions (YES, I'm still revising the same book) in my head (or out loud to anyone who would listen) so that all the connections make sense. I'm weaving in new themes, allegories, metaphors, (acronyms, logarithms, onomatopoeias and Lord knows what other big word things I can't define that I've thrown in there!) and needed some brain marinating time. So, between swimming, eating pineapple, hiking, eating papaya, exploring, and eating coconuts I managed to learn a ton about the revision process.
I'm taking the opportunity to throw out a huge MAHALO holler to everyone who helped make this such a fruitful (No pun intended. Okay, pun intended.) trip.
THANK YOU TO:
AMY for listening patiently to my constant babbling about plot details, character quirks, and theme relationships when all you wanted to do was quietly develop your Coppertone tan.
KERILL and DON for teaching me “The Hero's Journey” and for the book and video on how to write it well. (How lucky am I to have two good friends in Hawaii who just happen to be writing and literature experts??)
MOM and DAD for listening to my constant babbling about how hard it is to get a book published, and for watching the entire “Hero's Journey” video with me…even though it has no relevance to your lives, whatsoever. Although, maybe it does…did you ever know that YOU'RE my heros?? (Cue Bette Midler…sniff!)
J.B. (my seven-year-old nephew) for reminding me that children's books are fun, and writing them should be fun too.
TRI (bro-in-law) for keeping me laughing. I find it's the best cure for writer's block.
NANCY (homicide investigator…long story, don't ask) for hanging out with me in Waikiki (listening to my constant babbling about my book) and answering my millions of childish questions about what you do for a living…fascinating! (Her line of work is actually quite pertinent to my book…plus it's like watching a good movie. For free!)
RANDOM HOTEL POOL BOY for listening to my constant babbling about my book, how much I know about the hero's journey, all the workings of homicide investigation, and how tan my sister is.