"Kidz In The Wood" is my upper middle grade labor of love that I've obsessed over for a long long time. A few minutes ago I finished my final revisions that will be sent to editors. Tonight in my delirious, sleep-deprived haze, I reflect on the interesting timeline associated with the writing of this book:
May 2003: Begin writing "Kidz"
May 2006: Finish writing "Kidz"
August 2006: Finish revising "Kidz"
November 2006: Sign with a wonderful agent and "Kidz" is submitted
February 2007: "Kidz" turned down by five editors. Begin major revisions based on editors' comments
May 2007: Finish re-revising "Kidz"
Notice a pattern? Neither did I, until right NOW! It took exactly three years to write "Kidz", exactly three months to revise, exactly three more months to find an agent, exactly three more months to get revision suggestions, and exactly three more months to re-revise. (And exactly three minutes to write this post!) My horoscope says that May 18th is my luckiest day of the year, and something major will come to fruition that will change my life. Is it possible that my agent will get an offer on "Kidz" in exactly three days?? Maybe I'll get a three-book, three million dollar deal in a three-house auction. And then the three Disco Mermaids will celebrate by going to a triple-feature movie and eating tres leches cake and drinking three-rum Mai Tais! Okay, I may be going a little crazy, but give me a break...I'm running on empty here with only three total hours of sleep from the weekend!
(Three letters in my name! Ha-ha! Just noticed that.)