Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A Hump Day Update

Here's a picture of the finished product. The floors look fabulous. My BIL did a great job. It feels like a whole new house. I love it. Next up - the carpet on the stairwells and upstairs hallway. But that might have to wait until next year.

Thanks to everyone for the support on my decision to hold off on getting the dog. It was a tough decision but the right one. I feel good about having made it and I'm looking forward to next year when I can find a new canine companion. I may go through the SPCA or one of the rescue organizations. I still want a dog that's between 8 weeks to 1 year, just to give me the longest amount of time possible with it, but also to train it properly so I feel good about it being around other animals and my small nieces & nephews. But that isn't written in stone. If I find a great dog and it feels right that will be the main criteria.

Meanwhile, I am motoring along on the revisions. I'm busy transferring my scene sheets onto my storyboard to piece things back together. This has allowed me to see things much more clearly and I realized elements I had missed and/or needed to be beefed up. I strengthened the motivation of the hero, heroine and the villain as well which I think makes for a much better story. And the mystery element that travels through all four books in the series has been given a much more prominent role in this one. My hope is to have everything completed in September so my CP and another friend who offered to read it can get the finished product. I want to have it ready for the GH so time is getting to be of the essence.

I'm hoping to take first week in October which I have off, and use that time to start storyboarding Book 2 of the series. I'd love to have the outline and storyboard figured out by the end of the year so I can start writing it the first of the year. My goal is still to have a contract by conference 2008.

As for the weight watchers thing - a friend at work and I have decided to team up. We'll do a weigh in every Monday and have each designated an amount to lose over the next twelve weeks. We aren't going to the meetings (can't afford that right now), but she has all the books from before so we're using those and following the points thing. I think having someone to check in with each week will definitely keep me motivated.


julia said...

The new floors really give the room such warmth! They look beautiful.

Contract by conference 2008 sounds perfect! I can see you at the author signing now.

Dixie Belle said...

I love your house!! It is so pretty. I know you are proud of it.

Kelly, if you are interested, Anna
Black is starting a 1000 Word A Day program beginning Sept 1. Sorta like the Sweating with Sven thing. I included the link for anyone who is interested.

Melissa Marsh said...

Wow, those new floors look great! I bet you're not sad to see that carpet go!

Julie S said...

WOW. Now I have floor envy.

They look fabulous.

Annie Mac said...

The floor looks very warm and inviting. Good Luck with your writing vacation.

Lexi said...

Renovations look great!

Good luck with the contract by conference! (That's my goal too.)

Your pseudo weight watchers plan sounds just like mine. I'm counting points, exercising, charting my weight. It really does work!