I had an epiphany. Actually I had two. But don't worry, I'm okay. It only hurt for a second.
The first one came the other day as I was thinking about San Francisco and the fact that I had decided not to go based on the monetary issues and whether or not I thought I would get my money's worth. You see, I started to think about how I was measuring 'worth'. I had been wanting to go to San Fran ever since I saw it posted in the upcoming conference sites. And I felt like 2008 was going to be my year. So that, coupled with a few other reasons, made me take a second look at the budget. In doing so, I discovered airfares had gone down by a few hundred. And the room would cost less with three of us sharing the cost. I reconfigured my numbers, took a look at my budget. The money was there. Well most of it. The rest I could put on my credit card and clear off in August since it was a three pay month. Suddenly San Francisco was doable again.
So it looks like the trip is back on. Yay!
The second epiphany came at 3:50 am this morning when I woke up and realized what I needed to do to fix the scene I had been struggling with for two weeks now. It's a pivotal scene, but because I was darkening Devlin up it required major changes. But whatever I was doing wasn't working. I knew it wasn't working. The writing felt flat, the scene wasn't moving and nothing I did seemed to help. But somewhere in the night it hit me, woke me up out of a semi-sound sleep and had me staggering through the night for my notebook. This morning I made much better progress.
So now that San Fran is back on, I feel an even harder push to get this manuscript finished and out the door to Berkley and to agents. My goal is to do everything I can between now and conference time to find an agent and an editor. It'll be a busy six months, but if I'm taking the opportunities provided in San Francisco, I want to make as much of them as possible by doing everything I can beforehand.
And there you have it. My two rather painless epiphanies for the week.