My first week with a clean slate did not end well. I made it one blissful day before JB got sick (again) and worries about her health and crept back into our otherwise hopeful lives.
I did not take the intrusion graciously.
Today things seem to be calming down and there is an open weekend ahead. So I'm trying for calm once again. :^)
Meanwhile, I have managed to begin preparing queries for my Dr Seuss-like children's' book. The publisher I want to approach encourages "unique' inquiries. So, following the lines of my story, which begins like this:
1. Cold rain fell like ice cubes outside our front door
We sat on the couch just watching it pour.
What else could we do on a wet rainy day?
What else could we do if we wanted to play?
2. We could color some spots on the walls and the floor
And we could draw an elephant all up the front door!
Oh no no not even--our mother would frown
If we drew on the walls or the door up and down.
Following this silliness, I have drafted a query letter that goes like this:
I'm a writer who knows how to giggle and rhyme
Dr Seuss is my hero much of the time.
I’ve written a story of 800 words
That grown ups might think is a little absurd.
It’s about boredom and the way children can feel
When it’s rainy and dreary and nothing feels real.
But magic takes over and a new world appears
filled with colors and canyons and a forest of cheers.
My background is counseling, helping people too blue.
I’ve published one book, not three and not two.
My story’s in stanzas, 80 lines into fours.
Most words are one syllable; here and there maybe more.
I am told that the market for children's book is so competitive that perhaps one manuscript in 900 is chosen for publication. Those are depressing odds! But I'm at the stage of one-step-at-a-time. Hell, I'm just glad the story rhymes!
Wishing each of you a super fine weekend.