January 31st, 2007

writerly

Hypnotism

They say you can hypnotize chickens. However, my friend that is supposedly an expert has yet to come out to the farmette and demonstrate her technique.

Today I will attempt self-hypnosis. I will repeat over and over: "I will edit the story. I will edit the story. I will edit the story."

When I get that one internalized, it will change to: "I will finish the edit. I will finish the edit. I will finish the edit."

One step at a time here. I'm halfway through and I've cut 10% of the total words already. This is a fabulous thing. However, I get so excited about how well I've cut the first half that I spend a lot of time tweaking it and not getting the second half into my brain where the editor can work on it. I just want to send it out half-edited and say to a reader "lookee what I did!" Which just won't work. Must fight my AD/HD tendencies and knuckle down and FINISH.

Right after I go let the chickens out.
Frog Out
E scores!

One for the Scrapbook

My very own E just read me "Green Eggs and Ham" complete with all dramatic expression and at a very fast clip with almost no mistakes. I'm all verklempt, so talk amongst yourselves while I get my breath back. :::fans:::

My favorite book read swiftly with expression. Oh my. I have waited so long for this.

She was convinced the book was too hard. We haven't attempted it in about a year, though it used to be read to her over and over as a toddler. She read "Go Dog. Go!" yesterday. I had her read it to prove to her what she could do. Tomorrow she says she will read me "Sam and the Firefly" another of my absolute favorites. I remember when it happened to me and I will remember it happening to my child. I remember when suddenly books that had been impossible were easy to read, when it all started to come together. And I never looked back. I just started to read and read and read, a host of fabulous worlds and stories opening up in my head.

'Scuse me while I get my hanky.
Oz