Hello all of you Lessons from the Road readers. I hope this post finds you happy and healthy. I learned a valuable lesson today that I thought I’d like to share with you. I’ve been concentrating on getting the book finished and out the door, the last couple of months. Well I just finished up my last Chapter of Lessons from the Road – US and sent it to my awesomeness editor Jill, for edits. In all of my professional life whenever I have had an interview and the interviewer has asked me that time honored question, ‘Margaret what is your biggest weakness?’ I’d always respond without hesitation that I’m math impaired. Not to insult anyone by being politically incorrect or anything but I often refer to my math as, retarded Margaret math. The sad thing is I was put in a job in my IT work that is almost all math, even though I told them I was not well suited for the job and guess what, I think that my math skills have not dramatically improved over the years one little bit. Why do I bring this little tidbit about me up in this blog? Well, I had taken a writers class that indicated that an average novel is between 60k and 100k words. Most are around 70 thousand words. As I’m writing my chapters, I’m keeping track of my word count in my head. Bad bad bad mistake! So I’m thinking, ‘Gee, I must be close to 70k words.’ I did the calculation on a calculator, I’m at 107,763 words!!! I could have stopped writing a month ago. Note to self, write down the word count upon the completion of each chapter. So now, I think a bit of serious editing is in order. 🙂 but I hate to pull out too much because there is seriously funny shit throughout each and every chapter. I’m sure I’ll agonize over that for a few weeks, however, I do feel that I’ve passed a huge milestone and I feel like a celebration is absolutely in order. So because I can’t eat any carbs or drink any carbs, I guess the best I can do is a little victory dance! Go Margaret, Go Margaret, Go Go Go Margaret! That’s me singing in my head! Hey Hey!!!!! I’ll have plenty of left over material for Lessons from the Road – US 2
That’s me with Christina sporting a magic hat in Paris!