Jersey and WIP

I’m spending the week with my sister in New Jersey. I have my laptop set up in her sunroom and I’m STILL working on the proposal (a synopsis/outline written for my editor to give her a sense of the book) for my new Work-in-Progress. Here’s my problem: I want to write a shorter proposal than usual–say 10 pages rather than 50, but that’s such a challenge for me. Once my fingers start tapping the keys, I can’t seem to stop. I also keep changing my mind about the ending of the story . . . and every time I change the ending, I have to change what leads up to the ending. My deadline on this book is very tight (I’m not even going to mention the due date here because I don’t want to scare myself). Tomorrow, I have nothing to do other than focus on the proposal, so I’m going to tighten it up, then put in the ending I like best at the moment. I can always change it later.
P1050034.jpgMeanwhile, tonight I went out to dinner with my old (as in, I’ve known her a loooong time) college roommate from my Glassboro State College days. Jody and I have known each other since we were eighteen and although we don’t get to see each other often, we can always pick up right where we left off. I love how, although our lives have taken such different paths, we still share the same values (and are both Big Love fans!). It was great getting to visit with her, our conversation ranging from how our families are doing, to memories of college friends, to politics. Here we are at dinner, after which we went to the Opium Den (Starbucks) for liquid dessert.
It’s after midnight, so I’m going to turn in and read for awhile (Wally Lamb’s I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE, which I’m really enjoying.) I hope the next time I post here, I can say I finished the proposal! That’s my goal.


  1. Gail on September 12, 2007 at 11:56 am

    WOW!!! You both look great! Bet you had lots of fun remembering old times – I have great memories of both of you from our college days.
    Much love from your old suite-mate,

  2. Diane Chamberlain on September 12, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Hi Gail! Wish you could have been with us. Your name certainly did come up. 🙂

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