Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! The Busy World of Becka hasn’t calmed down at all, but things have definitely changed. I’m in the middle of revising StO from present to past tense, and debating switching it from first person to third (please no). I’m fixing my is/was issue, and finding plenty of weak spots where the present tense was adding urgency, rather than the writing. Once I have the tenses changed, I’ll go back through and fix those weak spots. If I can get that done asap, I’ll be trying #PitMad on the tenth.
You probably know that I didn’t make it into #PitchWars, although all the mentors I submitted to have emailed to tell me how much they liked StO and how hard they worked to find it a mentor. I got some good feedback, like the tense change above, and some that I already knew was a problem (Erie’s young voice, UGH). One mentor mentioned that it’s too close to The Little Mermaid, which I did on purpose, but may have to rethink now. Changing that will change the rest of the series, though, and I love the storyline for Book Three. I’m not quite ready to kill that darling.
And now that I think about it, you guys don’t even really know what SPEAK THE OCEAN is about, do you? Maybe we’ll have us a Fie Eoin Friday tomorrow 🙂 You’ve met Erie before, but you still need to meet Finn.
In chicken news: Fury went to the farm with Max. Stupid freaking roosters. But they’re happily together again and can crow to their heart’s content without waking me or the neighbors. The babies, Ripley and Mononoke (pictured above), are settling in to the daily routine really well, and staying in the bushes so they won’t be caught by the same hawk that got Six. They still aren’t too sure about Hubs, but they like my voice and will come fairly close, especially if I have food. They’re constantly moving, so they’re really hard to get a good photo of.
I swear to god if they turn out to be roosters I’m done with chickens. And eating two very nice chicken dinners.
Finally, today is Day Zero for my dad’s bone marrow stem cell transplant, and he’ll be getting the transplant sometime tonight or tomorrow morning. If you have any extra good thoughts to send his way, we’d appreciate it.
I’ll see you tomorrow for Fie Eoin Friday, Aledans! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and we’ll get back to the normal schedule around here soon.