Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Doctor, My Eyes Have Seen The Years...

All profoundly original art looks ugly at first. - Clement Greenberg

That quote explains all of my first drafts. *G*

(Extra point to the person who can identify the singer of the song I quoted in my title.)

So...Yesterday, I went to renew my drivers license. Ugh. We won't talk about the 60 minute wait, or the fact that they only have 1 1/2 people to wait on the ginormous line -- though they had THREE people at the registration place that was empty. Go figure.

Anyway... when I finally got my turn, I did the little eye chart whoosie in the fancy-schmancy view master and, badda-boom... read them off like a champ.

I thought.

"Ma'am, there are three boxes of letters to read."

"No there aren't," I said. "There are only two. One in the middle and one on the right."

"Do you wear contacts?"

"No." Should I? "I've always had perfect vision."

She favors me with a pitying look. "You have a weak eye. You must, or you'd be able to see all three boxes."


I'm OLD.

But I still got my drivers license. Ha.


So Jen got back to me yesterday about the bit of "Queen and Assassin" (my NaNo Fantasy) that I sent to her.

She liked it! She really liked it!

Okay... it wasn't perfect, but I knew that already. And there's a lot of brainstorming work to be done (some of which she helped me with this morning -- God bless Instant Messaging), and she thinks it deserves to be much longer than I had planned. That, at least, shouldn't be a problem if you consider it was originally intended as a 20,000 word novella for an anthology submission and I'm 16,000 words in and nowhere near done, or even halfway.


Good news is: She liked it. It has legs. Yay.

Bad news is: I have a LOT of work ahead of me.


Hey... how cool is this? Find out which libraries carry your book or books (or, if you're not a writer, which libraries carry your favorite novels)! Go to; and type in the title. Then you can type in a location to find out which libraries are carrying it.


Your Daily Dakota... Where could she be? AHA! She's eating the couch!

Bad dog! Get down!

Dakota says, "You must have been mistaken. I would never do something like that. I am innocent of all charges."


Your Vibe Is Secretly Sexy

Sexy isn't exactly a word you'd use to describe yourself
But you have a quite allure that certain men feel appealing
You don't need to flaunt your stuff to be sexier
A little more confidence in yourself, and you'll really light up a room!

Look out world... *G*


Ceri said...

Well, I went to that site and typed in my name. Found Sweet Forever listed. Typed in Finally Home and discovered there are several books with that title. But none were mine.

Okay, with all your projects going on how do you prioritize? I'm in awe that you can keep up on all these projects. Good for you!

Dru said...

Jackson Browne

I really dislike waiting on line especially when there are more customer reps on the window than on the line. The good news is you don't have to do it for another, is it 8 years?

That is excellent that Jen liked your fantasy story. Good luck with adding more to your story and then with the editing.

I'm loving the daily Dakota and these were a hoot. Innocent indeed.

Your Vibe Is Secretly Sexy

Marianne Arkins said...

Ceri, I swear I think I have ADD... I can't work on one thing at a time, ever. My middle name is multi-tasker.

Dru, you get the extra points for Jackson Browne! And, yes, I have that going through my head...

And, it used to be eight years, but they've changed it to a renewal every five. Ugh.

Allie Boniface said...

Wait a minute...they gave you your license anyway? What about that third car at the intersection that you won't be able to see??

Here in NY it's no 10 years to renewal, and I think that's crazy.

Cute pics, by the way. As always.

Tori Lennox said...

Getting old sucks swamp water.

Love the Dakota pictures! That cute girl wouldn't eat a couch. *g*

I'm secretly sexy too. :)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Driver's license lines are my version of h---

Glad you're done with it!

groovyoldlady said...

Remind me not to sneak up on your left side!

Brandy said...

Try moving every 3-4 years for almost 10 years. *g* I had to take the test every time we moved to a new state. Now that we've moved back here our renewals are every 5 years. It's the longest I've had a drivers license from one state in a looooong time.
Um, maybe it's time for a visit to the eye doctor?
I'm glad your story "has legs", now get to work! *G*

Have a pleasant evening!

darcy said...

Welcome to the Old Eye Club. I had to get prisms put into my lenses so my eyes wouldn't wander around separate from each other. Glad Jen likes the new story. And hey, I'll take that extra point -- it was Jackson Browne, right?