Spring Cleaning


Aw Spring ๐Ÿ™‚

My favorite time of the year ๐Ÿ˜€ Not only for the green grass, tree blossoms, bursting flowers, and birds chirping, but I do enjoy going through my stuff to see if anything needs to be tossed out or reorganized.

Clothes – simple. I’m not too attached, but I’m never getting rid of my geeky shirts.

Knickknacks and what-not – kind of simple. Though I’m running out of space on my shelves so I probably should get rid of a few.

Books – impossible. I mean they’re my children. I can’t get rid of them, but I should get rid of a few.ย Only a few booksย I know I will never read or never read again.

Ugh, this is going to be so hard . . .

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Stitch is completely heart brokenย  ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Annnnnnd it was more thanย a fewย . . . ow my heart ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Another thing I decided to do was to move all my notes, drawings, and sticky notes for my WIP from their beautiful chest to an actual binder with tabs and folders! #organizationgoals

I feel sad, yet satisfied . . . it’s a weird feeling. Oh, well. I can put Book 2 notes in the chest now until I get a new binder.

I also rearranged and vacuumed my room – for the millionth time (not exaggerating).


Okay . . . going through draft 7 and applying changes, butย . . . I don’t know. I was planning on sending this one out to another group of beta readers, and once I fix the changes they suggest, I send it off to an editor. But I don’t think I’m ready. My story isn’t ready.

I know that people say that I can’t just keep editing and revising and editing, that at some point I’m going to have to stop and move the story along, but I really, really believe that it isn’t ready. I believe I can do better. I know I can. I’ve learned SO much since the day I finished the first draft, things that I wish my 18-year-old self knew back then.

This current draft just doesn’t feel “right.” It still holds lines, paragraphs, and descriptions from draft 1 (though only a few). It feels choppy. So, I’m going to completely rewrite it without the guide of one of the other drafts. So, far, it’s going well.

Are you going to be doing any spring cleaning this month? How is your own current project coming along?

15 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning

  1. Spring cleaning…ah, I need to get rid of about half my clothes…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I think it’s good you can tell your story isn’t ready yet. Yes, at some point you have to take a plunge…but if you take that plunge before you’ve done everything you can to make your story as “perfect” as it can humanly be, it’s not going to be as satisfying or successful. So good for you on making the decision to keep on editing! I really admire the way you’ve stuck with this story so loyally. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to see it on the shelves someday!!

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  2. I LOVE THE BINDER THINGY-MA-DOOGIN!!!! I am inspired… I shall steal this idea if that is okay with you… And I don’t know HOW you managed to get rid of some books, because I don’t think its physically possible for me to do so…

    Also, you as the writer are the only one who’s going to know when your story is ready, so good for you for keeping at it this long, and also for being so dedicated as to rewrite it, if that is what you feel in your heart is the thing to do!!! *flings cookies at you for good luck* YOU’VE GOT THIS!!!!

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    1. Hope

      You have my permission to steal the binder thingy-ma-doogin:) And I’m running out of space on my shelves, so once I removed those books and stuck them in my closet, I just had to refill that space with more books! I really need to stop going to Goodwill and finding reasonably priced $3 books.

      Thanks, Kenzie! *opens mouth wide and catches cookies in mouth*

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      1. YAY!!! *snatches binder from deserted section of my room* I’m so excited!! Ah!!! That makes so much more sense now! *nods* Filling the space with MORE books was obviously you’re plan all along… Oh my word, I never even thought about going to Goodwill to find well-priced books!!! I must remember that…

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  3. Drangonfly

    great job with your chest to binder organization! That reminds me when I actually moved a mess of sticky notes I had to excel spreadsheets ๐Ÿ™‚ It was really satisfying ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally know what you mean I have rewrite reread and rewrite so many times that I don’t even know what draft number this is now ๐Ÿ™‚ I never feel is ready. Hope you do soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hope

      Thanks! And putting sticky notes into excel . . . why didn’t I think of that?! That’s genius! And I’m glad you understand:) I hope you get to the place where you believe it’s ready, too. But as some of the others here have saved, sometimes we just have to take the plunge ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Drangonfly

        After I did that I used the file to outline it was a pretty proud writer moment even though my WIP is never ready ๐Ÿ˜›

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  4. I got rid of books after the moved two years ago and still reeling from it but sometimes they need to be set free, for others to read. Side note, I haven’t seen a Dragonlance book in forever. I didn’t read a lot but Lauralanthalasa and Tanis have a spot in my heart. And I completely hear you about not being ready to let go of your WIP. I’m thinking mine is going to take longer polishing than I first expected. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. The first four are–or they were when I read them in high school. You can’t really go wrong with Margaret Weis.

        Dragons of Autumn Twilight
        Dragons of Winter’s Night
        Dragons of Spring Dawning
        Dragons of Summer Flame

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