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Jaime
Date: 2009-04-21 13:43
Subject: Another try
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Mood:hopefulhopeful
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My most recent revision has been completed, and last night I sent another query letter to Rosemary. She sent me a reply this morning, requesting the manuscript in word-doc form. I sent that off just fifteen minutes ago. Wish me luck!
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Jaime
Date: 2007-09-29 15:41
Subject: Response from Rosemary
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Mood:not discouragednot discouraged
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Dear Suny:

Thanks so much for his second look at JCR. This revision is much improved, with a good writing narrative voice demonstrated throughout. unfortunately, despite merits, I find that issues still overshadow character, with resolution that feels a bit too pat for the complexities presented.

I am sorry my news here isn't otherwise, but, I am but one humble opinion, and surely, others may feel quite differently. Please know I very much appreciated this opportunity to have considered this work again and send you all good wishes.

Sincerely,
Rosemary
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Jaime
Date: 2007-08-24 01:19
Subject: Note from author
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Just a quick note!

The book's nearing completion. Just two more chapters to revise and then it's time to back cleanup! Once that's done, it'll be time to send it off to Rosemary.

My goal is to finish the revision by September. Then cleanup and send off the book to Ms. Stimola before the month's end.

-Sunny
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Jaime
Date: 2006-09-04 23:03
Subject: Updating
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Music:"Oh Lately It's So Quiet" - Ok Go
Fear not, for I have not forgotten thee.

I just wanted to pop on and say that I'm still working on Ch. 6. The story's straying a little away from Jaime and I know the agent and publisher won't like that. Introducing Z might have been a bad idea, but she's there now and she doesn't want to go away.

It's difficult trying to expand the characters and keep the story focussed on Jaime. Z's story isn't really important to hers the way Jay's is, so I can't really justify it. I wanted to expand more on Lesley and Flames, but Z's such an attention whore, she's taking all the focus and aiming it on her. I'll have to think up something.

Anyways, wanted to give you all an update.
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Jaime
Date: 2006-04-23 00:38
Subject: Sick and tired
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Mood:frustratedfrustrated
Music:"Told You So" - Barenaked Ladies
As much as I'd love to work on this story, it can be so frustrating with how long it can take to just write a paragraph. It's not that I've hit a writer's block or something. It's more that the direction a conversation or narrative has taken has been incorrect and I have to find the fork in the road where I took the wrong turn. I just don't know where that fork is right now.

The whole second half of this chapter seems forced, contrived. I'm stumbling around trying to get to the next smooth-writing part. One of my problems is that I'm not in the mind or emotion of the characters. I can't commit my entire mind to the story and feel it to write it well. The characters aren't talking to me freely. The scenes aren't unfolding themselves. I'm thinking too much and that's what's becoming the death of this chapter. I will admit that there are some good parts, but it's lead to a dead end. Oh where, oh where is that fork?
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Jaime
Date: 2005-11-19 21:53
Subject: Ch. 3 journal entry attempt 1
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Mood:writingwriting
Music:"Sail Plane Song" - Beach Boys
Ch. 3 journal entry originalCollapse )

Ch. 3 journal entry rewrite attempt 1Collapse )
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Jaime
Date: 2005-10-19 12:38
Subject: Ch 2 opening entry (attempt 1)
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Mood:anxiousanxious
Music:"Don't Tell Me You Do" - Rockapella
Angie and Andrew are picking me up in twenty minutes. I'm so scared of what I might do tonight when I see her. I mean...I've only seen her in school. Granted, seeing her in her bra and spandex should prepare me for anything I see tonight (lace bra!) but I don't know if I'll be able to keep my feelings to myself. A date with Angie. I'm going on a freakin' date with Angie!

I don't know why I'm even doing it. Sander isn't worth it. It's too risky. I almost called up Andrew and cancelled and I don't really know why I didn't. Except that I actually like Daddy a little bit now. He doesn't scowl all the time. We sat and watched a movie last night without Mom. It was weird. I guess since I started behaving the way he thinks I should, he's finally gonna start acting like a dad.

Even so, it's not worth it. Set aside the fact that only an asshole goes out with some person to hide who they really like (I am a huge asshole, I realize this), going out with Andrew has made me one of the most visible girls in school. And I hate it. I can't go pee without some Andrew-obsessed lemming in the next stall waving under the wall and saying, "So how'd
you manage to get Andrew to go out with you?" I hate being known. Talk about no privacy. How the hell did they even find out?!

A couple of those stupid lemmings cornered me in the mall this Thursday when I was shopping for my date stuff. Offered to buy me lunch, probably wanting to drill me some more about snagging Andrew or planning on dropping something into my food to get me out of the way. I told them to fuck off and leave Andrew alone. Don't think they liked that very much. I don't know why I did it, though. I mean, it's not like I have any claim to him or really want any claim to him, but the few times we've talked he seemed too nice for them. Too nice for me, without a doubt. I don't think he sees that or if Angie'd let him. I don't care what he says. I think Angie did some convincing to get him to go out with me. I mean, how can he just decide he wants to go out with me when we only talked the one time and all he has to go on is gossip from Angie?

Guess I'm just too irresistable for my own good.

I hate double dates. They should be shot and so should the person who made underwire bras and high heeled shoes. Why couldn't we have done what Andrew and I'd wanted and gone out to Nunnery? I don't feel right in this dress with all this shit on my face. It's not me. I wish I could've just worn jeans and some nice shirt and gone to a normal place. I'll be lucky if I can eat anything. My stomach's all tied up in knots. I've just spent half the day getting ready for this stupid date and I look like an idiot. I wouldn't've bothered to shave my legs if I didn't think Angie would mind, but I see the way she dresses, the way she puts on her makeup. She'd think I was a total slob. I've never seen a single hair on her legs in the months we've been in dance and believe me, I've looked at them plenty. I just wish there was a way that she could be interested in me.

Andrew and I talked about what we'd do tonight. We're both having something oniony, and if he wants to kiss me, he's gonna ask first. We both don't like the pressure this date's putting on us. I mean...Place Street. What the hell was I thinking when I agreed to go?

JCR
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Jaime
Date: 2005-10-19 12:21
Subject: Update
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Mood:creativecreative
Music:"It Feels So Good" - Sonique
Not really much else to add except that I got a wonderfully welcome spurt of inspiration the other day at work. It's for a part near the end, one that's been bugging me because it was out of character for the...character. I like it a lot better now.

I'm pretty frustrated with myself. If I could just kick my butt into gear and get to work, maybe I could finish this book by the end of the year and send it off to Rosemary and Wendy. I want to make a good impression with them and my lack of dedication to this rewrite is abismal. I should take a break from Neopets or something. It's sucking up so much of my time. The problem is, I'd promised myself that when the current plot ended, I'd take a break and work on my book, but the plot's been going on for two months and isn't near the end yet.

I've been reading/working on the book on my lunch breaks. And I've been getting in touch with Jaime easier with this journal. I'm so glad I made it. As Jaime, I had a conversation with Andrew in the car last night. And I've been getting so many brain storms about various things...like the ending of Ch2! Now to work on that pesky beginning again.
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Jaime
Date: 2005-10-05 09:37
Subject: (no subject)
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Mood:frustratedfrustrated
My god, I don't want to go to school today. Just the thought of listening to Sander whine again about Angie is enough to make me puke. Then of course there's Angie. God dammit, can't I just go to class in peace without having to deal with those two for just one day? My English assignments are starting to sound so whiny. And seriously, how can you make an essay on The Crucible sound whiny? It makes me sick.

If only Sander would get some balls and ask Angie out, then at least I stand a chance to some peace and quiet.
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Jaime
Date: 2005-10-02 12:25
Subject: (no subject)
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Mood:annoyedannoyed
Music:"And The Beat Goes On" - Sonny & Cher
I'm an evil person, not by nature but by necessity. When Andrew and I started dating, I never realized just how attached to him as a friend I'd become. He was just conveniently there and willing to go out with me. And I'd only really planned on one date to begin with. I don't know what came over me when he asked me out again, why I didn't say no. Maybe it was seeing Daddy talking with him like that before the date, or maybe it was the way Daddy actually looked me in the eyes at dinner the next evening. I...I don't know. He...

He's shit. He's gotten me into this shitty situation with Andrew, into this relationship that I want to end but I can't because in Daddy's eyes, I'm only good if I'm dating Andrew. Why do I care, anyways? I've always hated him and he's always hated me. He probably only puts up with me because I'm Mom's kid. And despite the stick up his ass, he loves Mom, so he might as well do something for her, besides dinner every once in a while, or a weekend away. At least Mom's done something for me.

JCR
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