Rachel Neumeier

Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy Author


Sooo not finished

Got the comments back from my agent on the WIP. Lots to do, lots to do. Sigh. But her eyes have given me a clearer look at the manuscript’s weaknesses and hopefully now I’ll be able to straighten out some problems with structure and pacing. I knew the ms had problems, so not a surprise that there’s a good bit of work still ahead of me. Though I’d have been quite pleased if she’d said, “It’s perfect, I’m sending it straight to your editor” — but, well, not surprised that she didn’t.

So, anyway — I guess I’ll tackle this this coming Friday. That gives me a couple days to, you know, not tackle it. Sort of the breathing space before the storm, right? I can finish reading the Barbara “Hamilton” mystery I started yesterday, make the nutella cream pie my mother requested for overnight guests on Thursday, and from time to time actually think briefly about what I’ll be doing when I finally do turn on my laptop.

In the meantime! Note to my students in English Comp: don’t expect a lot of sympathy from me if you’re dithering over your three-page comp paper. Jeez. Just put words in a row, all right? And then when you think you have it done, bring it to me.

Also! On a completely different note, something I’ve been doing lately is a) showing my girls, b) deciding to retire my five-year-old ruby from the show ring, c) deciding to therefore go ahead and breed her this very year, and d) selecting a stud dog for her. Here he is:

Almost too gorgeous, isn’t he? He’s got excellent structure and a nice, compact build. Plus, he’s eight and just cleared his heart and eye checks again. I know his father and grandfather by repute — his grandfather is still alive and going strong at 16 plus, which is fabulous for a Cavalier. Plus this dog and his father have been used as stud dogs quite a bit, so I have a good idea what he should produce in his puppies, even though this will be a total outcross. Plus he’s carrying red, so he could produce black-and-tan or red puppies — I’d prefer red, but I’ll take black-and-tan. His name is AKC and CKCSC Ch Ringleader The Prez, btw.

So, anyway — enough about dogs for now! I just wanted to show off this picture.

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