My rewrite is finished, and two copies of the manuscript have been printed and given to two new readers. One step closer. Now I have to start working up my nerve for the really difficult part: the selling. I like doing signings. You don't have to talk much, besides smiling and saying "thank you" or "what name should I put on it?". When my mom and I were actively working at selling An Amazing Alphabetic Anthology, we went several times to speak to a second grade class in Spokane. The teacher had discovered our book herself and loved it. She had several copies in her classroom and three years running she had us come in and talk to her class. That was lovely, but it was especially nice because it wasn't just me alone. Also, the kids were fantastic. The first time we did it we didn't really know what to expect, and the two other authors who were there had perfectly planned presentations worked up. We started out just talking about the book, but the kids had so many questions (really intelligent questions too) about it that we just turned it into a Q & A session, and they loved it. Then another year the teacher had the second-graders pair up with the fifth-graders and each took a letter of the alphabet and made up their own stories. The Chewelah elementary schools did something very similar. I have four books, put together by the kids with their own illustrations, inspired by our book. I've seldom felt so proud, or so honored. Now, if I could get into doing things like that for my novel, I would be so pleased.
On another note, my ballet teacher has been working on choreography for a new piece (one that we're all very excited about) and has asked me to design costumes for it. Talking to her about the music and the particular feel of the piece, it sounds as though we have a very similar vision for it, which is splendid. It's amazing how well the process flows when you're in tune in that way and you're not just trying to match your design to someone else's vision. I can't wait to start working on them.