Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Monday, November 29, 2010


This weekend went by very quickly. I was also an idiot this weekend. Here's why:

Someone had locked the front door of the apartment building this weekend. I had been away looking after a friend's dog, but I did return to the flat to feed the cats and change the litter Saturday afternoon. I couldn't even get to the front door of the flat because I was locked out of the entire building.


I ran around to the back to see if my front door key would work on the back door. Nope.


I ran back around to the front to see if my flat's front door key would work on the building's front door. Nope.


I banged the door and screamed in the hopes that whoever was on the top floor apartment would hear me. Nothing.


The cats needed to be fed. They had probably run out of food by now.

Panic. Guilt.

Remembering that I had left my bedroom window open slightly to allow for fresh air to enter the apartment, I ran around to the back, pulled out my keys, cut a me-sized flap in the mesh outside my window, hauled open my window, used the new box of litter as a step stool and hauled myself into my bedroom.

Well, I was in. I could feed the cats and not panic. However, I was furious! I now have to pay for a window/mesh replacement. I left a blunt, slightly angry note at the building door telling people not to lock it, and left to go back to the puppy.

I vented to my flatmate, who spent American Thanksgiving in Boston, who emailed me back the following message:

The front door key works on the building door too. I've tried it.

I must have not tried the lock properly in my panic-induced haste. I'm now mad at myself. Grrr. Ah well, such as life, I suppose. In a fortnight I'll be looking back at this and laughing hysterically. I hope.

Writing wise, I have much to celebrate. I put in massive amounts of overtime on Friday and finished the 3rd round of edits.

Happy Dance.

Today is devoted to a brief re-read of the cover letter and synopsis, and making edits as necessary and then (this is the really fun part), mucking around in the map-making software for the maps I need at the start of the manuscript.

Once that's done, all I have to do is another quick read through of the manuscript, and then I can send it off. November hasn't quite finished yet, so I might be right on my deadline. If not, only a few days late.

Happy Dance.

Then I can start writing again and forget about editing for a little while.

Happy, Happy Dance!

So, on that note, I'm off to have fun today. Enjoy your Monday!


Plind said...

That sounds like one of those stories you tell in groups to break the ice! When are you submitting the manuscript do you think?
Also quick question: where do you find map-making software? I did not know such a thing existed.

S.M. Carrière said...

Good morning, Plind!

If I'm very, very lucky, I should have the manuscript in this afternoon or tomorrow. Most likely tomorrow. That is if my self-doubt doesn't crop up unexpectedly and I somehow convince myself to not submit.

I don't think that is likely though. I just want to get this project out of the way!

The software I found was a free download. It's a basic programme, a little simplistic and not that intuitive, but it works well enough. I'm quite pleased with my maps!

If you want to take a look, the site is thus:

Have fun!

Plind said...

First, congratulations on finally finishing the editing and the submission of your book! Do you know when you'll hear about the winners?
Second, thanks for the link about the map maker! You're right it is a bit confusing but definitely a fun tool. Thanks again.

S.M. Carrière said...

Good afternoon, Plind!

Thanks so much for that. I'm quite pleased with myself. Even if I don't do well in the competition, it's something to even have entered it.

There are six authors that will be short-listed. They will be informed 31st of March, 2011. If I'm notified, I will, undoubtedly plaster it over ever surface, real or virtual, I possibly can.

The winner will be selected from the six short-listed. That will be announced 31st of May, 2011.

If I hear nothing at the end of March, I'll simply start shopping the manuscript out to agents etc.

Also, you're very welcome. I stumbled across it by chance, and had a great deal of fun. It's nice to share!