|...to which I didn't have to go!|
|Happy dance, happy dance, everybody happy dance!|
... I got a rejection on a query I sent to an agent about a month before. Technically, she never responded to the query, which per the guidelines basically meant the same thing. No reply, no acceptance.
|Tears may have been shed.|
But that's okay. I dusted off my poor weeping query, gave it a little spruce up and sent it bravely back into the big wide world of agents. I may have whispered a prayer to send it on its way.
Then I had a wedding I went to, last week of April/beginning of May, wherein my sister Amanda (keeper of the blog, Hit and Miss) designed floral arrangements for the altar, and we cleaned bucketloads of roses, carnations, baby's breath and greens and I made 15 centerpieces in glass milk jars for the reception.
|Or rather: Design ALL the flowers!|
Speaking of which, I don't think I want to go to weddings anymore. Waaaaaay too many people!
Way too many people I don't know, and way too many random people wanting to talk to me.
|Talk? Talk?! What makes you think I'd want to chat? I haz nothing to say. Unless we speak geek. Then perhaps we speak.|
Then we got BACK from the wedding and the weather has been liek dis:
And liek dis:
|*snarf, grumble, grouch|
It hasn't been NICE. It has been the opposite. It has been DARK. My mood goeth downhill.
Directly after getting back, we were into Mother's Day week. Which made the flower shop a crazy busy place. Which meant yours truly got to work a six-day work week, after a weekend filled with flower arrangements and wedding feels and socializing.
Socializing, for me, can be physically more draining and damaging than a solid week's work, so piling MOTHER'S DAY WEEK on top of that was... was...
Sorry, words fail.
However, good news. Before driving back from the wedding in Bakersfield, we stopped at Target and all four of us who had attended the wedding picked up copies of the Target Edition of Josh Groban's STAGES, which contains 17 tracks and are all of them amazing.
|Make sure you get the TARGET edition with 17 tracks! The normal version|
only has 13, so make sure it 's the special TARGET edition you're getting!
Josh has this superpower that never fails to make me marvel at how PERFECTLY he sings.
IMHO, he sings the only acceptable version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.
Speaking of Superheroes and Marvel, I also watched the first two episodes of Daredevil on Netflix during that wedding weekend, so when I got back from the wedding I proceeded to watch the other 11 episodes.
Matt Murdoch is the best! I refuse to say anything, because, as Yoda say, "If Netflix you have, Daredevil you should be watching." Seriously, he's a new favourite Marvel superhero. He is so amazing and cool! Unfortunately, now that I'm done with those 13 episode, the next season won't be up until 2016! Netflix, why? Why? Whyyyyy?
Then I saw Age of Ultron.
All I'm going to say about THIS is, OH MY GOSH! HAWKEYE!! TONYSTEVETHOR! QUICKSIIIIIILVER! JARVISJARVISJARVIS!! And never, ever, ever have I let a ship sink as fast as I let Black Widow's and Hawkeye's. I was surprisingly okay with it. I waved a hand and thought, I don't mind Natasha and Clint being friends.
After this, Teresa and Jack and I started watching Harry Potter. I have never really watched Harry Potter.
|I know, right?|
I had read up to the fourth book (which *I* thought was horrifying) and then watched the fourth movie which, IMHO, did NOT live up to the fourth books horrifyingness (which is not a word, but I don't care. I'm a writer. I do what I want). Frankly, the fourth movie rather bored me, so I gave up on the series.
Then, I dunno, after the final book had been published and was no longer talked about, I thought I might as well finish the book series, and while I thought J.K. Rowling did a fine job with writing, I wasn't entirely sold on the series. I don't know why. I just wasn't a fan.
So I have had no urge to watch the movies until after Valentine's Day, when after a long grueling day at work I came home, ate something fortifying and turned on the TV, and discovered The Chamber of Secrets was playing. Having nothing better to do, I watched it.
|I mean, after all, why not?|
Since then, I've been off again, on again wanting to watch them, and we started our sporadic marathon about two weeks ago. While the first four were nothing special (for me, anyway - and btw, the fourth movie is NOT as boring as I remembered it being. Perhaps one needs to have been away from books and movies for a significant amount of time or something), we just finished Deathly Hallows part 1, and I'll admit the 5th, 6th and 7-1/2th movies engaged me more and made me feel a bit more connected to the characters. (Though, and I'm speaking from my experience of having read the books YEARS ago, I am pretty certain the scriptwriters could have clarified Harry as being The Chosen One. That shtick sort of makes an appearance in the Half Blood Prince, and while I *think* it was clear in the book, it was NOT AT ALL CLEAR in the movie(s), and I honestly can't remember how or why or who or when Harry became this Chosen One or even what it has to do with the plot.)
|I feel ya, Minion|
I don't think I'm still (yet) techinically a fan. I haven't entirely finished the series, after all. Deathly Hallows part 2 will possibly (probably) happen tonight, but now that I've watched the movies I can see why people have become fans. I will be honest even more and state that I do have a bad tendency to quote HISHE or Honest Trailer lines during crucial moments of the movies (such as, Wizzzzard lightning battle! or, Look out, Harry, he doesn't have a nose!, or, "Just saving your life. And countless others. In the future. It's a long story.") But overall, my favorite characters are Snape, Professor McGonagall, George and Fred, and Harry. I like Ron and Hermione, but those first five are my favorites.
Lastly, to bring my month to a close, the query I'd dusted off and sent back out came back with a request for the agent to see the full manuscript.
|I may or may not have woken up my sister at the obscene|
hour of 5:00 a.m. to show her the joyous news.
So I sent the full manuscript to the agent, and now I must wait up to 60 days to see what she thinks. It's a bit torturous, but she was nice enough to admit that it was torturous, which was good to hear. Empathy, empathy. So all I can do now is pray... and hope... and pray... and, you know, hope.
So, that's been my month! I hope yours has been just as exciting and eventful as mine, albeit less gloomy. *Rain, rain, go away, come again some OTHER day.*
Until next month...