distraction no.99

Nova Ren Suma | On Writing & Writing Distractions

Not an Author Newsletter… something else.

First Draft Rewards

There’s a lot going on in the world right now, here and elsewhere, things I’m upset about or stressed over that I won’t go into, but I’m trying so hard to keep the troubles at bay while I finish up this manuscript—which will magically transform itself into a completed first draft by end of this year (if not a couple days into 2010; I refuse to be disappointed in myself if that happens).

E says I get a present when I complete the first draft, but not before, since it would only be a distraction.

I’ve already given myself this, but it’s not supposed to ship till January 5, so don’t worry it won’t distract me:

Some Girls Are
"Some Girls Are" by Courtney Summers: you know you want it.

(I want you all to know that I have read an earlier form of Some Girls Are by the astounding Courtney Summers and it’s so searing and fearless I love it so much and I must own my own copy. When it arrives, I plan to read it again.)

It’s gotten starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, but I’m giving it my own star because I said so. Go pre-order it right now.

But I think E will get me a first-draft-completion present too—he’s seen how hard I’ve been working. He knows I want this:

Too Much Happiness
"Too Much Happiness" by Alice Munro: must read this.

Is there ever a point in life when you can read too many Alice Munro stories? I would say no. I used to want to write like her. I now only want to write like myself, but I will continue to read her engrossing stories as I did before because my addiction to short stories abounds, and she’s a master.

I also want this (maybe these, maybe some others):

Because it’s winter and I didn’t get boots last year (because they were all HIDEOUS; yes, fashion industry, your boots were HIDEOUS) and even though it’s possible to avoid most snowbanks in the city by leaping the curbs, my feet did get cold and I think I just need something practical. (Apologies to my baby sister; I refuse to get those ugly stumpy boots everyone says are so warm and comfortable… HIDEOUS.)

But mostly, as a reward for finishing my first draft, I want this:

I want the significant people in my life to like my first draft. Honestly, leave me bootless and bookless all winter and I’ll be OK, just so long as someone was pleased by what I’ve written.

I’m a childish, insecure, fragile writer, what can I say? Please, please like me.

What would be the best first-draft-completion present ever? Give me ideas and I’ll tell E. Please, nothing expensive, so that knocks out Hawaii. Also, please don’t try to convince me to get Uggs. I would wear garbage bags over my sneakers before putting those monstrosities on my feet. I will not be swayed.

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14 responses to “First Draft Rewards”

  1. Uggs are appropriately named, because every time I see them I thing… “Ugh.”

    Of course, what this post makes me really think about is what kind of present I need for finishing my revision.

    • Bryan, You absolutely must get a present for finishing your revision! This must happen ASAP, before you get notes back. E and I have established what happens when I get a book deal (I get CAKE), but I think every single step of the way should come with a reward. First draft, revision, revision, revision (omg how many revisions do I have to look forward to?), pubday, etc. etc. It’s endless!

  2. I can’t stand Uggs, but I have secretly resolved to buy a pair if we move to a wintry climate. I could probably be talked into something less hideous, like the pair pictured above, but part of me feels that I should just go the distance and get the Ughs.

    As for YOUR reward, I definitely like the books idea but feel that you should get something less literary as well. Smaller than cake, obviously, but… oh dear, I don’t know. I’ll keep thinking.

    • I suppose if you’re going to embrace slight hideousness, you’re right you may as well go all out and be truly hideous, and maybe that’s why so many women wear Uggs. *shudder* *gag*

      Still, I won’t do it. I’d rather wrap my feet in ten pairs of socks, shove them in sandwich bags, and tie on flip-flops. I’ll probably just bandage up my ankles and wear my knee-high Fleuvogs, which are gorgeous, but which cause such pain!

      Let me know if you decide what my first draft reward should be. An xbox was mentioned, but I’m afraid that would keep me away from revisions or writing the next book, so it’s far too dangerous.

  3. Sorry about the stress. 😦 But you WILL transform those words into a completed draft. I don’t doubt you for a second. And I don’t doubt that it will be brilliant.

    And omg! Heart! Attack!!! To see a huge image of SGA on your blog!!! And what you said about it!! NOVA. You made my day & I got ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ reading that. You are wonderful. I will cherish the Nova star FOREVER.

    Also, I would never get Uggs. Your firm stance on Uggs is one I believe in.

    & Finally, I think you should reward yourself with an Edward Cullen action figure!

    • Courtney! You’ve written a phenomenal book and I can’t wait to read it again!

      The idea of E going out and purchasing an Edward Cullen action figure is SO DELIGHTFUL… I may have to choose that over a kitten.

  4. I do not believe in UGGS, but I heart my Warmbats. Which is a bit illogical as they are essentially the same thing, but they have a cute little wombat logo on the back that makes me love them and they are sosososo warm! http://www.sheepskindirect.com/

    Also, please tell E that I, too, am pro-kitten-reward. And as a publishing professional, I think my opinion in this matter counts, like, triple. 🙂

    • I love that you are pro-kitten. I knew I could count on you!

      Now if only those Wombats were cuter, I’d get some. I swear I’m going to have another bootless winter, I just know it.

    • Cracking up, sorry! Since you don’t have a gravatar connected to your email address, WordPress automatically generated a random um, “thing,” and OMG yours is the best I’ve ever seen!

      Btw, here’s how to make a gravatar that would be recognized on all WordPress blogs: http://en.gravatar.com/

  5. But is a wind-up heartbreak? Or the brain of Medusa? Or WHAT? It’s so bizarre & weird, I just might keep it.

    Sporto boots are amazingly warm & waterproof, too, and less UGG-like. I have a pair that I got in ’99 that I still wear–they’ve lasted me through Chicago, Wisconsin, Canada, and NYC! Though I actually like the pair you posted, too.

    Also, how about a kitten that you name Edward Cullen? 🙂

    Forever upping the ante,

    • A wind-up heartbreak… wow. Molly, you might just inspire a book with that phrase!

      I have an announcement: I have procured boots! It started snowing already and I couldn’t wait! The ones I wanted in the picture were out of stock in my size, so I bought a pair on the street. I mean in person. They’re fine. They’re warm. They were on sale. They are not UGGS!

      And E puts up with many things being with difficult little me… but a kitten named Edward Cullen? Not gonna fly, not after I forced him to sit through New Moon.

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