Sunday, June 12, 2011

Asundry Items

For this week I've selected a fun Christmas poem by Countee Cullen. When we used to do The Twelve Days of Christmas (ding dong ditching with our kids), we'd include this poem and give the families some mistletoe.

Under the Mistletoe
~~Countee Cullen

I did not know she’d take it so,
Or else I’d never dared;
Although the bliss
was worth the blow,
I did not know she’d take it so.
She stood beneath the mistletoe
So long I thought she cared;
I did not know she’d take it so,
Or else I’d never dared.

WIP Progress Report.

Don't you love it when a plan comes together?

My goal this weekend was to get through Part 2 of WIP #1 to which I'm making a plot line change. Making the change (which has the MC doing something very different than in the original plot) was tough. But I really need to get the entire ms ready to submit to my critique group on July 1st. Ugh.

But, I did it! The fewest changes need to be made in Part 3, so I should have time to do a read through before the end of this month. Phew!


On another note, I'd like to thank two blogging pals for kindly giving awards. I thank them both.

This is from Tara Tyler. Click here to check out her blog.
This is from Laura Josephson. Click here to check out her blog.


  1. Tell us about your critique group...

  2. Congrats on the work. It feels so good when it all comes together.

  3. Congratulations! On both your progress and your awards :) I love it when things fall into place like that.

  4. Anonymous - that's the topic for Wednesday's post. =D

    Becky and WritingNut - it is satisfying. Until the critiques start coming in and you see all the stuff the still needs to be fixed. *sigh*

  5. triple good for you you you!
    and that poem is cute!
    hav a great week!

  6. Christmas?! Nooooo. It's a dirty word for those of us working in retail.

    Congratulations on your WIP progress and awards!

    Ellie Garratt

  7. Tara - I love that poem. The imagery of "the bliss was worth the blow" is delightful.

    Ellie - What? I lurves Christmas. Of course, I don't work retail.

  8. Busy, busy writer. Good on you! I'm in the middle of editing. Need to cut a gazillion words.

    Love the Christmas poem. Believe it or not, they're still skiing in the resorts in my area. Will summer never come?

  9. Kathi - same here! Some people here at the office were talking about skiing on the 4th of July.

  10. Love the poem. So cute!

    Can't wait to read it the whole story in July!

  11. Congrats on your award! And I love the pic of the cat and dog! Sweet!

  12. Robin - I thought it was going to be a breeze to get the rest done by July 1st, but I'm getting input that's got my brain going again. Gah!

    Allison - thanks. I thought it was darling.

  13. Hi Donna,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment - you made me laugh out loud. I like your strategy regarding belly fat....
    Look forward to reading your blog.


  14. Loved your post, Melissa. I could so relate!

  15. Hey congrats on those rocking awards. Good for you powering through that WIP. Yay!

    And seriously, I love that poem. I really do. Thanks for the chuckle.

  16. I love poetry that either really moves me or makes me laugh.

  17. yahoo for you...I haven't figured out how to comment back to people when they comment on my blog, so here I am. Thanks for your comments. I'd love to cook for you sometime. I love it. Nothing like sharing a good meal with a friend. If I comment back to you on my blog, do you get an email telling you I did?

  18. Scary, I posted a similar A Team reference in my blog a couple days after you.

    It caught my eye when I was skimming through your blog posts. At any rate, congratulations on your awards.


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