I cannot believe it's already time for the HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW editorial letter! Seriously, where has the time gone? (Oh yeah, Dread Pirate Baby ate it all. And he's still hungry.) No matter how many editorial letters I get—whether from crit partners, agent, or editor—I still have the same reaction. It goes a little bit like this:
1. Complete and utter panic.
2. Crying. (YES. I cry. Every time. Even when it's not that bad.)
3. Frantic planning.
4. Frantic emails to editor for clarification and approval of plans.
5. More panic over starting.
6. Eventual acceptance that it's not so bad.
7. Much enjoyment of smiley faces throughout MS.
Since I know that I can't seem to change my reaction to edits, this time I've decided just to prepare for what I know I'll do. This is the list I created for your entertainment:
❑ Get dark chocolate. Lots of it.
❑ Warn husband that I will be a weepy mess for at least two days, poor guy.
❑ Buy new iPod game for Dino Boy and Ninja Girl, so they can be distracted while I obsess.
❑ Finish TAKEN by Erin Bowman because it's awesome and I can't read while I edit because I compare too much.
❑ Acquire Diet Mt. Dew Code Red for impending long nights with MS.
❑ Notify everyone in my life that I will be a cranky sleep-deprived hermit for a month and it's not their fault. I still love them.
❑ Beg family and friends for extra babysitting time.
❑ Swear off watching Korean Dramas in obsessive, week-long marathons (Oh man, that's gonna be really hard.)
❑ Stock kitchen with easy-to-make food so I don't have to waste time cooking. Also, make a giant pot of curry to feed husband for at least a week.
❑ Stake out my favorite desk at the library, why yes, it's the secluded one in the corner of the YA section DO NOT TOUCH IT OR YOU DIE.
❑ Say goodbye to the WIP. (Sniff, I'll miss you, ugly little first draft.)
❑ Find awesome scented highlighters Mom bought me in New Zealand (She totally knows how to pick good gifts, guys.).
❑ Clean whole house so it won't be so bad after I'm done (Oh, who am I kidding? So not happening.).
Well, guys, I better get to work prepping.