Spring fever has hit hard. For the last few weeks, I’ve only wanted to go stand in my yard and smell the flowers. My irises are out, and their scent fills the air. It’s hard to force myself to work or blog or do anything that keeps me from enjoying this beautiful time of year. The weather’s perfect, school’s almost out, and I just want to play.
I’m not the only one that has Spring Fever around here. The birds have it too! They are so noisy and Twitterpated. But they’ve taken over my yard and my husband’s truck. Seriously!
They are in full-out Nesting-mode, and have built messy homes in my rain gutters and even underneath our Ford F250. Dang! My husband spent 15 minutes trying to figure out where they were hiding. He drove to the church and back, and still the birds somewhere behind the gas nozzle kept chirping. He’s sprayed water up inside and looked everywhere, but we can’t find the chirping culprits. We can hear the little twirps though.
Ginger’s had a good dose of Spring Fever as well.
Now back to topic (as though I had one). My irises are on the downward side of blooming heaven. I’m enjoying them as much as possible before I have to cut all the stalks down and only see leaves for the rest of summer. Aren’t they pretty!
Despite having Spring Fever, I’ve been making some slow progress in editing Book 3–Hands of Mercy. It is killing me. But I am determined it will be awesome…and so I plow slowly on, digging up the words and smoothing them down into a workable soil that hopefully people will like. I love/hate the editing process. Stories become so much more amazing each time you go through and polish/revise. But it takes FOREVER!
This time I’m doing a 6 part proofing process…which is taking even longer. Here are my 6 steps:
- read through focusing on everything
- read through focusing on character details, descriptions
- read through focusing on setting details–the 5 senses
- do Smart Edit check and then search and destroy all the problems (repeat phrases, cliches)
- read through and focus on sentence structure and rhythm; simplify sentences
- change text font and read novel aloud looking and listening for mistakes.
I’m tired just writing about it. I’m in the middle of doing #4 right now. My eyes feel wonky! Thank goodness for blooming flowers out my window to keep me from going insane. I look outside and want to go dance and twirl in my yard, or sit under a tree and read…not edit. If I was 8 years old again, I would do some serious twirling and singing (“The Hills are Alive!”). But since I’m too nervous my husband or one of my kids will look out and catch me dancing, I just imagine myself doing it.
I kind of like being infected with Spring Fever. What about you? If you’re like me and just want to enjoy the fresh outdoors while you read a book, here are some FREEBIES to grab on your kindle or nook this weekend.
Casting Stones by Gina Barlean (Free May 31 and June 1)
Penelope by Anya Wylde (Free until June 2nd)
Hope you catch a good dose of Spring Fever. It’s contagious. Yea!