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Jan. 12th, 2015 | 05:52 am

It was a truly lovely holiday, spent mostly in Sri Lanka (which is a little like India Lite - cleaner, less-crowded, less poverty, less color and more expensive). There was beach time and city time and honest-to-god-no-wifi-or-electric, swimming-in-a-waterfull, rainforest time.

I set some writing goals for the year.

I'm going back (in three weeks!) to a residency that was very helpful last year in terms of finishing work and focusing.

I've made some resolutions about writing - finishing my YA novel, finishing and submitting some personal essays. making some podcasts - and sent off what is hopefully the last draft of my memoir to my agent. Now I'm going to banish it from my mind until I hear it's sold (or hasn't).

I'm learning how to plan my time as an editor, and to say, "what's your time frame?" to new clients instead of assuming it's immediately necessary to cram their project into my calendar (I'm booked through the beginning of April which is humbling and astonishing). I've learned I really can't edit more than 5 hours a day. And after five editorial letters/annotated manuscripts sent off with the feeling, "uh-oh, they're going to hate this and want their money back...", I've learned that people really DO want to hear it straight. And are grateful that I'll tell them in plain language what their friends are too kind to say or not qualified to spot. (Sample comment: NO! NO! NO MORE CHARACTERS REFERRED TO AS 'THE MAN' OR 'THE WOMAN'! I AM GOING TO BRING THE TURKISH ICE CREAM MAN TO YOUR HOUSE AND EVERY TIME YOU WRITE 'THE MAN' HE WILL RING HIS LITTLE BELL AND THROW ICE CREAM AT YOU! NEXT TIME YOU WANT TO WRITE 'THE MAN', STOP! HEAR THE LITTLE BELL RING! AND DON'T!) (I did explain in the editorial letter just why that wasn't working and what the writer might do instead.)

I had a beautiful birthday at a Sri Lankan restaurant that combined fancy-shmancy food with amazing service and a relaxed vibe. A guitar player serenaded us, the waiters brought us a million little in-between-courses things, and my guy proposed.

(I said yes)

I don't know where we'll marry yet, and where dictates when - his parents are in Jamaica, my mom in Florida, our friends in the UK and scattered across America. Maybe we'll try to have a party, or maybe just get married on a beach somewhere and send pictures. The only thing I'm sure on is there will be no big fluffy white wear-it-once overpriced gown.

I'm still blogging here, and I also regularly post travel pics with short 'postcard' stories on Instagram (GuerillaMemoir).

Love you Livejournal, LJ Idol, and friends. Love you.

Thanks :)

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Laura, aka "Ro Arwen"

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from: roina_arwen
date: Jan. 12th, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
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Firstly, CONGRATS on your engagement! W00!!

Secondly, aren't you a little young to be writing your memoirs? *wink*

Thirdly, now I want to visit Sri Lanka, LOL!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

It's more of a limited-time memoir of a particular year :)

Sri Lanka is gorgeous, I recommend it!

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Ellakite

Woo-Hoo!

from: ellakite
date: Jan. 12th, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on your engagement! I'm wishing you and "your guy" the very best! And I'm glad to see you didn't refer to him as "The Man" in your post. ;)

I've always wanted to visit Sri Lanka, as one of my favorite authors (Arthur C. Clarke) wrote of it often after he moved there. Now you have me seriously curious about the place...

Edited at 2015-01-12 07:00 pm (UTC)

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whipchick

Re: Woo-Hoo!

from: whipchick
date: Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Hahahaha thanks!

It's pretty amazing - beach and mountains!

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Your Face

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from: kandigurl
date: Jan. 12th, 2015 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Yay for proposals, that's awesome!!!!!

Perhaps we can help keep each other on track. I still haven't gotten through that revision course for my llama book. I know if I worked on it every day, even a LITTLE BIT, it would move right along, but I just...procrastinate. It's especially bad when I have super-busy hoop sale days.

PLEASE let us know if your memoir sells, I will definitely pick it up to read! I love memoirs and I love your writing, so that all sounds like a big win, reading-wise!

And I shall add you on Instagram (I'm jess_herself)!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

Yeah, I'm having a hard time staying on track, too. What do you think would work?

I'll totally holler if it sells!

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Your Face

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from: kandigurl
date: Jan. 22nd, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
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For me, scheduled check-ins work best - I spend most of my time on Facebook and I use groups like I used to use communities, for checking in and posting updates. Maybe we could open up a group to anyone working on writing projects this year?

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drwex

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from: drwex
date: Jan. 12th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
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Mazal tov. I cannot believe you waited until 3/5 of the way through the entry to tell us the big news. I mean, yay for finishing your novel and I hope it sells like hotcakes but hey, proposal! Marriage! It's what we vicariously live for, yanno.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Thanks!

Yeah - I think because it feels like another step rather than a big leap? But I'm pretty damn thrilled :)

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C.x

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from: itsjustc
date: Jan. 13th, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the engagement! Yay!

I'm glad you had a lovely time away.

and I hope you succeed with your writing goals x

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you on all counts!

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One Phil to Rule Them All

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from: dslartoo
date: Jan. 13th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Many, many congratulations to you on the upcoming nuptials! I'm sure you'll be very happy together.

cheers,
Phil

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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C.S. Inkheart

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from: frecklestars
date: Jan. 14th, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Many congratulations on the engagement! Nice to see you back here again; LJ's a bit quiet without you. <3

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Jan. 22nd, 2015 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! Yeah, I'm gonna try and get back to writing here a little more regularly :)

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Jan. 26th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Oh, my goodness!

I'm finally catching up with my f-list after several weeks, and I missed a proposal?

Wow. Congratulations, and all happiness to you both!

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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 15th, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
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I apologize for the snarky comments to your Q on JR's blog. Angie

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Mar. 17th, 2015 01:59 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Angie - I really appreciate that, it was a rough week :) But hey, we all learned something! Thanks.

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