Friday, September 11, 2009

Wedding, Races & A Patridge In A Pear Tree

I’ve never actually seen a pear tree come to think of it…

Did you miss me? Did you notice my absence?

Probably not, but for politeness sake you’ll pretend you did and I appreciate your acting skills, really I do.

Where have I been? To a wedding, among other things. A wedding where I was reminding that yes, even on top of a building, grass and high heels do not mix. I was lucky enough to be wearing a dress that didn’t blow up like Marilyn Monroe’s every time gust of wind came, so for that I was thankful, even if my two inch heels sent me plummeting downwards when I put the slightest bit of weight on them.

One day men shall have to wear them and we’ll see who’s laughing then!

Precisely one week after said gorgeous wedding I found myself at the races and once again grass and high heels – not a good mix. I’ve never had a sudden urge to perch a bunch of feathers on my head and stand in the sun for hours on end but I had a lovely time actually and would even consider doing it again just for the sake of wearing a pair of my favourite shoes (yes my weakness) and a new dress (did someone say shopping?)

Aside from that all housework, work, tax (yes I like to leave it until the last minute and live dangerously) and life have gone by the wayside and I am now desperately trying to catch back up.

That’s also my way of confessing to doing very little writing, by the way.

My competition entry took on a life of its own and switched into external conflict mode, bad manuscript. While in keeping with Desire guidelines I’m sure it would send Harlequin Presents editors reaching for the red pen (and alcohol). That’s the problem with writing for more than one line, occasionally the other sneaks in when you’re tired.

Honestly I don’t think the ms and I are talking at the moment. I’m not impressed at all because I didn’t exactly notice at first so there’s a couple of thousand words about to go bye bye.

I’ve been trying to remember whether Lynn Raye Harris or Lucy Roberts had completed manuscripts or if they concentrated on the first chapter and synopsis only for their entries. Does anyone know?

How’s everyone else competition entry going?


Lucy King said...

Hi Lacey, oh yes, heels and grass, such a bad combo :)

When I entered the comp, I had the first three chapters done, and a very draft-y version of the rest (esp the last few chapters). Good luck with your entry!

Lucy King/Roberts

Rachael Johns said...

Neither of them had completed mss! And fyi I'm entering but am not writing past chap one on purpose - well aside from the synopsis.

Reason being - if they like it, they'll likely tell me they want things slightly different anyway and if they don't, then they won't want to see the rest anyway. Am I making sense?

I know what I mean!!!


Jackie Ashenden said...

I think don't think Lucy did, Lacey. You should ask on her blog. I certainly didn't when I entered the FTH Contest!

I am not entering the contest (sniff) but have to keep remembering why I'm not. Which would make me feel a whole lot better if I'd have heard about the latest sub. :-(

Suzanne Jones said...

Good luck with the comp entry, Lacey - I'm just about to make a start on mine.


Lacey Devlin said...

Thanks Lucy! I think I'll follow your example ;)

Just remember how much closer you are to publication compared to last year Jax! Almost there!

Good luck Rach and Suzanne!

Kate said...

Good luck on the competition!


Lacey Devlin said...

Thanks Kate :)

Joanne Cleary said...

Hey lacey,

I think everyone has already answered your question--neither lucy nor lynn Raye Harris had finished their ms.

Me, I'm finally getting back into it after holidays and first week back at school nightmares. i'm aiming to do as much as I possibly can before entering the contest. I know what I'm like for changing things half way through, so the more I do the stronger the first half gets--if that makes sense.

Lorraine said...

I can't decide what to submit. Can see the angst lasting up to the deadline and beyond... Am definitely only writing the first chapter for one idea as I should be getting back to my other sub.
Shall we drown our sorrows in virtual alcohol together? Wearing virtual heels that don't sink into anything or make us totter???

Lacey Devlin said...

Yes bring on the virtual alcohol and heels Lorraine! I'm sure we can corrupt the others too :) Especially Joanne after her first week back at school nightmares :D

gaelikaa said...

Did you do the 'updo' for the wedding? Bumpits and all?

Lacey Devlin said...

It took a couple of goes but I did manage to pull it off thanks Gaelikka!

gaelikaa said...

Glad to hear about the updo coming out well!

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