Tuesday, March 6, 2012

once a month???

Okay--I just realized I haven't posted anything here in a month. Yeah, life has been busy, but I'm striving to make it more manageable. In the mean time, however, it's totally out of control.

That said, I know this is silly, but since when did blog captchas (or however you spell it) get so difficult? Every time I type one, I feel like I need to (a) clean my screen and/or (b) put on my new, stronger reading glasses. Reminds me of taking exams in Bio 3: Anatomy & Physiology, a class I was never prepared for or qualified to take then had to repeat in order to up my college GPA. Sad tales of woe aside, maybe it's just me who's having trouble with them, so I shouldn't complain. I'm sure the new captchas must be doing a great job foiling robots or whatever.

All right--enough of that silliness! The thing that's more mind-consuming this week (and will continue to be in the weeks to come) is that I recently got my first set of "real" notes. Not to say previous notes from agents and editors haven't been real, but these are different. I can't talk about what the project I'm working on is about or anything, since that's all top secret, but I do have permission to tell people I'm working for Alloy Entertainment, writing a new book for them. Which is where the notes come in.

Recently, while trolling online academic resources for my oldest child, I came across a lecture by a high school friend of mine. In it, he quotes Yoda, saying that sometimes, "You must unlearn what you have learned." Can I just say how timely that advice was? Anyway, thanks, Mehran/Yoda! So true. Because we (read: I) may think we know so much, but until someone with a higher level of expertise steps in, we have no idea how much we still need to learn.

Hopefully it won't take me another month to get back here, but it might--I've got a lot of work ahead of me.

11 comments:

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Congrats on the new book! Exciting!

Suzanne Casamento said...

Yay for notes and for the Alloy gig!

And as for the captchas - holy moly! It takes me three tries now.

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Liz!

Thanks, Suzanne! Glad I'm not the only one finding them difficult!

Cat Winters said...

I hope all is well with the Alloy gig and you're not overly stressed with fitting in writing/revising time. I can't wait to hear more about the book!

I'm still waiting on my editorial letter, so I haven't yet sealed myself inside the revision cave. I'm plugging away at Gothic Historical YA Book #2 in the meantime. I'll be thinking of you during this rush to fit in work while the school year lasts!!

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Cathy! Yup, pretty much going crazy trying to get everything done around here. It's a good kind of crazy for the most part, though!

I'll bet your letter will turn up any day now. Good luck getting lots of writing done in the mean time!

Jeremy Bates said...

Shouldn't the quote have read: "Unlearn what you have learned you must?" lol

By the way, I don't know anyone who really cares for Captchas. Even with good eyes they can be difficult to read!

Ara Burklund said...

Ha! Probably, although I did look it up on some Yoda-quote website. We all know how reliable the Internet can be, though. ; )

Susan R. Mills said...

I know all about busy! I hope you return soon. :)

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Susan! : )

Adrienne said...

Huh. I could have sworn I left a comment on this before. (Maybe I flunked the captcha test. Ha!)

Anyway, good luck with the project - hope you're still in the middle of a good kind of busy.

Ara Burklund said...

Thanks, Adrienne! Yep, it's good but I can't help panicking a little bit about the deadlines. It'll feel good to be done! : )