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Puddle Duck
Nova Scotia, Canada
March 29
Mother, daughter, wife, sister, cousin, niece, aunt, best friend, Canadian, co-worker, friend, employee, pet owner, amateur photographer...I think that's enough.


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MAY 29, 2010 11:00AM

My Journey away from pain...like being 9 months pregnant

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I have had a hell of a week.  My pain level has increased and my mobility has decreased and now I'm just waiting for the call that will hopefully put an end to this chapter of my life. 

 The funny thing I realized is that this past little while reminds me of something I'd already been through.  Pregnancy....that's it!  I'm getting more and more uncomfortable, just like I would be if I was nearing the end of my third trimester.  It's getting harder to move, which also fits in.  And the funniest part is the phone calls.  When I was getting close to the due date for both of my children, the calls drove me nuts.  Here I was, waiting for the most improtant thing in my life to happen and I was hounded by friends and relatives asking if I was feeling contractions yet or if my water had broken, etc.  I finally started to say "Yes...I just decided not to tell anyone the biggest news of my life."  Now the same thing is happening with my spine surgery.  Not a day goes by without multiple calls and emails, asking if I have my surgery date yet. 

Upon  reflection, I have taken it a step further.  When I was pregnant, I was anxiously awaiting the birth of a human being...the beginning of a new life.  When I was pregnant, I was waiting for my children's lives to begin and now I'm waiting for my own new life to begin.  I've often said that the pain I'm feeling is like being in labour 24 hours a day but without the reward of a new baby at then end.  But maybe I've been wrong in thinking that. I may not be a baby but now I truly believe a new life will begin for me. 

I have learned how important it is to have your health and to do anything possible to maintain it.  I've also learned how much of an impact I have on the lives of those around me which susrprises me to no end.  It's almost like  I've been in a film where I thought my role was very small and insignificant only to find that I actually have a number of fans who are sitting at the edge of their seats, waiting to see what comes next for my character.

Stay tuned...

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It's as if you're anticipating a literal labor and delivery of your new life, so in that respect, what you're living may be comparable to pregnancy
oh, how did i miss this yesterday? i guess all the reposts overwhelmed my feed.

i am really glad to hear this hope in your voice, anticipation of an end to the misery, and a beginning to a "normal" life. my best wishes and continued prayers for patience and strength and love.
Thanks for stopping by guys. I am busy composing a list of 'things to do when I can walk again'. The increase in my meds has relaxed me to the point where I can actually think positively.
Puddle Duck,
You were never an extra in the movie of your life.
You are the lead actor, remember ?
Here follows Children'Book advice :
I'm going to start with picture books - the rest can come later.
32 pages, and less than 2000 words. Less than 1200 would be wonderful.
And that's part of the art - paring it down.
Remember, there will be a illustrator - you don't need to describe anything visually. Suggest, that's all. Allow space.
Not didactic or topical. There are only 7 perennial themes - find out what they are, and try to work within their parameters. Know that losing, searching, finding ( The Quest ) will always be the most popular theme. Ie, the one publishers will be most interested in.
Allow the character/s to work it out for themselves - ie. lose the parents - give the reader a model to relate to, a scenario they can succeed by themselves in. Empower your reader.
Start with a journal, like Cricket, out of Boston, or School Magazine,here in Oz. If they don't accept your story, they'll at least tell you why.
Make multiple copies, double spaced, and present them with a cover note, outlining the idea. Send everything with a SAE envelope.
Be prepared to wait months for a reply.
Here in Oz, Penguin are receiving 120 unsolicited Ms' a week.
Don't even think about pictures.
The story is what publishers are looking for.
Send a copy of your Ms to the editor of every publishing house whose work you have seen, and like. It will probably go into a slush pile, but eventually it will go out to readers, and arrive in a short-list.
Don't let any of this discourage you.
Sometimes, just sometimes, your story will be opened, read, and accepted immediately, because it's that good. Keep it simple.
One of my publishers, Rosalind, was at the Bologna children's book fair some years ago, when an old friend from Bloomsbury books in the UK gave her an Ms to look at. Ros sat up all that night in her hotel reading it. In the morning, over coffee, she told her friend yes, she'd buy it ( for Allen&Unwin, Australia ).
It was JK Rowling's first Harry Potter.
Good luck, Puddle Duck.
Wow, Kim!!!! Thank you so much for the valuable info. I'll take some of the stories I have written and apply your tips to them to see how I can make them better. I really appreciate your guidance. I'll let you know how things go. Of course I'll have to put it on the back burner until after Thursday but I look forward to getting down to business in the very near future.
Two more things I forgot :
Decide on the age of your reader ( 2-5, 5-7, 5-10 etc ) and aim for it, language-wise. The odd multi-syllabic word is ok, if the reader can make sense of it by its context.
Read the story aloud - better still have someone else read it to you,
to get the rhythm and the flow right. Alliteration and repetition are fun.
It's all about fun - giving the reader a good time. Best wishes Thursday.