Friday, July 25, 2008

Submitted!!!!

Yesterday, I went to the post office and mailed off my finished manuscript- One On One- to my publisher. Now, comes the waiting. I'm so glad to be done with it. It has been an ongoing thing for almost 4 years. And, it's been finished since November, so editing took me oh, 8 months, but I do have a move in there to account for some of that time. It feels so good to be done because I was just sick of it in the end. I didn't want to look at the thing anymore, and now it's out of my hands--Yay!

I've been working on it like crazy this month. The day I was finishing it up, I told my 5 year old that I was almost done with my book. He said, "Good. Now you can spend time with your family." Wow, I hadn't realized how much time I was devoting to it. I usually only write at night when the kids are in bed or during naptime, but only if it's during the school year and the other two are not here. So, they've never actually seen how much time I spend writing because they're either asleep or not here.

This is the first time I've really written with them awake and around. I think it's because I was editing and don't need quite as much concentration as writing. Now, I'm going back to my old writing schedule--at night. And, when school starts, I might use naptime to write as well.

A few Thank You's:

First, I need to thank Tristi Pinkston for BIAM. I would never have devoted so much time this month to finishing the edit without her challenge. I am not as self-motivated and really needed the challenge to commit to getting it done. Thanks.

A huge thanks to Amanda for spending so much time editing. That was such a hugely thorough edit and helped me so much. She had great suggestions and gave honest feedback.

I need to thank my sister, Claudia, for a very, very honest edit. "Blah, blah, blah" was not an uncommon comment. And, "we already know that!" She is very honest in her edits, and I needed that. She pointed out so many weak writing parts--too much telling. I hate showing! It's so hard.

Thanks to my husband, Nolan, for the support and for reading through my manuscript. He was my expert on this one because basketball is a huge theme, and he easily pointed out things that I had gotten wrong. No quarters, only halves in college basketball, in case you were wondering.

Thank you to Kay for reading four of my novels and being a believer from the beginning. Also, thanks to her for not being afraid to be honest about what she liked and didn't like.

Thanks to my awesome kids for putting up with seeing my back while I sat at the computer all month. I kept saying, "I really have to finish this thing." They've been so good and have not complained about me letting them watch so many videos and DVD'S this month.

I'm sure that there are many others I have to thank as well.

I just feel so free right now. I'm actually reading a book and happily anticipating August 2 when I will get my pre-ordered copy of Breaking Dawn!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Brittany who won a copy of my book. I wrote everyone's name who participated in my contest and put them into my husband's New York Yankees baseball cap, and I pulled out Brittany's name. Thanks to everyone for sharing their proposal stories. Those were so fun to read.

Brittany, e-mail me your home address and your choice of books, and I will send it off. Here are your two choices:


Sunday, July 13, 2008

July 21, 1994 Contest

That is the day I was married--July 21, 1994 and to help celebrate my upcoming anniversary, I am doing a contest.

First, let me tell you about an important event that led up to that date. It is about the all-important proposal. In May 1994, Nolan, my now-husband, then-boyfriend invited me to a Salt Lake City Buzz baseball game. We went as a group with several of his friends. Nolan was acting a little strangely, somewhat nervously and I was wondering what was up. When we reached the stadium, I told him I had to go to the bathroom and I would meet everyone at our seats. He got really weird then because he was about to say that he had to go to the bathroom. Anyway, we went to our seats to enjoy the game. One of his friends kept making silly comments about whether I felt as lucky as a Golden Nugget. Earlier in the day, the Denver Golden Nuggets had upset the Seattle Supersonics in the basketball playoffs. I didn't really get his joke, but whatever.

During the Seventh Inning stretch, the announcer spoke over the loudspeaker and said: "Marcia Argueta, Nolan Mickelson wants to know if you will marry him." The words were also written on the scoreboard. I have to say that it was completely out of left field for me. I was not even thinking about marriage at the time. I was ecstatic though. I quickly said "of course." It was, in my mind, the best proposal ever. Well-thought out, perfectly-executed, hugely romantic for a couple of baseball fans that we were. He is, in my opinion, the all-time king of marriage proposals.

So, here is where the contest part comes in. In the comments, leave a short message telling me about your marriage proposal & how it happened. If you are not married, tell me about your dream/fantasy proposal. I will then enter all the comments into a drawing and pick a winner. Post all comments by July 20, 2008 and I will draw the name on my anniversary--July 21.

The winner will receive one of my books, their choice. And, if you already have both of my books, which really you all should (just kidding), then I would be happy to mail it to one of your friends or family members.