Whoops. Life got crazy and I haven’t blogged in a couple of months. I’m still here!
I’ve had a couple of productive meetings about my Theodate Pope Riddle book, and I’m excited about prospects. More to come later on that…
One of the important tasks I have for December (besides Christmas shopping) is to write a new and REDUCED draft of my children’s biography of Theodate. The recommended number of words is 500. This sounds fine until I consider that my original draft was 1,500 words. Let’s see….if a picture is worth a thousand words, then maybe removing a picture will help.
But really, my eyes grew large when someone (who knows things in the publishing industry) suggested the 500 word version of my book for very young children. I pictured reading a story like this:
Theodate Pope Riddle was a person.
She built things.
There was a ship and a mastodon and some really great artwork.
Her house is still here.
Above photo is from Hill-Stead Museum website. It’s of Theodate and her husband John on their wedding day.
Here’s hoping I can fill in some quotes and interesting information and cobble together a story that matters–I know people do it all the time, and you would think that writing LESS words would make it easier. Nope. Let the cutting begin!
Wish me luck on my quest for less!