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Happy July Fourth. Pass Me the Scissors

wordsmithing

This will take forever

This is the perfect day to write. Kids are grown up–one’s in DC celebrating with friends, the other’s an Army boy in Kuwait with the Signal Corps. Holidays aren’t the same when kids aren’t the engine that drives them. Today, my husband and I are relaxing, bbqing steaks when it cools off and watching a TVo’d show before going to bed.

Me, I’m also editing my mss. I have about a month this summer to complete it or I probably never will. As a teacher, my only big block of open time is summer. I thought I’d finish last summer, but didn’t even get close. I’m committed this time. Today and the next 45 days, I’m wordsmithing, cutting out unnecessary descriptions, actions, redundancies–all that stuff that slows a novel down and makes you want to skip pages. Who was it said, Cut out the stuff that readers skip. That’s what I’m doing.

It’s July 4th and I’m at 108,398 words. I need to get to 100,000. I’ll keep you up to date.

While I’m working, here are some videos to remind us-all of that amazing day 237 years ago and the bravery of our forebears. God be with all of you.






Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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15 thoughts on “Happy July Fourth. Pass Me the Scissors

  1. Jacqui, being a non-American I’m not as emotionally close to 4th of July as you are but I felt your wishes to God for others very touching and more so about the holidays without the children. You spoke for all parents. Happy 4th of July and happy editing this year. Arun

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