Allegory of the Revision Cave*

You know it’s bad when you’re dreaming about revisions. Here’s the dream I had the other night, in comic format – although there was nothing comic about it. Har har.

Nothing comic about that, either.

Okay, the dream already:

Yeah, kind of a bummer.

The good news is that my agent didn’t hate my revisions. No, she wasn’t thrilled with the new ending, but that’s fixable. Hardly throwing the whole thing in the garbage.

Some days this week I was like this:

On those days I felt pretty good, type-type-typing away. (Actually, for all this, substitute “days” for “nights” because I’m momming it during the day and revising at night, often taking breaks to flip over my little stomach-sleeper.) I tackled new ideas, brainstormed, wasted spent a lot of time doing the Scrivener tutorial (LOVE Scrivener), and generally felt like a winner.

But there were a couple of days that looked like this:

I think the drawing says enough.

*Plato did not endorse this blog post. He wants absolutely nothing to do with it. He scoffs at my amateur drawings.


  1. PB Rippey · August 17, 2012

    I think Plato might have been a misogynist. Love your drawings!!! Write on, Queen Bee! You’re doing it. Put that nightmare into the trash.

    • Beth Hull · August 17, 2012

      Wasn’t everyone a misogynist back then? Just kidding. Sorta.

  2. Pat Kahn · August 17, 2012

    I, for one, have always loved your drawings. Here’s to renewed revision vigor! (And if you have any extra, please send it my way.)

    • Beth Hull · August 17, 2012

      I just sent my revised MS back to her! Ahhhhhh! Will celebrate as soon as I’m done trembling.

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