Goodness, this was a productive day. I:
- bought my airline ticket for the Missouri Writers Guild conference in Kansas City at the end of April
- discussed the conference with the lovely Christine Taylor-Butler and worked out what I'll be talking about when
- went over the mechanicals for a spring 2007 picture book
- finalized the flap copy for the same book
- reran the financial and production figures on a foreign book we're hoping to acquire
- read 150 pages of a manuscript in the office (a miracle!)
- sent e-mail responses to a bunch of foreign publishers regarding some books we'd been considering
- finished my annual pre-Bologna Children's Book Fair report to Arthur about all the foreign books we've seen since the previous year's Bologna
- completed and filed both my state and federal taxes, courtesy of TaxSlayer.com. (I am not ashamed to admit I chose this company because it had the word "Slayer" in its name. If it's good enough for Buffy, it's good enough for me.)
- worked on the revisions to my Asilomar plot talk, in hopes of having it up on the website before I go to my next SCBWI conference at the end of the month
- drafted the informational postcard for the New York Carleton Club community-service project at the end of April (we'll be participating in Hands On New York Day on the 22nd if you'd like to join us)
- And now, wrote a blog post celebrating all this good and virtuous work.
In the end I left it "half the world," because the phrase is spoken by the main character's father, and he's meant to be pragmatic and unimaginative. But it was very much an Oscar-Wilde-comma moment: "I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again."