Monday, July 23, 2012

Mozart Under the Stars

First, some news.

I just cut out ten thousand words.

Like, I needed absolutely none of it.  I can't believe I actually wrote it all in the first place!  Besides making almost no sense at all, it was just plain embarrassing to read.  Sometimes I look at my writing and think to myself, "I actually wrote that!?"

So yeah, I'm feeling a little stunned.  I mean, it's not everyday you find ten thousand useless words.

Anyway, I had an awesome weekend!  We went to this amazing concert where we got to sit outside and have a picnic while we listened to the orchestra play Mozart songs.  It was absolutely beautiful!

Me and my siblings :)  Don't worry we're drinking ginger beer.

Concert playing at night.

The theater

We had a really great time, and it was so cool because when it got dark and we looked up at the sky, we could see all these stars and even caught a glimpse of what we thought was a satellite!

What'd you guys do over the weekend?

Happy Monday!

--Jess

9 comments:

Kelley Lynn said...

I can believe this. In my collab we cut out the first five chapters. The first five, just gone. Didn't need them. Felt SO weird :)

Glad you had a great weekend!

Miranda Hardy said...

I know cutting is often necessary, but it does feel yucky. Looks like you had a great time this weekend. Would your mom consider a kid exchange program? I'd so, I have the kids. Lol kidding. Not sure I could get my kids to enjoy a night of Mozart.

Jaime Morrow said...

Wow! Your weekend sounds infinitely better than mine. :) That Mozart orchestra/picnic thing sounds wonderful.

As for cutting words, I know exactly what you mean. I recently lopped off somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 words. How does that even happen?! :D

Sally said...

Fantastic. We have Leeds Castle about 20 minutes drive from us and they do open air concerts. http://www.leeds-castle.com/land.php
I took my son when he was about three months old and he slept through the fireworks and the live cannon fire of the 1812 Overture!!

Reiko said...

With the final version of my book that went to print, I ended up cutting about 40,000 words from the original manuscript.

Over the weekend, we recuperated from our twelve-hour return trip home from the East Coast. The publicity workshop in Philadelphia was phenomenal. It helped give me clarity on how to connect with the target audience on an emotional level as I promote my book. My 10-second speech made some grown men cry. At first, I was taken aback by that. Then again, I knew I spoke from the heart.

Krista McLaughlin said...

Sounds like a very fun evening! :)

Cutting 10,000 useless words - wow. That is definitely progress! :)

janealfalor said...

10,000! Wow. That's got to be a mix of happy and sad. But good in the end. And I love Mozart.

Chuck said...

That is impressive cutting 10k just like that. I am afraid I would have too high an opinion of my work and fail to cut much...if I were a dedicated writer, which I'm not. Sounds like the concert was a good time...I could probably do Mozart for a short time...don't know about a full concert.

Nick Wilford said...

I'm sure the 10k felt good at the time! I don't believe any time spent writing is wasted. It's all learning, even if just a little bit.

Looks like the concert was awesome! I got taken to classical concerts all the time as a kid, but nothing like this. Looks more like a festival vibe.

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