Nasal greetings to all, and Happy April. Did you have a chance to play an April Fool's joke on someone? I brought red tassels to put on the nipples of a male trainer at the gym--his larger than life size photo poster, that is. Huge black and white poster, we have to look at those nipples every day, so I though some adornment would be in order. Yes, he's a Mr. Grouchy-pants with great chest pecs, how did you guess? I, on the ohter hand, am a NaNoEdMo Winner for 2009! There were only 144 winners.That would be the National Novel Editing Month, March, and the challenge of at least 50 hours logged editing one's novel. I have never spent so much time editing, and have never learned so much about big honkin' structural editing that should be done before all the nicey-nice line editing for slurp-o-licious words. I learned to list all my scenes, and then examine each one, asking if it added complication, sustanined emotional logic, and built toward rising action. Are both the plot and the xters developing rather than reapeating? So much to learn, and I realize that even in grad school I didn't edit with such muscle. Best part? Learning to edit from inside the story. Wow. An editing epiphany for this allergy-ridden writer examining the story's ending to see if it feels inevitable while dosing myself with cranberry Ricola cough drops.