Friday, April 01, 2005

Have you ever just wanted to toss your ms....
under a bus? That's how I felt yesterday. Totally overwhelmed and frustrated with it. I've been trying so hard to get the first three chapters and synopsis in shape to send to an agent, but then I panicked. What if I send it out and there's a request for the entire ms? What if it's not ready? Arrrggghh. So, I think I'm going to hang on a bit, rework things THEN send out that partial. Will cut down on my stress. My dh (God bless him) suggested I first go through and insert all the missing words, then the missing research, then go through and work on continuity etc. Additionally, I'll spend time each day working with the FDin3OD worksheets, just so I'm clear on everything that's happening in this ms.

See, the problem is, I started the book with one plotline, received some really helpful feedback that resulted in me CHANGING the storyline rather significantly. BUT I didn't go back and rewrite what I'd already done to reflect the change. Soooo, that all needs to be done now. Which is why I think FDin30D can really help me :-)

I'm feeling a little more in control now. It was pretty scary yesterday, though.

OTOH, if anyone can tell me exactly when the French people in general knew Marie-Antoinette was going to be tried, I'd really appreciate the info. I knew she was transferred to the Conciergerie in early August 1793 and that the order fromt the Convention specifically mentioned the transfer was in anticipation of her appearance before the Tribunal, but I need to know when that became common knowledge. At least common enough for the English spy network to pick up on it.


Teresa (too detail oriented for her own d*** good at times)


McVane said...

From what I see, they knew it all along, the family were imprisoned in the Temple since 1792. It's been speculated in French newspapers [e.g. Bulletin de Caen] and pamphlets. Try google "widow Capet".

Also, if you haven't already, you might like to read the English version of 'the Bulletin du Tribunal Revolutionnaire', Vilate's 'Causes secretes de la Revolution de Thermidor', Tourneux's 'Marie-Antoinette devant l'histoire. Essai bibliographique' and Thomas Carlye's 'History of the French Revolution'. Good luck.

P.S. How did you manage to get Blogger to work? It hasn't been good to me today. :(

Tess said...


Thanks for the leads on those sources. I can read them in French - it's a matter of FINDING them. I didn't think to google Widow Capet - good idea!!!!

As for Blogger, I've no idea. I updated via blogBuddy, then my entire blog seemed to disappear. I had to go in and Republish the entire thing.

Very strange stuff. Hope Blogger works for all of us today!!!

Thanks again for the help :-)