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I spent my weekend clearing the decks of various in-progress writing tasks.

This included revising my submission for Heat, which arrived back from the editor last week peppered with comments, suggestions and requests for more dialogue, oh and by the beginning of March please. (To be fair, there wasn't all that much to do; in fact the accompanying email said it was a 'nice clean submission' and I 'made for a happy editor', which pleased me greatly.)

I'd never done anything like this before and it was an interesting process, not least because Heat is a US publication and although my British spellings were allowed to stand, there were a few "we don't use 'paracetamol' as a generic term here, do you guys have Midol?" type flags. (Also a query as to whether I'd missed a word out from the phrase 'going down the Union'.)

I was pleased with the end result, feeling that the flow of the story was improved by the suggested changes - plus I got to put in a brand new joke! - and I have resubmitted to the editor in a timely fashion. I hope that my gentle introduction to the world of revisions will be the start of many such processes, and that this is the beginning of a lovely working relationship with the Heat editor (one Alopex Fox).
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the accompanying email said it was a 'nice clean submission'

What, for Heat? =;)
The irony was not lost on me :)
Paracetamol = acetaminophen, if you want to avoid using brand names.

Yay writing thobut!
Thank you on both counts! (I'm hoping 'aspirin' is an acceptable alternative. I know they have that in the States!)
Ibuprofen would work, too.
Ta - wasn't sure if they had that.
Or Tylenol for something people recognise.
Yeahbut, we don't have that over here. I don't think, anyway - I've never seen it. (I'm definitely writing in a British setting - so much so that I was allowed to keep all my UK spellings!)
*thumbs up!*
:)
Up what? ;-)

Wardy
Mmm... wait to see the story and then decide, I suppose!
Good answer!

Wardy
Well if the story you wrote me is anything to go by, you should go far. I hope they don't make you sell your soul and write something overly explicit...unless you already have done!

Best of luck!

My own excitement at getting published last year was dashed when the comic was shelved but I would still like to have a crack at getting something published, maybe Sofawolf is the way to go.

Wardy
Thank you! As long as I'm in my own comfort zone - which is a place of irregular, shifting and sometimes surprising boundaries - I should be OK.

Heat does require artists too...
I know what you mean. Sometimes I will draw things that could get me locked up and not care. Other times, I will run away and hide when faced with a particular request for a subject I've drawn in the past.

Some more good news, I have found an alternative supplier for TRIA refills and have placed an order. The "biscuit" colour you mentioned for your malamute chap is one of those colours. It's the same one I use for my lions (Conrad, Jailbait and so on)

Wardy
Like your cheeks in that icon? Smashing!
The lighter areas? Yeah those are the ones. It's a blend of 3 colours and I tend of layer the colours to bring the colour out. I've also just been made privy to another technique I want to try in which, after laying on a base colour, you turn the page over (you can see where the colours have been laid as they soak through, even on Bristol) and layer colour on that side too.

Wardy
Ooh, sounds spiffy!
The Sofawolf crew are a great bunch! I think you'd love their huskies, if you ever found yourself in their neck of the woods :)
Aww, I'd love that!