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To Gnaw or Not to Gnaw

In 7th grade, I had to enter a project in the Science Fair. I saw it as my excuse to get a hamster. Whiskers performed well in my little experiments; rodents hold up surprisingly well under electric shock.

Just kidding! My experiment was not cruel, but it was dumb. Even though hamsters are color blind, I tested to see if color would have any bearing on a hamster’s ability to find the treat at the end of a maze.

I can’t remember my exact findings, but I’m pretty sure the conclusion was a resounding “not so much.” If I earned an A, it was strictly for effort. After all, an entry in the Science Fair is about more than just the experiment. A good presentation can go a long way.

This past Tuesday, I sent off a presentation involving waaaay more work and fewer hamsters. It was my first ever book proposal. If I had to send it snail mail, the postal worker would’ve had to wrestle it over the counter from my clenched fingers. As it was, hitting the send button on the e-mail took a painful ten minutes.

In some ways, my proposal seems dumber than my color experimentation on a color blind rodent. The platform and publicity section is horribly weak. I may be decent at marketing homes for sale, but marketing myself and a not-yet-published book is another story. (No pun intended.)

But, I do see Tuesday as the milestone it was. I am happy to be on the other side of such a daunting task. I now know I can do it, and I’d like to think I’m a better writer for it as well. I’m thankful to Jerimiah, Ashleigh W., Bethany K., and Kristi J. Without their help, I never would’ve made it.

I’ll still need moral support to get through the next eight weeks—that’s the standard wait time to hear back from a literary agent. Eight weeks is an eternity. So hopefully, I won’t go mad and gnaw off my own foot like poor little Whiskers ended up doing.

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  1. Carolyn Trucano

    Glad you got it completed. You are fortunate to have friends to help with getting the proposal done. Yes, it was a milestone for you.

    • beth

      I really was fortunate! Thanks Mom :)

  2. Jerimiah

    I am proud of you. You did a great job!

    • beth

      Thanks Babe! I couldn’t have done it without you. For serious.

  3. Congratulations on hitting “send.” That’s a huge feat in itself!! I hope you get an awesome response from the agent.

    And I LOLed at the last line of your post. :)

    • beth

      Thanks Melissa! I almost re-named her Stubbs… :)

  4. Larry Reesey

    Great job Beth. One of so many milestones to come!

    • beth

      Thanks for being one of my biggest supporters! You are way more comfortable than a bra. :)

  5. Ashleigh

    Okay … I read this article … all the way through … and laughed … and did not catch on that Ashleigh W. was referring to me. LOL! Thanks for the shout-out … I will keep praying :)

    • beth

      You make me laugh! Thanks for all your support!

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