The last couple days of query revisions have just about driven me nuts. I submitted a draft and a rewrite for peer review and neither one fared so well (I’m on my eleventh version, but thankfully, no one else has seen many of the others). I think I have something decent now, but I’ll read it again tomorrow to make sure it’s coherent.
There is one thing that’s messing with my concentration tonight and I wish I could get a brain cleanse or take some kind of pill to fix it. You see, my kids watched Sponge Bob Square Pants this morning and I can’t get the theme song <Are you ready kids? Aye, aye Captain!> out of my head. No matter how much I try, <I can’t hear you! Aye, aye Captain!> I keep coming back to it. I’m writing the hook to my query with words finally ordered in a non-clunky way <Oh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea?> Dang it. It’s gone. Okay, moving along to the calendar for novel number two. Do I want it to end in June or April? <Sponge Bob Square Pants!> Fine. I’ll come back to that later. Back to my query. Do I want to use “left to save herself” or “left to outsmart her captor”? <Absorbent and yellow and porous is he> Oooooh! Who am I going to soak in bleach and wring into a stretched out mass? You got it, <Sponge Bob Square Pants>!
Now, to make the punishment of the song replaying in my brain even more miserable, these are all the lyrics I know because this is the point where I do whatever it takes to make it stop. So, my brain replays these words over…and over…and over…PLEASE, STOP! (With my fists full of hair, I’m pleading with God – like he’s going to do anything to cease his entertainment). <Are you ready kids? Aye, aye Captain!> Uh-oh. Here it goes again…
I’m looking for a new annoying song to replace this one. Does anyone have any suggestions?