About this time last week I was contemplating the wonder that is NaNoWriMo. I participated last year for the first time. Though I did not reach the 50,000 word goal, I did get a solid 35K or so in, enough to complete a novella that ultimately became part of my first novel ALIGNED. That novella … Continue reading Signs
Or, perhaps -- more aptly titled - "Don't follow me." Maybe I should have that made into a button that I can pin onto my shirt.I'm using this terrible, overworked image to talk about querying. Yes, you heard me - whisper it with me in that tone of proper reverence - querying agents with my … Continue reading standing in the wrong bank line
See how crazy the month of November has made me? I'm telling you how to read AND using adverbs in my title.I broke 30K on my NaNoWriMo mess. Hooray, but no. Last week or so, some kind of massive evil took over my body in form of a cough, headache and congestion that involved me … Continue reading crazy, crazy, crazy (shake your head sadly as you utter these words…)
Recently, there has been a flurry of rants and confessional postings that examine the relationship between writers, agents, and publishers. Some of this has been thoughtful and constructive. Of course the most incendiary writers garner heaps of attention, and the agentfail fiasco along with rants on the "talent killing" agents have shown the ugly side … Continue reading 2009 – the year of the rant?
I just realized the last batch of queries I sent out have a typo in them. It burns my perfectionist soul. Somehow the "t" got left out of the following sentence:"Getting fired from the car dealership is just the latest in a string of failures."Must have happened in a random cut and paste somewhere. Just … Continue reading typos, terror and other assorted info
Main Entry:de·Quer·vain's disease Pronunciation: \də-(ˌ)kər-ˈvaⁿz-\ Function:noun : inflammation of tendons and their sheaths at the styloid process of the radius that often causes pain in the thumb side of the wrist Quer·vain \ker-vaⁿ\, Fritz de (1868–1940), Swiss physician. The author of a major text on surgery, Quervain was known for his work on the pathology … Continue reading wordy wednesday: De Quervain
Last week a series of ills fell upon my electronic devices.First, my computer became very ill. A "hole" in the Internet Explorer security (I loathe you MS) allowed a malicious program to infiltrate my computer. It caused a version of computer cancer that wrecked havoc with many of the critical systems. Fortunately I was able … Continue reading Please stand by….
I was listening to the Bob Edwards Weekend Edition on the way home from my monthly writing group meeting today, and I heard a really interesting interview. Bob was interviewing Edward Zwick the Director of the new film Defiance. I wish I could have listened to the whole interview, but I only caught the tail … Continue reading Radio food for thought
So, perhaps you’ve seen the blitz of advertising for the new movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”? I have not seen the movie, nor do I plan to see it. The movie is based on a short story of the same name published by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1922. So far as I can … Continue reading Curious