Friday, July 24, 2009

Before we move into the heart of this post, I feel the need to preface. This comic strip appeared recently in our local paper and, I just want to say, it was way too funny! Okay. Proceed.

Caption (in case it's too fuzzy): Rat, the book editor: Dear Contributor, Thank you for your very interesting and nicely bound manuscript, which I have recently reviewed. I believe your work will make a valuable contribution to the publishing world.
By 'valuable,' I mean that I think we can re-use the brads.
"I like to be encouraging."

Um. Yeah. The publishing world is often cruel.

I for one found that remarkably cathartic. How 'bout you?

Monday, July 20, 2009

I just returned from an amazing writers' retreat. Imagine, if you can, upwards of 30 women - all of whom are a little off their proverbial rockers - getting together to talk, write, eat and do very little sleeping.
There were some amazing classes on everything from self-promotion to recognizing and fixing Point of View errors. There was also a mind-boggling amount of chocolate.
So... the highlights for me:
  • I was able to sport my collection of writing-related t shirts without getting the looks of confusion (and concern) I do when wearing them to the grocery store.
  • I did massive amounts of work while I was up there.
  • The weather was gorgeous!
  • It was rather like being at a huge slumber party.
  • I had more than one moment in which I discovered answers to problems I've been having with my writing.
  • There were a couple times when I thought that maybe, just maybe, I wasn't completely awful at this whole writing thing.
Ah, bliss!!

Now for a bit of news/medium-sized announcement/something I think you'll like to hear.
(cue the "Read More!" link)

Thanks to all the non-stop writing time I had during this retreat I am ever-so-close to finishing the final edits of my next book, "A Forlorn Hope." This will be Book 5 in The Jonquil Brothers Series. Stay tuned, I will be posting a trailer for this book very, very, very soon!


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