To paraphrase Ricky Nelson*

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So my two truly wonderful critque groups sometimes** give me suggestions so dramatic that they would involve total rewrites. And then I start ‘shredding’ and discover I’ve “lost my way” to quote the wonderful Rebecca Stead, because I’m not sure where the characters and story have disappeared to. Sometimes I do have an epiphany, and I say “That suggestion is the key to everything.”*** But when that doesn’t happen, as Ricky Nelson said in the immortal song, “Garden Party,”

But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself

 

*If you’re old enough to remember who he is you probably refer to your CD player as a phonograph.

 

**As in ‘currently’

***No, seriously.

Profound question

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Do I actually write better on five hours of sleep, or is it that I think the words I just wrote are great because I’ve had five hours of sleep?*

*I’m not going to show you those words, because I deal very poorly with rejection.**

**And that’s why writing and acting are such perfect choices for me.***

***Not

Nor rain, nor wind,

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Nor flooded coffee place shall keep me from writing. No, seriously, a mini-hurricane flooded my coffee/writing place. The water stopped inches from my feet. I kept writing anyway. In fairness (to me), so did everybody else. Nothing distracts me from my laptop and my latte.

Bad idea dept

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A Capoeira demo in the middle of my favorite coffee place. Seriously? And I kept writing anyway.*

*I haven’t read what I wrote that day. It might be, uh, a bit aggressive.

Then I lied again

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I am going to finish the trilogy. Why, you might ask?* I read a spoiler-filled interview with the author and decided I liked the ending. Yes, that’s counterintuitive. So shoot me.

*Though you probably won’t