To paraphrase Ricky Nelson*


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.

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