Why here? Why now?*

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The woman behind me in my favorite coffee/writing place has been talking on her phone to various people for 90 minutes. Luckily for me, it’s all about food storage in Nigeria (no, honestly) so I have no desire to do any serious eavesdropping.

*If you are expecting a scholarly discussion of Hillel, you will be very disappointed.

I believe in Unicorns

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Every writer* has experienced those moments of self-doubt, those “I’m not talented, wasting my time, my writing is crap that nobody but indulgent friends and family will ever read, what was I thinking” times.

So It was astounding to get such high praise** from an agent who requested a full manuscript and another who asked me to query. Best of all, I really like both of them a lot and feel we’d make a good team.

All of this happened at Saturday’s Unicorn Conference. Thank you, Jan Kardys.

*I base this on a scientific sampling of the #amwriting Twitter group and a few writers I know.

**Don’t worry. I’ll go back to my old self-deprecating self soon.

From the world of theatre

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At last night’s murder mystery in Newport News, VA, my cast complained that I so often get to be the victim*, thus giving me the last ten-fifteen minutes of the show to relax and drink bottled water. One of the perks of being the director.

*20 years ago, I was usually the murderer. It all balances out eventually.

A lesson for writers

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Many times reading  The Quality of Silence I said to myself, this supposedly realistic book has a totally unrealistic premise and many unbelievable plot twists, yet I read the whole thing in two days, because it was well written and very exciting. Also, I haven’t read anything that interesting about the Arctic since seventh grade.*

There is a lesson for writers in this.**

*It was called The Friendly Arctic by Vilhjalmur Stefansson and it was 2,000 pages long. No, honestly.

**Let me know when you figure out what it is.

Critiquing critiquies

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Here is my new absolute rule for responding to a critique group’s suggestions

Don’t bristle. Silently take what you like, ignore what you don’t, especially when it sounds like a line from a class.They haven’t read the whole novel and they may not remember the last section they did, so some things won’t make sense to. Also, taste varies from person to person.**

*File under, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

**And nobody’s will ever be as excellent as yours. HAHAHAHA

36,000 words

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In celebration of crossing the 36,000 word mark in a first draft, I bought an extra cup of coffee and a brownie. Now I can’t sleep. You can’t have everything. Given the choice again, I’d still go with the extra coffee and the brownie.