Monthly Archives: September 2012

Making a living at this

I couldn’t quite figure out what to write about today, so I decided I’d share one of the many links I’ve acquired along the way.  (I drop them into a folder of “specific articles” and when I’m stuck I go … Continue reading

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Now I know how agents feel

I am, hopefully, moving very soon.  And in the process of cleaning out my closets I stumbled across my old CD collection.  I have a few addictions in life – Coca-Cola, books, and music.  Which means this collection happens to … Continue reading

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Some more commonly confused words

In honor of the fact that Yahoo! keeps using duel when they mean dual, I thought I’d list off a few more words I see that can or are confused with one another: -ball vs. bawl -won vs. one -cannon vs. … Continue reading

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My Novel: Hook Issues

I think I’d mentioned that a friend from college reached out and we ended up swapping manuscripts.  Well, the friend has finished their review and it leaves me with an interesting issue.  It’s one that I knew already, but this … Continue reading

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Post of Randomness

It’s a Sunday.  I hope you’re all out enjoying the last bits of summer.  If not, maybe this post will drive you outside with its complete lack of value to anyone except me.  (Surrogate therapy is fantastic.  Today  you all … Continue reading

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Violence is not okay

So, I was going to post about how much I’m loving Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.  (That woman is funny as hell and brilliant.)  And I will circle back to her at some point, because I have some great quotes to … Continue reading

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Spotting “Errors” and “Filtering”

Over on Absolute Write there’s a little discussion going on about “filtering.”  As I understand it, filtering is a “mistake” some writers make that distances the reader from the story. Here’s what I think is an example: Filtering:  Bob came … Continue reading

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Must stay calm and persevere

This isn’t writing related.  Hence the picture as my apology for ranting in a very generic, not at all useful way.  (And my reminder to channel calm…This may be a repeat photo, but I need his multiple handed meditation today.)

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Query Letters (Part 3 ) – Useful Links

OK.  Time to wrap-up the query letter discussion.  Here are some useful links I’ve found related to queries.  I’m sure there are others out there.  Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. My regular go-to sites are … Continue reading

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Query Letters (Part 2)

So, today I finish (hopefully) imparting the advice I heard at the conference related to query letters.  (Hmm…that’s a terrible sentence.  Don’t write like that in your query.) Ok, a few sobering stats from one of the agencies: -25,000 queries received per … Continue reading

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