Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Makes sense, doesn't it?
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Husband: Do you remember when we watched The Three Stooges and they ordered food.
Me: No, I don't remember.
Husband: Two of them ordered good food but Curly ordered a rotten egg and other inedible stuff.
Husband: He said he had a tape worm and didn't want to feed it good. Isn't it funny how we remember things from The Three Stooges?
Me: You remember things from The Three Stooges.
Husband: Too bad they didn't teach math.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
That applies to writers too. We have to believe in ourselves more than anyone else does. How do we do that? Without being, feeling, acting arrogant, I mean? I suppose continuing to write after receiving rejections is one way. I guess.
I heard from two submissions this past week. They both came in on December 8th. A rejection from an agent. Major compliments on my query letter and my strong hook. She even commented on my “intriguing” idea. I paid more attention to what she didn’t say--absolutely nothing about my writing. I’ve read and re-read the rejection, trying to conjure up what she really said. Do you try to read between the lines, analyze or are you smarter than I am and give your rejections a cursory glance before getting back to what's important: your writing.
A few hours after receiving the rejection I got an acceptance from 5x5 Fiction: Stories told Loud and Clear. The editor gave me wonderful compliments. I can live on them for a month or two, or three--at least until another rejection comes in. My 25-word story will be in the fourth issue of 5x5 Fiction. Watch for it. There are still a handful of spots left for the fourth issue; read guidelines HERE. These little stories are tricky.
Also, see a few of Stephen Collins' writing credits below and check out his books HERE. I always liked this guy! :)
Double Exposure a novel published by William Morrow, May, '98 (hardcover).
Eye Contact a novel published by Bantam, July, '94 (hardcover) and May, '95 (paperback).
Super Sunday a play produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Paul Benedict. Starred James Naughton, Faye Grant, Marilu Henner, and George Wendt. ('88). Revived at The Moth Theatre, Los Angeles, directed by Jamie Wollrab. ('11).
Water Hazard a short story in a collection of golf-related suspense stories edited by Otto Penzler.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I remind myself often that I have exactly the same amount of time as Stephen King. I'm always a little shocked by the thought.
I have a friend who used to share with me every detail of the novel she planned to write. Color of the heroine's hair. Dimple in the hero's cheek. Plot points, conflict, black moment. Minute details. And then she'd sit down and write the book. She sold about eight or nine Silhouette Romances before she quit writing. I wonder if she was 'verifying' her story before she committed it to publication.
And when I do this, I have the biggest mess. Revision has turned into a real challenge for me--at least with the book I'm working on now. I think it's because I've taken a Christian romance and tried to change my characters for a secular audience. I've quietened their prayers and they aren't too happy about it. Then again, maybe I'm not skilled at revising. I'm doing more than revising. I'm adding scenes, twisting, turning, manipulating. And I'm not accomplishing anything.
This quote actually makes me angry. I hate that fiction really does have to make sense.
This is hilarious.
What's your favorite quote and how does it speak to you? Share.