How to make the happy; or, curse you Mary! Part 2

After the Llorona CWC critique on Monday I got to thinking about what Mary said about the story being dark. Considering that the story opens with a murder/suicide, I would say she has a point.But now I'm in a quandry on how to balance the story. See, the story ends*, if not happily, then at … Continue reading How to make the happy; or, curse you Mary! Part 2

Curse you, Mary!

My plan was to take it easier for May. Because Mary was gonna do all the hard work and submit a full manuscript. But noooo! Now I've gotta do the pages that I wasn't gonna hafta do. And I have to finish the round story, because I didn't do the hard work I was supposed … Continue reading Curse you, Mary!

Short story hook question

There's been lots of talk about how important a good hook is for a novel--because that leads to better query letters, etc., and that way people have a good grip on what you're writing.But how about with short story queries/submissions? As a rule, you put your whole story into the mix and let the magazine … Continue reading Short story hook question

My brilliant plan is brilliantly redacted–

The idea was to read the round-story (I guess we should call it the Round Novel now, because there's a lot to it at this point) and then finish in a brilliant flash of writing.As I was going through the story, however, I started editing as I went along--never a good thing if you want … Continue reading My brilliant plan is brilliantly redacted–

A full request!

Hello, ladies and gents,I just wanted to jump up and down for a moment because an agent has requested the full manuscript for Following Julia Roberts!Whether or not anything comes of it is beside the point right now, because I'm assuming that everyone has their fingers crossed. *Peering at everyone's hands* It's my first full … Continue reading A full request!

Mentor of the Month: Julia Alvarez: Feeding the Sea and Piggybacking on Deb’s "Shortcuts"

"Certainly none of us serious writers of Latino origin wants to be a mere flash in the literary pan. We want to write good books that touch and move all our readers, not just those of our own particular ethnic background. And speaking for myself, I very much agree with the advice given to writers … Continue reading Mentor of the Month: Julia Alvarez: Feeding the Sea and Piggybacking on Deb’s "Shortcuts"

Mentor of the Month: Julia Alvarez: The Secret Life

"I was embarassed by my ethnicity, which rendered me colorful and an object of derisioin to those who would not have me be a part of this culture...and so I started to have a secret life, which perhaps is what started me on the road to becoming a writer."--Julia Alvarez "On Finding a Latino Voice" … Continue reading Mentor of the Month: Julia Alvarez: The Secret Life

An Experiment

The Age of Fable: Library Edition by Thomas Bulfinch My review rating: 3 of 5 starsBulfinch likes the word 'propitious'...at least that's the word that stuck out the most to me as I listened to the narrator. Also 'thither'--such an old word that it seemed really forced, even with the knowledge that the book was … Continue reading An Experiment

Do you want to know how stupid I am?Here I am, sitting at the computer, day after day, checking my email, bemoaning the fact that no one is requesting pages and pages of my genius, when, low and behold, a request comes through for pages.All together now: Yay!However, this isn't what makes me stupid. What … Continue reading

April Goals, March Sum-up

I didn't do too bad in March. Got some queries together and off. Got some new pages written--not as much as I wanted, but enough because it helped keep me from going insane while the queries were doing their thing (and they still are, by the way). All the critiques for both groups got finished.April, … Continue reading April Goals, March Sum-up