Which kind of surprises me, because I've been expecting Hussie to do something that I'll decide I want to incorporate thematically, but I've felt pretty okay with my choices so far! I have been content.
Up until Thursday's update, that is. This obviously necessitates some changes.
I guess I’m getting to the stage where people look at my writing career and think, “That person must know what she’s doing”, because I am starting to get messages from people who are keen to talk to me about publishing.
I am reluctant to disillusion them. I do not like to explain that I know bupkis about publishing. To me it is a mysterious opaque world, the landscape of which is only occasionally illuminated by emails from my agent and editors, and tipsy conversations with other writers.
However, it seems a little ungracious to send people away with “Google Absolute Write, good luck”. So since this blog could do with some actual regular content, I thought I would do a series of blog posts — not on how to do it (“it” being “get a book deal”), but how I did it. It’s not only going to be about selling my novel, though: since it is a journey, I’ll talk about what’s happened since I first prevailed upon someone to give me money for my fiction.
I plan to do posts on:
- Selling short stories
- How I published a short story collection
- Signing with a literary agent
- How I figured out how to write a novel
- Going on submission
- Selling the novel
- Conventions and festivals
- Social media and networking
- Other stuff!
My focus will not be advice. There is sufficient writing/publishing advice on the Internet to equal even the cat photos and pornography. It’ll be what I did and why it worked for me (or why it didn’t). But the big thing to remember about writing is that there are a lot of different ways to do it; there are lots of different paths to publication; and you only have to do what works for you, which might be different from what works for other people.
Which leads quite nicely into the meat of this post! Here are
Ten things I believe about writing
A sort of mission statement
(This is not advice. It is stuff I tell myself. It might SOUND like advice, but all the “you”s in this post are really me.)( Read the rest of this entry » )
Mirrored from Zen Cho.
Yep. We went and saw it again. Friday date night!
...I have literally never gone to see a movie twice in theaters, but this? It's a cinema experience. Plus it's better than 99% of all movies I've ever paid to see, so totally worth it.
Was even more exhilarated this time, as I knew I could watch without my tender sensibilities getting trampled - and as I knew the characters better, I had more moments when I got really emotional. (Read: cried.)
But yes. So good. I am so glad Tumblr is all over the Fury Road love, because I'll take all I can get. ♥ (My tumblr is for-the-flail, if anyone wants reblogs of plenty of shiny and chrome and also Mass Effect.)
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⌈ Secret Post #3068 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
[William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy]
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2. Wayward PInes is a new horror series by M. Night Shyamalan about an FBI agent who becomes trapped in a strange town while looking for two missing agents. Like a lot of M. Night's stuff (as in, everything of his that I've watched) it's a lot of things that I find interesting and usually love done in a way that I find mostly boring, with what should be big, shocking reveals and events leaving me cold. But it's summer and there isn't a lot on and Hulu keeps telling me that a new episode is out.
Partner was doing some decorating while I was away which didn't (as planned) actually get completed before my return, for reasons.
There are therefore piles of displaced STUFF here there and everywhere (but not in its usual place) and a general sense of disorientation.
Also, I knew I was going to have to examine a late-submitted Masters dissertation I have been supervising (for some value of supervising where I had precisely one face to face meeting with the candidate and it all went silent for months even when I prodded) next week but had not factored in last-minute panicked emails from the candidate asking for comments on draft sections. Which would be a bit last-minute and not something I could be giving my best critical attention to even were I not still jet-lagged. I gather there are reasons why they are being allowed to submit after the usual deadline, and I know that I myself am more of whatever is the equivalent of 'income 20/-, expenditure 19/6' when dealing with deadlines, and this probably makes me much weirder in statistical terms.
This is possibly a subset or allotrope of our work plaint re archive research queries that sometimes people approach people who could help them in ways that are not the most effective way of getting that help or just don't ask), and this is actually quite irksome when you know that you could be a lot more helpful IF ONLY.
Folks, I am getting quite possessed by the_comfortable_courtesan. Lying awake last night with jetlag insomnia I was trying to work out what Mr P-'s horrendous play was going to be about (and now I know). (And it really does have an absolutely whopping part for Miss A-.)
However, I discovered a copy while going through a bunch of office supplies for Freecycle. I've long ago forgiven a lot of egregious stuff in fanfic if it's otherwise a good story, but from a published book? Sorry, not willing to cut much slack.
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All that said, Hastert isn't being prosecuted for the abuse. Hastert is being prosecuted, essentially, for having been blackmailed. According to the New York Times, the indictment was for making "cash withdrawals designed to hide those payments and for lying to federal authorities about the purpose of the withdrawals." If you're being blackmailed, you have to cover up the payments, because otherwise the whole thing goes public.
Hastert is almost certainly an abuser, and this looks like a case of "prosecute him for tax fraud, because we can't get him for his major crimes." But this still disturbs me. Hastert didn't steal the money, and there's no evidence that he didn't pay taxes on it. He just did his best to keep the transfer out of the news.
The article is (trigger warning!) full of people saying "He's such a great guy, I can't understand how this happened." You would think by now that the nation would have realized that abusers usually come across as nice guys to other adults, and that character isn't a single unitary thing. "He talked a great show" is not synonymous with "He couldn't have done anything wrong to a child."