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Monthly Archives: June 2010

Liveblogging Thursday: One Sentence

So, earlier this week I talked about tanking my first scene.  I’ve spent the intervening days making necessary tweaks to chapters 1-5 to account for this lack of first scene-age, but there’s still one remaining problem. The first sentence of Scene 2 is now the first sentence of the book.  And while it’s a perfectly [...]

Is it Wednesday Already?

Liveblogging Wednesday has been permanently relocated to Thursday, on account of my Game Night being permanently relocated to Wednesday.  Now, what am I going to cook?

Comfort With Discomfort

I’m thinking today of Sons of the Wolf, a wonderful Gothic suspense by Barbara Michaels (AKA Elizabeth Peters) that I read years and years ago.  I remember this one scene where the protagonist was locked in a tower, and outside her room was a large, muscular, violent dog.  She needed to get out to help [...]

Liveblogging Thursday: Home Sick Home

Ok, sorry for punking out on the whole Liveblogging Wednesday thing yesterday.  I had a lot of stuff going on, and people coming over in the evening.  Suffice it to say, I dropped the ball. That’s ok, because today we have the new, better, extra special Liveblogging Thursday.  Today I’m going to be working on [...]

Liveblogging Thursday This Week

Cheaty, I know.

Three Conversations About Self-Publishing

With my friend Becky, about six months ago.  My summation:  “I dunno.  I think if I couldn’t get published traditionally, I’d have to take a good, hard look at my work.” With my writing group, Wednesday night.  My summation: “I think it’s a path to publication that is opening up for some people, like bloggers [...]

Liveblogging Wednesday: In With The New

3:50 PM: And we have a very late start to Liveblogging Wednesday this week.  Sorry about that. Today I plan to start on a new book.  Not the sequel to my current book, but a whole new project, something Mark and I dreamed up during our what-would-you-do-if-you-had-to conversation last week.  I’m still mostly interested in [...]

The Long, Dark Query Process Of The Soul

Queries are out.  Or some of them, at least.  It is always hard for me to let each one go.  While I was going through this process, the agent with my full wrote back.  She doesn’t want me. Remember when I got into Boot Camp and I said, “Can I just say, this feels enormously [...]


I did finish that query letter last night, but for some reason it didn’t publish.  So, here it is: I am seeking representation for my jazz age mystery novel, The Big Life (75,000 words).  It is a spin on the classic hard-boiled detective story—from the secretary’s point of view. In 1928, Kitty Carmichael arrives in [...]

Liveblogging Wednesday: This and That, and Also Sex and the City

It’s time for another Liveblogging Wednesday.  I’m having a hard time deciding what to liveblog today.  I could work on revisions to my query letter.  Or I could work on the initial pages for the sequel to my novel. But what I really, really want to write is a pan of Sex and the City [...]