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Quite suddenly the top blew off--

TNH on The Getting Of Agents

A little further down the page, she also says, "Almost all the best writing advice is simple. The trick is to learn to take it."

How true.

If you're a genre writer type and you don't know about The Write Hemisphere newsblog yet, it's time to learn!

nolove from Wicked Hollow yesterday; it was beautifully written, but too fantasy for them. Alas. Will no-one rid me of this 4K pulpy!pulpy!pulpy! swords and sorcery deconstruction extravaganza?

*chirp*

Yeah, that's what I thought. *g*

(I've decided to start tracking my rejections as well as my acceptances in my blog because people keep dropping me nice emails that say things like, "It's very therapeutic to listen to you flail about miserably, just like I do." So forgive the self-indulgence, please. Or revel in my misfortune, if you prefer.)

In good news, however, I got my contrib copies of on spec yesterday, and they gave me last position, which is a nice vote of confidence. And I reread my own story without wincing more than once or twice, which was a marvellous feeling: it was better than I remembered it being. Congrats to leahbobet on her sale to them, by the way. And to Charlie, who is kicking ass and taking names all over the map. And offending people, because he's a Pervert! Go Charlie!

The only good book is a book that's bounced off at least one wall, I say.

And my copy of Polyphony 3 came the other day. Which means I have to read icky taniase's icky story with its icky girl germs again. *g*

And once I go warm up my leftover chili, I must sit down and edit like an editing fool. Because arcaedia will feel lonely and unloved if I don't provide her with at least three manuscripts to shake her head over this year. Okay, probably not. But I gotta do somethin'--

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TNH is Good People.

ObLink: janni on how to become a Real Writer (complete with certificate).

---L.

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Thanks! I actually have one of my very own. *g*
Because arcaedia will feel lonely and unloved if I don't provide her with at least three manuscripts to shake her head over this year.

That's just how I feel about it! We wouldn't want her to feel all unloved! :)

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How does she put up with us?

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I think she must be very brave indeed!

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Sure...bravery is a good word for it. *g* Not feeling lonely or much unloved at the moment, but I'll be sure to let you know if I need something to read! *laugh*
The only good book is a book that's bounced off at least one wall, I say.

Do walls in the author's place of authoring count ?

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Wouldn't that make all books good books?

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I don't think so. Some small number of published authors seem to write the most dreadful drivel either from blissful unawareness of its being anything less than wonderful [ I'm thinking of an Anne Rice interview that there was a link to around a couple of months back, you probably saw it but I can't find it now, basically about not wanting to be edited because editors did not grasp the unalterable perfection of her work ] or from truly Not Giving A Damn, as one author I have heard rant in public on the "I'm the author, so I can put two hundred pages of retelling Apocalypse Now with Muppets in if I want to, and I can have an order of warrior nuns with leprosy if I want to, and I can not have subplots resolved because I forgot about them if I want to.. " Can't see either of those agonising enough about a WiP to throw it at a wall.

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You know, either the warrior nuns with leprosy or the Apocalypse Now with Muppets could have potential, done right--

*g*

But yes, I see your point.
A little further down the page, she also says, "Almost all the best writing advice is simple. The trick is to learn to take it."

Celia said last night something like, "The magic button for getting published does exist. It's just that until you know how to push it, you won't be able to see it."

She's v. clever, you know.

Let me know when you've read the Heather Shaw story? I'm taking a survey to see how other people feel about it.

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Oh, she blogged it, even. I hadn't read that far down the list.

Carry on.