January 6, 2018

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This will not be a post for the faint of heart. Let me be clear about that from the beginning.

I have been meditating on the idea of rejection. What it did to me, what it does to those of us creative people who put our work out into the w...

October 29, 2017

You may have heard that I and my manuscript were recently dropped by my agent. I discovered that my book had been roundly rejected by a slew of editors. My grand dreams of publication did not come true. I was crushed and forlorn, angry, confused, and hurt. It sucked....

October 8, 2017

My fantasy manuscript has been out on submission for six months now. That's 182.5 days, or 4,380 hours. More than two seasons have passed since my labor of love went out into the world without me, and I have had no word of its fate.

I am going to quote my agent, who, in...

September 25, 2017

Since my last post in August I have started physical therapy for a shoulder issue. This has literally been an impingement on my plans. I have an impingement...in my shoulder, and let me say that despite the slightly amusing nature of the name of this disfunction, it is...

August 4, 2017

You know that feeling when you get a delightful surprise? When something wonderful happens that you had been waiting for for a VERY long time? You wake up out of your negative stupor of self-defeat and Lo and Behold! The thing you swore would never happen actually happ...

July 28, 2017


“I was not there when I died, but she remembers everything. These words are my words, though I never spoke them. The one who saw it happen was not me. She remembers falling into the clear light and then rising, like an arrow shot from the heart. She saw it all...

June 26, 2017

How to begin?...

Dear Ms. Le Guin? Dear Friend? Dear Master? Dear Teacher? Dear Intrepid Traveler? Dear Guide to the Sacred Worlds of Fantasy and Science Fiction?

(okay how about this:)

Dear Ursula,

I know how you hate gifts (because they cannot be reciprocated) and (proba...

May 12, 2017

I am beginning to feel like all that excitement about getting an agent was some sort of a dream. In just one week I went from no prospects at all, to finding the agent of my dreams. Yay! But, now...well, it's been hard waking up. And, of course, waiting sucks.

I kn...

May 6, 2017

I am offering this letter to the web to help aspiring writers to write a more effective query letter: 

Dear (insert agent's name here),

In a primeval forest,

a boy with a gift of power

will encounter a creature of legend.

Taught to kill, he will choose to love.

She will show...

April 7, 2017

As you may know, if you have been following the whirlwind last 7 seven days, I have been blogging about my quest for the fabled "Big Break". I can tell you that when it comes, you'll hardly know what to feel or say. I am still in shock after more than four hours have p...

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I am offering this letter to the web to help aspiring writers to write a more effective query letter: 

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In a primeval fo...

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