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I apologise now for not batting an eyelid about you and the cheesecake. How could I condemn someone when I would do exactly the same thing? I swore writing first person was my bag, then I tried third. Oh my. What a difference. I love Lee Child's books - have you seen the "What would Reacher do?" t-shirts?
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I thought your hubby was climbing the California Redwoods. Guess I was wrong. This is a great post and can be applied to any part of the writing process, I believe. I'm going through the query stage right now and I know there is only one thing I can control - how I deal with it. The only expectation I have is this - the process will give me a chance to keep learning, refining and polishing my work until it's sparklier than Dorothy's red shoes. Enjoy sunny California, Barbara!
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Wow - Graham's book looks fabulous. I clicked and ordered! Being left to one's own devices can be a good thing, especiallly if Ms Dolly Hoot and Ms Shark are in tow.
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My theory is if the query/partial/full is out on submission, it hasn't been rejected yet so there is still a chance of getting a yes. I like to cling to the most minisule piece of hope. By the way, I think croc wrestling should be added to the Office Olympics. Maybe you could throw the croc in with the shark and see what happens...
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Thanks so much for the heads-up, Barbara. I will definitly query Caren the minute it's done. Good luck to everyone tackling NaNoWriMo or their own NaNoRevisMo!
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I do like the idea of buying new clothes instead of doing the laundry... My current MS is now on it's third draft - so I am doing NaNoRevismo (thanks to The Intern blog for this phrase). Comments are back from my Beta Readers so I intend to rewrite and have it all finished by the end of this month. VESTIGE - 100K Romantic Thriller Tess Garibaldi always feared the past would catch up with her but she never expected it to be as a reincarnation of the woman responsible for wiping out the Incas. And she certainly didn’t anticipate being hunted by the Scarab Society, a terrorist organization determined to capture the Vestiges – people whose souls contain detailed knowledge of incurable diseases that obliterated ancient cultures. Tess finds herself hurtling through the jungles and mountains of Peru, desperate to find the Trinity Necklace, an Incan artifact she once possessed that can heal all illness or cause destruction by disease. Pursuing her dusty boots are two men who put her sense of reason off kilter – an attractive specialist tracker with a dubious agenda and a dodgy ex-husband with whom she has unfinished romantic business. With the discovery of her past life comes the awareness one of these men could be the reincarnation of a lost love and the other her arch nemesis, in this life and previous. With the laws of reincarnation working against her, all Tess has to do is find the missing artifact, work out who is her ally, oust the enemy and stop the terrorists from crippling the world with a fatal ancient virus. Quite simple, really.
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Floot! Raise your hem and drop your standards, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. ROFL! I love Tuesdays when I know there is a guarantee of coffee being spat over the keyboard as I roar with laughter.
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Sure, we should give the roo a fighting chance, I guess. I've heard your left hook is a doozy*. After your win (no emotion involved), we can chuck a snag on the barby**, skull a Darwin Stubbie and sample Vegemite and cheese sandwiches. Bewdie mate!*** * good one ** sausage on the BBQ ** drink beer *** Excellent, friend!
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Oh Barbara, you were jipped. I come from the land of Great White Sharks - fish and golfer-types. You are welcome to come over to our fair shores and dip your toes, knees or shoulders in our ocean at anytime. Just tell hubby you're going on a Roo Wrestling tour. No worries, mate!
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I love your posts! I always make sure I'm not drinking anything hot or bubbly when I read them, though. Great points re: simple amectodal pleasures. Thanks for reminding us and such a fabulous post!
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This debates rages in a lot of genres, as far as I am aware. It seems to be XYZ Genre vs Literary Fiction. Urgh. I don't understand why anyone feels the need to put down someone else's work. Sure, we all have preferences, and thank goodness we do (your quote about a grey and tedious place rings true). My personal feeling is writers should band together and SUPPORT each other - regardless of what we write. Publishing is a tough industry so why would we want to add more dents to the already chinked personal armour we wear to try and our sanity and pride? Books are for us to enjoy and/or to learn. I don't understand why some people view reading certain books as a badge of honour, like they are demanding respect because they read Proust or whoever.... Sorry, this subject tends to get me riled up (you may have guessed). Thanks for a great post!
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Absolutely hysterical. I had coffee trauma on the keyboard while reading this post. Good points, too. Once again thanks for your points and I'll be sure to take them on board.
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Jessica Andersen - NIGHTKEEPERS and DAYKEEPERS (from The Final Prophecy Series). SKYKEEPERS is coming out on 4 August. The series is centred around the destruction of the world on 21 December, 2012 (according to the Mayan Calender). It is racy, thought provoking and above all, a serious page turner. I am addicted to this series.
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