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How about haiku?
Surely that's not too much to ask.
*nag nag nag nag nag*

Titles

Sep. 13th, 2010 08:26 pm
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richlayers: I think I'm going with Sister and Serpent
ladytairngire: ok good
ladytairngire: I went with just the brownie
ladytairngire: and milk.
richlayers: lol
richlayers: Brownie and Milk
richlayers: now there's a fantasy poem waiting to happen
richlayers: WEEKLY CHALLENGE!
richlayers: DING DING DING
ladytairngire: awww, I think it sounds like names for kittens
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August

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
When I Was King by Linda Ashman, ill. by David McPhail
Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle, ill. by Matt Phelan
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
To the Touch^ by Shannon Connor Winward
Blood on the Forehead: What I Know About Writing by M. E. Kerr
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
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ladytairngire: how long are you going to be gone?
richlayers: pff
richlayers: one week
richlayers: Aug 3-10
ladytairngire: i'll totally be texting you
richlayers: GOOD
richlayers: you can do that today, too
ladytairngire: and reminding you how close NY is to DE
ladytairngire: ok
richlayers: if you have any errands that require Rachel commentary
richlayers: haha you do that
ladytairngire: maybe i'll text you while i shave
ladytairngire: that would be nice and kinky
richlayers: that's what I was gonna say
ladytairngire: bigamy is legal in Utah,
ladytairngire: so i've been told.
richlayers: ooooh
richlayers: I could have a husband AND a wife!
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Books finished in April 2010:

Bone: Rose by Jeff Smith, ill. Charles Vess
School Days by Robert B. Parker
Maddigan's Fantasia by Margaret Mahy
Where's My Cow?* by Terry Pratchett
The Ticking by Renee French
Out of the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst
The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White
The Gunslinger* by Stephen King
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Instructions by Neil Gaiman, ill. Charles Vess



I also would have finished Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink, but it was too boring, and I gave up on it and sent it back. So that doesn't count but I'm mentioning it anyway for some reason. (Possible discussion?)

Rejections

Oct. 7th, 2009 11:23 pm
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"My room in our Durham house was upstairs, under the eaves. At night I could lie in bed beneath one of these eaves--if I sat up suddenly, I was apt to whack my head a good one--and read by the light of a gooseneck lamp that put an amusing boa constrictor of shadow on the ceiling. Sometimes the house was quiet except for the whoosh of the furnace and the patter of rats in the attic; sometimes my grandmother would spend an hour or so around midnight yelling for someone to check Dick--she was afraid he hadn't been fed. Dick, a horse she'd had in her days as a schoolteacher, was at least forty years dead. I had a desk beneath the room's other eave, my old Royal typewriter, and a hundred or so paperback books, mostly science fiction, which I lined up along the baseboard. On my bureau was a Bible won for memorizing verses in Methodist Youth Fellowship and a Webcor phonograph with an automatic changer and a turntable covered in soft green velvet. On it I played my records, mostly 45s by Elvis, Chuck Berry, Freddy Cannon, and Fats Domino. I liked Fats; he knew how to rock, and you could tell he was having fun.

"When I got the rejection slip from AHMM, I pounded a nail into the wall above the Webcor, wrote 'Happy Stamps' on the rejection slip, and poked it onto the nail. Then I sat on my bed and listened to Fats sing 'I'm Ready.' I felt pretty good, actually. When you're still too young to shave, optimism is a perfectly legitimate response to failure.

"By the time I was fourteen (and shaving twice a week whether I needed to or not) the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and went on writing. By the time I was sixteen I'd begun to get rejection slips with handwritten notes a little more encouraging than the advice to stop using staples and start using paperclips. The first of these hopeful notes was from Algis Budrys, then the editor of Fantasy and Science Fiction, who read a story of mine called "The Night of the Tiger" (the inspiration was, I think, an episode of The Fugitive in which Dr. Richard Kimble worked as an attendant cleaning out cages in a zoo or circus) and wrote: 'This is good. Not for us, but good. You have talent. Submit again.'

"Those four brief sentences, scribbled by a fountain pen that left big ragged blotches in its wake, brightened the dismal winter of my sixteenth year. Ten years or so later, after I'd sold a couple of novels, I discovered 'The Night of the Tiger' in a box of old manuscripts and thought it was still a perfectly respectable tale, albeit one obviously written by a guy who had only begun to learn his chops. I rewrote it and on a whim resubmitted it to F&SF. This time they bought it. One thing I've noticed is that when you've had a little success, magazines are a lot less apt to use that phrase, 'Not for us.'"

--From On Writing by Stephen King
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This is a little project that [livejournal.com profile] ladytairngire and I have been working on today, which will hopefully be a game we continue to play for... the rest of our lives. Errr, I mean until we're so prestigious that we never get rejected from anything ever again. (I'm lookin' at you, Neil Gaiman.)

Rejection letter points will be tallied at the end of each month.

The point scale:

Novels to Print Publisher: 100 points
Novels to Agent: 75 points
Agent Submission Rejected by Publisher: 50 points
Short stories/picture books: 25 points
Poems: 10 points

Graphic novel scripts are negotiable based on length.

+5 points for a personalized rejection.

The winner each month will receive a personalized token gift of no more than $10 cash value.
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Dear Ms. Rachel Ayers,

Thank you so much for submitting your email To A Real, Personal Friend. We value the opportunity to read every email from senders such as yourself. You should know we receive upwards of 10 emails daily, from such varied sources as "Deerfield Wine Tasting Events", "Gooddeals Weekly e-letter", "Netflix Receiving", "Facebook/Livejournal notifications", and "my uncle who loves to send spam but never a personalized email." We have reviewed your email in comparison to these many submissions and have decided that your email is EXACTLY RIGHT for our purposes. Thank you SO MUCH for your contribution.

Sincerely,

Lady T. Publishing
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001. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
002. I will respond by asking you ANY five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
003. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
004. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
005. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

From [livejournal.com profile] ladytairngire

1. What's with you and your Mom?

Mom and I are tight. She's one of my best friends. We talk all the time about most everything. If I haven't had a chance to talk with her for a few days I find that we can sit and catch up and share ideas for hours. If I haven't seen her for a few weeks we take a day to adjust to each other again, during which time we'll snap at each other and get annoyed easily--before we get our zen back on and are best buddies again. There are still a few things that I get embarrassed to talk to her about, due to a lifetime of her being my mother... but most of the time I think of her as just another good friend.

2. What is one topic your friends and family know better than to let you get started on...

The third Harry Potter movie or the third Xmen movie.

3. What do you imagine you will be like as an old lady?

I hope I'll be a little like Purple Grandma--noticeable quirky, perhaps, but still sharp and strong.

purple g

4. You've got $100 gift certificate for Victoria's Secret. What do you buy?

Bras bras bras! Actually, bra bra bra. 3 bras I'm pretty sure would use up $100 with very little left over.

5. What do you think about when you can't fall asleep?

Valentino Just Isn't Doing It For me

No, but seriously, I tend to think a lot about writing. The only reasons I usually can't fall asleep are if I've got a lot to do and I'm worried about remembering it all, or if I'm thinking about a story and I keep having new ideas about it and want to keep working on it... and sometimes I just get up and write if that's the case.

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