Tag Archives: Critique

Leaving Valenia…for a while

I have now had two rejections in this latest round of submissions to agents. Progress, however slow. I don’t like to change my mind about something when I’ve made it up, but I’ve just done that very thing. It’s been … Continue reading

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Gearing up

I’m into the final effort now on The Swan Harp. I had feedback from seven people, all of which will be incredibly useful. I’ve already started some of the work, and I’ll be at it in the car from now … Continue reading

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Cognitive dissonance

Late last night I had a moment of cognitive dissonance. We’d stopped in Thessalon to hook up to the library’s wireless connection so I could check my email. I have this friend, you see, who is reading the current draft … Continue reading

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The inevitable anxiety and disappointment

After the big push to get The Swan Harp done I’ve been taking a week – more or less – away from writing. I’ve heard people say that a writer should take at least six weeks away from the manuscript … Continue reading

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Yes, you

If you have a good body of work and are submitting pieces or pitches regularly, following all the guidelines and are still not getting results, it’s possible that it’s you. Yes, you. Have you got an artistic temperament? (When it … Continue reading

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Going solo

This past week I did something I’ve never done before. I sent off a grant application without running the pages by my critique group. Please don’t think it was because I figured I didn’t need them any more. Au contraire, … Continue reading

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Granted

  I’m having an extremely busy month. I’ve had articles to write, plus work on the novel, and I’ve spent a lot of time in the pottery studio, because most writers do need a fallback job, and mine’s pottery. In … Continue reading

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The timelines of fiction

It’s been a hectic week. I went into Sault Ste Marie on Sunday and chatted by Skype with some friends who gave me much-needed feedback on The Swan Harp. It’s still a huge job, but it’s now beginning to look … Continue reading

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Another step

I’ve just spent about a week away from home – I’m very happy to be back, and if you could see Spook doing his impression of a shoulder fungus, you’d know he was happy to have me back, too. At … Continue reading

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Professional behaviour

A couple of weeks ago a link went around some of the forums I’m on. The site was a blog where the blogger reviewed books. He’d given a review which the author wasn’t happy with, and she responded very unprofessionally. … Continue reading

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