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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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One down, ninety-nine to go

Yesterday I received my first rejection in the current round of submissions. I was pleased because the rejection was quick. The whole text of it was “I’m sorry, but this is not for me.” Perfect – it said “no”, and … Continue reading

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Trying to stay out of trouble

Monday morning I packed up the rewrite of “The Last Black Swan” and sent it off to the editor who has “The Swan Harp”. That’s packed electronically, in a nice little .doc file of 99,000 words, give or take a … Continue reading

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The second draft

Sometime on Saturday evening, on my way in to work, I finished the second draft of “The Last Black Swan”. This makes me very, very happy. I sorted out some things that I knew were problems. I checked on some … Continue reading

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I loved my Summer of Writing, and now it’s over, but I’m finding that having a job – I’d say “day job” except that I’m working nights – has its benefits, too. For one thing, it was touching how many … Continue reading

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Back to work

Tonight I go back to work at the call centre. It’s going to take a while to get used to the new schedule – working 10:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. I’m sure I’ll be fine with it. I’m sorry to … Continue reading

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A last week

This is my last week as a full-time writer and artist, at least for a few years. Starting October 7th I go back to a regular job and return to writing part-time. I’m not sad about this – in fact, … Continue reading

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A literary week…

I’ve had a literary week this week. On Thursday I spent the day filling out my Writers’ Reserve grant applications and mailing them. Thirty dollars on postage – yikes!! But it’s well worth it. Friday I took part in Stories … Continue reading

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My first reading

This past weekend I did my very first reading from “The Swan Harp”. No, it’s not published yet, nor do I have any news about whether or when it might be. Yes, other people have read it already. But Saturday … Continue reading

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Break out the bubbly

That’s what we did last night on the last dinner of the writing binge. We had several things to celebrate. One was my grant, the second my completion of the first draft of The Last Black Swan. The third toast … Continue reading

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