Archive for June, 2012

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50th Post!

June 28, 2012

Congratulations to Rock, Paper, Write! Today is the 50th post.

In order to organize the past fifty musings about writing, I’ve outlined the posts by category. If you missed something, or want a refresher, simply scroll through the archives.

Posts about the craft of writing:

-write                                       June 2011

-journals                                Sept. 2011

-voice                                      November 2011

-plot                                         November 2011

-rule of 3                                Dec. 2011

-characters                           May 2012

-NYC                                       June 2012

Publishing 101

-rejection                              May 2011

-agents                                   June 2011

-social networking            October 2011

-query (3 blogs)                 October 2011

-genre                                     November 2011

-kid-lit                                    Dec. 2011

-illustration                         Jan. 2012

-conference time               March 2012

-titles                                       April 2012

-dark YA                                April 2012

-work a workshop              June 2012

Organization              

-road trips                             June 28, 2012

-filing                                      August 2011

-space                                      Sept. 2011

General/ideas

-imagination                         July 2011

-remembering                      Sept. 2011

-word of the year                Jan. 2012

-empowerment                    Feb. 2012

-Harry Potter                        Feb. 2012

Quotes:

July 2011

Sept. 2011

Oct. 2011

Dec. 2011

Feb. 2012

April 2012

May 2012

Interviews:

Lindsay Eland                    July 2011

Todd Tuell                           August 2011

Interview                             November 2011

Kid review                           Jan. 2012

Karen Windness                Jan. 2012

Denise Vega                        March 2012

Maddie O’Malley               May 2012

About books and reading:

-dystopian                           June 2011

-read write                           August 2011

-favorite book                    Dec. 2011

-best sellers                         March 2012

-thrillers                               May 2012

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Work a Workshop

June 15, 2012

At this point in my career, I’ve attended a number of different conferences. I’ve been asked to speak at a few and teach at others. However, I like to attend as a student, the best.

Conferences are a great forum to generate ideas, discover new trends, meet other writers, and most importantly, learn something new. Here’s a quick to-do list if you’re attending a summer workshop.

  • Carry extra pens (even if you use a computer or pad to take notes)
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Wear a jacket (AC can be brutal)
  • Ask questions
  • Dress comfortably and yet professionally
  • Meet people and swap emails
  • Jot notes, lots!
  • Don’t pitch to an agent or editor unless you’ve signed up for a pitch session
  • Take a break and walk outside
  • Don’t assume you’ll get ‘work’ done
  • Prepare to be stimulated, recharged, and fully exhausted
  • Declare yourself a writer!
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New York, New York

June 1, 2012

What would you do in NYC for 24 hours? I posted the question on FB, and various people replied. Most of the highlights: Central Park, Statue of Liberty, WTC memorial, the MET, or a Broadway show, I’ve done. But it brought back fond memories from having lived in the city years ago.

 

Last week, I traveled back to New York to attend the Backspace Writers Conference. As writers we are observers, taking in people, dress, smells, and the details to life. I decided to spend my brief free time doing just that. Here’s my list:

-ate freshly steamed Korean dumplings at a tiny hole-in-the wall

-heard a fight coming from the subway tunnel

-almost puked in the back of a cab

-walked through random neighborhoods and discovered a rhododendron in full

bloom (you can’t take the country out of me)

-stopped to talk with a man walking his dog, clearly disgusted by the mountains

of garbage piled high

-ordered black and white cookies from Macy’s basement (for the kids…)

-bought a very cool skirt (on sale, too!)

-smelled hotdogs and fried onions on the street corner

-walked down Avenue of the Americas, home of many publishing houses (and

fantasized about a book deal)

-watched two guys, wearing sideways baseball caps and gold chains, eat slices of

pizza on thin paper plates

-walked between skyscrapers at twilight, when the city looks like Gotham, and

missed my hubby

-heard two large bouncers laugh as a luxury bus was towed

-noticed extreme heals on women wearing D&G sunglasses

-took the subway to SOHO and was disappointed that it had been transformed

into an outdoor suburban mall

-walked through Greenwich Village and NYU, stopping for espresso at an old

Beat hangout

-heard jazz in Union Square

-used a bathroom in the back of a warehouse in the garment district (now that was

scary)

-bought a knock off purse for my daughter next to a guy selling Koran’s from the

back of his truck

-ate a BLT on challah, because why not?

-checked out the Forbes galleries

-bought a book for my nephew at the Strand

-took a picture of a neighborhood street in the Village that had a cheese shop next

to a sausage shop, next to a bar, next to a Cuban coffee house, next to a bread

bakery, next to an old             record store. Pretty sure my husband and I could live on

that street.

-watched a celeb get interviewed from afar

-felt a little rain, and then blazing humidity

-remembered being here when I was 14 and missed my parents

-made my kids jealous by meeting a friend at CRAFT, (if you watch

Top Chef, it’s Tom’s restaurant)

-woke to jackhammers

-ducked dueling umbrellas

-drank a beer at a bar full of fleet week sailors with a friend of 25 years

-met lots of great writers, agents, and editors

-worked and wrote and worked and wrote and wrote and wrote and…

 

Okay, to be fair, this wasn’t done in 24 hours. The three day conference gave long lunch breaks and I bolted for the streets.

 

As you travel this summer, enjoy the sunsets, but remember the every day details!