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WIPjoy #6

6. #FF: awesome #WIPjoy-ers to follow! Well, it makes more sense for me to do this on Twitter, but first off, please follow me @sh8kspeare and Like my Facebook page. Then go to my Twitter and see my #FF post!

Déjà Vu Blogfest

It’s my solar return today, so I’m out doing fun things like seeing Rogue One and having my annual tarot reading. While I’m out, however, please enjoy this compilation of some of my better posts from this past year, courtesy of DL Hammons’ Déjà Vu Blogfest. From August 25, a post about the #tenqueries hashtag…

#tenqueries

An interesting conversation—if Twitter can be said to have conversations—has popped up around the hashtag “tenqueries.” This hashtag is used by agents to go through ten queries in their slush piles and give reasons for requesting material or passing. I used to read #tenqueries regularly, but I stopped when I realized I was getting rather…

New Tricks

I’m not an early adopter. By which I mean, it takes me a while to warm to new technology and/or upgrades. If what I’m using works for me, I hesitate to throw my groove off by having to possibly learn all new modes of working. Yet as an author I’m told I must engage in…

Stories Are Important

Need your help with a speech! Finish this sentence: "Stories are important because ____." I'll credit you! Reply and retweet, pretty please? — Dan Gemeinhart (@DanGemeinhart) August 10, 2015 I don’t think it can be done in a sentence. Stories are important because we step into them and stand back at the same time. Stories…

Addendum

On my reviews site today, I covered Jean Twenge’s Generation Me, which talks about how the Millennials (or “Gen Me” or “Gen Y” or whatever you prefer to call them) have been raised to believe they can have and do anything. This leads to great expectations . . . and disappointments. I’ve ranted before about…

Winter Wonderland

Our weather has taken an uptick the past couple days, which meant the start of a new holiday tradition: mini golfing! The kids had never been before, and they loved it. I’ve also managed to get in a couple nice walks thanks to the cooperation of the weather: 1. “Stranded on a Sandbar” by Jimmy…

Weekly Stats

I had a somewhat better week than the past couple. No outright rejections this week, though I also have not had that magical offer I’m seeking. But! There has been progress on a number of fronts. 1. The agent who favorited my #pitmad tweet from last week requested my full manuscript. 2. There was a…

Random Notes

I hope everyone [in the U.S.] had a nice Thanksgiving Holiday. Ours was good, with family visiting (so at least we weren’t driving or flying anywhere). I even got in a nice Thanksgiving Day walk: 1. “Sister Golden Hair” by America 2. “Love Is the Seventh Wave” by Sting 3. “Hands Are Tied” by Gin…