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Writer Waves at Departing Manuscript [Dec. 1st, 2015|09:28 am]
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Writers do get used to this, but it's always a poignant moment.  You've birthed them, raised them up (you hope right),  dressed them nicely, polished their shoes, reminded them to clean their teeth and wash behind their ears and be polite, brushed their hair one last time...and then it's onto the train or bus (or high speed internet)  and away they go to the Big City.   Where they will be scrutinized by Agent, Editor, and anyone else those august beings allow...judges on the evenness of their hem, as well as the attractiveness (or not) of their overall appearance and the quality of their talent.

With books as with youngsters heading to the big city to become a singer/dancer/songwriter/composer/musician/painter/writer/actor...their talent will be judged strictly, and not always accurately.   The writer's bonny manuscript-child may face rounds of "don't call us; we'll call you if..."  without callbacks, despite having what it takes to shine on Broadway or at the Met-equivalents for books.   Or the writer may have failed to recognize that this particular book-child just does not have it--and instead should have been kept close to home and told that Cinderella in her drudge phase is a great opportunity for spiritual growth.  Not everyone succeeds in New York.  Still, every book needs a break, just like every talented person, and writers always hope theirs gets one.. 

COLD WELCOME boarded the Internet Express this morning,   It's number twenty-seven in the count of my novels, though who's counting? (ME!)  its younger sibling will start the road to publication in a couple of days.   Today I'm too tired, and tomorrow the tree removal people will be chain-sawing right outside this window.   I intend to flee to someplace quieter.

[User Picture]From: cdozo
2015-12-01 05:34 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm looking forward to reading the finished product.

Now I have the song "On Broadway" playing in my head.
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[User Picture]From: coalboy
2015-12-02 04:47 am (UTC)
Live Journal needs a "Like" button.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2015-12-01 07:27 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Elizabeth! Now do you get to enjoy Christmas before you have to take up your pen again, or is the next story already knocking on your consciousness?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-12-01 07:41 pm (UTC)
The next deadline is a year away, so I had better pull up my writer-boots and get walking. I have a very small seed of an idea that I will plant in what I hope is fertile soil. It's not always, is the problem. I prefer to find them already partway along and say "Oh--THERE you are, my next book, already knee high and looking healthy."

But whatever it takes....the thing is, some of my ideas are not within the margins of my existing contract. We shall see.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2015-12-01 07:47 pm (UTC)
I hope it works for you, whatever it is!
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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2015-12-01 09:41 pm (UTC)
May the soil be fertile, the sun be bright and the rain be the soft soaking kind.

Congrats on sending COLD WELCOME along and I plan to give it a nice warm welcome (need to put the earlier Vatta books in the re-read soonish pile).
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-12-03 08:55 pm (UTC)
Its tentative release date is in the first quarter of 2016, so you don't have to hurry (sigh.) It could move up or down a month or so, of course.

Today the weather is perfect, and we have been working, not too hard, on cleaning up after the tree removers. Their little tracked thingie that has a claw in front and moves BIG log pieces left more tracks in the lawn, since it's been wetter, so there are stumble-opportunities. I'm sorry we had to have trees taken down (whimper!) but glad that, since it hat to be done (dying trees with big heavy limbs that could fall on people, homes, fences, need to come down before they done) it's now done.

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[User Picture]From: mevennen
2015-12-02 10:39 am (UTC)
Yay! Well done!
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[User Picture]From: jcbemis
2015-12-02 03:15 pm (UTC)


...on your book delivery. Also on being super-secret guest at GaFilk in a month! I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2015-12-03 07:23 am (UTC)
Great! Enjoy the quiet time between.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2015-12-03 07:29 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on a successful delivery!

If you're staying extra days either side of GaFilk, I'm a local with a car & an open schedule.
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