2020. A new clarity as well as a New Year. The old world is behind me and a new world lies ahead. There is a new biography to be written and the first element is to live a new life. Be aware that exploration and discovery lie ahead!
Well, my friend, I echo the praise of others. Awesome, Congrats, Bad Ass, Sweet, Wild, Fun and ... it never stops, does it?
2020 World Naked Bike Ride Portland! /
My best wishes and prayers go out to all the at-risk people during this time.
I'm reading a little about the polio epidemics in the last century. I am thankful COVID-19 is not a children's disease. Our office is preparing for the governor to compel people to stay home. We learned that local police stations are requiring their officers to provide the license plate numbers of the civilian cars they might travel in...as well as the routes they most often use. This sounds like Wisconsin might shutter-in soon. We have work-at-home plans in development and are working on layoff plans if business keeps falling off. Two major projects were placed on hold by clients and our daily call volume is down by 50%. Can't stay open for long at that rate but we can survive for a while.
Stanford Professor: Data Indicates We’re Severely Overreacting To Coronavirus. We had underreaction for the first three months and look where that got us.My issue will always be government compulsion though. A colleague went to a funeral the other day, the funeral home would only allow ten people at a time into the building. Outside the building were fifty people milling about in grief and being comforted/greeted by others. Others came and went, too. Exactly how does this ten-person-gathering rule work for funeral homes? It doesn't and maybe instead of imposing silly gathering rules, there is some guidance on how to safely gather people together. That might have more value than human contact abstinence.When the population density is .08 people per acre, they are already isolated and maybe a different set of guidance should be followed.
For anyone who might be interested, COVID-19 is not the Spanish Flu of 1918 . Perhaps we should wait three years before making any comparisons at all. I mean, who makes a comparison between something three months old to something that lasted three years? Fortunately, we have modern medicine to fight this em-effer. This one is a buzzard though. It has mutated three times in five months. God help us if it mutates again.
A little levity...Now that the economic engines of the world have been stopped, is this a question or a statement: WHO is John Galt
Take what you heard, learn it, breathe it, and forget it when you write. Use it when you edit. Otherwise you'll never be able to do it again. That was my experience anyway. I constantly read published work as well, to get me out of my head and keep my writing more fresh. The lit agents agreed with you. I am a novice at writing. It was good for me to understand what professional expectations exist. Now I need to practice my editing and re-writing.
One more thing. I failed to do it in my reply above but I'll work on it."Always write your best. Don't submit something too soon "to see what will happen."A failing of mine, for sure.
Details about the workshop:It was about 75% women and 25% men.There were five time-block periods during the day. Each time-block period had three classes running concurrently each in a different room that one can choose from. For example, the first time block 9:30 to 10:30 had: Crafting Dynamic Characters for Young Adult and Middle-Grade Readers How to Write a Damn Good Query Letter Social Media for AuthorsI chose the third and learned how to create a social media presence with FB, Twitter, and Instagram. I also learned which demographics use which social media and why you should choose one of them as a primary means of communication to develop your fanbase. I learned why you should build a fan base before you try to get published.In other time-blocks during the day, I attended:a) Ten Keys to Writing Successb) Writers Got Talent- A Page 1 Critique Festc)Three Laws and Ten Pages: How to use Newtonian Physics to add Momentum to Your Fiction.I did not stay for the fifth time-block. The Topics were: The Timeline of a Book, Conquering the Dreaded Synopsis, and How to Create Awesome Worldbuilding for Your Science Fiction and Fantasy Genres.The Writers Got Talent Page 1 Critique Fest was the largest session attended with 150 or more attendees. In this session, six literary agents sat in the front of the room with a pile of double-spaced Page 1s from aspiring authors. Submitted at registration time, the Page 1s were randomized and each lit agent had the same set of about 20 page 1s to follow along as a moderator read them to the audience. The instructions were for lit agents to raise their hand as soon as they knew they would not read the author's material any further. Then the lit agents would explain why they rejected the submission based upon what they read.It was brutal at times.About 50% of the Page 1 submissions were rejected within the first or second sentence. Another 30%-40 were rejected before reading halfway down the page. Only one submission was not rejected by the end of the first page. And all the lit agents said why they liked it and why they would read more pages if they were reviewing this for real. One agent said the author of the submission should collect her business card after the session.Reasons for rejection:a) the story began with someone waking up and several lines were wasted on who it was or why waking up was important to the story. Get to the story.b) Not introducing the protagonist. Using "I" or "me" and not explaining who "I" or "me" was.c) Scenery descriptions by themselves were boring. One author had three sentences that were roughly the same length to describe a lake, the sky, and the tree colors but the story was about Malcolm on a morning run. It took too long to get the reader's attention and the writing was a harbinger of what the rest of the story was going to be like.d)Awkward descriptions of common actions. One author established the anxiety of his character in one sentence and then began with descriptions of mouth breathing and bringing air into and/or out of his mouth and nose. The lit agent said we already know how anxious people look and feel and multiple descriptions of their physiology under anxiety were unnecessary.e) Trite or trope phrases were unacceptable. One author began with (paraphrasing) "He felt like he was caught between a rock and a hard place." Immediate rejection by all lit agents.One of the best pieces of advice was (paraphrasing) "Your first three sentences have to be written so they only apply to your book. No one else's book They are to be written in a way that they could never be used to introduce any else's story. Only yours."The themes throughout each session were: Introduce your protagonist(s) on the first page, get to your story, don't tell the backstory first, and no prologues. If you absolutely need a prologue then make it Chapter One.The other point was that famous authors break these rules all the time because they are famous. When you are famous, you can break them, too. First, be famous, then break rules. Lit agents will reject your submission if you break rules and aren't famous.I enjoyed the day and it was a good experience. I would do it again.
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I celebrated my first manuscript by fucking my first French Communist. It was France during the Crazy Years, the Années Folles . American writers surged into Paris. It was Prohibition in America; I arrived to enjoy the cafes and French culture after the First War. I fucked Pierre-Michel in a poppy field and considered myself emancipated. It was a lustful time in life. My young body...
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I silenced my cellphone. My overnight bag held my clothes, my conscience, condoms, and red velvet cake. A Sweet Night with her was my choice. Opportunity opened the door. I stepped in. She wore a rose-colored apron; a gold necklace disappeared between her breasts. Her scent? Heavenly floral. Naked and bountiful underneath, I leaned in to kiss her cheek. She took me on her lips. “Your bag...
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I was stunned. I didn’t know who to talk to about the invitation I received. It was from a woman in my office. I wasn’t taking it to HR. I wanted to protect her. Can't talk to anyone. “Hi, Dave, I’m inviting you to a Sweet Night on Friday night. We’ll have dinner and NSA sex. Pack an overnight bag. RSVP preferred but not required.” These things happen to other men. Not ordinary men like...
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Every story has a beginning; this one begins in a few more paragraphs. Ryan Nathan Alexander will be riding his blue New Holland tractor in the nude. It's a Boomer tractor designed to be used on hobby farms. Boomer tractors are compact twenty-six-horsepower tractors sold to successful upper-middle-class people who never grow crops. They own enough land that a sixty-inch belly mower is needed...
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A twilight room, happiness blooms, clock hands strike a pose, Golden divan, I recline on command, Earl Grey assails my nose. An opened blouse, a loving spouse, me in nude repose, Full-nipple tit within my lip, I suckle ‘n’ listen to her lows. Marital rite, performed tonight, love lies within her breast, Fresh water, whistling hotter; ‘tis my brow, her hands caress. ‘Tis her desire, sets...
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