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Rambling Thoughts from the Whipped Cream Sisterhood

Linda and I have decided to become literary agents. She can rep. me, I’ll rep. her, and we’ll still make money off other writers. How does that sound???

Seriously, how hard can it be? She’s got the background in Literature, I have a master’s degree . . . in . . . something. We’re two highly educated, bright women. We should be able to make this fly.

The scary part is, we think way too much alike, so not sure how things would go. πŸ™‚ If I wasn’t absolutely sure I wasn’t a twin, I’d think we were separated … Read more »

Musical Inspiration

What inspires you to get those words down on paper? Is it blogging? That steady stream of consciousness, that writing exercise to pump up your brain and flex your fingers? Is it that jolt of caffeine in the morning, awakening your mind? Is it a quiet house…a good run…a shot of tequila? What exhilerates you?

For me, generally, it’s music. As I sit here listening to my favorite songs downloaded off that wonderful web world of Napster, I can listen to whatever I want and let my mind wander. More than one novel has been spawned by songs that … Read more »


I got my Daphne contest results today in the mail. Surprisingly, I tied for sixth place. The top five final and get their work in front of a Berkley/Jove editor and an agent at Trident. *sigh* So close…and yet so far…

On the plus side, all three judges said they’d like to read the complete book and that they would recommend it if it were published. That’s encouraging. And they all had very positive things to say…”fantastic voice, excellent sense of place, excellent characterization, pacing kept me turning pages, excellent use of senses…overall, beautiful.” So that’s nice.

As … Read more »

Query Count

Let’s see. At this point, my agent search stands like this:

Marina’s Bane:
18 unanswered queries (2 from November I never expect to hear back on)
4 Partials out (one to dream agent)
1 Full out

Wait For Me:
1 Partial out (to another dream agent)

No rejections in the mail today. That’s always a plus.… Read more »

The End

Sweeter words were never typed.

WFM is done. Now I get the fun of going back through and editing/layering.

Is a story ever really finished? That’s a topic for another blog.… Read more »

Big Black Moments

Are. Emotionally. Draining.

I feel like I’ve been through the wringer. Better yet, I feel like I just broke up with my husband, lost my best friend, was told I have 30 days to live, and oh yeah, my dog was hit by a car. That’s what the big black moment is to me today.

For Ryan and Kate in Wait For Me, it goes like this:

She pressed the heels of her hands against her eyes. “I don’t know what to believe anymore.”

Kneeling in front of her, he placed trembling hands on her thighs. Anguish clawed at Read more »

Agent Search Update

Last week: mailed two partials and a full on MB, one partial on WFM. Sent five more e-queries this morning. Signed up for one editor and one agent appointment at Nationals. Feeling lucky – lots of people I know didn’t even get one appointment.

Hoping to have an agent before Nationals. Wouldn’t THAT be nice! πŸ™‚

And no rejections in the mail today!… Read more »

Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

I took this photo. Ain’t it grand? Love this spot, especially at sunset. It’s like a scene right out of MB.Posted by HelloRead more »

My Printer Is Working In Overdrive

Three requests today on MB from agents. Two partials and a full. Do you have any idea how long it takes to print 554 pages on an HP officejet printer??? Let me tell you – all freakin’ day. I knew I should have started with the partials.… Read more »

Conflicting Advice

What’s a writer to do?

Until you’re published, you’re at the mercy of the plethora of advice you receive from writer’s groups, critique partners, workshops, conferences and “experts”. I don’t think I could be more confused if I tried.

Here are some examples:

1) Genres. Two weeks ago, Deidre Knight, while answering questions on Charlotte Dillon’s RWC Loop, said Paranormals are HOT, selling really well. Historicals are cold, hard sells, if you write Historicals it has to be fresh, new and exciting. This week, Judy Jackson on the AskAnAuthorAll RWA Loop said Paranormals are on the way out. That … Read more »