Friday, October 16, 2009

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF BEING A WRITER...

Or: How Wendy, The Super Librarian, Made My Day and How THE WRITERS' NETWORK (in North Carolina) Totally Ruined It.















(Batgirl Icon/Graphic by artist Eric Wolfe Hanson)



Let's start with Wendy.



On her The Misadvantures of Super_Librarian blog today (October 16, 2009), Wendy posted her personal list of the top 16 romance novels (in no particular order).

I don't often read my own reviews (unless someone tells me I ought to), but I do like to read reviews in general, especially when they're done by someone as astute and knowledgeable as Wendy is. So. I wandered over to her Bat Cave this afternoon, looking for said reviews to peruse, and there was her list.

I am very pleased to report that I am on it. Twice.





Which brings us to THE WRITERS' NETWORK.

A couple of months ago I entered a Short Fiction Contest. One could submit a short story or a chapter of a novel, 5000 words or less. I entered a chapter from a WIP novel, the prologue actually.

While I was still reading Wendy's Truly Wonderful and Incisive List, the dh came in with the mail, which included, I'm sorry to say, The Loser Letter.

This is what it said:




Do you see the identifying information? That it's a PROLOGUE from the novel THE GOOD HUSBAND?

And can you read the handwritten part: "Intriguing story with good details -- it moves too slowly for a short story..."

Well, it would, wouldn't it. It's a NOVEL. It's not a short story!!!!!!!

I don't like losing under any circumstances, but losing for this reason is most annoying. It's like entering your best beagle in the dog show and finding out it lost because the judges think it's a chicken.

Very soon I will consult the grandchildren for an appropriate epithet to call these so-called contest judges, but for now I'm going be good.

Instead, I think I'll give the dh the opportunity to redeem himself for delivering such a letter by taking me out to eat.

(Always lose with dignity, grace, and fine cuisine, that's me.)

Oh, and Wendy. Thanks...

3 comments:

AAR Rachel said...

Keep writing, Cheryl. I love your stuff too. And my dad has read your Navajo series to tatters.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, Rachel. And thank your dad for me, too. I'm always surprised to hear that men read my books. I once got a reader email from a guy who worked at the Pentagon -- scared the bejeebies out of me.

Wendy said...

That was such a fun list to put together. It gave me an excuse to wade through my stash of keepers :)

And I agree - you definitely deserved to be taken out to eat!