I was at home, having taken the day off for my annual HVAC inspection. He was late, very late. I tried phoning the office but couldn’t get through. I tried his cell phone but couldn’t get through. Seemed as if everything was down.
Then Mary called. “You have the TV on?”
“Turn it on.”
Thus began, for me, the multiple horrors of September 11, 2001. There was nothing I could do but pray, frozen in front of the TV, as yet another plane hit the Twin Towers, then the Pentagon, then one into a field in Pennsylvania (thanks to action by brave passengers). Other than later gather supplies for the first-responders at the Pentagon, and pray, there was nothing I could do.
We were gonna “get ’em,” but we have yet to stem the tide of attacks by Islamic Terrorists. (Yes, I said it. Not Russians, not North Koreans, not any other group: Islamic terrorists.) Will our upcoming Administration’s leader do better?
Fifteen years, and it’s as if it were last month. What were you doing when time stopped for a day?
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This pretty much says it all about this part of the authoring process. Check it out!
Morgan S Hazelwood
Readying Query Packages:
Types of Queries and Sizes of Synopsis
This month, I’ve been getting ready for the next step, (while waiting for feedback on my new ending…). Yep, I’m back to getting ready to query. (You’ve heard this before…)
I started researching.There are probably as many best-practices for querying as there are agents to querying. I’ve been mostly following
There are probably as many best-practices for querying as there are agents to querying.
Types of Queries
- I’ve been mostly following Query Shark and reading 8+ years of archives. She advocates getting straight to the plot, no hook. Minimal platform and bio, let the story sell itself.
- But there’s also Writer’s Digest. Explain why you picked the agent (flatter lightly). A few paragraphs about the book and initial motivation for the main character. Give the book details, the market description and compare your book.Give a hook and the book’s stats…
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As Christians, we are to be “in the world, but not of it,” meaning that, in a nutshell, those things treasured by the world should not be our treasures and we should not be focused on them, and tha…
Source: Should a Christian Vote?
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(I won’t watch the Oscars; it is just one of over a hundred so-called awards shows where folks in an “industry” gather to pat one another on the back – and the public is supposed to care.)
I see in the news that a vulgar black comic (who was paid HOW MUCH?), denegrated the industry process by claiming it’s racist.
There ARE some great black talents out there, so why, instead of trying to send messages, don’t they, like the original United Artists, get together and produce some great ENTERTAINMENT which will simply appeal to their Academy peers? It is, after all, the Academy members who decide who rates the little golden guy.
Same goes for the ticket buyers. They want to be entertained; cater to THEM.
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I was reminiscing about some of my earliest “real” reading, of The Hardy Boys (I had the whole series up through the early sixties). Folks who were outraged to discover that Tom Clancy had people ghosting his later stories should give him a break; both The Hardy Boys (since 1929) and Nancy Drew were written by contracted writers using the pen names Franklin W. Dixon and Caroline Keene, respectively.
I graduated to reading every book by Earl Stanley Gardner (before my teens), then every hardboiled detective from Phillip Marlow to Mike Hammer and beyond.
As a young adult, i reached my highest plateau: I averaged three books most afternoons after work. I read at a rate that had the pages turning Fast enough to make the story go by like a movie, and I became truly immersed in the action.
Nowadays, I try to make a novel last several days, but a truly great author can make it extremely difficult not to read “just another chapter.”
That, if I ever finish my novel, is one of my goals.
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