Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday Winky Links

I am now cross-posting this blog on BLOGGER. You can read here or there, whichever you prefer.

I love agent Nathan Bransford more and more every day. No wonder he gets 30 million queries a day. Who wouldn't want to work with him? He posted something I really needed to hear. The part I love the most in THIS POST "...try, try, try to care as little as possible." I think I'm going to write myself a note that says that and tape it by my computer.

I really like THIS POST by Shannon Hale about the different paths writers take. It's something I've thought about from time to time, and always came to the same conclusion. And pretty much it's the same one that Shannon came up with. I love how she worded it, so here it is:

"So here's my Charlie-Brown-un-asked-for-two-bits-advice: Don't make a goal to be any of these. I've come to realize that the only thing useful to me is to make goals that are achievable, like writing a book, rewriting a book, sending it out there. It would be useless for me to pin my hopes of happiness on publication or any honors or celebrity that might happen after publication. I try to enjoy my life now, every moment, living it all, in the present. Work that book, work for the opportunity to share it, but never let that dream become everything. We want to be writers because we want to tell stories. Nothing else really matters."

And finally, Laini Taylor talks about the very real possibility that no matter how we feel about Twilight, and how it's shaping what is on the bookshelves in book stores right now, the series has turned non-readers into readers. They're coming into the libraries and bookstores and asking for more. And isn't that a VERY good thing? Of course it is.

Happy Wednesday, friends. Have anything happy to share? Funny? Sweet? I'm so tired of the doom and gloom

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