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I'm jealous of nutmeg3, who gets to see this in person:

There were some super cute pictures of the cub in the NY Times, too.

I've actually been writing, which pleases me; if I can't get anything published, at least I'm making myself happy, and that's half the battle. (sillymagpie sent me a line on an indie publisher, but unfortunately, I haven't had Ring of Fire in publishable format in years. I need to get back to putting the shine back on it. Or try Long Way Home, which despite the crappy title, IS in a pretty reasonable shape for submission...

The tough part is the query letter, synopsis, and general package of "Here I Am And You Should Publish Me Because" marketing. In this, I am somewhat sucky. The best I ever did at that presentation was back in '05, when I managed to get Ring of Fire that award. (Upon which I rest all these years later, dang it.)

But I continue, because a writer's gotta write. Right?

*sob* for Yosemite.

Speaking of writing, last week I was on our late shift, which means I have mornings to kick around, and I got into the habit of watching "Good Morning America" before going off to work. One day they did an interview on Cassandra Clare. Now, I didn't know about her, um, infamous past until AFTER I'd finished reading the first book of the Mortal Instruments trilogy. All I knew was that I picked it up on a whim at Costco because I needed a book to read while waiting for my car (as I often do), and I read it, and I was totally underwhelmed by it. Whereas when I first picked up a Harry Potter novel, I read one chapter and knew I had to read ALL of them immediately (this was actually just after "Prisoner of Azkaban" came out; I started reading "Chamber of Secrets" and instantly knew I had to start with "Sorcerer's Stone," so went to the beginning; by the time I read those three, I was pre-ordering "Goblet of Fire"); and when I TRIED to read the "Twilight" series I was so repulsed by the bad writing I couldn't even finish a whole chapter, with Clare's work, it was neither so bad I hated it nor was it so good I had to go find the rest of the trilogy. I finished it, I shrugged, it went into the Goodwill box, and I didn't really give it any more thought until suddenly she, and her series(es) are EVERYWHERE.

What is it about these people that I am missing?

Speaking of picking up books on a whim, I picked up one of the "Nikki Heat" books by "Richard Castle" they put out. I expected this to be cheesy, but LORD, I didn't expect it to be this bad. First chapter in and it is APPALLINGLY BAD. (Almost "Twilight" bad.) I may not be able to finish it. I will credit them with some New York City research, though. (It helps that so far they're only a few blocks south of where we were, just below the university on Amsterdam and 83th, upper West Side.)

Out of the blue (via Ancestry.com), the older half-brother I never knew from my father's first marriage has contacted me. I've always kinda hoped I'd find him someday.


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Aug. 29th, 2013 01:22 am (UTC)
So cool about your half-brother!

And I had the same reaction as you to the first Mortal Instruments book. Which I never finished. ;)

Aug. 29th, 2013 02:35 am (UTC)
And WOW, he lives here in Phoenix! My nephew just found me on Facebook and arranged dinner tomorrow night! *is gobsmacked*

Yeah. Meh.

Aug. 29th, 2013 03:12 am (UTC)
oh cool. I hope good things come out of this contact with your half brother.

that cub is MADE of cute.

Those fire driven ecosystems are terrible some times

Cassandra Clare was who I was bitching about a few weeks back. I hated Mortal Instruments. I swear I DIDN'T pick up on the Harry Potter because I found the characters too unlikable and whiney for my brain to make any associations. The Clockwork Angel wasn't as bad but the lead was the alpha male douchebag that I made the focus of a writerly way. That's when I found out Clare was a HP fan ficcer who plagiarized people and more or less had a 'who cares it's fanfic' approach to it. Done. Just Done. And Yes, I'm jealous of her and Meyer and the one with 50 Shades for getting a publisher, making millions with pure crap.
Aug. 29th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
And then my newly-acquired nephew pings me on Facebook -- turns out they live in Phoenix! I'm totally wowed.

Yeah, I knew you knew who Clare was. I was ridiculously annoyed by that who bit on GMA -- not a mention of fanfic or any of that, she says proudly, "I wanted to write the kind of thing I would have read when I was a teenager!" As I said, I found it completely meh.
Aug. 29th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
that's amazing.

yeah well, apparently angst and falling in love with assholes is what teens want. I know I didn't back then...sigh
Aug. 29th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
I'm in the mountains and on my stupid phone, so I can't see what you posted, only the link, but I think you must be talking about Leo's cub, which I am OMG dying to see. We, ie the Bronx Zoo, have been hoping for this and trying to make it happen for years, and I'm so excited that it finally did. It doesn't hurt that snow leopards are ny favorite big cat and pretty much my favorite wild animal (maybe tied with cheetahs).

Such great news about your half-brother. :-)
Aug. 29th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
It's a ridiculously adorable video of Leo's cub prancing around and playing -- it's got so much cute it might rot your teeth! :)

I've been reading all the articles about Leo and this cub, so it's extra special delightful (and then from that video all the other videos your zoo has posted -- OMG squee!).

And then my nephew contacted me on Facebook. They live here in Phoenix! And want to meet! WOW!!!
Aug. 29th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Darn it, the site crashed with my post.

Congrats on having your half-brother contact you! I hope you have a great meeting.

I continue to hope you will be published. I don't know how so many fantasy writers without an eighth of your talent are published.
Aug. 29th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
They're more ambitious and better at selling themselves than I am... :)

Aug. 30th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
I think they're just freaking lucky, is all.
Aug. 30th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
Well, that, too. And more organized. I write, but I'm dreadful at actually doing submissions. I need to re-work my original manuscript and get it ready for submission -- it's in a terrible state, and all I do is keep writing new stuff!
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