Sunday, May 30, 2010
What works for you? How do you get what's in your head out?
Are you a Apple or Windows person? Anybody old school and using a typewriter?
I've been a Windows man ever since we came out of the dark DOS age. I look at the occasional screen freeze or slowness of operation as sort of a life metaphor. From time to time you're going to have some ups and downs. Just go with the flow and clean out the junk that's weighing heavily on you.
Finding the right time to be creative and get the juices flowing has been tricky. Sure, I could do my best John McEnroe and scream at my six-year old when he wants something. "YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! CAN'T YOU GET YOUR OWN DAMN SNACKS BY NOW! DON'T YOU SEE DADDY'S BUSY WRITING A BESTSELLER!" Of course, I'd spend the rest of the evening dealing with all the crying and guilt feelings.
I'd write after the kids went to bed if I didn't have to get up just past 3AM to get ready for the job that actually pays me. Where's my "major deal" signing announcement in Publishers Marketplace!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Monday, May 24, 2010
... seeking representation. At the expansive cherry wood bar in the center of the establishment is a glow of light and force of energy that makes the beam on Lost look like a flashlight app for the iPhone.
The writer nearly loses his grip on the one hundred thousand word, rubber band wrapped stack of paper. The challenges of maintaining a marriage, family, friends and work added unseen weight to the bundle. Alleviating the burden was simple. Instead of taking a step forward, turn around and walk away. Return to the life he knows. Shelve the dreams once and for all.
No! He'd come this far. He secured the manuscript in his sweaty hands, and decided to expose his heart.
They were all seated at the bar, barely a spot left. Superstars all of them. He'd read their blogs, seen their names numerous times on acknowledgement pages in books he read. Janet Reid. Daniel Lazar. Molly Friedrich. Scott Miller. Nancy Yost. Stacia Decker. Aaron Priest. Liza Dawson. His mouth salivated as he continued to run down the list. They were the literary agents who could take his hard work to the next level. As if seeking a hung jury, he only needed one to believe in him.
He'd already pleaded his case to some of them. They in turn, had no clue as to who he was, having discarded his internet submission with little fanfare. It wasn't personal. They had busy lives too. He was not a quitter though.
He straightened his tie, took a deep breath and cradled his novel like holding his first born all over again. He then stepped toward the bar with a smile on his face, knowing it was only a matter of time.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Here, in no particular order, is my Magnificent Seven list.
1. The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
2. Marathon Man by William Goldman
I've never liked the dentist and this book created a phobia that exists to this day. Perhaps you've seen the movie but reading it first-hand, late at night... who can forget...
"Is it safe?"
"Yes. It's very safe. It's so safe you wouldn't believe
it. There. Now you know."
"Is it safe?"
3. Six Days of the Condor by James Grady
If memory serves me right, this was the first book I ever read in one day. It was short but one hell of a page turner. A very well thought out and unique plot. Robert Redford did a good job in the movie version and Max von Sydow - special.
4. The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum
That I got to meet and interview Robert Ludlum at a time when I was a huge fan, makes this book special. Most people know about Jason Bourne but the lead character in this offering, Brandon Scofield, is a bad man. He has a Russian counterpart and they hate each other but as fate would have it, they are forced to join forces to snuff out an organization known as The Matarese. Good stuff.
5. The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian
Jonathan Hemlock was in interesting character. A professor of art, skilled mountain climber and a free-lance assassin who often killed in order to acquire precious works of art. Shame this character was only operational in two books.
6. Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn
I have had the pleasure of knowing Vince for several years and he serves as an inspiration since he had to self publish his first novel when no one would give him a serious nibble. Several bestsellers later, it proves the literary world can miss out on talent. Flynn's CIA assassin is Mitch Rapp and after all the killing he's done, it stands to reason that one day, someone would come looking for revenge. That day comes to light in this entertaining read.
7. From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
Another book I shouldn't have been reading when I did was this James Bond offering. SMERSH sets up a lavish trap to kill Bond and they have trained the perfect killer in Red Grant. How can you go wrong a writer who brought an entire genre to the forefront.