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Feb.19.2011
PlaceBeneath
I named my blog after something Portia says to Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. Here we all are, stuck in that "place beneath."  There's a lot going on down here, and mercy does...
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Jul.09.2008
Red Room
Many of us, I'm sure, have participated in workshops in which the gag rule was in effect: Don't argue with the person critiquing your work. Just listen. It makes sense, because it's too easy to try to defend yourself, and in the process, miss something that you really need to hear. And you do need to hear the critique because you are there to improve your work...
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Jul.08.2008
Red Room
I am a newly-published, first-time novelist.  The concept sounds odd to me, given that I have been writing for twenty years, but yes, I am a complete newbie.  And what I have discovered, as a newbie, that is most shocking, is that I am doing an unbelievable amount of marketing of my book, even though I have a big publisher.  Now, call me naive, but I didn't...