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May.20.2012
"Criticism was expected to monitor year by year, perhaps even month by month, Russian progress in producing timeless materpieces.  Russian literature, focused on its 'thick journals.' became a periodical quest for cultural immortality."  from Gary Saul Morson's Introductory Study to A...
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May.19.2012
Last Week's Stats:  Query letters off to agents 11-20.  One sent back a response already (not the right fit).  Received 2 rejections from journals and resent work to both of them.   I am still feeling very attached to the last chapter (Pueblo Revolt), have sent it off to several...
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May.13.2012
I've been working. For nearly two weeks I've had no news from any source.  This week brought 3 rejections.  I am happy for the movement.  I just put together two submissions, right back out to two of the rejections, keeping it all in motion.  I was putting stamps on my SASEs and...
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May.06.2012
"That's the nature of fiction:  despite all our lofty claims of universality, no piece of art is for everyone—which is why we have so much art, so that everyone has a chance of finding something that moves them."  -Junot Diaz This week was filled with reading, submitting, researching and...
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Apr.28.2012
Stranger than Fiction: Harold Crick, IRS Agent, hears a voice.  The voice predicts his death—his imminent death.  Harold has to find the voice.  His life depends on it.  He consults the experts.  Psychologists diagnose him.  Clearly Crick is crazy.  Anyone hearing...
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Apr.27.2012
More waiting. "I use words you taught me.  If they don't mean anything any more, teach me others.  Or let me be silent."  (Clov in End Game) I am working on the next chapter of Bought and Sold and on the review of a book on American Indian slaves and slavery. Making a good search for...
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Apr.26.2012
"The truth is that history could have been written in many different ways and this idea of infinitude and variation are the essence of my writing.  The possibility of the impossible, dreams and illusions, are the subject of my novels."  (Saramago) I spent the last two days working--not...
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Apr.25.2012
I copy A Statement from Ngugi's Decolonising the Mind:  The Politics of Language in African Literature in my writing journal, every time I begin a new one.  He wrote Decolonising the Mind as a farewell to English; I've accepted that as a challenge and as a model. "However, I hope that...
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Apr.21.2012
Yesterday I received the best rejection to date.  On the printed post card Conjunctions sends for rejection was the handwritten note, "A pleasure to read." I sent them the "The Card Game."  (After sending them "Portugal," which they also rejected.) The card game players don't play with...
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Apr.18.2012
Earlier in this process I wrote about Lukeman's advice to continue developing your craft.  My initial response was arrogant.  I've been working on writing since 1989; I am constantly trying to develop. I have a lot of the actions down:  reading in and across my field, writing every...
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Apr.16.2012
Today I am thinking about June Jordan's Poem About My Rights.  Particularly the final lines: I am not wrong: Wrong is not my name My name is my own my own my own    and I can’t tell you who the hell set things up like this but I can tell you that from now on my resistance...
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Apr.14.2012
"Survivors of the Holocaust, who should really have been my natural readers, did not read my book."  Aharan Appelfeld, Table For One:  Under the Light of Jerusalem I spent the day working.  I have seven pages to type, after this blog, then let is rest over night til morning.  No...
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Apr.13.2012
I received two more rejection (from agents) today, giving me a total of 5 rejections from my top ten.  I spent the day writing something I will try to sell after I write it.  I'm feeling good; strange.  Not crying.  Maybe I am hardening off. Writing is a constant cure for...
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Apr.12.2012
In addition to being National Poetry Month, April is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  "The fear that we cannot grow beyond whatever distortions we may find within ourselves keeps us docile and loyal and obedient, externally defined, and leads us to accept many facets of our...
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Apr.11.2012
"Being born is not the beginning" is the epigraph for my novel A Woman's Body Was Found There.  This is the novel I mentioned Monday, the novel at the press for its second reading (still no word) and at the Bakeless, where they will announce their decision in May (2012). The line comes from It...
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