Archive for May, 2008

Negative Reviews

May 31, 2008

I’ve never received one as I’m not published, and I imagine they hurt like nothing else, but what do you do when you get one? Do you go and try to defend your writing? Trying to get the reviewer to understand where you are coming from? Do you respond and thank them for their review? Do you just ignore it?

I personally think option #2 (thanking the reviewer) is the classy way to handle things. You could ignore it and that would be acceptable as well. But option #1? SO WRONG. Everyone has a right to their opinion even if it reflects negatively on your work–your writing–that you spent long hours sweating and slaving over a keyboard to create. Why is this wrong? It makes you look stupid for one, unprofessional for another, and readers/reviewers generally have a field day with this sort of behavior. Getting a reputation for being defensive of your work will stay with you for a long, long time…if it ever goes away. I’ve seen it happen more than once. It isn’t pretty.

I was thinking about it and this is the only fair comparison I can think of. It would be like getting a rejection from a publisher and then corresponding back and trying to defend your book to them, because in essence isn’t the publisher in their own way giving you a review of the book? Maybe not as thorough but it’s a review nonetheless. If you were to argue your points to the editors/publishers/agents, just how long do you think you’d last in this business? Not very would be my guess.

In the same manner, if you argue your point to reviewers/readers, just how long do you think they’ll buy your books, thus keeping you in this business? Same answer–not very long would be my guess.

What are your thoughts?



May 25, 2008

“I have nothing but respect for people who write books, whether they write literary fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction, whatever. If you’ve finished a book, even a bad book, then you’ve achieved something that’s akin to finishing basic training, or perhaps running a gauntlet. After a certain level of competence, publishing is luck, and success, especially financial success, is even more luck. There are many writers who are better than I am who are not selling as many books as I am, on the other hand, there are many whom ( I think) don’t write as well as I do, who are selling many, many more books than I am. The yardstick you have to go by, in my opinion anyway, is are they doing the work? The more books I write, the more reverence I have for people who write books.”  Christopher Moore.

I Could Use A Nap

May 22, 2008

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And So It Ends…

May 20, 2008

The season where the TV shows are new. Le sigh. Now we’ll have summer repeats and boredom. But, I suppose this will give me an opportunity to watch those new shows that looked good but were on at the same time as my favorites. I’ll miss House, Lost, Eli Stone (which IS coming back! Yay!), and some others but those are the ones I’ll miss the most.

Tonight American Idol ends… well, the finale is on. There is tomorrow but not much happens then. I shall miss it even though the order in which the contestants got voted off this year was screwy. But that’s neither here nor there. Do you watch American Idol? Which David do you want to win? I want this one to win…

The dude can sing. He is awesome. But you know what? If he doesn’t win, I won’t be sad because then he can do an album HIS way rather than the absolute American Idol way. He’s going to tickle my fancy just as much as Daughtry. I can already tell.

Who’s your pick? What shows are you going to miss this summer? Do you know of any shows coming on that will are supposed to be good?

I Met Laura Today…

May 17, 2008

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I met my agent today, the Lovely Laura Bradford… and lovely she is! What a wonderful person. Not just because she believes in me even when I don’t believe in myself, but because she whole-heartedly believes in each and every one of her clients to an extent I didn’t realize until today. I won’t go into detail but it was wonderful to be able to meet her in person and get to really know her and how she feels about me, my writing, the industry, and hear examples of how I’m not the only one struggling. I feel like I’ve found a home with her at this agency, and with her other clients. We all get along so well and support one another and not a fake support either… it’s genuine heart-felt support and I love it.

I didn’t get any writing done today because I worked in the a.m., then putzed before getting ready to meet Laura, and then drove to Green Bay to chat it up with her loveliness for over an hour. Arranging to meet Laura while she was in Wisconsin at the WisRWA conference was the wisest decision I’ve made in a long, long time.

I won’t be able to attend the Lori Foster event this year as my oldest son is graduating (Gah! I’m getting old) and won’t be attending any other conferences this year either, so this was my only chance. Next year I’ll be at Lori Foster’s event in Ohio again. I LOVE it there. It’s a relaxed setting and so fun. Laura will be there this year as well as a ton of the Bradford Bunchers. Next year will be a blast!

Tee Hee!

May 15, 2008

Humorous Pictures
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On Saturday the Lovely Laura Bradford will be here for the WisRWA conference… you know what that means! I GET TO MEET HER!   Wooooo hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Help Shiloh Walker Help The Cyclone Victims

May 10, 2008

As per Let’s Gab:

From Shiloh Walker:

I’ve got an auction up on ebay to help raise money for the cyclone victims and I’m trying to get the word out.

Right now, it involves a couple of ARCs, several books, but more have added, and a GC to Barnes and Noble.

It’s up on ebay thru missionfish-the charity I chose was SAVE THE CHILDREN since they already have people in the country and have had some success getting much needed supplies. And they have an excellent rep for putting their money where their mouth is- 90% of all monies received go to their programs, which is beyond excellent for a charity.

I know some people feel not doing anything might be best considering the actions of the junta and hold off waiting until that situation changes, but I don’t think letting people suffer is a viable option either if there are ways of getting help in.

From Save the Children’s 5/9 update

Westport, Conn. (May 9, 2008) — The death toll in Myanmar continues to rise as a result of Cyclone Nargis and hardships for hundreds of thousands of survivors left in its wake are increasing. With 500 staff on the ground, Save the Children has reached 72,000 people, 24,000 of whom are estimated to be children, through the distribution of food, water purification tablets, plastic sheeting for shelter and other needed supplies

And this is part of the reason why I chose them-they already have people inside the country and they seem to be a trusted by those within the country, making it easier to get help in.

So far, the auction includes:

Recently donated but not yet listed items include books from Patrica Sargeant, Ann Jacobs, Charlene Teglia, Kate Angell & a gift card from the Brown Literary Agency for Barnes & Noble.
Recently added items include:

And more

Anybody interested in bidding on the auction, it can be found here


Authors interested in donating can contact me shilohwalker at

Writing went well…

May 8, 2008

again yesterday. Things are flowing smoothly. Steadily making progress. Not as fast as Gabe and Felicity would like, but they’ll have to deal because I have a day job. LOL 🙂

Snippet from last night’s writing:

“Looks more upscale than the other two.”
“By a long way. Wait until you see the inside. Large, three bars, two levels, huge dance floor, and on a Friday night they’d have been packed in there tighter than sardines.”
“Hmmm,” was all he said.
“This place is what I like to call a ‘meat market’.”
“A good place to pick up a companion for the night.”
“Right again. You catch on quick, Gabe.”
“Well, I do have a Ph.D.”
Felicity rolled her eyes. “Whatever. Let’s go see if we can catch a break.”


May 7, 2008

Gabe and Felicity are appeased–slightly–for the moment. I stayed up past 11:30 writing and am paying for this today. The good news is I’m over 10K on this story now. Woot! More good news is they’re finally going to get a lead in the next scene, albeit a small one.


And at that moment Gabe figured out two more pieces of the puzzle that was Felicity Harper. The first was that she genuinely cared for the victims and their families which was refreshing. He’d seen many a cop shut out their emotions completely, never really seeing the victim but rather just a case to be solved.

The second was much more telling. He learned that the expression Felicity wore as she’d turned to face him was one of pure determination. In that moment he knew Detective Felicity Harper wouldn’t give up until the son of a bitch was behind bars.

Character Issues

May 5, 2008

Dear Gabe and Felicity,

I know that you want your story to be told. I get that. Really. But I’m trying to read right now!  Reading helps me keep my creativity fresh and flowing.  Reading gives me inspiration.  So all your poking and prodding in the deepest recesses of my mind?  You can stop that. Now. Let me read for a little while.  Unless you want your story told in the worst possible way?  While I’m feeling stressed and tired?  No?  I didn’t think so.

Your story will be told.  I promise you.  Not only because you want it told, but because I want to tell it.  So, take a chill pill and let me get some inspiration and freshness from doing a little bit of reading. I will write the next scene which is Felicity’s in a little while.  I promise.  And then, yes Gabe, it will be your turn again.  Demanding Dr. Hottie.  PFFT.

Thank you both for your understanding.


Marissa – The Author