Monday, October 26, 2009

Leaves Whisper...

Writing a chunk of PURE, I realize I am writing in parallel time. In my story, it is October, in a book-filled cabin nestled high on a New Hampshire mountain, and Ben is finding his truths and pondering the decisions he needs to make. I walk and the wind whips up the ochre and crimson and gold leaves, and they eddy around my feet and I feel Ben.

I feel passings as well. Autumn conjures in me a melancholy...

The Reading... Still immersed in GRAVITY'S RAINBOW. Also close to finishing my October debut novel pick (I'm late, I know); it's a story that's taken me some time to get into. Have 3-4 other books in various nooks and crannies of my home/car/office, as well as reading BELLEVUE LITERARY and POETS and WRITERS. Good stuff...

The Writing... Focusing on PURE, preparing for the insanity that is National Novel Writing Month. But I've worked on several short stories, a poem, and even futzing with BRIGHTER THAN BRIGHT. Speaking of, this week I received a handwritten (!) postcard from one of my favorite Indy presses politely passing on BTB along with a reason why. Somehow this rejection made me feel good; perhaps it was that someone: 1/ read it; 2/ bothered to write me 18 months after I'd submitted (and their website is clear they don't respond unless interested); and 3/ they used their stamp. So.

I'll be scarce for the next month. Life, writing... both so time consuming.

Live well, write well, be true to your heart. Peace, Linda


  1. I've had that happen, where my writing runs parallel to my life. It's pretty amazing when it happens but it's also like a sign that you're on the right track. Savour it.


  2. I think that's fantastic, that you received a (rejection) postcard in that fashion. Writer's Digest magazine just ran an article (in the last issue or the issue before that) all about "positive rejections" and this is one of them.

    I'll find the article and I'll see if they have it on their website and I'll forward the link to you.

    p.s. I'm SO nervous and excited for NaNoWriMo!!! It's my first time! Yikes!

  3. Blessings to you on your journey may the wind keep to your back and help propel you up and onward.

  4. It IS a good rejection. A very good rejection. You're that close. :)

  5. Personal rejects are so bitter sweet. It's sweet to get that personal connection and know you ALMOST made it. The bitter part is you ALMOST made it.

    My thoughts and heart are with you as you write through the month of november. You know I'm right there with you, girl!

  6. Erin! I can smell NaNo in the air - buddy me! It's fun, just write, write, write, let your muse take you over... and I'll be writing with you, too, Jodi and Twiz!

    I think what makes me oh so very happy about my rejection is that it came 18 months AFTER I submitted. It gives me hope... Peace, Linda

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