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  1. #5501
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    Have been soliciting for readers for this fall. I have 5 so far, with another 2 possible. They are mostly moms with teenage-ish daughters and one recently teen young lady. I am so excited. I wrote this manuscript over a decade ago and life has just been too busy to dust it off until yesterday, which is the official start of its rewrite. Their feedback will give perspective on what they want to see their daughters reading, how they think it will connect with today's youth, and hopefully they will pass along the manuscript so I can get some teen reader input, too. I originally wrote this story for high school / college aged students but am now thinking it might fit better with middle school aged students instead. Hopefully their feedback will help me resolve this marketing question!

    I have a very specific reader-response critique sheet in mind to help my readers provide the useful insight I am looking for. (It's variation on one Orson Scott Card shared in one of his books on writing.) Maybe I will post it when I get that far?

    Now, on to make that rewrite happen!
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  2. #5502
    My son's been busy since he was appointed Cadet Battalion Commander of his Junior ROTC unit. And my wife and I have been busy supporting him. But he's been getting support from a bunch of folks.
    Here he is with his girlfriend right after his promotion:

    And here he is with his Command Staff after the ceremony:

    And today, after his unit won the drill competition during the Armed Forces Day Parade:

    Left to right: The wife of our State Representative, Battalion Senior Chief, Battalion Captain, 7-11 Regional Vice President, my son.
    Our state Representative has been there for our kids. He attends all their functions. Brought his kids today (7 and 9 years of age). One dressed as a Big Bite hotdog. When the other son didn't want to dress as a Slurpee, our Rep put on the costume. He helped cook hotdogs and served our kids, as well as the parade attendees.
    And, can we stop hating on "corporate America" all the time? Please? 7-11 let us use their parking lot, provided food and prize money. The franchise owner was there on a Saturday, losing money. But the owner was smiling.
    Everyone was smiling. That's the neat thing that happens when a community comes together.
    Last edited by Winston; May 19th, 2019 at 06:22 AM.

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  3. #5503
    Quote Originally Posted by Darkkin View Post
    Had a book request that short circuited my card catalogue of a brain today...Customer was serious when they asked, 'Do you carry Common Sense for Dummies or books like it?' First book that leaps to mind was Thomas Paine's Common Sense, nope. They wanted Common Sense for Dummies...not books on history. They got huffy when I honestly did not know how to respond. Where would one even start to look for a book like that? College survivial guides? Disaster prep and survivial guides? I could not even ballpark this request and that is saying something. I can almost always come up with a suggestion or a similarly congruent title. This left me flabbergasted, bemused, and finally vastly entertained once my brain came back on line.
    Reminds me: Years ago, I was working in a little bookstore. A woman of a certain age comes in and asks for a book on the Kama Sutra. Okay... I take stock of the woman in question. She looks like someone's Sunday school teacher. Conservative white blouse, conservative black skirt, black hose, sensible black low-heels. Her hair is gray, permed, and she's wearing conservative earrings... Who am I to judge, right? So I take her back to a high shelf, reach up, and pull down a copy of the Kama Sutra. She leafs through it, her face growing red. She suddenly explodes, "WHAT is this SMUT?! This has NOTHING about the placing furniture, organizing colors, or anything of the sort!!" and she began stomping for the exit.
    I called after her, "Ma'am, I think you were looking for Feng Shui!" Yeah... She wasn't having it.

    Kama sutra, indeed... Hahahahaha....
    Her: I love my computer! All of my friends are in there!
    Me: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about my freezer...
    Her: What?
    Me: What?

  4. #5504
    Lesson #1 (for moi): Do not go to the bar on Mondays.

    But now, I digress into On Parenthesis by David Jones, recommended on here!

  5. #5505
    Quote Originally Posted by Bard_Daniel View Post
    But now, I digress into On Parenthesis by David Jones, recommended on here!
    I can second that recommendation, I recently finished the book.

  6. #5506
    Megan, what a wonderful, enthusiastic start. I hope your readers give you all the feedback you hope for. I'm excited for you, and I hope we get to read some here. Good luck!
    When the night has come
    And the land is dark
    And the moon is the only light we'll see
    I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
    Just as long as you stand by me.


  7. #5507
    Last night and today have been wet. Rain, rain and more rain. So wet and windy that you can't see where you are going, walking or driving. Tempers are short, darkness came at 7 p.m. last night. We're all frowning and I even broke out my winter coat, just to keep dry. Umbrellas are worthless in the wind. I'm sure I missed summer already, and a good portion of spring and the next thing I expect to see is snow, because winter is back. Bah! Humbug!
    When the night has come
    And the land is dark
    And the moon is the only light we'll see
    I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
    Just as long as you stand by me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SueC View Post
    Last night and today have been wet. Rain, rain and more rain. So wet and windy that you can't see where you are going, walking or driving. Tempers are short, darkness came at 7 p.m. last night. We're all frowning and I even broke out my winter coat, just to keep dry. Umbrellas are worthless in the wind. I'm sure I missed summer already, and a good portion of spring and the next thing I expect to see is snow, because winter is back. Bah! Humbug!
    Oh God that sounds so nice. I miss California so much. But on the bright side don't have to go into work today or tomorrow. Yay
    This might not be my best work but that just means there's room to improve.

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  9. #5509
    Today my angel and I went to vote in the European parliamentary election that wouldn't have happened here if Brexit had been on time. Frankly those British urophiles just piss us off. Oh, pardon my French (which expression is not intended to imply that the French have a monopoly on profane language of course or be detrimental to them in any way at all, according to Wikipedia. Hmmm). Actually we have a French neighbour and my angel has offered to walk her dog while her family are away later in the year, but then my angel likes dogs. Oh dear, perhaps I had better stop digging this hole I'm in before someone starts pissing in it.

    Actually we've booked a one week holiday cruise on the Seine for next year, so my bark is evidently far worse than my bite. Actually my French is far worse than both, but maybe I'll tackle that problem next year.
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  10. #5510
    End of May, here in the San Joaquin valley. The weather is still chilly in the mornings, the sky has been full of dramatic clouds, the sunrises and sunsets have rivaled anything I experienced while I lived in Tennessee, and the rains have fallen and fallen like the kiss of God, here. We've been in an off-and-on drought since 1976. At last, the drought is over, the rivers are bursting their banks that were dry for years, the lakes are fuller than they've ever been, and there's still a crap-load of snow that has yet to finish melting.
    Her: I love my computer! All of my friends are in there!
    Me: Yeah, I was thinking the same thing about my freezer...
    Her: What?
    Me: What?

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