Odd….

Did you know that agent Rachel Vater (raleva31) has deleted her LiveJournal?

Was that accidental, intentional, done by a hacker, or . . . what? She did a lot of query crits, now that I recall, but people gave her their permission to do them. I always watched for market info.

Also–how would I find out about whether an agent has made any sales? I looked on PublishersLunch and Googled a bit for a particular agency, but I didn’t find any sales. This confused me. Usually, I find lots of deals. Wonder if there is another way to find out about sales?

Oh, and we didn’t march in the Dallas/Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade because it was too cold for Mama to walk that far and it was still drizzling. I think about a zillion people went out there to do the parade. We would’ve been walking along with a group of people not in costume, but we’d have seen lots of costumes. And we’re very Irish. But no green beer for me. (*Yuck*) We stayed home until noon and then hit the Blue Mesa Grill for some SPECIAL lunch. On the way home, we stopped at the Home Depot for some fertilizer* and a spreader so we could wake up the ol’ green in the lawn. Raleigh St. Augustine, the finest turf one can surf.

* [You are wondering why I don’t just spread my weblog and manuscripts over the lawn. Tried that a couple of years ago and only got a lot of loose type.]

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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