Against all odds, some success

Against all odds, I’ve managed to snag a few votes in that TextNovel contest. Most of the people who said they’d go vote for me didn’t (I know because anyone can click on the word “Votes” and go see who voted and so forth), but some strangers were kind enough to click the thumbs-up. I don’t know . . . I can’t possibly catch up with the people who have 200-300 votes and who started in June, but there’s something addictive about having readers who actually are looking at the chapters. Drek though it all may be, they’re getting it free, and they apparently don’t hate it.

Yeah, I put the Pundit novel up there, as well. But I think it’s SONG, the romantic suspense with the threatening phone calls, that is more likely to succeed. So if you DO ever feel moved to go over there and vote, that’s the one I would like to see boosted. Not that you couldn’t go read and vote (or not) on EVERYONE’S stuff. It’s all free. It’s all good.

If you do feel moved to do this but need instructions, leave a comment. I’m not going to belabor the point, because if you have a LiveJournal, you know how to do this stuff. If you don’t want to, then you don’t want to. I wish my aunt would admit that she just doesn’t want to, rather than sending me all this e-mail telling me how “publishing just doesn’t really work this way” and “what a weird way for the literary world to work” and “is this really the publisher you want to be associated with” as she explains how she “Might Vote Later.” She must have some point she’s trying to make, but at this point (ha) it’s fine, just tell me you don’t like the stuff and move on. Down the down-u-lator, everyone! Hold your partner’s hand and don’t slide on that handraiiiilllll

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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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