A Contest at “Dear Editor” and the usual whin[g]ing

Over at “Dear Editor”, the Resident Editor is giving away (via random drawing) a free “substantive edit” of one YA or MG fiction manuscript. Click now or forever bold your piece, because the deadline is April 14, 2010. I entered, because all you have to do is send e-mail with the title of your book, the word count, the genre (middle grade or young adult only), and your full name; still, I don’t really know what a substantive edit would consist of or whether it would be like fairy dust or not, so use your own judgment. I figured (as the little old lady who peed in the ocean said) every little bit helps.

Also, I got an extra entry in the drawing by p*mp*ng it to y’all. **GRIN**

From now on, instead of “yes” and “no,” I’m going to say “noh” and “kabuki.” That should keep ’em confused long enough for me to finish my defensive driving online course. (Yes, I got caught in a school zone speed trap, about 10 feet from the end of the zone, doing 30 because I had no idea there was a zone. I was the only one dumb enough to pull over. Those people next to me were going even faster than I was!) I’ve had to do the course online in spare moments, with the family trying to interrupt every few minutes. But it is working out well. Did you know that there are 100 school zones in our district?)

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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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