Harry Potter and the WHAT DO YOU MEAN STANDBY

The big news today, of course, is that Cursed Child tickets go on sale Wednesday and the very bizarre ticket-purchasing made started today. So this morning, I and thousands of my closest friends woke up, scrambled to check our emails and… nothing.

The weird “advanced notice that you can maybe buy tickets later” emails didn’t arrive until well after noon. And alas, I got this one:Read More »

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Writer in the World

I’ve been traveling with family since Friday. We’re on a tour of the Southwest to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. (Happy birthday Mom!)

So far we’ve been to Vegas (where I turned 20$ into 43$ and called it a day), the Hoover Dam (big and kind of dull), and a town called Williams in Arizona that was surprisingly interesting for a small town (and had the best mac and cheese I’ve had in ages).

Yesterday we drove to the big destination of the trip: the Grand Canyon. And I have to say, I think I’m a fan.

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Vacation Reading

I’m back!

As you may or may not know, I’m a big reader.  Like, I love reading.  A lot.  So a big concern on any trip is how to make sure I have enough reading material.  (I’ll be honest, the usual solution is “buy more books while traveling.”  This is somewhat at odds with my dream, ‘downsized’ lifestyle.)  Here’s a picture of what I came home with yesterday, after two weeks away:

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On the road again

This week is the traditional Carnan family vacation in the Shenandoah.  We’ll be spending the week at Shrinemont, where they feed you three times a day and the rest of the hours are your own.  Until recently it didn’t have cell phone service or wifi, and even now those are pretty spotty.

Sounds like the perfect writer’s retreat to me!

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What to do when you get a harsh submission response

Step One: Read it with a mixture of anger and depression.  What kind of dummy thinks my manuscript is this bad?  Other Professional Book People thought it was good, clearly you are just stupid.  Also, OHMYGOD I was such a numpty to think I could make it as a writer?  I don’t even have any training.  My beta readers were just humoring me.

Step Two: Ask everyone you know what they think of the response:

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