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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