Monday, January 4, 2010

My latest . . .

This is a rather crude interpretation of church on an island in Lake Bled in Slovenia.

I say crude because it's not the most accurate reproduction, but it's close. Besides, if I wanted it to be exact I could have posted a photo.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Get over it! (but wait 30 seconds.)

Well it happened again. I just read the first 50 pages of a novel that was to put it bluntly: Terrible. I really don't like saying that because I know how hard it is. But in this instance, it didn't even seem like the writer (or the editor) even tried. Ladies and Gentlemen, I smell the foul stench of nepotism afoot here. Or something equally heinous. (28 mississippi) I mean if I had tried to pitch this to an editor( 29 mississippi) I'd have been laughed out of the room. And another thing . . .

30. Okay I'm over it. No, really I am. The above is just an example. This applies to all the things about publishing that bothers us aspiring novelists.

The advice usually given is: Don't let this (and other things) bother you. This is sour grapes. You're probably wrong.

While this is good advice, I think it skims too quickly over our humanity. There is a difference between having a reaction and having a reaction control you.

I say "Let it out." Get upset. Tell your spouse or your dog all about how unfair it is. And then GET OVER IT. Getting over it doesn't mean it's still not true. It does mean that you won't let it stop you from trying. It does mean that from a goal perspective, you won't assume you're gonna fail before you start.