3/18/2009

Now Hear This - My First Rant

*head hits desk*
*head hits desk*
*head hits wall*

This is my first rant. I'm so excited.

Not really.

I just read Kristin Nelson's blog post from yesterday. "Just last week (she) had an editor turn down even looking at a manuscript because she felt her list was too crowded with the supernatural.That’s a sure sign that a trend is winding down."

CRAP!

*head hits desk*
*head hits desk*
*head hits wall*

And again I say, CRAP!

I don't write about witches, vamps or werewolves (although I read about them). I write about quirky teens with above average abilities. Like...extreme empathy. Or the ability to travel through time. Or to dowse (find anything). Does this count? Am I screwed?

CRAP? Or no?

So anyway, as I am lamenting to my friend about this lovely news, she says, "You have to be true to yourself as an artist."

Yep. That's right. SHE QUOTED PAULA ABDUL.

This is bad.

So here's the truth, and I don't care who knows it. Officially, as of right now, the only thing getting me through the rest of this week (besides the Lord) is the fact that as of 12:01 Saturday morning I will have full access to unlimited viewings of Rob Pattinson as Edward. On Blu Ray.

Nothing wrong with that.

9 comments:

  1. Great rant. I feel your pain and you made me laugh. Actually, you do need to be true to yourself as an artist, no matter what is popular or what's supposedly selling. But you already knew that. Thanks for the laugh!

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  2. No Paula Abdul here, just ye olde Willie Shakes: "This above all else, to thine own self be true." In other words, I agree with April. You can't follow trends, only inspiration. And, my friend, quit reading all that holy crap about the writing business. It's making you insane. Seek peace instead of drama and take care of yourself. Your journey is not dependent on what's happening in some agent's office. 1 Chronicles 29:11: "Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all."

    HE'S the BOSS.

    LOVE YOU TO PIECES!!

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  3. You already know this, but here's a reminder: Kristin Nelson is not God...keep writing what you love!

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  4. I was so excited I actually had comments that I said, "Yay!" My two-year-old (who was busy brushing his teeth with his big brothers toothbrush at the time)said, "What? Twilight?"

    How embarrassing.

    Anywho, thanks for the encouragement! No chance I'll stop writing what I write. The people in my head talk to me you know. ;-)

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  5. I'm sure when Stephy wrote Twilight NO ONE, especially her thought she could sell a vampire novel. OK well maybe she could sell it but I assure you no one thought it would be a phen-om. I'll say it again even though I've said it a billion times (I know you need reassurance) your story is less about the paranormal and all about the characters. Emerson is Emerson whether or not she can travel through times. We fall in love with HER not her abilities. Such is the sign of a good writer. If all I cared about was "action" I'd read a comic book, or rather look at the pictures. No one loves Edward BECAUSE he's a vampire, we love Edward because he's Rob Pattinson. Crap that was a bad example but you know what I mean! ha ha ha ha ha! I think I'm so funny. I just hope you do, too.

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  6. Oh, Crap. I wish I hadn't read this! It's only your first rant? What have you been doing with yourself? Thanks for stopping by my blog, btw. I am also a Christian mom who writes and loves coffee, though I only listen to Enya these days (she puts me in the mood to write fantasy) and I don't have any yoga pants but my Webkinz do, does that count?

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  7. I watched the movie with my hubbie Saturday night and he liked it. I watched it again with some girlfriends last night (while wearing a shirt sporting the word "cougar").

    AND THEN...we watched the director's commentary.

    IT WAS HILARIOUS. I don't care if Rob Pattinson plays Edward Cullen or a bottom dweller catfish, I'll see him act again anytime I can. He's extremely gifted, especially in his sense of humor and his timing. Even if (and maybe especially if) you hated the movie - you'll love the commentary.

    Now I have a go-to for those days when query letters are beating me about the head and face...

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  8. You, my precious friend, are too funny. I'm going to chime in, not because it's new information, but because Truth is always good to hear repeatedly. You are a true talent. "The real deal" as I believe it was put recently :). You are witty, funny, dark and deep and as you would "watch Rob Pattinson act as a bottom dwelling catfish", I believe you could write that script and make it interesting.
    Stop worrying so much about the industry, the trends, the agents, the editors. Your Agent is far more capable to do more than you could ask or imagine and you will be published in His time. I love you AND your book!!!

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