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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Gift Positive

Just when I'm struggling to come up with a positive for this post, I get a couple very nice gifts. 

In a comment on my last post, Elizabeth McKenzie told me she'd read and laughed out loud over one of the writing pieces I posted on my web site. Since the piece, "Hey, Mom", is supposed to be funny, this is a good thing. But even better, Elizabeth is the first person - outside of close personal pre-blog friends - to mention anything from my web site. I've been wondering if the site was going unread or if people were reading these pieces and withholding comment to be kind. So this was a big positive. Thanks, Elizabeth.

And this morning, Heather Webber sent me some information on a writing grant I might be eligible to try for. It blows me away how supportive authors (at least the ones I've met through their blogs) are of each other and how willing they are to give a leg up to a struggling unpublished.   Another great positive.  Thank you, Heather.

Do you have a positive to share today?  I'm trying to keep the positive energy flowing.

Unwriting progress: From the original 150,000 words down to 113,993. (Slow progress but still chuggin' away.)

I'm currently enjoying: Just starting Roast Mortem by Cleo Coyle.  My special autographed prize copy.  Another positive.

Quote of the day: Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~William A. Ward

9 comments:

Dru said...

Those are truly good gifts.

I visit several author's website just to get a feel for the author and their work.

Mason Canyon said...

Good luck with the writing grant. Sounds like a good step in the right direction. I agree with you that it's amazing how support authors are of other authors and those just getting started.

BTW, hope you enjoy Roast Mortem, that's a great series.

Mason

Thoughts in Progress

Maria Zannini said...

Is that the SLF older writer's grant?

I'm not sure how old you are, but if you're over 50 you're eligible to compete.

http://www.speculativeliterature.org/Grants/SLFOlderWriters.php

Linda Leszczuk said...

To all - my apologies for the delayed response. I was away from my computer for a day.

Dru - If you visit mine sometime I'd love your feedback. On the site (it was my first attempt) and any of the writing samples.

Mason - I'm not sure my book meets the criteria for this grant but the support is wonderful. As for Roast Mortem, I spent yesterday hanging out at a hospital ER (my poor mum-in-law's been re-admitted) but I had the foresight to take the book with me. Finished Roast Morten in one day. You're right, it was wonderful. (Except I kept wanting to go get coffee - and I don't drink coffee.)

Maria - Unfortunately, I have no problem meeting the age requirement. I checked the web site on the SLF grant and it looks like something I could try for. Thanks so much for the lead. Again, the support is awesome.

Heather Webber said...

Linda, hugs to you. Hang in there!

Linda Leszczuk said...

Thanks, Heather. All hugs welcome and gratefully accepted.

And back at you.

Stephen Tremp said...

Its nice to receive good stuff, isn't it. Especially when its free. I've always said, if its free I'll take two. Good luck with the word reduction. I was in the same boat and had to take out 40,000 words or something like that.

Stephen Tremp

Linda Leszczuk said...

Stephen -

I'm all about free. And I'll take that luck on the unwriting. I'm looking to beat your 40,000 words by at least 10,000 - trying to get under that 100,000 mark. It's a lot of trimming.

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