Thursday, March 31, 2005
I'll be very glad when my back is back to normal and I can get off this stuff. It's mind-numbing and body-busting. Even my stomach is rebeling a bit tonight. I think I had too much to eat at dinner.
I sent out my "Bad Girls Rule" query today to Teen People. I did get some really good feedback from Melanie, the other local writer I met online via MediaBistro. I took just about all of it, though I'm sure I've still got errors in there. I don't feel like I can quite get the hang of this querying thing. It was w-a-y easier when assignments just fell in my lap like manna from heaven.
I'd gotten back a "no" from Night Publications on the Bonaire Italian restaurant article I wrote up with a "that editor is no longer with us" note and a "we don't publish this type of thing" comment. Funny, it's exactly the type of thing you ask for in Writer's Market...at any rate, I was trying to be proactive, so I wrote back a "thank you for your prompt response" and "are there any particular articles you're looking for right now" note. I got back a very snippy "read the guidelines" response. Well, I had read the guidelines. All they contained were grammar rules, none of which I had broken. There was nothing in them at all about what type of articles they wanted and the piece I had sent them matched the type of stuff I'd read in the mag when we were on the island. Oh well. I'll look for another home for that piece, though I've got no idea where at the moment. I need to re-send out the wine shop article too, but also no real idea where to send that. I'm definitely going to stick to the query first ideal whenever possible from here on out.
I got Brent Hartinger's permission (excited, at that) to pitch a profile of him. I'm thinking maybe Out magazine, but I want to research a few places first. He's a cool guy and his books are good.
I made a trip to Borders (I know, I know, I need to find a locally owned place to shop, but I haven't yet) to buy teen mags and I, for some reason, couldn't quite bring myself to buy Out at the same time. It was bad enough buying the teen mags and I couldn't imagine the combination of teen fashion rags + a gay magazine. That's horrible of me. Not sure why I couldn't do it. Shoot, I love gay people. I was so excited when we figured out that Louisville is full of 'em. They are great for cities, generally very interesting, and usually into the arts. But that's probably stereotypical generalizations I'm engaging in. Oh well. I probably shouldn't get up and write stuff when I'm half knocked out on medication and it's after midnight. Way past my bedtime.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
But, I did hear back from Family Circle (no) and the Scriptorium (yes). And yesterday I sent out a query to the Courier Journal for an interview I did with Alex Flinn and I'm working today on a query to Teen People for "Bad Girls Rule."
Other than that, I've done interviews with Brent Hartinger and E. Lockhart for my site. And I'm thinking about e-mailing Brent about doing a profile of him for a magazine (provided, of course, I find a magazine to do it for).
I did decide that I probably need to concentrate on my strong point -- i.e. the stuff I've got a "name" in, rather than trying to break more into food & wine type of stuff. I mean, I've been writing about YA stuff for years, so at least I have some history and background there.
Right now I need to take a shower and get out of my pajamas (yes, it is almost 2 PM, but hey, with these meds, I slept until noon) and run down to the bookstore to buy some magazines. Media Bistro had a thing about how to pitch to Teen People, but it was from 2002, so I don't trust that the masthead has stayed the same.
- Psychedelic Furs
- Pretty in Pink
- Pet Shop Boys
- Van Halen
- Smothers Brothers
- New Order
- Dream Academy
- Big Country
- Flock of Seagulls
- Fiona Apple
- Ever After
- Red Hot Chilipeppers
- Lenny Kravitz
Not a whole lot in common between those groups, though a fair number are from the 80's. Some of it I do own and some I still don't have.
The other thing must have been a story note...
They were expecting a boy. Athletic, tall, and tan, perhaps with grey-blue eyes, like my father. Someone driven by the fifty-yard line, a grasp like steel, plodding effortlessly through life. Someone without hesitation and fear. "No Fear Here! That's my boy!" Someone...not like me.
Not sure what I was thinking about, but interesting tidbit to keep. I find these things all the time. I've got more story ideas than I know what to do with. Which, I guess, is a better problem to have than the opposite.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
And part of it, I guess, is that I'm here all day long on the Internet, while most poor schmos only log on every now and again. I probably should try and cultivate that type of attitude myself...
Anyway, I guess I ought to get back to my book. I'm trying to flesh out character descriptions today.
Friday, March 11, 2005
I'm kind of annoyed at how people at magazines and weeklies are so rude. They just don't respond, even in the amount of time they say they will. I understand people are busy, but geez. It still ticks me off.
Have had some progress on my book though, as far as outlining and planning goes. Got to work on that this afternoon.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Friday, March 04, 2005
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I think I'm missing a few states from when I was little and we traveled from art show to art show, but I'm not sure which ones, so I guess they don't really count anyway.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
So much is going on with the house that I don't feel like I'm doing much with the writing stuff. I did have this dream that I need to write up -- a short story just dropped in my lap. Not sure when I'll get to it though. Ugh. I'm just tired today. Maybe it was the big lunch.
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
Got a letter back from Tampa Bay Magazine saying "Thanks, but we don't accept freelance work." Well...why do they put an address and say "send submissions here" in their magazine? Geez. So now I have to think of somewhere else to send the wine shop article.
Also got in a ton of books from HarperCollins, so I need to sort through those. If I could just get rid of this sinus headache...winter up north is starting to kill me. I think I'm just not used to whatever allergins (sp?) it is they've got up here. Whatever they are, they are doozies.
We did close on the house, thank goodness. It was a total mess, but now it is done! Yay! Of course, I'm still here in the apartment for now, but we're at least a few steps closer.