July 7th, 2009


Book review round-up!

Hollywood the Write Way has posted a review of Rosemary and Rue. This is our first review for the month of July, aka, "that month where suddenly, we're counting down from sixty days oh dear gods I need more Diet Dr Pepper." I'm so excited!

In honor of this lovely review, I've done a roundup of our reviews so far, in case you missed one:

jennifer_brozek wrote a lovely review for Apex Books.

The Book Zombie wrote this incredibly sweet and thoughtful review, and even linked to one of my art cards!

kyrielle wrote a thoughtful and balanced review in her journal; k_crow did the same, because they are awesome.

Becky, of Village Books, wrote my very first bookseller review! I'm so chuffed!

s00j turned her wordsmithing to a lovely review tagged "that which does not suck." Most complimentary statement ever!

ladyqkat wrote another lovely LJ review, and canadianevil did the same thing.

And, of course, my beloved Rae wrote my very first posted review, thus earning herself an eternal place in my heart.

Yay reviews!

Thoughts on Writing #33: Not Making People Hit You.

Hello, and welcome to the thirty-third essay in my ongoing series of essays on the art and craft of writing. All these essays are based around my original set of fifty thoughts on writing, and are moving rapidly through a variety of aspects of the art, craft, and primary reason for insomnia that is the life of the writer. Many of these thoughts are not exclusive to the professional; if you write at all, they can apply to you. Here's our thought for the day:

Thoughts on Writing #33: Not Making People Hit You.

I tend to enjoy the process of not being hit, but it might help to have a little context to go with that summation:

Learn to be gracious to everyone who helps you. Thank your proofers. Thank your editors. Thank your agent. Thank your readers. They're doing you a favor. You're also doing them a favor—you're letting them play with your kids—so don't be servile, but do be gracious.

It may seem a little odd to you that I feel the need to say this, but honestly, after watching my own behavior under pressure, and the behavior of others, I feel that it's an important statement to make. Not just for writers, either. No matter who you are or what you do, you need to be gracious, and appreciative of the things that people do for you when you don't need them to. Our culture tells us it's better to give than to receive. How do you react to the good things without seeming entitled, arrogant, or just plain snotty? Let's discuss graciousness, what it means, and how we all sometimes fall a little short. Ready? Good. Let's begin.

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