Wednesday, January 31, 2007

do haberdashers have self-doubt?

This is depressing. Perhaps it’s not too late to try for a career in something easier like particle physics, less depressing like classical ballet, or with a brighter future like haberdashery.—Pat Walsh, 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published & 14 Reasons Why It Just Might

Isn’t that quote perversely encouraging? It makes me laugh about my chosen field. (Maybe I just have a warped sense of humor.) I just finished Pat Walsh’s grim and hilarious book, and it motivates me to work on my writing, to be as absolutely good as I can be ... even though the odds are terrible. Perverse again. Why choose this wall in particular to beat my head against?

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Posted by Jenn Langefeld on 01/31 at 12:49 PM
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

a massive pile of books

Time is ticking away until the SCBWI conference, and I’m working like crazy to read everything that could possibly be helpful before then. After browsing through the speakers’ biographies and the listing of publishing houses represented, I compiled a list of young adult and middle grade titles that I wanted to read before the conference. ...And I felt a little sheepish at the library, checking out seventeen children’s books!

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Friday, January 12, 2007

these things that i’m learning

One of the hardest parts of this new kind of life is the uncertainty. Much as I despised the inevitable “syllabus shock” of every semester, I miss having a few sheets of paper that outline what exactly I would be doing in the next four months. Faced with the assurance of a challenge, I could dread it or embrace it; but in the end, I planned out my time and work, and I made it through. (With the support of twenty other students, and a professor encouraging us.)

I would love a syllabus right now. (Maybe I should make my own? An interesting thought…)

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

welcome to the new year: resolutions 101

I spent part of the day Monday writing a paragraph of 2007s, trying to get used to seeing it and writing it. I’ve been known to date a check two years in the past. Oops. I couldn’t get the year 2004 out of my head.

Then, to my other New Year’s tradition: Writing a modest little list of resolutions… more like goals, I guess. I tried to keep them reasonable, small, and useful. I think I ended up with about fifty, to “gradually” fit into my schedule. Instead of a few changes, I wrote a plan for a complete life overhaul.

Sigh. To-do lists, goal-planning sessions, new year’s resolutions… They invite my inner optimist to dream big.

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