Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's not easy writing short

Yes! I knew it wouldn't take long! Evadne found me, folks. (See post below for context.) So log on to her blog here and read her excerpt. And she makes you work for it, too! Evadne, if you're reading this, you are a freaking genius! Do you want to be my agent? :)

As you can tell, I'm rooting for her pretty hard. Maybe someday I'll have the guts to post online as well. But I doubt it. And hey, does posting online count as published? Technically? The CBC short fiction contest rules and regulations make me think so:

"Requirements: All entries must be original and unpublished works. All works that have appeared in print or on the Internet, including self-published works, are considered previously published and are therefore not eligible for the competition."

And by the way, short stories are really really really hard to write. Did you know that? Because I didn't. I thought I wrote one the other day... until I re-read it. STINKTOWN, let me tell you. You short story writers out there are a different breed altogether.

Anyhoo, I gave up on that idea pretty quickly and got back to the business of long-form. Specifically, the business of begging for money for my long-form courtesy the Ontario Arts Council. Third time's a charm.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Better blog than mine

Since my blogging has been temporarily stalled by another attempt at re-writing my novel, (more on that later) you may want to check out this one instead. When you read it, please keep in mind that the author of this blog doesn't actually have a book deal. This is easy to forget for all kinds of reasons. Read one post and you'll understand why. Just look to your right -- that's another clue.

I have no idea if this woman can write. She's never posted an excerpt, I've never gone to a reading (yes -- she has them) and blogs offer up poor evidence of true literary talent. (At least I sure hope so.) So she could be the worst or she could be the best. But she has balls and she's going for it her way. And so, this woman, this incorrigible optimist, has become my hero. My newest reason to keep trying.