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Quantum of ... solace awards

Hi guys, how do you do?
I hope you have the time to read the book which I wrote, “The physics of…”(Kindle format on Amazon). 363 more words

Mers Folles

The Quest for a Compelling Query

April of last year, I finally faked enough confidence to send out a dozen or so queries for my first book. It was a terrifying process, I remember. 762 more words

Random Musings

Rejection Letter #2

At the turn of the year I applied for a position as a copywriter at a student placement company based on the Gateshead side of the quayside in Newcastle. 633 more words

I Only Came For The Cake

Form Rejections 

At this point in my querying journey, I’ve received enough rejection letters to have a good understanding of how they’re written.

Dear Optimistic Author,

Your heart is in your throat reading this but I’m passing.

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Viewpoint: Why I used to carry my college rejection letters in my backpack

I used to carry my college decision letters in my backpack.

Well, not all of them. I carried the rejections from Princeton, Stanford and Northwestern, the wait list notifications from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Kenyon and Vanderbilt, and — to round things out —  a truly inexplicable deferred acceptance from Chapman University. 752 more words


Choose active vs. passive voice strategically

No grammatical construction raises the ire of writing “experts” like the passive. Geoff Pullum (a regular contributor to Lingua Franca at the Chronicle of Higher Education… 793 more words

Professional Writing

You Gotta Keep Your Head Up

A few days ago, I submitted a poem to a magazine.  Why is that so unusual? Because I’m pink as a newborn when it comes to poetry.  707 more words