Monthly Archives: November 2010

Seasoned Agent + Critique Auction = Donation

One of my good writing buddies, Robert K. Lewis, has passed along an amazing opportunity for writers looking to hone their craft.   

Agent Irene Goodman is auctioning off 15 partial critiques in true marathon fashion.  The proceeds will go to charitable foundations: the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Deafness Research Foundation, and Hope For Vision.

The auction goes live on December 1st.  Details can be found here

Please consider treating yourself or a fellow writer to a professional critique by a seasoned agent with her heart in the right place.  Her 23 year-old son has Ushers Syndrome, a condition that will take his sight and hearing.  Your dollars will go to research to help him and others like him. 

Thanks to Ms. Goodman’s generosity of time and talent, everyone can start the new year in a little better place.



Hiatus from the Hiatus

Everybody needs a break.  Parents need a break from their kids, hubbies need a break from their wives and writers need a break from writing.  At least that’s what I thought when life got uber busy two months ago. 

Yet what I’ve realized is that even a break needs a break sometimes.


  1. I function much better as a writer when I write.  Seriously, blogging opens the door to my creativity.  Without my daily posting, I’ve been more inclined to sit on my butt and let time go by while I ponder the written word.  When I try to write, it takes way longer to get in the groove than it did when I was blogging daily.
  2. I miss my blogging friends who have most likely moved on to other blogging friends, maybe even gotten married and had cyber babies in my absence.    
  3. Blogging lets me be me.  I have so many other hats to wear in a day that I have lost track of who I am and where I want to go in life.  Blogging kept me focused on my writing and helped me balance my time.  Or at least I felt more balanced.  Being self-centered has taken on a new meaning. 
  4. I’m all shades of lazy when I don’t blog.  My mind, that is.  My brain feels lethargic and slower than a slush pile on a busy agent’s desk.  I’m afraid if I don’t use it, I really will lose it.
  5. I’ve also realized that once I stepped out of the writer’s closet (blogging every day) it is impossible to go back in and shut the door.  I hate how isolated I feel without my connection to other writers in the blogosphere.

So, I guess I’m saying it’s time to come back.  I’m taking a break from my break and getting my writing hiney back into the chair and my fingers back to the key board.

Five, four, three, two, one…

It’s go time.