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“If I had been born a man, I would have conquered Europe. As I was born a woman, I exhausted my energy in tirades against fate, and in eccentricities.”

Marie Konstantinovna Bashkirtseff

“Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.”

Christina Rossetti

“The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water, but to walk on the earth.”

Chinese Proverb

Round Up

Feeling a bit better today, though still tired. Eric ended up doing his passing-out-after-dinner thing again last night and I was so tired (and yet couldn’t go to sleep) that I ended up vegatating on the couch, not even bothering to cahnge the channel on the TV. Now on to some unfinished business…

On Kyptonite

I tried to think of something that is the absolute bane of writers. The thing that leaves us absolutely powerless… And aside from actual death, I couldn’t come up with anything. Really! I mean, when I really thought about it, rejections, the critic voice (of ourselves and others), blocks, all those things that we might think are The End… They aren’t. Because the next time we pick up the pen or fire up the word processing program, even if it’s to free write about how crappy and debilitating those things are, we counter them. Those things DO go away as soon as we get back to it. It’s just a matter of gathering the courage again.

So, my conclusion: We aren’t the Superman-type of heros. No Kyptonite for us. Instead we are more the Batman-type. The only thing that holds Batman back are the demons in his own head. And yes, some call Batman crazy for doing the things he does. He’s only some schmoe, no super powers, he just has the means and the courage to do what he does. And that, I think, is more like us writers. (Or maybe I just have watched too many cartoons…)

On the Book Fair

It wasn’t as helpful as I had hoped, but still a nice morning out. I talked to the Speculative Fiction society who are more a Sci-Fi fan club than the writers and readers I’d hope they’d be. I still might attend some of their conventions. I learned a bit about some of the small presses around here. There’s a writing institute type thing I might look into. They have some courses on synopsis writing and the like that are done by e-mail. Had a good talk with Eric about some writing stuff. The beautiful spring morning among the canopied tents of makeshift bookshelves and folding tables brought out good non-critical comments, on both our parts.

The thing that most excited me was the possibility, if an AZ chapter of HWA is formed, of representing them next year. Having my own table under the canopies, having local members have their book there, copies of our newsletter. To me that seems very exciting.


I need to send some e-mails to ppl correcting some things. HWA has my URL wrong on-line. Steve has a book attributed to my name that is not mine on the horrorauthors pic page (should belong to the guy whose pic is next to me). I think that was all. Considering just putting my short stories on-line… Maybe not, but I’m tired of trying to find markets for them.

Quote I found yesterday that I liked…

“I woke up one morning with a tune in my head and thought Hey, I don’t know this tune–or do I?”
–Paul McCartney on writing Yesterday


“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. ”
Oscar Wilde

“Life’s too short for worrying. Yes, that’s what worries me. ”


E. Bergler, psychoanalyst:
Normal people just don’t feel impelled to write.