So Here’s What Happened This Week (March 30, 2012)

What I Did: Wrote 5000 words on my novel, SINGLES VS. BRIDEZILLAS

Got three more rejections on my novel, QUEEN HENRY

What I Read: I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT by Allison Pearson and TRUE GHOST STORIES by Echo Bodine

Cool Links I Found:

Getting Back Up Again

Ten Things You Should Know About Screenplays

Movie Quotes

I keep a journal of some of favorite movie quotes, so I figured I would put some on the blog from time to time. Enjoy, and feel free to send me some of your favorites!

 

“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” – Back to the Future / 1985

“And remember Sparky, whatever they tell you, you can never have too much sugar.” – Michael / 1996

“The only real blasphemy is the refusal of joy.” – Jeffrey / 1995

“You know, you’re much scarier in real life than you are in the movie.” Ed Wood / 1994

“We at the FBI do not have a sense of humor that we are aware of.” Men in Black / 1997

“It’s easy to be outnumbered when you’re a zero.” George of the Jungle / 1997

“I swear if you existed I’d divorce you.” Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf / 1996

“Everyone who drinks is not a poet. Some of us drink because we’re not poets.” Arthur / 1981

“Bring down a copy of my will and an eraser, okay?” Everyone Says I Love You / 1996

“On this ship you will refer to me as “idiot” not “you captain”. – Spaceballs / 1987

“People get killed in grocery stores. Don’t mean I should stop eating.” Get on the Bus / 1996

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!” – Dr. Strangelove / 1964

“You answer it and if it’s anybody I don’t want to speak to him.” – Viva Las Vegas / 1964

“Morons! Your bus is leaving.” – Groundhog Day / 1993

“Why do you think Don Octavio Del Flores is Dr. Mickler?” – Don Juan Demarco / 1995

“Hell’s bells, Jim. I almost puked up my livers!” – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn/ 1993

“Kirk was wrong when he said I didn’t know where movie scripts left off and life began. A script has to make sense and life doesn’t.” – The Barefoot Contessa/ 1954

Man, I got mind control over Debo. He be like “shut the fuck up” – I be quiet. But when he leave – I be talkin’ again!” –Friday / 1995

“Well, you lose a son, it’s possible to get another. There is only one Maltese Falcon.” – The Maltese Falcon / 1941

“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and that is what needs to be nourished with work, play, friendship, family, these are the things that matter. This what we’d forgotten. The simplest things.” – Awakenings / 1990

“I tell you one thing, if you ever say another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I’m gonna get that gun of mine and change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot!” – 9 to 5 / 1980

“I refuse to be in a club where half the members are dead.” – The Cemetery Club / 1993

“Nobody looks as much like you do as you do.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty / 1947

“Would you like to have breakfast with me? Shall I phone you or nudge you?” – Sneakers/ 1992

“I’m not drowning myself, I’m just freaking out!” – Gung Ho/ 1985

“I don’t like him. I’ll think of a reason later.” – Deadline USA / 1952

Rejection #43

I’ve been keeping a running tally on Facebook of all the rejections I receive on my novel, QUEEN HENRY. Most of them are form letters and I’ve gotten a few brief but personal messages from agents. I thought I would share this form rejection in full because I thought it was pretty cool :)

Dear Author,

Well, it’s finally happened: after over thirty years of answering every query letter that has ever come my way, I’ve been forced to finally acknowledge that a new era is upon us all.  Before the arrival of e-mail submissions, I used to receive perhaps one hundred queries a week.  That was a lot of queries but it wasn’t frankly unmanageable.  The Friedrich Agency now receives more than twice that on a daily basis and it’s becoming impossible to attend to much of anything else!  I’m so sorry for the impersonal response, I hate to do this.  Writing a good book or a good proposal is among the hardest things in the world to do; I promise, we’re not unsympathetic!  You have our word that we are reading every single query letter that comes our way, but from now on, we’re only responding personally if we’re sufficiently curious and would like to read further. Please don’t take offense at this Draconian measure– there is undoubtedly a wonderful agent out there for whom your book might just be the perfect match. Toward that end, we wish you all the best!

Take care,

Molly Friedrich

I thought this was really nice and it was a good reminder to me that, in the end, rejection really isn’t personal…

So Here’s What Happened this Week (March 16, 2012)

 

What I Did: Wrote 8000 words on my novel, SINGLES VS. BRIDEZILLAS.

Got two more rejections on my novel, QUEEN HENRY.

Sent out more queries for QUEEN HENRY.

What I Read: THE DEVIL IN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE by Linda Francis Lee

What I Saw: Live performance of AVENUE Q

Cool Links I Found:

Twelve Writer Woes and the Books to Cure Them

I Can’t Do This: My Biggest Fear as a Writer

WANTED: WRITING CRITIQUE PARTNER

Finding a quality critique partner is proving to be more difficult than finding a husband. I found my husband simply by showing up to work every day and there he was…Even with the advent of online critique partner matchmaking services, I’ve still been unable to find a reliable crit partner.

Matching up compatible crit partners really is quite similar to seeking a mate. Similar personalities and attitudes help toward building a lasting relationship. It also helps to find a partner who writes in the same or similar genre. I don’t read much fantasy or science fiction, so I doubt I would be much good to a writer who writes those books. Are you a writer who needs a strict deadline? If so, you might seek a partner who can kick your ass as needed. Are you serious about getting published or just writing for funsies? Do you want to know the hard-core truth about your writing or do you want your critiques candy-coated and chocolate-covered?
Here’s what I’m seeking in a critique partner:
1. I don’t want to have to set firm deadlines, but you should return a critiqued chapter in a reasonable turnaround, say a week or so.  You can definitely count on me to do the same.
2. You need to be serious about writing. It’s fine to write just for fun, but I’m serious about my career and if you’re not, you probably won’t commit to critiquing on a regular basis.
3. You need to understand that reading is a vital part of being a writer. If you tell me you don’t have time to read my manuscript, then it’s a good bet you “don’t have time” to read much else, either. Carving out time to read is critical to being a writer.
4. I want the truth – but nicely. There’s no need to “toughen me up”. Regular rejection has already done that and will continue to do so. My preference is to have a critique partner who will point out the flaws in my writing honestly but nicely, giving me a chance to fix these errors before sending the manuscript out into the world. Your job is tell me firmly but kindly that there is toilet paper stuck to my shoe or my slip is showing. Done with kindness, these critiques aren’t embarrassing or hurtful, but are instead much appreciated as helpful and even essential.
5. You must be genuinely open to criticism and have a true understanding of how essential critiques of your own work really are.
6. You must have a sense of humor. The journey to publication is tough. It’s a lot tougher if you can’t laugh about it.
7.  You should be supportive and understanding. Struggling with rejection, fear, and self-doubt is so much easier when you’ve got a friend right there in the trenches with you!
If you or someone you know fits the above criteria, please let me know!!!