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  • June 20th, 2011 | 11:26 AM
Writing life update

I haven't written a lot about what I'm doing writing-wise lately. I've immersed myself in art because it is soothing my soul which has been troubled by not writing. I have finished some fun art projects like my quote art journal and the art journal for my 15 words or less poems  and begun my work on the Sketchbook project where I hope to combine words and art.

But writing. I've jumped around a lot lately, which is my normal process. For now my focus is a book of essays about the 14 dogs I've had in my life. I have no contract, not even a publisher in mind. I've been told by a couple of agents and a couple of publishers that it is going to be a hard to impossible sell. I've been told writing books that aren't teaching an aspect of craft don't sell unless you're famous. I've been told collections of essays by not-yet-famous people don't sell.

I've been told a lot of things that should discourage me from spending time on this project.

But here's the thing. Working on this book makes me happy. Seems like a good enough reason to work on it for me.
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jeannineatkins
June 20th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yes. I'm glad you're writing what makes you happy. Very glad.
susanwrites
June 20th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jeannine. Usually all writing makes me happy but right now, dealing with thoughts of markets just depresses me so I'm going to write from my heart and let the rest of things take care of themselves.
kateshort
June 20th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
It's DOGS. People love dogs.

Would it be appropriate for school libraries? There might be some middle schools and high schools that might find something worth sharing in there.

Do what makes you happy = HAPPY.
susanwrites
June 20th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'm bank on the people loving dogs angle, that's for sure!

Not sure about school libraries. I'll keep that in the back of my mind as I'm working on it. thanks.
tracyworld
June 21st, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Conventional wisdom says No but your heart says Yes. A wise woman goes with her heart.

You're on a roll. :)
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.






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