Back to the real world (sighing)

It’s all in how you look at it. We came within three points of beating the current football dynasty. I can live with that. In fact, I am really proud of my team. I think they did a great job. And we don’t want to be selfish. Philly already has a national championship football team.

And now…. NCAA basketball.

No, wait, I’m an author, allegedly, not a full-time sports commentator.

Katie wrote me a very, very nice note that included this question: “Do you ever get tired of people telling you how awesome your books are? Do you ever just want to tell them to be quiet when they are going on and on about how wonderful they are?”

Weird fact #304 about being an author: It feels strange and awkward when people gush and tell me they really like what I write. I think a lot of writers feel this way. Why? Because the reader only sees the final, final product. I live with the book in the ugly stages – when the plot meanders, the characters are flat, the dialog long-winded, and the language is dull. Don’t get me wrong – I love revising. It’s the best part of the writing process, as far as I’m concerned. But I guess my little brain stays stuck on the horrendous early drafts (which no one else on the planet gets to see), and so, yeah, it feels weird when people compliment a story.

But it is nice to hear.

Max wrote with this contact information for Showtime if you want to encourage them to schedule the SPEAK movie, or bring it out on DVD. Thanks, Max.

It’s going to be a full day of writing and writing business stuff. I’ll bow to reality this evening and change this LJ out of the rabid Eagles fan theme.

(More sighing.)

15 Replies to “Back to the real world (sighing)”

  1. Totally off topic

    Laurie!!! is that really and truly you???? It’s a wonder that I decided to peek at my Friends Of list! What a small world to find you here – or that you found me. Wheeee! So happy to connect with you.

    Giddy,
    debbi

  2. Totally off topic

    Laurie!!! is that really and truly you???? It’s a wonder that I decided to peek at my Friends Of list! What a small world to find you here – or that you found me. Wheeee! So happy to connect with you.

    Giddy,
    debbi

    1. Re: Totally off topic

      Yep. Hi Debbi! I finally decided to get over my fear of the millenium and join the 21st century. Or is it the 22nd? I can never keep that straight.

  3. Totally off topic

    Laurie!!! is that really and truly you???? It’s a wonder that I decided to peek at my Friends Of list! What a small world to find you here – or that you found me. Wheeee! So happy to connect with you.

    Giddy,
    debbi

  4. Re: Totally off topic

    Yep. Hi Debbi! I finally decided to get over my fear of the millenium and join the 21st century. Or is it the 22nd? I can never keep that straight.

  5. Re: Totally off topic

    Yep. Hi Debbi! I finally decided to get over my fear of the millenium and join the 21st century. Or is it the 22nd? I can never keep that straight.

  6. No no! By all means, talk about college basketball! I am a recent convert and could use some commentary on the rest of the country to read. I’m over here wallowing in Oregon Duck sorrow – a brilliant pre-season has turned to dreck and they’re 9th in a conference that doesn’t get any respect to begin with. I think I need a college with a hope to root for as well as the one in my town.

    (And off-topic – I wanted to send you a quick email but my computer pitched a fit when I tried to go to your site – I thought since I’d “friended” you I ought to offer a quick re-introduction. You and I had sushi in Indianapolis when I used to work for one of your publishers; it was supposed to be a three-person dinner, but my coworker had some sort of eye trouble and so you and I talked books over chocolate martinis. Don’t know if that’s enough to jog a memory, but regardless: greetings and salutations!)

    -Molly

  7. No no! By all means, talk about college basketball! I am a recent convert and could use some commentary on the rest of the country to read. I’m over here wallowing in Oregon Duck sorrow – a brilliant pre-season has turned to dreck and they’re 9th in a conference that doesn’t get any respect to begin with. I think I need a college with a hope to root for as well as the one in my town.

    (And off-topic – I wanted to send you a quick email but my computer pitched a fit when I tried to go to your site – I thought since I’d “friended” you I ought to offer a quick re-introduction. You and I had sushi in Indianapolis when I used to work for one of your publishers; it was supposed to be a three-person dinner, but my coworker had some sort of eye trouble and so you and I talked books over chocolate martinis. Don’t know if that’s enough to jog a memory, but regardless: greetings and salutations!)

    -Molly

    1. Hi Molly!

      Thanks for dropping in. Yes, I remember. We were there for IRA. I’m pretty sure that was the first time I ate sushi. I was nervous about trying sushi in Indianapolis, but it was all good. Don’t you like fantasy a lot?

      Basketball – I watch Georgetown (sadly), Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, any Philly team. Hell, I just watch whoever is playing. If it’s possible, I get even nuttier during March Madness (that’s the weeks the college teams play elimination rounds for the national championship) than I did for this Superbowl.

  8. No no! By all means, talk about college basketball! I am a recent convert and could use some commentary on the rest of the country to read. I’m over here wallowing in Oregon Duck sorrow – a brilliant pre-season has turned to dreck and they’re 9th in a conference that doesn’t get any respect to begin with. I think I need a college with a hope to root for as well as the one in my town.

    (And off-topic – I wanted to send you a quick email but my computer pitched a fit when I tried to go to your site – I thought since I’d “friended” you I ought to offer a quick re-introduction. You and I had sushi in Indianapolis when I used to work for one of your publishers; it was supposed to be a three-person dinner, but my coworker had some sort of eye trouble and so you and I talked books over chocolate martinis. Don’t know if that’s enough to jog a memory, but regardless: greetings and salutations!)

    -Molly

  9. Hi Molly!

    Thanks for dropping in. Yes, I remember. We were there for IRA. I’m pretty sure that was the first time I ate sushi. I was nervous about trying sushi in Indianapolis, but it was all good. Don’t you like fantasy a lot?

    Basketball – I watch Georgetown (sadly), Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, any Philly team. Hell, I just watch whoever is playing. If it’s possible, I get even nuttier during March Madness (that’s the weeks the college teams play elimination rounds for the national championship) than I did for this Superbowl.

  10. Hi Molly!

    Thanks for dropping in. Yes, I remember. We were there for IRA. I’m pretty sure that was the first time I ate sushi. I was nervous about trying sushi in Indianapolis, but it was all good. Don’t you like fantasy a lot?

    Basketball – I watch Georgetown (sadly), Syracuse, UConn, Kansas, any Philly team. Hell, I just watch whoever is playing. If it’s possible, I get even nuttier during March Madness (that’s the weeks the college teams play elimination rounds for the national championship) than I did for this Superbowl.

  11. the little not so little daughter

    hey now.. some of us get to read the shitty drafts(and sometimes much to our dismay!) love you mommy. we are still going to have to keep hanging out after I get my car back tomorrow. I’ve had way to much fun this past month.

    p.s. HI APRIL. I miss you all up North!

  12. the little not so little daughter

    hey now.. some of us get to read the shitty drafts(and sometimes much to our dismay!) love you mommy. we are still going to have to keep hanging out after I get my car back tomorrow. I’ve had way to much fun this past month.

    p.s. HI APRIL. I miss you all up North!

  13. the little not so little daughter

    hey now.. some of us get to read the shitty drafts(and sometimes much to our dismay!) love you mommy. we are still going to have to keep hanging out after I get my car back tomorrow. I’ve had way to much fun this past month.

    p.s. HI APRIL. I miss you all up North!

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