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Question of the Month: Complete

by Susan Henderson on March 1, 2010

Tell me something you’ve completed that you’re proud of, or that shows what you’re made of. Whether it’s a poem, a quilt, a garden, or a restored car, I want to hear about it!

Oh, by the way…

UpFromTheBlue

I now have a title and a cover. You can even pre-order my book at Amazon.

It’s starting to feel real!

One last thing: I’m so happy to announce that you can now buy my friend, Darlin’ Neal’s new book, RATTLESNAKES AND THE MOON. Darlin’ and I have been critiquing each other’s stories for years, and she’s an absolutely amazing writer. But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what Antonya Nelson says: “Darlin’ Neal’s book of stories is the literary equivalent of a Lucinda Williams music album: achingly lovely homages to heartbreak and hard times, sung by a voice rich with whiskey, soaked in insight.  An absolutely stellar performance.”

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irishgirl7189 March 1, 2010 at 1:23 am

The one thing that I an proud of that I completed is getting my Blackbelt in Kenpo. I have started many things in my life and i never finished them. This is the one thing that I have thought about doing for 10 years and finally 5 years ago I walked through the doors of the karate school and took the first step. I have enjoyed taking karate and I will be testing for my 2nd degree in April.

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EllenMeister March 1, 2010 at 5:57 am

*thunk*

That cover knocks me out. I don’t think I could POSSIBLY pass that in a bookstore without picking it up.

Something I’m completely proud of? Being Susan Henderson’s friend …

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Nathalie March 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

Congratulations! The book looks wonderful.

Proud of? Me? Meh… Having written that, I can cook. Not that I am particularly proud of that but at least I can admit to this without major embarrassment.

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Kimberly March 1, 2010 at 6:56 am

I remember when I used to finish things… now it seems an endless stream of ‘to do’s with no end in sight. *sigh*

But I’m so proud of YOU!!! Brava!!!

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 7:03 am

Um, how about finishing your screenplay, finishing that gorgeous new office with exposed brick walls, and finishing the gingerbread house with my boys… for starters? Excited about your new, dark and mysterious screenplay! I’m going dark for my next one, too.

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 7:04 am

I was so surprised and thrilled when I saw it. Thank you.

I’m in total awe of people who can cook. And don’t forget your photographs. And that you can complete a thought in several languages.

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 7:05 am

Aww. I’ll see you tomorrow for lunch. No matter what, don’t let me order the chocolate mousse.

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 7:06 am

That’s incredible!

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Anonymous March 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

YAY!!! Beautiful cover, Sue!!

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robinantalek March 1, 2010 at 8:16 am

Wow! What a cover– stunning, Susan. And isn’t a thrill to see your name like that? A little surreal, huh?

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kategray March 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

Yes, first off, great cover, intriguing title, and I’m excited about the prospect of being able to really sit and read something written by a person I have gotten to know!

As to the question…aside from finishing a writing piece, I think the thing I have been proud of the most was finishing college. I did three long years at a community college (after setting adrift from the bonds of high school), while working full-time. After a trip to Mexico, to the heart of the country, not to anything resort-y, I realized that I had to get my rear in gear. I applied to UNC, and encountered so many obstacles. Too many credits for sophomore transfer, not quite enough for junior, the financial aid was at issue, my AP credits were lost, I needed my beloved high school English teacher to write me a recommendation to get the credits…if I had been wiser, I would have tried UConn, or a smaller school…but I was resolved to get that degree. I think it was more important to me because my older brother had gotten the boot from his college, and my dad kept hanging this sense of “we expect the same disappointment” over me. I fought for everything to get that degree, from testing out of additional Latin classes that I really didn’t want to take, to writing a huge paper for an African perspective class that I had no time to take (because I was already in place to go to ocs at Quantico in just a few months’ time…), down to the utter disappointment of being told that a grade for a class stood, even though the prof had been suspended for buying pot from one of our classmates (my term paper, he told me, had proved its point, but he disagreed with it, and gave it a D).
I’m still in debt over the 2 years (6 semesters) at UNC, and my degree in Classical Archaeology stands more as an imaginary benefit than a real one at times, but I’m still glad I finished.

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billiehinton March 1, 2010 at 8:31 am

Susan, the book is gorgeous! Including the title!

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kevinwatson March 1, 2010 at 9:00 am

Susan, Congrats of the novel. Love the cover. And thanks for mentioning Darlin’ Neal’s new collection, RATTLESNAKES & THE MOON, which only adds to the pride of my own little creation, Press 53, which continues to grow and change and get better.

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mlakers March 1, 2010 at 9:07 am

Excellent!! I love your cover, Susan, and I’m eagerly awaiting my copy of Darlin’s book!!

As for what I’m proudest of? Currently it’s the whole mothering thing. Yesterday my eldest daughter turned 20. Holy cow, she’s a woman now. And doing quite well at it, I must say, even if it seems like she was just turning two, oh…yesterday. I try not to pat myself on the back too hard, as most of the credit goes to her, but I’ll take a little to keep me going for the miles I still have before me.

One down, two to go! 🙂

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

Thanks, Mary. I’m eagerly awaiting my copy, too!

Love hearing about your daughter. Twenty is such an exciting age because you can choose endless paths and the choice is all yours.

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 9:29 am

Kevin, I’m so thrilled with the books you’ve been publishing. You have such a great ear for story and language.

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 9:30 am

Thank you, Billie. How are your horses doing with all this snow?

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 9:32 am

Wow, Kate, that says everything about what you’re made of! I didn’t know you’d majored in Classical Archaology, but I just love knowing that, and knowing what a fighter you are.

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

Thanks, Robin (whose book is in its fourth printing!) Hooray!

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

Thanks, Kat! 🙂

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 11:39 am

Money for fiction writers with children! Please apply to this, you guys!

http://www.pw.org/content/new_fellowship_for_fiction_writers_with_children

details…

Pen Parentis, a young, New York City–based organization whose mission is to provide resources to writers who have children, is offering its first contest for a writing fellowship. The organization will award an emerging fiction writer one thousand dollars and promote his or her work on the Pen Parentis Web site.

The winner will give a reading in New York City at the September 14 gathering of the organization’s free monthly reading series featuring writer parents. Novelist—and mother—Jennifer Egan is scheduled to read alongside the inaugural fellow. Egan is the author of the story collection Emerald City (Nan A. Talese, 1996) and four novels including The Keep (Knopf, 2006) and A Visit from the Goon Squad, forthcoming from Knopf in June.

Fiction writers with at least one child under the age of ten are invited to submit unpublished works of short fiction from today until April 17. Each submission must total no more than twelve hundred words and should be accompanied by a fifteen-dollar entry fee.

There is no residency requirement for entrants, but the winner must be able to provide his or her own travel to and accommodations in New York City to be present for the reading in September. More information about the award is available on the Pen Parentis Web site.

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lance_reynald March 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

proudest… actually, I’d say the interviews I conducted here. They’re the best example of my mind at work and they helped give me the the courage and skill to work through my own writing.

great cover and title on UP from the BLUE!

can’t wait to have a copy in my hands!

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 12:23 pm

You are a fantastic interviewer – a close reader who hears where the author’s heartbeat connects with the reader’s. And that’s only one of a very long list of things that show what you’re made of.

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robinslick March 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm

That cover just takes my breath away. And your backstory re the road to publication is incredible and so inspiring — that in itself could be a valuable book for aspiring writers. Congratulations, my friend. And hurrah for Darlin, too!

I do not really even want to answer the question this month because I want nothing to take away from this moment. But yeah, of course I’m proud of the fact that I was able to write a couple of books and prouder still that a couple of people even liked them. 🙂

xo

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SusanHenderson March 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Seems like you could also feel pretty proud that your daughter – interviewed here, everyone: http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/jslick/2010/02/21-questions-with-julie-slick/ – says you’re the most supportive person ever!

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billiehinton March 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm

We have definitely had more snow than our usual share, but it seems like nothing compared to some friends in CT, VT, etc. My herd has actually enjoyed the snow when we’ve had it – the snow itself is fine, but the mud that comes after, with our already overly-saturated ground from a very wet fall/winter, is tiresome for all of us. We’re all ready for spring. (and you are sweet to ask!) Can’t wait to get your lovely book.

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eileen_rita March 2, 2010 at 4:19 am

I just wanted to say congratulations on the book – the cover and the title are wonderful! You must be so excited. I toast to your completion and will think about my own a little more before I pop back. Well done!!

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SusanHenderson March 2, 2010 at 8:31 am

Thanks, Eileen, and I’m looking forward to you coming back with a story!

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SusanHenderson March 2, 2010 at 8:33 am

I didn’t even think about the mud! Right now, my greyhound is loving the snow, even though we were told greyhounds can’t tolerate the cold. He looks like an 80-pound puppy out there!

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MyfanwyC March 2, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Congratulations, Sue! Love the cover and can’t wait to read the book.

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SusanHenderson March 2, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Thanks, Myf!

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SusanHenderson March 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Janet Fitch has started a blog here, featuring her brilliant word exercises that are great when you’re blocked: http://janetfitchwrites.wordpress.com/

Janet was very helpful with my book, and she’s a terrific writer (White Oleander, Paint it Black, and something new coming very soon and featuring all things Russian). Check her out if you have time.

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terrybain March 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

I once finished writing a book.

Then I finished writing another.

And another.

I’m sort of getting used to the feeling of maybe being the sort of person who writes things.

That is a terrific jacket, Sue.

Blessings,
Terry

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Aurelio March 2, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I’m very excited about your book, my friend! It looks perfect – the title is perfect. Warms my heart.

I don’t know if this qualifies as something I completed, but it is something I accomplished that I’m particularly proud of.

I worked at a summer camp for several years, and one year I was the crafts counselor there, which meant wrangling squirrelly kids through the creation of sand candles, macrame plant pot holders, leather wallets, and bead weaving. I was always looking for new ways to challenge and inspire the kids, so we did things like making pin hole cameras and pine needle baskets (a Native American art) and so on.

The crafts room also became a hideout for the quiet loners who didn’t want to involve themselves in the more social or group oriented activities, so every once in a while I’d get a special kid, one who the other kids tended to ignore, or worse, teased and ridiculed. One of these quiet little boys was hiding out in my crafts room one day, disengaged with life. Nothing interested him. He said he just wanted to be left alone. I insisted he create something if he was going to be in my activity so I suggested he go sketching. He’d never drawn before. I said it was pretty easy – look at things, study them, their edges, shape, volume, texture, then draw it down. I gave him paper and a pencil and sent him over to observe the camp’s the barnyard animals.

Then kid came back about a half hour later to show me some of the nicest animal drawing I’d ever seen. They were amazing. The other kids gathered around and soon he was the center of attention, and received lots of admiration from his peers. The boy had no idea he had a gift, and I saw that realization dawn.

Later that summer I got a letter from his parents. They told me that their son wanted to be an artist now and that his camp experience had changed his whole life. I think it’s very cool to have been able to play a part in that.

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5speener0 March 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Aurelio, that is amazing!

You touched that boy’s life! You didn’t know, but, by being YOU, you helped him to be HIM.

A gold star on your sweet forehead for that one! 🙂

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5speener0 March 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Congratulations, Susan! Yay! I’m heading on over to amazon.com to take a peek and be happy for you.

There are many things that I’m proud to say I’ve seen through to completion and been proud of. Most recently, I am proud that I was able to get through the four weeks of training and review for the About.com guide position for the “About Greek Food” site. I didn’t get the job. Disappointed, yes. The pride is in the process I went through.

I grew from this challenge. I learned from this challenge. I looked at it as an opportunity and, while the two weeks of writing went very well, the two weeks of learning how to combine HTML and meta data to create the type of site they want…well, that was VERY difficult. The important thing for me is that I did not give up. I gave it my best and saw it through to the end.

Being open to the feedback, adapting my writing to fit their criteria, accepting failure and letting go of the initial disappointment–GIANT step forward. 🙂

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patry March 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Gorgeous, gorgeous cover and I love the new title. I’m proud to be off to Amazon now!

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eileen_rita March 3, 2010 at 2:07 am

I would have to save my documentary ‘Behind the Seams’ is what I’m proudest of so far. It was finished in early 2007 and produced by myself and friend James Turnbull.

There’s an annual fundraiser here in Auckland that’s been running for 10 years for the benefit of the NZ AIDS Foundation called ‘Queen of the Whole Universe’.
Only a few people get kudos for the event which is made possible by hundreds of volunteers and I really wanted to create something that showed and celebrated those hardworking people, and also something they could take away and show their friends and family now and in the future. So I decided to make this documentary and sell it as part of the fund-raising efforts.
I couldn’t get any sponsorship for it and the NZ Film Commission are very anti giving money to productions they won’t see a dime from, so even though every noisy part of my brain said not to we forged ahead and did everything ourselves. The camera work/lighting/sound/editing/dvd design and art work are all us. On the day of the show we had three wonderful friends join us to film the production but over a crazy 11 month period we had a crew that maxed out at 5 people.

Over Christmas, having not thought about it for a while someone mentioned to me at a party that they’d seen my name in the paper and I discovered my little movie had been named one of the best moments in entertainment for the decade here in NZ which blew me away, and it’s now in consideration for a festival in San Fransisco which in turn got me an IMDB page.

So I’m very glad I ignored the sensible sounds in my head because every time I see it on my shelf I smile.

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SusanHenderson March 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

Thanks, Patry. 🙂

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SusanHenderson March 3, 2010 at 9:56 am

The amazon page is still only sketched in, but why not link to it so you guys can share in the whole glory and anxiety of the process!

Despina, I absolutely love knowing about your training and that you were headed in the direction of Greek food! Almost everything I am has come from what I thought were failures and missteps and turning down stray paths. That’s where we get interesting character and that’s where we accidentally stumble upon the things we never even thought to dream for ourselves.

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SusanHenderson March 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

Ha! Such memories of pin hole cameras and macrame pot holders! And that’s the best story. I have the hugest smile on my face.

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SusanHenderson March 3, 2010 at 10:01 am

Pretty cool to go from “I wrote a great book” to “I am an author.” Looking forward to your next one, and still (and will always) have that draft of your first.

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SusanHenderson March 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

Whoever named a foundation “Queen of the Whole Universe” is exactly my type of person! That’s a wonderful story about your screenplay and where the creative process meets the real world. Good for you for ignoring that inner sensible person and listening to the dreaming artist!

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SusanHenderson March 3, 2010 at 10:09 am

Oh, hey, and a very cool job for someone here. Hot off the press (thanks, Eric!):

Subject: Job: Travel writer

http://www.facebook.com/l/1d99d;www.indianexpress.com/news/worlds-best-job-offers-to-pay-20k-to-spend-year-on-joliday/584845/

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The successful applicant will have all expenses paid for the next 12 months for the narration of his/her experiences via regular online blog updates.

All that http://www.facebook.com/l/1d99d;lowcostholidays.com requires from the holiday reviewer is ability to social network and love for travelling, the Daily Express reported.

Paul Evans, CEO of http://www.facebook.com/l/1d99d;lowcostholidays.com said: “For anyone who fancies a year out, enjoys sunning themselves and won’t miss talk of the recession, this really is the dream job.

“We’re calling it a ‘joliday’ – less job, more holiday.”

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Dory Adams March 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Congratulations! It must feel wonderful to have your completed book about to be launched out into the real world. I love the title and cover image and look forward to reading it. All best wishes to you!

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SusanHenderson March 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Thanks so much, Dory!

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cungena54 March 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I think the cover of your book is terrific Susan.It reminds me of a girl I went to school with, who had the same freckles on her nose as on your cover! her name was Amy!
Now to my most remembered accomplishment! It may sound trivial , but to me it was very important. When I was at school we had to knit a pair of socks as part of our Domestic Science course . For the others it was no problem , but for with me 2 left hands it was truly an effort as quite often I had terrible pain in my hands and wrists, but after undoing my knitting and trying to get those heels proper I finished them!!It was truly a triumpf for me, as my teacher thought I would give up! I only got a -4 (not good) note , but I didn´t care!!.
The real triumpf came a year when I had Rheumatic Fever and was diagnosed with Arthritis – hence the pain I mentioned before.
PS I have pre ordered your book and it is being mailed to an relative in the US , as the German Customs know darn well that “Gifts” don´t come from Amazon! LOL

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SusanHenderson March 3, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Aww, you’re wonderful, thank you. And I just love the spirit of your sock knitting story. It shows that glow you have about you.

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SusanHenderson March 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Thank you, Ellen, for the link and the really lovely words: http://ellenmeister.blogspot.com/2010/03/friday-update-35.html

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EllenMeister March 6, 2010 at 7:29 am

My pleasure, Sue. I was actually holding back so I wouldn’t appear too gushing. 🙂

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Jimnichols March 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Well, I’m not very happy at having to wait until September, but I done ordered it anyhow. I really like the cover and title, and can’t wait to read it. Congrats, Sue!

I’m kinda proud about a story I just finished in first draft…one of those where I might have actually managed to capture the spirit of the image that inspired it. Now we’ll see if I’m proud and excited after it’s cooled off and I’ve read it again.

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Jimnichols March 8, 2010 at 5:06 pm

What a great story…just amazing.

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SusanHenderson March 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Wow, that’s not easy to do. I can’t tell you how many times I think I have a brilliant idea, and when I start to put it on paper, it’s all wobbly and ordinary. And thank you for pre-ordering! The moment yours is ready, I’m doing the same!

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JamesRSpring March 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

That is absolutely spectacular, and well-earned… Should we order now, or wait and sway the numbers when you debut?

Congratulations…

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SusanHenderson March 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Hey, I was just talking about you yesterday! And order today before you forget or change your mind. Also, when are you coming back to NY?

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5speener0 March 11, 2010 at 10:29 am

Susan, you are one of the kindest people I know (even if I do only know you virtually). Thanks for the encouragement. Wish I lived close enough to come get a hug. 🙂

I keep checking back in on the book. I’m glad to see that you’ve updated your Amazon page. I’ll link to this on my facebook page and post that wonderful review! I have pre-ordered the book and can’t wait to be thrilled for your success. I will be setting aside a quiet corner and time to read “Up From the Blue” as soon as I get it.

Are you on Good Reads?

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JamesRSpring March 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

Ordering now. I’m thinking I’ll be back to NY by this summer… I have a new TAL story on this weekend. That seems to be a portent of sorts…

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SusanHenderson March 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Can’t wait to hear it!

I’ll link to the program, for anyone who’s interested – http://www.thisamericanlife.org/ – but James, when you have a direct link, send it my way. I’ll try to catch it live, though.

Yay that you’ll be in NY! Drinks and gossip!

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SusanHenderson March 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm

That’s so nice of you!!

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marianschembari March 12, 2010 at 11:57 pm

You should be BEYOND proud of yourself. Congrats!

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SusanHenderson March 13, 2010 at 6:40 am

Thanks! And congratulations on your REAL SIMPLE news!

For the rest of you, if you want to visit a really fun and useful blog, go here: http://marianlibrarian.com/

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SusanHenderson March 13, 2010 at 6:56 am

Yesterday, I helped teach an MFA practicum at Adelphi with Robert Gray and Marie Mockett. It was pouring rain and everyone was fighting for the few cabs available, so this is a shout out to Judy Budd of Shenandoah, Virginia, who let me have her taxi. I always remember people who are nice to me when they don’t have to be, and here’s to Judy and to good karma!

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SusanHenderson March 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Well this is kind of a nice surprise… from Publishers Weekly:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/452927-London_Briefcase_What_the_Big_Six_Are_Bringing_to_the_Fair.php

And this is a nice link from one of the Adelphi MFA students, an up and coming literary star: http://caseytolfree.blogspot.com/2010/03/rainy-cultural-weekend.html

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Aurelio March 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Hey, that’s so cool about the London Fair push for your book! Congrats!

BTW – I have an essay out today in the current issue of Impact Times entitled, “Cannibal Lecture”:

http://www.impacttimes.com

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SusanHenderson March 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Great piece, Aurelio, and one of the best opening paragraphs in a long time.

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mikelk March 21, 2010 at 6:29 am

Amazing cover, Susan, amazing. It makes me want to buy the gook RIGHT NOW!!! I’ll be back later to answer the quesstion…

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SusanHenderson March 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

So glad you love the cover, Mikel.

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eric March 23, 2010 at 8:55 am

Congratulations on the book! That’s amazing that Harper Collins published you. I’m really proud of a short story collection I just had published from a small press, called “The Silk City Series.” I was unsure about it, especially when working with an editor who I didn’t know. Now that it’s out and people have been reading it, and I’ve been giving readings, I feel incredibly confident about it. Hooray for feeling good about producing something!

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SusanHenderson March 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

Eric, congratulations! Tell us what your collection is about and leave a link to it.

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eric March 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Susan! The collection is set entirely in the city of Paterson, New Jersey and deals with urban working-class people and their everyday lives. It’s a fascinating city because of deindustrialization and the literary history behind it (Allen Ginsberg, William Carlos Williams.)
http://www.knickerbockercircus.com/books

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SusanHenderson March 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Another job for those who are looking:

Subject: Job: Associate Director of Arts Presenting Programs, NY
Associate Director of Arts Presenting Programs
Community Works NYC
Last day to apply: April 23, 2010

http://www.facebook.com/l/6863c;www.idealist.org/en/job/372501-197
New York, New York

Community Works, an award-winning nonprofit arts and education organization, is seeking an Associate Director of Arts Presenting Programs.

This leadership position will oversee our Theater Connections program, which presents multicultural dance, film, music and theater events to public school students and local residents in schools and venues citywide.

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sophiecooke March 29, 2010 at 6:07 am

I was totally skint while working on my first novel in my early 20s. All my old university friends had acquired crazily well-paid jobs. One of them invited me to a Christmas party in her huge Georgian apartment, and I couldn’t face turning up in my usual jeans, vest and battered leather jacket – so I went out to the haberdasher’s, bought a yard of thickly embroidered curtain fabric, some satin lining, and some boning, and made myself a corset. It took me a whole weekend to make, fitted like a glove, and ROCKED. I still have it, and occasionally wear it – always hoping I’m never going to find myself standing in front of the matching curtains.

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SusanHenderson March 29, 2010 at 7:34 am

What a wonderful story! Would make a great scene in a movie… or in your next novel.

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rachelkramerbussel March 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

I’m late to the game here but just wanted to say this is such a GORGEOUS cover. I didn’t even look at the byline for a few moments as I was mesmerized by the image. Can’t wait to read it.

Pride is tough for me because I’m always looking at the negatives, but I’m proud of simply moving forward, even when it’s really, really tough (that would be all this year). I tend to do the things that are easy and abandon the things that are hard, forgetting that it’s the daily being and doing that is the real process and learning experience.

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SusanHenderson March 30, 2010 at 12:16 pm

I’m sorry it’s been a tough year so far, Rachel. You are beautiful, talented and courageous, and good things will happen for you. Just wait till this rain and the weird full moon passes…

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Anonymous March 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Completed… I completed my first short story. I consider myself a novelist so I that was pretty big for me. I also completed the first chapter of my new novel.

I love your cover. I know I saw it in class that day but it’s just so beautiful.

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SusanHenderson March 30, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Here’s a contest worth entering if you’re looking for a NY agent or editor. It’s from Writer’s Digest: http://www.writersdigest.com/annual?utm_source=33010p%26wnltr&utm_medium=imagecopyann&utm_campaign=33010wdannonp%26wnltr

Compete and Win in 10 Categories…

* Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
* Memoirs/Personal Essay
* Magazine Feature Article
* Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
* Mainstream/Literary Short Story
* Rhyming Poetry
* Non-rhyming Poetry
* Stage Play
* Television/Movie Script
* Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

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SusanHenderson March 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Casey! So glad you’re here! Also, that’s wonderful about the short story and novel chapter.

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SusanHenderson April 1, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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Prospect Park Alliance
http://www.facebook.com/l/90843;www.idealist.org/en/job/373649-240
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Gallery Director
The BAG Fund
http://www.facebook.com/l/90843;www.idealist.org/en/job/373691-257
Brooklyn, New York, United States

WINDOWS DISPLAY COORDINATOR FOR THRIFT STORES
Housing Works Inc.
http://www.facebook.com/l/90843;www.idealist.org/en/job/373688-187
New York, New York, United States

Assistant Coordinator of Information Services
Metropolitan Museum of Art
http://www.facebook.com/l/90843;www.idealist.org/en/job/373883-24
New York, New York, United States
Salary:

Business Analyst
Wildcat Service Corporation
http://www.facebook.com/l/90843;www.idealist.org/en/job/373802-264
New York, New York, United States
Salary: $55K to $65K DOE

Office Assistant
Collegiate Church Corporation
http://www.facebook.com/l/90843;www.idealist.org/en/job/373922-301
New York, New York, United States
Salary: $10.00 – $15.00/ hour (depend on experience)

Major Donor and Planned Giving Manager
National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts
http://www.facebook.com/l/90843;www.idealist.org/en/job/373868-151
New York, New York, United States
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC
http://www.facebook.com/l/90843;www.idealist.org/en/job/373840-277
New York, New York, United States

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