Just Writing Away...

Because what can you do at this point?

Since "Project Muffin Man" is being queried and I have no control over that process, all I can do is move forward with the other books in the series.  "Project Lemon Cake" revisions are going quite well.  I'm actually debating bypassing Plan B entirely if Plan A does not work out...  we shall see.

I think people should not be too surprised if form rejections come pouring in before December 1.  I sent my initial queries in early November and received two form rejections last night.  It would make sense that agents want to clean out their inboxes a bit before A. People start sending in their NaNo novels (it's a big no-no, I assure you folks) and B. So they can enjoy their holidays, just like the rest of us.

The prudent thing to do is wait.  My query is out there to a good number of agents and, while I would love to sort of "fill in" the space left by the few rejections received by querying more folks, I have no desire to impose upon them right before the holidays.  They will have more crap flying at them than usual and trying to weed out a halfway decent submission from said pile must be a huge headache.

I'm going to keep writing, because that is what I do.  I'm going to keep being happy for people who receive requests for partials and fulls, and offers of representation.  They have worked hard and earned it.

Other than writing, reading, and sidetracking into genealogy here and there, there is nothing else exciting to share.  Late November and early December should remain blissfully quiet here.  However, I like days like that.  Peaceful, non-exciting days mean that I can be more productive and focused when it comes to my work.  ^.^

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Childhood Reading

When it comes to why I write, it started with me having an overactive imagination and channeling it onto paper.  My first full-length story was a play that I wrote at the age of 8.  I was in third grade at the time and attending Fishkill Elementary in New York.  My teacher let me cast the other students in our class in different roles and organize an actual production.

So just after my 9th birthday, I was not just a writer, but director and producer for my play, "The Principal Who Hated Easter".  We performed for the younger classes, including my sister's first grade class.  I remember that my best friend, Janine, was the Easter Bunny and a boy who had a crush on me, Jason, was the Principal.  I played the teacher, and the rest of our class were the students.

We had lived in Fishkill for about 3 years (from my first through third grade years of school) and then moved back to our hometown of Bridgewater, Massachusetts that summer.  I really missed Fishkilll, because I had many wonderful friends there.  We didn't keep in touch - it would have been easier if email existed back then - and I wonder about my classmates from way back when.  They were kids after my own heart: creative, imaginative and adventurous.

Back in Bridgewater, I had a hard time making friends, even though I attended Kindergarten and Readiness (basically being held back for Kindergarten) with many of the kids who were now in my fourth grade class.

It's weird to look back at that, because as an adult, I've been the popular social butterfly who everybody knows.  My co-workers back in Massachusetts called me things like "Sunshine" because of my attitude and friendliness, and my friends back in Delaware would always remark that "everybody knows you" when we would attend Pagan Pride and Midsummer Faire.

Well, I suppose those elementary days are what made me delve even further into my writing.

Furthermore, I believe that reading really opened up my imagination even further.

Reading and literacy are very important to me.  As a child, I was thrilled to get lost in the adventures of Black Beauty, Little Women, anything by Roald Dahl, and more.  A mainstay of my childhood reading choices was Nancy Drew and, to this day, I not only read those books, but collect them (anything from first editions to the yellow-spine picture covers).  Right now I am re-reading all of them, starting with The Secret of the Old Clock.

Something about reading brought me great joy.  It gave me female role models, since I did not grow up with a mother, and made me think that this kind of a story might be even more exciting if I added this or that.  My early stories merged the adventures of Nancy Drew and Black Beauty.

By junior high, though, I was delving into fantasy.  The Secret of the Unicorn Queen series was released when I was in eighth grade, and I fell in love with it.  My horses became unicorns and my heroines became chosen ones, able to wield special magick items.

As an adult, my writing has naturally changed through the years (it has, dare I say it, evolved).  But my writing has always been influenced by the things I have read.

I honestly think reading is vital to us, whether we want to write or not.  Literary worlds are invaluable - they are places we cannot find in real life.  When it comes to reading, I encourage my son to read every day.  I prefer real books that he can hold.  If he wants an e-reader when he is an adult, that is up to him, but I want him to understand that electronic devices are not the only things that hold information of value.

Do the books you read in your childhood continue to inspire you, either as a reader or a writer?  If you have children, how do you feel about sharing the literature from your youth with them?

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Holiday Chit Chat

Usually I keep personal thoughts to my Between the Worlds blog (which is meant for sharing the silliness of life in general, living overseas, homeschooling and Paganism), and my genealogical musings to my New England Genealogy blog.

But I thought I would share some holiday thoughts and how they relate to the agent waiting-game.

In order to avoid the December "Reject-a-NaNo-Novel-Extravaganza", I made sure that I sent out my initial queries for Project Muffin Man in early November.  The manuscript is *not* a NaNo endeavor (though its sequel is) and was ready to go after being thoroughly beta-read, revised, proofread by several people, and tweaked as necessary.

At this point, all one can do is wait patiently.  Will I send out another batch of queries this year?  Oh my gosh, no.  First of all, it would be distressing enough to have my manuscript lumped in with the plethora of NaNo first drafts that are certainly not query-ready, yet authors send out to agents anyhow.

Second, the holidays are coming.  I think it best to wait until the New Year to wait and see what results my queries yield, before I move forward.  Not enough time has passed for me to even know if I need to send out additional queries, so I believe that waiting until after the New Year is the most intelligent thing to do.

What is a writer to do?

Why, keep writing, of course.

Read something you enjoy (I am truly enjoying Dearly, Departed, and cannot wait to share my thoughts about it).

Listen to music (right now "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is playing...).

Prepare for Thanksgiving.  I just went food shopping today.  Since we don't eat bird whatsoever, we are having fish (flounder), with all the traditional "fixins".  Growing up in Massachusetts, that meant stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, butternut squash, sweet potatoes (which we both hate and will *not* be having), cranberry sauce, cranberry bread (something I prefer to make from scratch, but I haven't found cranberries here - I cry heresy!  My bog-owning great-grandparents are turning in their graves), corn bread, mixed nuts for a pre-lunch snack, and pumpkin pie for dessert.  (Well, apple pie too, but I don't care for it.)

Since I am a Mayflower descendant (many times over), Thanksgiving is quite meaningful to me.  In our family, it was always a secular celebration of culture and heritage.  We would get together and eat.  There was no "I am thankful for..."  It was just, "Uncle Larry!  Grandma!  Grandpa!", with hugs all around, followed by an amazing meal.  I miss those days, so this time of year always brings back good memories of growing up in Massachusetts.

Get your holiday cards ready.  Mine are usually addressed, stamped and mailed out the Monday after Thanksgiving.  I'm just that good.  ;)

Prepare for December.  For me, December is one long month of Important Day after Important Day. It looks like this:

December 3 - my son's birthday.  He's going to be nine this year.  Nine?  NINE!  Whoa...

December 7 - my birthday or, as my dad puts it, the day my mother dropped the bomb.  *groan*

December 21 - Yule, the winter solstice.  That is our holiday, since we are Pagan.

December 23 - our wedding anniversary.  This year is our first (d'aww).

December 25 - that's Christmas, right?  Just kidding!  Though our spiritual/religious celebration is on the Solstice, we open gifts on the 25th.

Looking at all of that, I feel that querying should be the last thing on my mind.  If I am fortunate enough to receive a request for a partial or full, I am well aware that the manuscript is ready to go.  However, I am not going to hold my breath.

Instead, I'm going to relax, enjoy this time of year, and continue working on the projects I have on the table now.

However, if you are in the "waiting club" with me, you will find empathy here.  ;)

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

I Love Libraries

When I was growing up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, my favorite place to go was the library.

At the age of 9, the children's room was my haven.  There is where I met and began a lifelong friendship with Nancy Drew.  I also had the pleasure to get to know the Black Stallion, the girls of Little Women, and the horses of Marguerite Henry's stories.  It was at that age that I explored The Secret Garden, a book I was adamant that my about-to-be-9-year-old son read (and he did, this year).

As I got older, I picked up the new Nancy Drew Case Files and the Sweet Valley High books.  The Babysitter's Club also came out when I was a preteen, and both my sister and I loved those books.

Then I discovered Anne McCaffrey, Forgotten Realms and the Dragonlance Chronicles.

I spent the *entire* summer before my junior year with Stephen King and Clive Barker, reading 1,000-page books like It in 4 days on the lounge chair in my grandparents' back yard.

I love having a son who is old enough to start reading the books I read at the age of 9, who is old enough to have definite tastes in literature (yes to Horrid Henry and Dr. Doolittle, no to anything "boring").

As a teenager, I walked to the library nearly every day after school.  As a homeschooling mom, it is an essential resource.  As a reader, I will always cherish any collection of books.

The last time I was home in Massachusetts (2008 for a family reunion), I was appalled to learn that the Bridgewater Public Library's hours had been seriously curtailed.  Things look better now...

But I've read so many sad stories over the past few years about libraries cutting hours or closing entirely, that it breaks my heart.

Yesterday I went to the library here on base.

The nice thing about living on or near the military base to which my husband is assigned, is that the library is generally open on a Sunday.  I loved that in Korea and I loved that here...

Until we walked up to it yesterday and saw the sign on the door.  As of November 27, they will be closed on Sundays.

The librarian told me that it is due to a lack of funding.

Of course it is, because we place education and literacy behind so many other "priorities". 

Maybe it's just me, but I feel that the measure of how great a country is can be seen in how that country treats women, children, and the emphasis they place on education. 

As somebody who is an American (though living overseas for now thanks to the Air Force), I am fortunate to have the freedom to decide how my son is educated. 

He is home educated.

And libraries - whether a child is educated at home, public school, charter school, private school, or elsewhere - are vital to everybody's intellectual growth.

As a writer, I believe that supporting our local libraries or literacy programs is something we should seriously consider and pursue.  Libraries have much more to offer than books, but when it comes right down to it, I still find more magick in turning pages than I ever will on a screen.

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Yes, I *Am* Here For Your Entertainment!

Why does a writer write?

I'm one of the "because I have to - because it's in my heart - because I want to touch people" writers.

When I have readers for Project Muffin Man praising the story, telling me how much it made them laugh and how it was the perfect balance of action, adventure, science, magick, and romance, it makes me happy.  To all of you who have read and given me feedback - alpha, beta and gamma - thank you.  I giggled as I wrote it and I am so glad that you have enjoyed it too!

Seeing the good reviews for The Gossamer Gate makes me so happy as well.  I want to tell a story and I want you to get lost in it.  *That* is certainly what I look for in a good book!  Thank you to Diandra, who just shared that she is particularly enjoying the story.

I am here for your entertainment.

As somebody who loves being captivated by a story, I also write as a reader, for readers.  ^.^

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

"The Gossamer Gate" in Paperback

For those who have been waiting for The Gossamer Gate to pop up on Amazon in paperback, here you go!  It's 292 pages of romantic adventure in the not-so-nice faerie Otherworld. 

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

It Was This, But Now it's That

The initial idea for Project Muffin Man was not historical steampunk fantasy, but contemporary paranormal fantasy with a military twist. 

Isn't it funny how things can change? 

It started off as this idea about a woman with certain powers and I simply called it "The Artifact Witch" story.  When I returned to the idea, I thought, "Wait a minute...  It would make it even better if..." 

Since the initial idea, it has evolved, not just in genre, but intention.  "The Aetheric Artifacts" will be (at least, in my mind) a 5-book series about this woman and her powers.  Of course, there is always room for more than 5 books, but the real triumph and conclusion will be if my main characters *ever* manage to get married.

At the rate they're going, things don't look too good for them in book 3.  ;)

Have you ever had an idea that started out one way, but then went another, whether by your choosing (such as with "Artifact Witch" --> "Aetheric Artifacts") or by whatever the muses evoked from you?

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Steampunk Reads

Now, enough with the lighthearted posts about the dreaded query/submission process.  That will move forward with or without me, and perhaps you will hear back from me in a few (or several) months on that.

Meanwhile, the sequel to Project Muffin Man, lovingly codenamed Project Lemon Cake (mmm...) is moving along very well.  I decided to use NaNoWriMo to jump start it and, like Muffin Man, was thrilled at how easily the story flowed out of me.

I am one of those writers who gets it all out at once and then returns to elaborate on the story.  The same went for Lemon Cake.  It was a completed rough draft at the 40,000-word mark.  Now I have returned to it and added nearly 10,000 words thus far in the second draft revision process (42 words away from being done with NaNo, but certainly not the story).

Many writers do the reverse and write a long, long, long story, only to have to return and cut content.  I'm not sure which way is "correct".  Odds are, your way is and mine is not.

Then again, my ex-mother-in-law always told me that it was screwed up that I write and throw a ball left-handed, but do everything else right-handed.

Oh, but I did not want to talk about writing styles or, really, writing at all.  I wanted to share what I am currently reading.

First of all, I love it when I can describe a book's narrative tone in one word.  "Cheeky" is the most apt description for The Girl in the Steel Corset.  I am greatly enjoying this young adult, Steampunkified "Jekyll & Hyde" story about Finley Jayne.  No, I'm not about to post a full review of it, because I'm in the middle of the book.  However, it is what I grab when I need some quiet time.  If this book doesn't somehow turn into a huge disappointment now that I'm past the midway point, it has a 5-star Amazon/GoodReads/Shelfari rating in its future.  Not that Kady Cross needs yet another good review, but she's going to get it anyway.

Second, I was one of those people eagerly anticipating Dearly, Departed prior to its release.  I pre-ordered it.  When it arrived, I let it sit on the nightstand and taunt me.  Then, this weekend, I finally opened it.  One-word description: "lush".  It is a gorgeous fusion of history and the future, of steampunk and cyberpunk, of horror and romance.  I wish...  I wish that I could give it infinite stars, to be quite honest with you.

Now, zombies are not normally my thing.  In fact, when I told my friends, "Hey, check out this book.  It's a zombie love story" before its release, they looked at me and said, "Ewww."

Yes, I agree that the idea is "ewww".

And it's bloody romantic as well.

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Plans A, B, C, & D

Using Diana Rajchel's comment on yesterday's post as a springboard, I thought I would elaborate a bit on my own plans - not in full, illustrated detail, but vaguely.

Plan A - Major publisher(s) and/or agent(s) fall in love with Project Muffin Man and I swoon with joy.

Plan B - Middle-size publisher(s) want Project Muffin Man and will love it and put pretty bows in its hair.

Plan C - Smaller publisher(s) will make Project Muffin Man the prima donna of their new releases.

Plan D - I curl up in corner. Chew on hair. Cry like a little girl.  But that's only in extreme cases and something I would never allow.  

Still, a girl's gotta have a plan. 

Here's hoping this little bit of humor brightens up your Monday.

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Into the Agent Fray!

My poor, unfortunate dream agents now have my query and first chapter (or whatever they required, maybe first 5 or 10 pages versus an entire chapter, etc.) in their inboxes.

Cue the rejections.  ;)

Why would I say that?  Because, let's be honest, rejection happens more often than not in the writing world.  What's "hot" and what people like is incredibly subjective and *nobody* can be faulted for that.

I am certainly not one of those psycho authors who thinks:

A.  My work is totally amazing and

B.  It's so genius, it will change the literary world, or

C.  You're an idiot/you have no taste if you don't like it.

In fact, the idea that anybody could lash out at an agent or editor for rejecting the work is incredibly disheartening to the rest of us who approach the submission process rationally.  It's just as bad as people who get pissy with reviewers who dared give their book a bad or mediocre review!  (I highly recommend Novel Publicity's latest post, reminding people about how reviewers are giving their valuable personal time when they respond to a request to read our books.)

Any rejections I receive are going to be met with a brief, "Thank you very much for your time and consideration.  Best wishes to you and all of your clients.  Happy Holidays, Wendy."

Yes, it is an emotionally-distressing process (you bet I'm watching  my email for insta-rejections!)...

...but I believe in keeping a level head and remembering good manners.  My goodness, these folks receive hundreds of submissions a week!  If they took a moment to peruse my query and those first sample pages, then I sure as hell appreciate that.  After all, maybe *their* dream author is sitting there just after my email.  If they aren't interested in what I write, they are not under any obligation to waste more time on me than absolutely necessary, and I respect that.

So while I am diving into this process of "starting at the top" (I do love, love, love my small publishers - they have been so good to me, and I will be sticking with them for future projects), I am keeping it all in perspective.

I'm reminded of "How I Got Into College" - in the application process, some students focused on the mantra of "Expect the worst, hope for the best."

That is certainly applicable to writing and publishing.  Furthermore, as a Pagan, I have a very spiritual view that what you put out into the universe comes back to you.  So I'm trying to find a middle ground between "I suck; they'll laugh me out of the agency!" and "It's fabulous and snarky and hilarious, and *somebody* out there is going to fall in love with it."

I guess "Visualize requests for partials and fulls" with the underlying thought of "brace for rejection" might do the trick.  Or, rather like spellwork, put it out into the universe and then  just let go of it.

Naturally I am writing away quite furiously.  "Project Muffin Man" (the true title of which I hope to reveal soon) has a sequel, "Project Lemon Cake".  The third book is coming together in my mind.  Meanwhile, I have two forthcoming releases from my beloved small press friends (The Pain Maiden, which is another contemporary fantasy with a Pagan main character, and Heart & Fire, the first book in a Steampunk fantasy trilogy).

Sooo... yes, keeping busy.

Actually, I have been a veritable writing machine since my son went to his dad in August.  It fills the time I would normally spend with him, and I certainly had plenty of projects to give my time and energy to!  My sweet baby boy (I can still call him "Baby", even though he's about to turn 9 in less than a month, right?) is coming home to me in January.  I will have him for 8 months.  If I can have at least two other novels "ready to go" during that time, then I can relax and enjoy motherhood.

And the query dance.


Best of luck to all of you who are in the same boat as me.  Stay positive, stay upbeat, and try not to agent/publisher stalk.  ;)

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Mmm, Slush!

Actually, slushies are much, much tastier than slush, wouldn't you agree?

However, that is precisely what we unagented, small press-published authors are destined for when we begin the query process anew: the slush pile.

It's a fact of life that I think most of us accept.  We would love to have the next brilliant idea that makes editors go, "Ooh, aah, we must have this!"  Admittedly, I think my latest manuscript is at least brilliantly funny...  Will editors agree and think that others will enjoy it?

Considering the laughs it has garnered from my alpha and beta readers, I hope so!

The excerpts I shared on Facebook had people posting comments, such as "I love this!", "This is so funny!" and "This is great!"

So the story certainly has received quite a bit of reader-love.

In the end, it's the readers who matter most.

But, in the beginning, it's the editors we have to impress.  ;)

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

The feel of a book...

I will always prefer how a book feels in my hands versus an e-reader.

That's why I'm thrilled to let you know that The Gossamer Gate is now available in paperback for $9.99 (292 pages).  It will also be up on Amazon about a week from now. 

Meanwhile, phew, I'm keeping busy with revisions and NaNoWriMo.  What are you keeping busy with or excited about this week?

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

"The Faerie Ring" by Kiki Hamilton

When it comes to reading, I love it.  I can't get enough of words, particularly fantasy stories.

Of course I pay attention to what book bloggers are writing and I must say they are the way I receive my news on new releases that look interesting.  If I was back home in the U.S., a trip to the book store would suffice, buuut I won't buy books here in the U.K.  They're too darn expensive!  So I rely heavily on Amazon to order what I want, since the book selection at the BX (Base Exchange - basically a U.S. military department store) is limited.

To my surprise, the BX has stepped up its selection a little bit, so I was thrilled to find The Faerie Ring there.  I'd rather flip through a book and read a few pages to make sure I *really* want it, even if I see it online and think "Ooh, that looks interesting."

I bought it last week and started reading it during the walk home.

The Faerie Ring is a story about a small group of orphans led by Tiki, an expert pick-pocket, who ends up in over her head when she steals a very special ring from Queen Victoria herself.

Oh yes, this is quite the Victorian fantasy.  How does an orphan girl end up in Buckingham Palace and on first-name terms with Prince Leopold?  Don't ask.  Just enjoy.

The ring is actually a very special piece of jewelry, because it represents a truce between the Otherworld and the mortal world.  Some of the fey are very keen to get their hands/claws on that ring, because not all faeries care to let the truce stand.  As a result, Tiki has to not only find a way to *not* get arrested for stealing the ring - she has to determine if fellow thief Rieker is trustworthy when he gets involved, avoid some vicious fey, and somehow keep her ragtag family of orphan children safe.

It's a sweet story and the only thing that drove me nuts about it was all the back and forth about faeries ("Faeries!"  "Faeries?"  "Faeries."  "Seriously?"  "Seriously.  Faeries."  "Mm, I don't know about that.  You mean real faeries?").  The story didn't really progress as quickly as I hoped it would - it mostly moved sideways until the end.

It would have been nice to also see the author elaborate on Tiki's and Rieker's connections with the faerie world, just a little bit - enough to tease a person into being interested in a sequel.  The lack of information was slightly frustrating, but oh well.

Those two very minor things aside, I really liked this book.  Throughout it, I was especially concerned about little Clara - the youngest of the orphans that Tiki felt responsible for.  I kept hoping very much for a happy ending.

This as a good book to curl up with on a cold winter's night.

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Meeting Goals

I love writing historic Steampunk fantasy and that's where I really want to concentrate my efforts.  That's why I have two series in the works (the first book of one trilogy has already been picked up by Eternal Press).

That said, I have a few other deadlines to meet too and I may just implode in the near future.  ;)

For now, I'm taking it one goal at a time.  My current goal?  To complete my NaNoWriMo novel this week and set it aside for revisions later.  As far as I'm concerned, that's what a fresh NaNo effort is - just a first draft.

Goals through the end of the year include... Hoo, boy!  Completing two other novel-length first drafts, completing final revisions on one story (and getting that out and into the submission process before the end of this month), first-pass edits on a short-story/novella, and revisiting a non-fiction book that I have in the works.

Thank goodness writing is my day job!

So, as 2011 draws to a close, what are your current goals?  They can be anything - no need to limit yourself to writing.

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Cover for "Heart & Fire" by Dawné Dominique

Here is the *gorgeous* cover for "Heart & Fire" done by Dawné Dominique, and slated for release from Eternal Press for April 2012:

 I hope you like it as much as I do!

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

A Husband's Thoughts on NaNoWriMo

I banged out 6,073 words my first day.  Well, I'm specifically focused on NaNo Rewards aka Reverse NaNo, which means you start off with a big word count and work your way down each day (3,346 day one, 3216 day two, 3101 day three, etc.), so that by November 30, you only need to write 1 word to obtain your 50,000 word count goal.

OK.  So I got a *little* carried away on Day 1. 

My husband said, "I cannot believe you can write that many fucking words in a single day.  There must be a word for what you have, where you can just pour words out... Like diarrhea mind."

Thanks, honey.  Now all I can think of is "brain squirts".  Ewww.

Little does he know, there were at least 2,000-3,000 additional words written in revisions to another story.  So, yeah, I guess that puts my daily word total around 9,000.  

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Review for "The Gossamer Gate"

Waiting on reviews is nerve-wracking.  Complete strangers are reading your book and you're left biting your nails, wondering if they love it or hate it.  Just because your publisher or your editor liked it, doesn't mean readers will.  Everything is subjective.  That's why I don't get my feathers ruffed over a review that's 1 (has yet to happen, but I'm sure it will) or 2 stars.  I've read plenty of books that other people *loved*, but that I couldn't get into.

Hell, I just saw "Nightmare Before Christmas" for the first time last week, and I fell asleep halfway through it out of sheer boredom!  Never mind all of my rabid, Tim Burton-fan friends who thought I would love it and were shocked that I didn't. 

Then again, on the Secular Homeschooling forum, one person started a topic asking who the best writer in the world is.  I said that my opinion is Oscar Wilde, but that is a highly subjective and unanswerable question.

So, yeah, just because everybody else loves something, that doesn't mean I will.  Just because everybody else hates something, that doesn't mean I will.

The same obviously goes for readers.  Personally, if I can't say something nice about a book, I don't bother writing a review unless the book was so Goddess-awful that I have to say so.  I think I've written a total of 3 bad reviews for 2 books and 1 CD.

Likewise, if somebody reads one of my books and thinks, "Blech!  This is too terrible!", then they definitely have the right to say so.

Fortunately, that has not yet been the case (but give it time, eh?).

The first review of The Gossamer Gate is up at GoodReads and I was very excited to read it. 

My love is story-telling.  If somebody enjoys the story, then I accomplished what I set out to do: entertain and maybe tug at some emotions here and there.

I also totally agree with Sally.  My writing tends to fall on the short side.  While many writers have to cut, cut, cut, I have to add, add, add!  I must work on that.

Thank you, Sally, for taking time out of your schedule to read my little faerie story.  ^.^

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan