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Getting back on the horse
I revised a story today that I wrote in 2005 and trunked in 2008.  At the time of trunking, the story had racked up 20 rejections.  However, half those rejections contained nice comments about the story, and at least three times I came very close to selling it, including a rewrite request I never got around to doing.  I never gave up on the story though, I just needed some time off from it.

So today I dusted it off, gave it a massive revision, and sent it out.  The basic plot is still there, but I improved the telling dramatically.  What a difference three years makes...

Time to do a lot more of that.


In another bit of news, it's now official, I'm an invited guest to the first ever Literary Festival of Paracatu!

Paracutu is a small town in the middle of Brazil and is a national heritage site, so I'm very much looking forward to the visit.  This invite is a huge honor for me.

More on that later.

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melissajm From: melissajm Date: June 9th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

My sister and brother-in-law are in Brazil right now. I can't wait to see their pictures when they get back.
ckastens From: ckastens Date: June 10th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
They're gonna love it!
melissajm From: melissajm Date: June 10th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Got an e-mail from them. Sounds like they're having a great time. My sister said they visited a school and showed off pictures of my nephews playing in the snow. The students had never seen snow. They were enthralled.
melissajm From: melissajm Date: June 18th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
They're back! They've acquired a taste for manioc flour. Any suggestions on what to do with it?
ckastens From: ckastens Date: June 18th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure they saw about a dozen uses for it on their trip! Manioc is like bread or potatoes here.
melissajm From: melissajm Date: June 18th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
They said that they had it sprinkled on rice every morning, but that it's hard that way and would be rough on my not-so-great teeth. They suggested cooking it with chicken or something.

Their pictures were amazing! Caimans, a sloth, a monkey, piranhas, Brazil nut!
j_cheney From: j_cheney Date: June 10th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
GOod luck with the story out, and congrats on the invite ;o)
ckastens From: ckastens Date: June 10th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you much, Jeannette!
tlmorganfield From: tlmorganfield Date: June 10th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on the invite, and good luck with the story! I'm glad to see you so busy on the writing front!
ckastens From: ckastens Date: June 10th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Traci! Trying to get there...
bogwitch64 From: bogwitch64 Date: June 10th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

ckastens From: ckastens Date: June 10th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sparkly goodness. :)
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