Procrastination is part of writing, but this would-be-novelist seems to have taken it to new heights. Funny ones. (via MobyLives)
"51. google and then technorati some of my favorite authors
52. begin to feel a little tired and uncreative
53. look at my novel
54. tell myself to spend one hour straight only working on the novel
55. acknowledge to myself that it won't happen
56. check e-mail
57. tell myself one hour starting now
58. get up to use the bathroom
59. realize that the music i have on is getting annoying
60. turn off the music
61. feel really agitated and hopeless
62. threaten myself to work on the novel or else
63. begin to read the beginning of the novel
64. realize that that sentence i thought earlier was good is derivative and not even that good and go to where it is and look at it and then delete it
65. go to 'edit' and do 'undo-delete'
66. copy the sentence and paste it at the end of the manuscript
67. go over all the 30,000 words pasted at the end of the novel that i am not going using for the novel
68. find that some of those things are really good
69. try to re-insert some of those things into the currently 10,000 word novel"
Thomas Sheff of San Diego has finished his novel and is detailing his search for an agent in Media Bistro. He hasn’t been having much luck. Part 4 is at the top; scroll down to read in order.
The New York Times is licensing its name to open a series of bookstores; the first shop will be in Lexington, Kentucky’s Blue Grass Airport.
San Francisco readers, Rejoice! Cody’s Books is opening its largest store yet on Stockton Street near Market, in the basement of the Virgin Megastore. The store should be open by late September. Other nearby independents include Books, Inc. and Stacey’s. There is a Borders Bookstore further west on Stockton.
“We felt the Union Square area was underserved and would be responsive to a bookstore of our depth and quality,” says Leslie Berkler, one of Cody’s managers.
Mere Observation has been visiting the Romance Writers of America convention in Reno. Check out the pictures.