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Rachel Caldecott-Thornton
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  • Today I was befriended by an Afghani refugee in Paris (we have the lady, Danika, who I wrote my short story about, in common). He said I was "glorious". When I said, "no, you're very sweet, but I'm not glorious", he answered "You are really and perfectly glorious, because you are mother." My first reaction was to think he must miss his mum so much, and secondly... I wish my kids would see me that way!
    Robinne Weiss
    Robinne Weiss
    How lovely! And you are glorious because you are a mum ... even more so if your kids don't see you that way. It's a thankless job, and one we pour our entire selves into and do every minute of every day to the best of our ability--that's pretty awesome. So go ahead and feel glorious today!
    Kicking myself for being so needy. I think now that I shouldn't have posted Virtual Reality on the writing group just yet. I'm sure my neediness comes from my lack of confidence as a writer (coming from an education in visual arts and not writing). VR is only my 2nd piece... Note to self: I must give it more time before asking for approval/advice from Litopians. Thank you for your tolerance <3
    Barbara
    Barbara
    Don't sell yourself short! It's perfectly ok to post work early. I always think that having people look at my work early will stop me from becoming fixed with it, and makes me change tac before I'm too locked into my thinking. The writing group is here for when you need help, no matter at what stage the work is. You're a good writer! You're not needy. It's alonely job. We need a bit of support every now & then
    Amber
    Amber
    Oh. That reminds me. I was going to read it yesterday. But don't kick yourself. It's a waste of time and energy.
    Hi Rachel,
    You still want me to read 'A Field Of Bodies' the way it is now or do you want to tweak it a bit. Considering you've got excellent advice as always from @Carol Rose, @AngryPI and Fellow Writers :)
    Having a slight panic. The novel I started a while ago and I thought was going to be about one thing, seems to be going off on a completely different tangent. Don't know whether to rein it in or go with the flow. Either way, it's going to be a tricky book to write.
    Difficult to concentrate when we have another terrorist attack in a village just down the road. Meanwhile the university, where I hope my son will go in September, was the scene of violent racist clashes last night. Meanwhile, Litopians have come up trumps and helped me a lot with the deep pov.
    Thanks guys!
    I'm feeling chuffed. Nothing to do with writing, but with my other hat on, I've had a minor success. I was asked last night to find help for a young Syrian refugee who has ended up in Montpellier. I wrote an appeal, and this morning a British woman with a Syrian husband living in Montpellier contacted me with the view of helping this lad. :) Human nature at its best!
    Louise
    Louise
    That is SO brilliant Rachel!
    Tom's House
    Tom's House
    Hello Rachel. I lived in Montpellier for a couple of years with my wife and two little girls — in a little villa on the Route de Lodeve. In my day thosein most need were likely to be Algerians. Don't believe they got much help. I look forward to reading your stuff when I am around here enough that you can share with me.
    Wondering whether it is permissable to re-submit a manuscript to a pop-up session after @AgentPete 's advice has been taken into account and the opening radically changed? Or would this be considered hogging his time?
    Hey Rachel, your 'fight' scene in chapter 19 is just superb! Totally superb! Really gripping.
    Struggling to write a query letter and synopsis. Having the most ridiculous amount of trouble, no matter how many websites I read about how to write a good one. :( What I want is a hotshot marketing person to do it for me! (But, as they say, 'I wants, never gets'.)
    Barbara
    Barbara
    Remember less is more. You don't need to tell them everything. One or two interesting bits about your novel can be stronger than trying to explain the whole book. Just focus on its essence.
    As for the synopsis, I'm currently working with the Snowflake method (very appropriate at this time of year) by Randy Ingermanson. He has a good way of doing a synopsis.
    Maybe take some time off and come back to it. Often helps.
    O
    OperaDivaAlix
    This snowflake method. Hmm do tell, PM me Barbara and Rachel the details. My intrigue is peaked :)
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