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Friday, May 20, 2011

Follow Friday and my first attempt at poetry in almost thirty years

Hey, welcome! Let's take care of some business, then I have some stuff for you to laugh at.
This week's question is:
If you could spend a day with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Please join me in welcoming MG Ainsworth of  Writing After Nine with this week's answer:

I consider myself fortunate that I've had an entire week to think about this because it's a difficult decision. There are many wonderful authors I admire and would like to meet. I considered Jane Austen, Dr. Seuss, Edgar Allan Poe and J.R.R. Tolkien as deceased authors and living authors included J.K. Rowling, Charlaine Harris, Nora Roberts and Chelsea Handler who would provide a most entertaining day, I'm sure.
After much deliberation Nora Roberts is the winner. Not only are her books in the Three Sisters Island, Key, Born In, In the Garden and Circle trilogies amongst my favorites, I also admire her work ethic and dedication to writing as a profession. While I don't read all of her books since I am more interested in those with an urban fantasy or paranormal vibe I admire her ability to write books across multiple genres and for different audiences.
She embodies being an Author as a profession. She once stated "you don't find time to write. You make time. It's my job." She spends her weekdays in an office writing and releases several novels a year with great reviews. I dream of being at the point where I am not finding time to write but making time, and I find I am make much more progress when I take this approach carving out hours dedicated to writing.
She has also uttered the words that have inspired me most as a writer both to start writing and to continue despite obstacles from self doubt to exhaustion:
"You can fix anything but a blank page"
I would like to spend a day with her not only because I admire her works but because she has some real insight into the writing process and inspires me as an Author to keep writing.
My answer to the question would probably be Kris Rusch. In science fiction circles, she writes under Kristine Katheryn Rusch, ran Pulphouse Publishing, edited The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and her romances are published under Kristine Grayson. We had her as a Guest of Honor at a science fiction my husband and I ran several years ago and I think we were sisters with other parents. Her blog and webpage (
She's married to Dean Wesley Smith and his is extremely helpful too.) are brilliant in alerting writers, new and established of what is going on now in the industry. She also loves kitties and cross-stitch, so there you go. It would be a fun and informative day!
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So, Bad News Poetry Contest! at
Rant and Ramblings from a Literary Agent, Rachelle Gardner, has a
Here is my entry:

Abject depression
From your rejection.
What's an author to do?
It's not what you need.
Did you even read?
My heart and head are blue.

So I'll wallpaper my bathroom
With what doesn't belong in a classroom
Since it was a form letter you sent.

And go back to revising
My work and reprising
The rejection on my blog where I vent.

Not bad for less than ten minutes, huh?


  1. I suck at poetry but Lol yours. Great.

  2. LOL! Love the ending...grin...

    Have a great weekend!


  3. Thanks, Julee. Maybe we'll meet again at a con, and we will have a lovely dinner. Because we had a lot of fun the last time. :-) Thanks for the kind words.

  4. Thanks for everyone for stopping by and I appreciate your time!

    Great to hear from you, Kris and I hope to see you again sometime. Everybody--did I mention she's younger than I am? *sigh*

    Have a super weekend, folks and see you again soon in the blogsphere.

  5. I KNOW I commented on this post... grr...
    Thanks for introducing us to Kris Rusch, and for sharing your poetry. I wrote really bad poetry when I was young; I don't know whether or not any of it survived. Hopefully not...

  6. A lot of mine are in the garage in a box, because they got published in the school paper. Oh the horrors! Ugh!

    Glad you checked out Kris's website--it's an awesome resource.