Towse: views from the hill

December 17, 2005

Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency, LLC

Filed under: writing,writing-market — Towse @ 12:30 am

For those who keep finding this blog by searching for /”Wendy Strothman”/ and reaching this post from back in July 2004, may I provide you with some better links:

Update: “The Strothman Agency is moving. As of July 28th, [2008] we will be located at 6 Beacon Street, Suite 810, Boston, MA 02108. This will also be our new mailing address.”

Creativity Nudges

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 12:14 am

Tina Wainscott had a contest earlier this year for “the MOST SHOCKING first line (Something fun and suspenseful). “

Now, I’m not saying to lift someone else’s first line, but doesn’t Casey Becher’s entry, set your mind popping with possibilities?

As I typed up the details in my online auction, I thought to myself, “Now, what would be the most appropriate font for ‘Nice Casket – Hardly Used?’”

How about DJ’s

The happiest day of my life was the day I ran into Mark’s body in the morgue?

Or DS’s

When I woke up from death, I was living in eternity but what shocked me more was that God had my face and spoke in my voice.

There’s muy mucho nudges on the list of finalists on Wainscott’s site.

I have more creativity nudges over on ye grande olde swarme of links.

December 16, 2005

Artists Literary Group – Submit to Us

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 8:51 pm

Artists Literary Group has an interesting take on the current “accepts e-queries”/”does not accept e-queries” literary agent dichotomy.

Artists Literary Group (Joe Veltre, Founder and Diane Bartoli, Literary Agent) has an online submission form.

Answer questions in text boxes. If they think your project sounds interesting, you’ll hear from them in a week or so. If not, well, you won’t. Your query is unfortunately not right us, and we wish you all the best in your search for representation elsewhere. Thank you for thinking of us.

The questions?

  • What’s your name?
  • What is the title of your work?
  • Is your work fiction or non-fiction?
  • How would you categorize your work? (Ex. – literary fiction, mystery, romance, narrative non-fiction, academic, political, biography, memoir, etc.)
  • Do you have a proposal or novel to submit?
  • Did someone refer you to us? If so, what is their name? If not, how did you find us?
  • In a few words, how does your background relate to the subject matter of which you are writing about?
  • So that we may contact you, what is your phone number?
  • What is your email?
  • Are you submitting your project to us as an exclusive or is this a multiple submission?
  • Tell us about your project. Please summarize your work as it might appear in a book’s flap copy.

Easy peasy, eh? Love this bit down at the bottom of the submission page:

I agree that Artists Literary Group is not undertaking any obligation to accept, review, examine, otherwise evaluate and consider, or return the Material.

Telling you one of life’s little truths (vis-à-vis agents) up front.

A select list of their fiction and nonfiction authors is on site.

The DNA of Literature

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 8:41 pm

The Paris Review brings you The DNA of Literature: The Paris Review – Interviews.

Welcome to the DNA of literature—over 50 years of literary wisdom rolled up in 300+ Writers-at-Work interviews, now available online– free. Founder and former Editor George Plimpton dreamed of a day when anyone — a struggling writer in Texas, an English teacher in Amsterdam, even a subscriber in Central Asia — could easily access this vast literary resource; with the establishment of this online archive that day has finally come. Now, for the first time, you can read, search, and download any or all of these in-depth interviews with poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists, critics, musicians, and more, whose work set the compass of twentieth-century writing, and continue to do so into the twenty-first.

The interviews come, sorted by decade and by author. Each has a snippet followed by a PDF download. You’ll need to download the latest version of Adobe Reader, if you don’t already have a copy.

Release dates for DNA of Literature PDFs:

1950s: Online Now
1960s: Online Now
1970s: Online Now
1980s: December, 2005
1990s: February, 2006
2000s: April, 2006

How cool is that?

[ref: Contemporary Nomad]

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Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 7:32 pm

TypePad is down.

The message reads, “TypePad is currently unavailable for maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. During this time, your weblog is available for reading and viewing, but you won’t be able to log in to TypePad to post, and visitors will not be able to comment on weblogs.”

[Ed.] Substitute “due to” for “for” in the first sentence of the /down/ message.

December 13, 2005

30-Second Bunnies Theatre

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 9:18 pm

From Angry Aliens Productions, The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre Library … in which a troupe of bunnies parodies a collection of movies by re-enacting them in 30 seconds, more or less.

AKA (for those writers amongst us) that thirty-second elevator pitch.

Most Popular Toys

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 9:13 pm

Forbes expounds on The Most Popular Toys of The Last 100 Years with a featured toy from each decade and mention of other toys of the decade.

Ah, yes, 1952. A good year.

No, a GREAT year.

Birth year for both me and Mr. Potato Head.

(Mr. Potato Head is a dragon too? Who knew?)

[via Bill Crider]

December 12, 2005

Old but good … profile of Laura Lippman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 8:24 pm

No, I’m not characterizing Laura as “old but good.” I’m saying this profile of Laura is good, albeit over two years old.

Secrets and Ties
Author Laura Lippman Takes a Break From Heroine Tess Monaghan With Every Secret Thing, “The Most Hard-Boiled Book to Ever Begin With A Barbie Doll.”

By Lizzie Skurnick

The profile also mentions a weeklong spate of Slate blog entries that Laura wrote just a couple months earlier, in June 2003. Those are worth reading too, if you’re interested in writerly things and/or like the stuff Lippman writes and want to know what she’s up to or was at the time and/or are just curious what George Pelecanos had to say about Chinatown.

When you’re done with that, head over to Laura’s blog, which I finally bloglined today. Hadn’t been over there in far too long.

Update: As Sandra Ruttan mentions in the comments, she has an interview with Laura Lippman in the Winter Issue of SPINETINGLER magazine. Go thee hither for more insight into what makes Laura Lippman tick.

December 11, 2005

A collection of word origins and trivia

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 10:05 pm

A collection of word origins and trivia

The wisteria … gone

Filed under: Uncategorized — Towse @ 9:18 pm

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I’d mentioned that our next-door neighbors were painting their building and rebuilding balconies and decks and what-not. We knew their painters had hacked at our wisteria when we weren’t looking, but we hadn’t realized the damage done until we went to clean up after them today.

Oh, there’s a severed twining branch … follow the twining branch from the cut section up to the rooftops, unwinding it, extracting it from the spiral fire escape and the metal “sculpture” on the deck side between our place and theirs.

Oh, another twining branch, severed at the third floor. Follow it up …

And another … follow it up. We carefully unwound the wisteria that had been murdered from the bits that we could save. The wisteria would grow back. Eventually.

His nibs was cutting and piling the wisteria bits into plastic bags and had one huge bag filled, the second filling. He thought he was almost through.

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Although we no longer had any wisteria wending its way on the metal sculpture, we still had wisteria wending its way up and around on the spiralling metal fire escape.

… and then, I decided to check further and went one level below our lowest landing on the fire escape, down to our downstairs neighbors’ upper landing. The workers had severed the wisteria that was wending its way up the fire escape there too.

What had they been thinking? Why didn’t they care that they were murdering the wisteria that had been growing there since forever? Why didn’t they think about what their snip-snap would do to the rest of the vining? They were on our property, for pete’s sake, on our fire escape. Cutting back wisteria that was brushing against the neighbors’ walls so they could paint I could understand, but … why do what they did?

His nibs is now removing the rest of the wisteria from the fire escape. All dead. All gone. No more wisteria.

The question is, whether the workers also severed the wisteria that was growing up the fire escape on the two levels that our neighbors own. I didn’t traipse down their portion of the fire escape to see if the wisteria had been severed at the roots.

Wouldn’t surprise me.

How long had the wisteria been growing? I don’t know, but some of the trunk pieces were an inch or two in diameter, so it had been years.

Will the wisteria grow back eventually? I don’t know. Depends on whether they cut it off at the roots, but fer sure we won’t have wisteria blossoms next spring or for a long time thereafter.

… if ever.

I loved that wisteria, loved the blossoms.

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Let go. It’s gone.

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