Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pimp My Pimp


Sadly, Guiliani's Disease (noun, verb & 9/11) has consumed me.

In my case it's noun, verb and 20G.

Social Kills.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

This and that


Have been reading a lot of blogs. It's interesting that the banging head emoticon applies so perfectly to all sides of every transom. You got writers, agents and editors playing Musical Chair, with stress as the melody.

My view of blogs has changed considerably in the past week. Some are remarkably informative. Some just make me laugh. All blogs are therapy for the author, and often the reader.

Ya know. These internets are cool.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010



I like 'em. Twitters? Maybe. But I'm one hundred percent positive I like fritters. Clam fritters. Oyster fritters. Pork fritters? Onion fritters. Lobster fritters. Peach fritters

Also fond of hush puppies, which I suppose are redneck cousins. Let's take a peek.

Deliverance masters the art of French cooking.

And speaking of Julia Child, if you haven't seen "Julie and Julia", well, what the hell is wrong with you? Here's breaking news. Meryl Streep knows exactly what she's doing. I avoided this film, fearing SNL sendup was about the depth that it would go. Stoopid. I'm aching to discuss the scene in which Julia (Meryl) receives a letter from her sister, who shares that she's pregnant. Meryl and Stanley Tucci, who's also terrific in the film, NAIL this scene to a mahogany cross. Seriously incredible.

Please see this film.


Sunday, January 17, 2010



A terrific conversation today gave me an idea for another Trent Jones novel. Foxhunting will be at the core, and primarily because I learned there is a club just north of Durham, Red Mountain Hounds, that has two hunts a week.

Fascinating world, to say the least.


Not good


First half against Georgia Tech Saturday was tough. So was the ending.

I'd use the banghead emoticon, but it won't work.

Make that two bangheads.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

All Righty Then


Carolina needs to recover from the disaster at Clemson. The Tigers burned us so many new ones that we opened a colander outlet, which is more than pathetically redundant.

Go Heels!


Friday, January 15, 2010

A good day


So I got a rejection to my first query that I emailed out. And i should have. And I should have known better than to send it to Janet Reid, aka Query Shark. She even warned on her site not to do it.


I jumped out of a plane without a chute.

I spent Jan. 13 reading Query Shark. I tried improving my query. Not too good. Yesterday, I did the same. All day. I got up into the 40s of those queries. Took a nap, and when I got back on the computer, something must have clicked.

Sent out 8 queries last night and three more this morning. Two agents requested a full, and a third asked for 50 pages.

Meanwhile my friend in New York City, Jay Anania, who teaches film directing at NYU, thought enough of my manuscript to mention it to Peter Newman, who is now on the faculty at NYU and has produced more than 30 Hollywood films.

This was a good day.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

First effort


This looks like a third grader had too much chocolate.

Ah well. It's obviously a work in progress. Lots and lots and lots of questions.

For instance, when will a decent query letter be composed?

As long as it takes.

When ___________? As long as it takes.