Late Again in part to buy a new computer and getting used to it.
Slow But Sure–Plodding but reliable. Dates early 17th century. Idea old as Aesop’s fable re tortoise and hare. Found in John Marston’s 1606 play, The Fawn.
The Hard Way — Most difficult method or path. Comes from game of craps = making 2 dice come up with a pair of equal numbers totaling the point. Term extended to “learn something the hard way” = learn from bitter experience or “come up the hard way”= rise by one’s own efforts.
Creature Comforts — Life’s material amenities. Dates from 17th Cent. Thomas Brooks’s Collected Works (1670) and in Matthew Henry’s 1710 Commentaries on the Psalms.
That’s How the Cookie Crumbles — or that’s how the ball bounces–This is the way things have turned out and nothing can be done about it; that’s fate. Expressions current in America in the mid-20th Cent. and quickly spread to rest of English-speaking countries. Check out The Zoo Story (1960) by Edward Albee.
This weekend I went to the Redwood Writers Agents day and we got to “pitch” our books to different agents. The Team to put this event on came off clean as a whistle. It was a great day and met some very interesting writers, agents and editors.
Have you ever gone to a “Pitching” session? I had 5 minutes to tell them about my story and let them ask me questions. Believe it or not, five minutes is a very long time.
I was able to speak with a pitching coach before the event and she was very helpful. Basically said we’re all people in the room, remember to breathe, engage them, and speak slowly and because I speak so softly, to speak up, and know that they won’t bite. She was very helpful and I believe I did okay with my pitches. Very nervous, but a learning experience and I was asked to send in 10 pages and a 2 page synopsis by two different agents.
A great Day!
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