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Newsletter Dated: 10/25/2008 3:23:06 PM
Subject: *Creepy CORALINE & More*
SLINKING FROM THE DARK:
Having just recently finished writing my own bizarre novel, I figured I'd get into another, for in the wait of impending Halloween, a sinister book review is in order. It is CORALINE and it is here:
As for the dreary extent some humans will go, read this "true tail poem" of mine (don't worry, it has an empowering ending, as does CORALINE!):
MOVING TOWARDS THE LIGHT:
As a Cape Codder, I couldn't resist this picture-book author's request for a review, and I'm so glad I accepted. OCEAN WIDE, OCEAN DEEP is a lyrical look inside a young girl's life many, many years ago after her father sets sail for stormy seas and the China Trade. Here's the review:
Last but *not* least (!), I received an “unofficial review” for my novel (the bizarre one I just completed). Lauren, a voracious reader who edits an online teen magazine called SHOOTING STARS, wrote these comments, among others:
“I LOVED it. It was so shocking what happened with the officer, and I really liked how things wrapped-up and happened in the end -- Shocking/Emotional/Awesome! And I honestly can't think of what I didn't like. Overall, I really enjoyed it. I hope the agent likes it. Please keep me updated!”
Well, Lauren, I’m here to tell you the agent didn’t. Maybe that’s not entirely right. He said he “liked the dark humor surrounding the family” and that I was “obviously a talented writer” BUT some of the stuff “was unbelievable” to him. Ironically, much of the story came from my own unbelievable life. So, back to the drawing board to find an agent.
In case you’re curious, here's Lauren's (the editor’s) intelligent zine blog: