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  Sage Sweetwater's Success Story
Before I even dip my feather quill in ink, I decide the language will be candid. I don't feel any woman should self-edit her speech just because some have different sensibilities and sensitivities, albeit language that is acceptable in some places may not be acceptable in others.

I believe raw expression exactly describes feelings and no other word will do but the word.

To set in the color, I first slosh the common words out so I will be left with the "black sand" phraseology, carefully picking out the shiny gold words, looking for rich diction. To learn how to do this, I call upon my gold pan to lead the way.

It is said that one-fourth of the world's gold has never been found. It lingers in the same places the old-timers panned; in river bottoms, skim bars, and high on hard-to-get-at mountain slopes. Tunnels spill yellow dirt and further on downstream, there is "color."

I fill my pan with stream water and agitate it back and forth, sloshing and picking out large rocks, then small rocks until I get to the pea-sized gravel, then I hold the pan under the water with a forward tossing motion, sloshing out the common gravel and sand out of the pan until I am left only with the heavier component of black sand and "color," which may very well be gold. I use a magnifying glass and tweezers to pick out the shiny gold flecks, then I put them in my vial of creek water to take home with me to have tested to see how golden my efforts have been.

This gold-panning process is analogous to having the excerpts of my manuscripts tested to see how they assay out. If the gold flecks sink, my properties are gold, therefore publishable; if they float, they are fool's gold, so try again I will. Writing is so much like gold-panning. I have to be persistent and can't expect to get rich overnight. To find a nugget is rare and exceptional; to find dust is not unusual.

Gold is nineteen times heavier than any other metal and it glitters whether in sun or shade. That's how I want my words to be; nineteen times heavier than common words, and I want them polished to where they will glitter in every kind of circumstance paying particular attention to the days of lesbianism.

I am very clever about mining my "gold." I claim my words from research, old sites, and active imagination. I have the energy to dig for the goodies, finding them buried in remnant-cellar pits, between pages, in my sub-conscious, and in bathwaters. I leave these places in as good or better condition than I found them.

The predators are culprits who will steal a woman's soul and I protect and conceal my "nuggets," aware that there shouldn't be a great deal of the material going out than is coming in, like the highgraders in the 1800s did when stealing gold, hiding it in false-bottom lunch pails, hollow handles in hammers, boot heels, between my toes, and in my rectum. The only difference is that I am protecting, not stealing.

Gold panning, whether it be panning for actual gold, mining for emotional richness, mining of instinct, or digging for creative endeavor teaches women how to separate gold-bearing dirt and identify authenticity from counterfeit. A woman can only accomplish this by washing the rocks, washing them in stages until she finds "color." You don't say gold, you say "color," "Have you found any color?" Gold travels in a straight line and where the river bends, that's where the "color" is. A woman must set her expectations high and practice shouting "Eureka!" I am a collector of metaphors.

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I want to speak about self-promotion. There is no law that says creative people can't be successful at business.

Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Oprah, Ellen, Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and many others are equally adept at creation and promotion.

Lee Silber has written a book for creative types entitled "Self-Promotion for the Creative Person."

He can back his rap with very solid and do-able ideas. So can Sage Sweetwater. For example, he starts, "It starts with you. Lead by example. Be the real deal. Do what you say you're going to do when you say you're going to do it."

Silber's book has many more ideas than one can or will use, but it is an excellent guide from which the creative person can custom-design an effective marketing campaign to fit their personality and profession.

Sage Sweetwater has designed a promotional campaign to fit her personal need.

Your best client can be yourself. "Self-Promotion for the Creative Person" is the jump-start you need. Good luck to you in your personal marketing campaign! (Sage Sweetwater)

My gold flecks sink, so I consider this to be my success story!

Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist

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