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Warm Fuzzies Blogfest

I’m participating in the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest, wherein participants will blog on various subjects over the course of four weeks. The first week’s post is to be on the best responses one has gotten when one has told others that one is a writer, or if one even tells others one is a writer.

As I’ve mentioned, even though I’ve been steadily writing since I was four years old and have been seriously writing books since I was about eleven, I gave up querying too quickly 10-11 years ago. I didn’t stop writing, but I just indefinitely postponed being published, or even trying to get published. The past is what it is, and we can’t change it. Just be here now, as it says in one the songs of side two of one of my favoritest albums, the amazing Living in the Material World.

So I started querying again, this time for Adicia’s story, this past spring. I worked at a local newspaper at the time, and my boss (the editor) was kind of amazed when she found out not only that I’d written a book, but that was far from the first book I’d ever written, and that it was such a long book. (Adicia’s story is around the length of The Brothers Karamazov in terms of word count, to give you a picture in your head.) She was also rather surprised when she heard about my superlong Russian historical novel, which comes in just a bit shorter than Anna Karenina.

Here I’d been so studious, serious, intellectual, and quiet the five years I was there, and people come to find out I’ve been a writer the whole time. Not only that, but that I write long sagas and series with lots of books. (I suppose I make up for the short length of my Atlantic City books by how many of them there are in most of the series!) It’s the same response a lot of other people have given me, being shocked to find out how much I write or how deep my writing can be. One of the professors I had when I was at the local community college for early childhood and education classes some years back expressed similar surprise when she started reading my homework assignments.

They’re all surprised because I’ve been saddled with the inescapable label The Quiet One. Trust me, once that label’s been hung on you, you can’t get away from it. It sticks to you, and people assume certain things about you. This makes it even more fun to show them that still waters run very deep, and that you have what it takes to be taken seriously. And I have four words for anyone who doubts what a Quiet One is capable of: All Things Must Pass. One of the greatest albums of all time, my second-favorite album, came from a Quiet One whom everyone had underestimated and ignored for years. How’s that for quiet people not having much to say!

It depends who knows I’m a writer. I think most of my immediate family knows, and some friends. It’s just not something I feel the need to go around sharing, though I do like how some of my friends at my wonderful shul (where I’ll be going to later this evening for their weekly Torah studies) frequently ask how my writing is going, if I’ve gotten any responses from querying yet, or if I need assistance in things like conversion software or critiquers.

And when I’ve told people about Adicia’s story, I’ve been glad to tell them about the real-life story that inspired it. I’ve been kinda surprised at how many people had never even heard of the song “Rag Doll,” but I guess I take these things for granted since I’ve always been so into music, films, and books of the past. Even the band I’ve been listening to a lot of as the soundtrack for writing my Russian novel sequel has now been around for 30 years, which makes me feel extremely old! Bands from my childhood aren’t supposed to be so old they’re eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, dammit!

Author:

I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

9 thoughts on “Warm Fuzzies Blogfest

  1. It’s funny how people are surprise when they find out someone is a writer- as if there’s a certain type of person that can write.

    You’ve got me all curious about Adicia- off to check that out now 🙂

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  2. I’ve had similar experiences being labeled the quiet one. Actually I’ve found that when you’re “The quiet one” people expect deep, serious writing and are surprised when they read a story of mine about a giraffe or a lovesick robot or something else light and thoroughly not serious.

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  3. I like being the serious one. That is significantly preferable over the ditzy, scatterbrained, emotional or psychotic one.

    Loved this post. Loved that you made me slow down to read it.

    New follower 🙂

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  4. I think its funny people would think a quiet person wouldn’t have much to say–all those thoughts have to go somewhere!! 🙂
    (I also wear the quiet label!)
    Thanks for sharing and see you around the blog fest.

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  5. Wow Adicia has quite a life plotted out for her. Good luck with the series. It’s funny but I’ve always assumed “the quiet ones” were that way because they had so much going on inside. So I’m not at all surprised to hear that you’re such a prolific writer.

    I’m visiting from the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest. Nice to meet you!
    Kim Van Sickler
    http://swaggerwriters.blogspot.com/

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  6. Congratulations on the life you’ve created for Adicia. You’ve obviously put a lot of time into the project. Good luck with it.

    In my experience, “the quiet ones” are the ones who have got it going on internally.

    I’m visiting from the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest. Nice to meet you!

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  7. Wow you have put so much into your writing over the years. It’s great to meet new writers who have also been plodding on quietly at their craft – many thanks to the Warm Fuzzies blogfest for introducing us.

    Best of luck with your projects
    Emma Calin

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