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Jael is tired of being stereotyped as just another novelist/poet/former English teacher/tour guide/"Jeopardy!" semifinalist/bellydancing editor-in-chief with an MFA who was once an overachieving oboe-playing alto newspaper editor valedictorian from Iowa. She was also captain of the football cheerleading squad.

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member since 9.1.99


books are not babies
part i: approaching the launch
4.4.12 : feature!

In many ways, we writers feel like our books are our children -- we created them, we're protective of them, and somehow they infuriate us even as we love them to pieces. A quick search for "my books are my children" instantly delivers 140,000 results, and author blogs like ... 
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downton, shabby
predicted knockoffs of the latest tv craze
3.5.12 : feature!
life is too short
thirty-one things you needn't bother doing
2.6.12 : feature!
the most important resolution for writers
one simple sentence for 2012
1.4.12 : feature!
40 weeks of a new life
what the books don't tell you
12.5.11 : feature!
five great things about bad first drafts
why writing fast makes you write better
11.4.11 : feature!
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1. publishing and the princess bride
what aspiring authors can learn from florin
12.6.10 : feature!
2. my kingdom for a kingdom
adventures with civilization iii
2.5.03 : feature!
3. disgust under discussion
is television going too far?
12.4.06 : feature!
4. the abc's of television
alias amazes, buffy bites, csi captivates
5.5.03 : feature!
5. 30 things to love about philadelphia
new affection from a new aficionado
9.5.07 : feature!
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re: life is too short

I don't often read things like this, but this was perfect.

re: life is too short

That is good stuff!

re: 40 weeks of a new life

Great job building up the drama without overplaying it.

re: what september means

Absolutely. And I love Facebook first-day-of-school pictures too.

re: what september means

When I lived in NYC, September was my favourite month.

re: what it feels like for an author

You're one of my heroes. But I think you already know that. Thanks for sharing your world once again.

re: the debut author's planifesto

Very helpful for being published, or life in general. Thanks.

re: who cares what you think?

This isn't a professional review, but you're right on target and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

re: who cares what you think?

I was going to rate this poor, just to prove your point, but nice job.

re: like it's your job

We writers aren't interesting, but "Castle" gives us hope that we may someday bag Nathan Fillion. Excellent observations.


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