Monday, April 29, 2013

Why You Don't Give Up

I'm still working under a deadline for THE EIGHTH DAY, so this is a pictorial essay on Why You Don't Give Up.

In the 1960s, my story-telling was -- let's say -- full of stereotypes, like dragons and damsels-in-distress.



Not much survived the 1970s. When I was in high school I threw my elementary and middle school work into the trash. This handwritten story, which won me a prize in eighth grade, is one of the only survivors.



The 1980s were filled with handwritten notebooks and stories typed on onion paper (with a typewriter.) Embarrassingly, I sent a couple of these to Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. The rejections were kind.



In the 1990s, I wrote a few MG novels (saved on computer disks) and one non-fiction. A couple queries almost panned out -- but then didn't. I also published some professional teacher lesson plans.



The 2000s started with several unfinished MG science fiction novels and ended with my self-published YA historical novel.



And then ... the 2010s happened. And they are continuing to happen.


There is no excuse for giving up besides death. Got that?

Clarion/HMH is giving away 10 copies of THE CAGED GRAVES on Goodreads. You can find the giveaway here until May 2.

15 comments:

  1. A lovely testament to persistence, and a fun trip down memory lane! :)

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  2. Awesome inspiration. You are inspiring me not to give up, though I admit sometimes I think about it and how much more time I'd have if I did.

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  3. Love this, Dianne!! Very inspiring and a great reminder to look back and see how far you've come. Thanks.

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  4. Thanks, Dianne, for the inspiring picture essay. And good luck with the deadline. :D

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  5. What a great post! And look at all those beautiful books with your name on them! I already entered the contest over at GR so I hope I win a copy.

    (BTW, I got more than a few of those diskettes myself, with long, long tomes on them.)

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  6. This is so awesome, Dianne! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I heart u. You so inspire me. Thx!

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  8. That's an exciting series of photographs. I know you'll keep adding to it!

    Malcolm

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  9. So inspiring. Thank you : ) And I love your dragons and damsels in distress!

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  10. Dianne, sometimes I wonder if my fiction writing will really take off. It's things like this post that lift my spirits. Thank you!

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  11. Nice! We all need that reminder sometimes.

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  12. The power of perseverance. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. noooooo. I missed the GR giveaway!!

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