Peevish Pen

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I'm a retired teacher turned writer. Ferradiddledumday (my Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story) and Stuck (my middle grade paranormal novel) are available from Cedar Creek Publishing.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Radio, Rejection, & Roof

Today, I learned my WVTF radio interview about my winning "Vile Pun" will air this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Studio Virginia. Around here, it's 89.1 FM, but other areas have a different frequency. Looks like I'll be in good company. Here's the announcement from the website:

AUGUST
8.28.08 - A retired Roanoke City teacher wins an award for her bad pun; plus essayist Dan Smith on scooter safety and makeup application; street musicians in Charlottesville; and the musical play "Children of Eden" returns.

Today, I received a very nice rejection from an editor at Candlewick for my Appalachian version of Rumpelstiltskin. She gave me some encouraging advice, so I'll send it to another place tomorrow.

Today, the roofing company started on our new roof.


Melody and Cupcake didn't like the noise and, after much galloping around, retreated to a far corner of the pasture—the corner near the kennel:


They kept staring toward the house, where the action—as well as the noise—was.



After a while, they resumed grazing—but they still stuck together and kept an eye on things. These mares aren't bother by tractors and hay-balers, low-flying jets, fireworks, or barking dogs. But the roofing experience was something new.


Meanwhile, this was my view from my study window:


The roof should be finished tomorrow—if it doesn't rain.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Ut oh, it's raining.

You're so positive. A very nice rejection! Glad you sent it right back out!

www.GreenerPastures--ACityGirlGoesCountry.blogspot.com

3:26 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

It was a really good rejection—with reasons why it was rejected plus positive feedback and a suggestion for improvement. So much better than the "it-wasn't right-for-us" kind!

5:57 PM  

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