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Miscellaneous Monday

monday.jpgSurefire keeps burning. As you can tell from the progress bar thingy to your left, I’ve finished the 3rd draft. I can easily see myself picking at this literary scab until the scar is so big you can see if on earth.google.com. I just can’t leave it alone. I’m tweaking it without actually calling it a 4th draft. I like it. But it’s not the book I want to write. Still, it’s almost done so I’ll send it out and take my lumps.

The mystery of my deceased aunt. It turns out my great Aunt Alyce left an estate of just over $308,000–-with no heirs. Don’t get too excited. I have to split the booty with scores of cousins and a murder of lawyers. My actual estimated take: $2,000. Who am I to scoff at mana from Dead-Aunt Heaven? Besides it’ll pay for a writerly conference or deux.

Speaking of conferences. For OSC’s Literary Boot Camp. I’m flying into Dulles and then carpooling with a couple of writers I’ve never met from D.C. to Buena Vista, Virginia. If this blog falls silent mid-June tell the search parties to look for my body at one of the many fine rest stops along I-64. I’ve also sent an application and manuscript sample to the Sewanne and Squaw Valley conferences. I think my chances of getting in to either are somewhat iffy. Still, Tennessee or Tahoe––where would you rather go?

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Reader Comments (12)

100 percent pure adrenaline!

Congratulations, big boy Jamie-san. May the scab give you much pleasure.
May 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Hatadi
Have a great time at the conference. : )
May 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLA Burton
I vote for Tahoe! I just told Wendy Boucher that one day we'll have to end up at the same conference so we can have a drink, and I extend the same sentiment your way now. I've put the kibosh on conferences until my revisions are finished. So it looks like the Wisconsin Book Festival is next in line for me. In October.
May 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Didn't realize it took so many lawyers to divide 308k by the number of heirs. Either that or you have *a lot* of cousins!
May 2, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjackt
I'm sure the taxes are fun with that too. Yay IRS!

Step away from the manuscript. Then grab an envelope and send that sucker out.
May 2, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJaye Wells
Thanks Daniel, you too LA.

You're on Jess. If I could choose I'd go to Tahoe too, (it's closer) but I've never been to Tennessee. Maybe there's a reason for that?

Jackt--the lawyers take 20%. Then the rest is divided by seven primary cousins, of which my dad was one, and all their descendents. That's a lot-o-peeps.

Jaye--I hear ya. I really need to send the darn thing out. I've sent the first 5,000+ words to the two conferences as a litmus test. Faulty science, I know. I figure if I don't get in, the manuscript needs work.

May 2, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjamie
I'd go to Tennessee, Jamie. The music's better.

And no, I don't just mean in Nashville. Memphis has a stellar blues scene. I'm not sure where the conference is, but Tennessee isn't that big a state. You could probably fit it into Montana about 39 times.

May 2, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Hurtubise
Wow Jamie, you really are going at writing full steam.
May 2, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterScott
OMG...amazing how 308 grand can virtually disappear into nothing. Two grand, unexpectedly ain't too shabby. Good luck with the conference stuff. I'm jealous. Can't wait to hear your carpool stories...I feel a good one coming on.
May 3, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterkathie
For better or worse, the juried conferences seem like a good way to get some professional input--because to get in, someone has to judge the first few chapters of your manuscript. Just getting in, or being rejected is insightful feedback. (Crossing fingers)
May 3, 2006 | Registered CommenterJamie
It's funny how it all works out when someone dies and you have to deal with their estate. When my grandmother died, I couldn't believe how she arranged her will. She gave the majority of her life insurance money to her two sons who were rarely ever there for her and only like a half out of six acres of land to my aunt and her husband who was ALWAYS there for her.

I guess you're good getting the 2k. Have fun at the conference.
May 5, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Thanks Andrea.

She was actually my great aunt. She was the sister of my real grandfather, a man I never knew. It's all very strange. I now have relatives in San Francisco eager to meet me which is very unexpected and exciting.
May 5, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjamie ford

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