What’s Left This Editor’s Desk

Dear Reader,

I wrote my November 25th, 2008 post, entitled “What’s On This Editor’s Desk,” as a way to come to terms with the scary stack of books I’d promised myself to attend to. I write this post to assure myself I’ve “accomplished things” over the last few months. Here’s my updated list:

· Kissing Doorknobs, (1998), a Young Adult book by Terry Spencer Hesser: Read it, reviewed it, posted the review on Amazon.com, returned it to the library.

· A postcard of a black and white photo of a yawning Abyssinian cat sitting on a bookshelf. Found this in a book I was shelving for the Friends of Westminster Library Used Book Shop, where I volunteer and find lots of cool books: Sent card to one or another friend.

· SCBWI 2008 Publication Guide to Writing & Illustrating for Children: Ummm… still on my desk.

· Transcending Grief – A Journal of Love and Healing, (2001), written by Sylvia Browne and Nancy Dufresne. It’s a guided journal for people who are grieving. Note to self: study how they’ve set up the journal. Is it easy to write on its high gloss pages? Will ink easily smear? I thought it contained too much writing by the authors and not enough room for me to write, plus, I didn’t like the glossy paper. Gave to the library used book shop. Got sold to a friend of mine, who is experiencing grief.

· I Found All the Parts: Healing the Soul Through Rock ’n’ Roll (Nov.11, 2008). A spiritual memoir that’s waiting for me to post an Amazon.com review about it: Good book. Review written and posted.

· Course booklet, How to Sell on Amazon.com, by Judy Murdoch and Mary Walewski: I’ve posted my poetry book Scarf Dancer on Amazon.com.

· Third Thursday Poetry Open Mic signup sheet with notes scribbled on it: “Get Studs Terkel quote from J.D.” Gotten.

· Backstreet Quarterly, #5, Ray Foreman, Editor. Tell my friend Victoria about it: Done. And she’s already submitted to this journal.

· Grammar Done Right, by Karen L. Reddick, (2008). Never leaves my desk. Still there.

· Colorado Symphony Orchestra program from 11-22-08. I’ve started an article about my minute music listening vocabulary, prompted by the way my attention flickered while I listened to the orchestra perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B Flat Major, Opus 100. Perhaps there’ll be another article prompted by a post-performance comment made by one of the violinists: “Some of us have decided that if we were going to be stranded on an island and could only take one CD, we’d take Prokofiev.” And maybe another article about how stupid I should feel for never having heard of Prokofiev prior to that night: Not written. Oh well.

· My journal. (Duh, of course) Double duh.

· Never Summer: Poems From Thin Air, by Chris Ransick. (2005) Find out what the Denver Poet Laureate writes about: Still doing this.

· A Dream Decoder: Eight pages with dials to line up 800 keywords and their associations. Why? Because it’s pretty: Plan to use in free writes.

· Notes from Dan Poynter’s October presentation at Colorado Independent Publishers Association: Ideas implemented.

· Field Guide to Gestures: How to Identify and Interpret Virtually Every Gesture Known to Man, (2003), by Nancy Armstrong and Melissa Wagner. I’m wondering if it’s shelved under humor. Read it to find out: Read and reviewed on Amazon.com, blog posted in Letters From the Editor.

· Ticket stub from Secret Life of Bees movie. There’s a note to myself on it: “Owe Krista.” Ticket is taped in my journal.

· Note on paper: “The guy in the real estate office across the hall from me is singing a song about qualifying buyers before selling them a home.” OMG! Same paper: “A squirrel just bumped into my window. Write about the Italian guy and the squirrel in La Crosse, WI. Write about the squirrel on Sherman Terrace in Madison, WI.” Still in my mind.

· Photo: I’m standing at a blackboard in a college chemistry classroom pretending I’ve written all the equations that cover it. I bought a chemistry textbook three days ago.

· The One Minute Manager, (1983), Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D. Find out why this book was a “runaway #1 National Bestseller!” Find out why people still copy its hokey story-telling style. More important, why they read it: Read it. Hated it. Reviewed it. Got rid of it.

· Bipolar Disorder: Insights for Recovery and Beyond Bipolar: 7 Steps to Wellness, both written by Jane Mountain, MD. Read again then post a review about them: Read, reviewed, and given to a psychotherapist who has an office in my building.

· Across the High Divide: Poetry, (2006), Laurie Wagner Buyer. Find the lines I misread while I recorded for RFB&D. I said “incontinent” when the word was “continent,” and it appeared during a love scene. Eww. I reread this four times! Could NOT find “incontinent.” Only “content.” I must have read from an early printing that was later corrected.

· My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile, (2003), Isabel Allende. She talks about testosterone in Chile’s air. Write about that: Read the book, reviewed the book, but haven’t written about testosterone.

· How To Really Know Yourself Through Your Handwriting, (1973), Shirl Solomon. This is the book that will not die. I’m probably its 8th owner. Comment on what she says makes up wit: Not commented on yet, but read and passed off to a friend.

What’s new on my desk?

  • Acres of Diamonds, by Russell H. Conwell. I’m told it’s one of those inspirational books lots of business people read.
  • The Nature of Music: Beauty, Sound, and Healing, by Maureen McCarthy Draper. Explore music versus words.
  • Notes from two teleseminars about web site and Twitter presence. Follow up.
  • Middle grade fantasy manuscript. Waiting for author’s approval so I can start to edit it.
  • A client’s personal narrative about facing the wilds of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Continue to edit it.
  • Oh yeah, a huge box of tissues. Why? My winter cold.



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