Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Times they be a'changin'

Kelly McGillis, an actress in movies, Top Gun and Witness, went from this back then, to....

...this now. If you're not frozen in time in a movie or maybe a staute, then somehow time marches on.

With all that in mind I want you to think about responding to my poll over to the right. I've been making so many changes in my life the past couple months that I haven't written many posts on this blog or my When I Was Just a Kid blog.

When I started this blog awhile back, I took an entire year before putting up my first post on this blog. I didn't know quite what to do with it. And I was trying to rediscover my own "voice" in writing fiction, so I practiced here. I talked about anything that interested me.(Trying to rediscover my passions.) I got the idea here first to do nostalgic interviews and that's when the other blog was born.

Now that I have a direction of what I am writing in fiction, I am still getting requests and questions about writing fiction from the years of evaluating it. You see, in my day job over the years I have been a first reader for agents and editors, have book doctored and coached some authors through the agent-connections, seen a few of these authors be published, been a judge and book reviewer for published books, judged in writing contests for the unpublished, and written a few articles or been interviewed about fiction writing. I have gathered some insight over the course of these roles.

I may never see my own fiction published. Who knows what they want? But if I can help someone else get to that position, well, that brings me joy, too.

Take the poll to the right and leave comments on what you would like to know and see. Maybe I can even get a few people in the publishing industry to answer some questions. The URL of this blog is christianbookscout.blogspot.com so I would like to get the focus of this particular blog back to that.

In the meantime this week I will be finishing up a free evaluation that I gave away on Seekerville on my guest blog.(Dare Your Reader) I am also wondering if there is a market for this type of evaluation. I still evaluate both published books and manuscripts (for publishing companies and an agent.) If you would be interested in something like that, leave a comment about that, too.

Go ahead and vote in the poll on the right (and you can vote for more than one item.)And look for a new look on the Chat 'n' Chew soon. It's all about me and my interests...and all about you, too.


LeAnne Benfield Martin said...

In the poll, I voted for you to write whatever you want. But you might get more traffic if you do the fiction thing. Can you somehow do both? Maybe fiction info one day a week and your stuff another day? I would miss your voice if you stop your personal reflections.


Crystal Laine said...

This is what I'm wondering. With all the blogs out there, what's one more? Or less? LOL.

Crystal Laine said...

Thanks, so much, LeAnne. You are always encouraging to me.

Carrie said...

I would miss your blog, too. Patsy Clairmont has a blog, and depending on what's going on she either blogs or not. You could do that, too!

Cathy Shouse said...


I don't see the poll you're talking about.