Five Links 3/20/2020
1. https://killzoneblog.com/2020/03/dont-stress-over-things-you-cant-control.html “Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and my mind is abuzz. It could be that the Boys in the Basement are hard at work, and making a lot of noise. It might be that extra bit of spicy tuna I chomped at dinner. Or perhaps something has intruded on my bio-rhythms, some idiotic remark I heard on a newscast, which is always a possibility when Congress is in session.
Regardless, I know myself well enough to know I’ll be up for about an hour.
So I’ll pad out to the family room and turn on the TV. At that hour there are lots of classic shows on. Which are the best shows (says this Boomer), e.g., Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Twilight Zone, Perry Mason. Part of the fun is seeing young actors making their early appearances. Like Robert Redford as Mr. Death in a Twilight Zone. Or Ryan O’Neal as a murder suspect in Perry Mason.
Anyway, the other night I started watching a fave from my adolescence, Mannix. That PI show starring Mike Connors ran from 1967 to 1975. It had one of the great musical themes (via Lalo Schifrin). Connors was always solid, and the plots twisty and turny and fun.” I used to spend a lot of time worrying. A year-and-a-half ago, I talked to my dr., he prescribed meds, and although I still stress, I can easily get it all off my head when reading or writing.
3. https://ryanlanz.com/2020/03/14/how-to-pick-an-agent-and-live-happily-ever-after/ “Ask agents offering you representation for at least three client references. Contact them.
And now for the long version:
I’ve said it before: not all literary agents are created equal. But tons of them are really effing good. If you’ve already done your homework and queried or pitched to agents who
- a. don’t charge reading fees
- b. set up their agency sometime before, say, last night
- c. represent your genre/target audience
and (not or)
- d. are actually open to submissions
…then you’re already on the right track. And if you’ve gotten an offer of representation from” It is important to research the agents that you want to represent you. You don’t want a fly by night one or someone whose going to take your money. Follow them on social media. See how they behave, what they say, what they believe. It’ll help you make your decision.
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Some Things More Serious:
1. http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2020/03/19/its-okay-that-youre-not-okay/ “These are extraordinary times. And I don’t say that as a compliment, necessarily — it is not said with Spielbergian awe, but rather, with a kind of bamfoozled dread. As if you came upon a strange hole in the ground full of old-timey baby-dolls. You know, the creepy, haunted ones? You’d say, “That’s extraordinary,” and you wouldn’t mean it in the good way.
You might also say, “That’s fucked up.”
What I’m trying to say is:
These are fucked up times.
Shit’s fucked up. It just is. As I noted yesterday, it’s as if we’re witnessing the ghost of normalcy rather than normalcy itself — it died so fast, it hasn’t yet left this plane of existence, and so it lingers, refusing to be banished until an exorcism finally sends it packing. These are abnormal, bizarre, confounding, dipshitted, batshitted, extraordinarily fucked-up times.
You don’t have to be okay with that.
You probably shouldn’t be okay with that.”
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