Saturday, January 01, 2011

A New Blog for the New Year...

Okay, the title's misleading. It's the same blog. Same URL. Yep, yep. But I've been contemplating what I want to do here, and I think I really want to get back to basics.

This was a writing blog when I started. Over the years I've been doing this, I've used it to flex my writing muscles, banter about my children, banter about myself... but my favorite posts were always the writing ones.

I can't promise not to tell you stories about the kids - they're usually a lot funnier than I am. I can't promise not to tell you neighborhood stories... they kinda suit me. But I would like to devote more time to booksies, and literary discussions, and writing exercises. I miss the writing exercises.

So, my writing colleagues, who's up for a good old fashion pitch crit? Anybody game to start their 2011 with a little bloodshed, er, umn, I mean solid, writing criticism...?

Let me know in the comments. If there are at least a few who might participate, I'll put a post up this week, and we can all play in the comments... if not, I guess I'll go back to silly stories.

Oh, and Happy New Year!!!! Let's see what 2011 has up its sleeve.


Jean Ann Williams said...

Merry, count me in. I would enjoy a critique of our pitches. Whatever else you want to start, keep me posted and I'll participate. Actually, I'll post you on my blog sidebar, so I can stay abreast to what you plan.

Have a blessed year. Oh, and please tell us funny stories of your children. Children keep us sane. Correct?

jjdebenedictis said...

I'll play!

I, um, don't actually have a pitch, but the pressure makes it fun, right?

Um. Guess I'd better get to work?

Peter Dudley said...

Since I'm still in draft mode, I'm between pitches right now so will opt out. But I look forward to your new old blog this year.

McKoala said...

Also not in top pitch pitching mode here, but will award points for new pitches/queries!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Merry! (Merry New Year?)

Merry Monteleone said...

Hi Jean Ann,

I don't know if children keep us sane or just make us appreciate sanity... I think it might be the second one. lol.

Yay, you're counted in!

I'll post a new blog today or tomorrow on how we'll work it.

Merry Monteleone said...

I don't have one yet, either, JJ... but I'll tell you what - I didn't have one for Raskin's before I started working it out on blogs with other writers, and I think it turned out rather well.

Can't wait to play again!

Merry Monteleone said...

Hey Pete,

You can still critique in comments to help other writers out even if you're not submitting your own.

But submitting a pitch is optional... you don't have to put one up to play ;-)

Merry Monteleone said...

Yay! You heard it here first. The mighty Koala will give you points for pitching :-)

Merry Monteleone said...

Merry New Year to you, Dessert Girl!

Hope 2011 brings you oodles of success and lots of delicious new foods =)