deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
09/27/00 08:55 PM
The bragging thread

As the threads in this section remind us, the life of writing or editing is all too often characterized by writer's block, rejection, lack of inspiration, nitpicking, discouragement, and self-doubt, among other fun things. But every once in a while, the stars are aligned just so and something great happens: we get a sought-after contract, we publish our first piece, we win an award for something we wrote...

I thought we could use a place to brag about these victories and puff out our chests a bit, as well as support and congratulate each other. Don't make me hold a gun to your heads...tell us your good news!

(This thread was inspired by Chicklit moderator cat, who recently had her first article accepted by a major daily newspaper! Go cat! We'll be expecting the URL once it's published...)


cat
(Ching Shih)
09/27/00 11:26 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Thanks, deborah! But now I'm embarrassed that I, er, didn't exactly wait for the thread to open to start with the bragging. The URL will be TK in a couple of weeks when the article comes out!

Sars
(Ching Shih)
09/28/00 10:03 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Good work, cat!

gwen
(Ching Shih)
09/29/00 03:53 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, cat!

Sars
(Ching Shih)
09/30/00 10:13 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Now I'm going to brag, mostly because I can't believe that it's happened and not because I think it's particularly bragworthy or anything.

A year or so ago, I wrote a piece for Boobtoob.net about how I was obsessed with Degrassi as a kid. Now Pat Mastroianni is linking to the piece from his site (Pat played Joey Jeremiah). Every time I think about it I giggle.

Here's the URL if anyone's interested: http://patmeup.com/press/press6.htm

[This message has been edited by Sars (edited September 30, 2000).]


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
10/01/00 08:17 AM
Re: The bragging thread

That is too funny, Sars!

I bet he combs the net looking for evidence of his past "glory."


ragdoll
(Ching Shih)
10/02/00 10:50 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Sars, having met Pat M. in high school, I can totally see him linking your article.

Ha. The kids used to sit around and watch their own show on television. Ha.

And cat, way to go!


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
10/06/00 02:21 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Hurrah for cat!

Sorry about the delay, I have been living through the busiest few weeks of my life!

Sars, how oddly cool that Pat M. linked your article.

I haven't gotten anything published but a local restaurant thought enough of my dinner theatres (I write and direct 'em) to contract my production company (split pea productions) to do 6 performances there. Usually we have to book a hall and do all the promotion ourselves but this time they are looking after all the crap and we just have to show up and perform. Whoo hoo!

[This message has been edited by ms.strident (edited October 06, 2000).]


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
10/06/00 08:11 PM
Re: The bragging thread

ms. strident, that's great! It must feel almost like a luxury not to have to do all the scutwork related to putting on and promoting a performance. Good work!

ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
10/07/00 07:25 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Thanks Deborah, it is a great luxury. Now if I can only find a way to write the scripts in my sleep...

WriterGirl
(Ching Shih)
10/23/00 01:01 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Okay, I get to brag: back in September I was accepted as a reviewer for PopMatters , and my pieces have begun appearing.

della femina
(Ching Shih)
11/01/00 12:45 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I started writing for an Irish website, Pushie.com , today. You'd be surprised how many articles you can churn out on zero sleep (or, at least I was). It's probably gauche to even say this, but the nice thing about this gig is that it pays really well -- enough that I may soon consider myself a proper writer.

Also, I'm now helping Deborah moderate the Journalling forum -- yay! I'm so excited to be a part of ChickLit.

[This message has been edited by della femina (edited November 01, 2000).]


Sars
(Ching Shih)
11/01/00 03:14 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, Jackie!

Weetabix
(Ching Shih)
11/01/00 11:05 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow, great job everyone!

Here's my brag: I just won first place in a writing competition at Abundance Magazine. I just found out yesterday.

Wow, WriterGirl! That is so cool. I'm rushing right over there to look for your work!


FishDreamerAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
11/01/00 11:57 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Weetabix, congrats!

I just found out that a book I co-authored (in 5 weeks) won an award. I have no idea what the award was for - probably presentation - but it's still pretty cool that my first published (paid) effort won an award for something.

I should be more excited about being a published author, but after the first Whoooo! of seeing my name on the cover, life just kinda kept on.


cat
(Ching Shih)
11/08/00 06:30 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I have a brand-spanking-new Hissyfit up. Also, you all saw my book bundle--thanks for letting me write it, deborah.

I've also landed a couple of regular freelance gigs (one at a magazine at which a friend is an editor, another at an online review site: they want me to cover food and lodging in Napa and Sonoma!), and my new job at a food and travel magazine will give me the opportunity to do some writing. So, all in all, I feel like I'm getting a lot of chances to write, and it feels great for a change.

I was going to post the URL for my Washington Post article, which came out a couple of weeks ago, but I can't get to it for some reason at the moment.


della femina
(Ching Shih)
11/09/00 07:52 AM
Re: The bragging thread

My first piece for Pushie is now live. Yay!

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
11/10/00 09:20 AM
Re: The bragging thread

cat, I loved your Hissyfit, I've been meaning to drop you a note. Congrats on that! And as for the Book Bundle and "letting" you write it, well, you twisted my arm.

Not.

Covering food and lodging in Napa and Sonoma sounds rough. Need a hand?

And congrats della femina! I liked your article in Pushie (as someone who wears little other than black).

[This message has been edited by deborah (edited November 10, 2000).]


sobell
(Ching Shih)
11/15/00 06:06 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I suppose this is a brag of sorts:

After several months of a) sitting on my duff, and b) collecting articles and doing research, I just launched my site ( http://www.schmeiser.com/ ), which actually features original content, updated near weekdaily.

I feel like I should send out birth announcements!


della femina
(Ching Shih)
11/15/00 08:15 PM
Re: The bragging thread

It looks great, sobell! I've always been very impressed by your writing (as you know, since I procured your skills for Girly International), and your website is just as impressive.

FishDreamerAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
11/16/00 02:39 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Really like it, Sobell. Passed the URL on to my husband, who works at a high-tech start up that is not web-based but has found the funding a bit harder to come by lately. (They've got other sources, so they're doing okay thank gravy.)

Do quite like your writing, so I'll be a frequent visitor to see what's up. Thanks for sharing!


WriterGirl
(Ching Shih)
11/20/00 03:17 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Sobell, your site looks very interesting. I'll definitely be checking back on it.

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
12/02/00 12:57 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I don't know if saskatchewan checks in on this forum, so I'll do a little bragging for her. She's just had a Hissyfit published. It's on the attitude projected at apartment-dwelling families, and y'all should go read it.

[This message has been edited by deborah (edited December 02, 2000).]


saskatchewan
(Ching Shih)
12/04/00 01:34 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Whoo-hoo! Thanks Deborah.

della femina
(Ching Shih)
12/07/00 03:17 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I got a job today, as Editor of propelleronline.com. I'm moving to London in a few weeks. I'm thrilled and scared, but mostly thrilled. My eternal thanks to the wonderful Sobell, who helped me immensely to understand what the job will entail, and who talked me out of cancelling the interview (unbeknownst to her). Sobell, you rock.

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
12/07/00 06:56 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, della femina! Wow! That's just amazing.

Sars
(Ching Shih)
12/07/00 08:57 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, della!

TraceyB
(Ching Shih)
12/08/00 08:34 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Yay, della! Congrats!

Bear
(Ching Shih)
12/08/00 11:03 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow, that's brilliant! Congratulations, della!

Bear
(Ching Shih)
12/08/00 11:09 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Oh, and I might do some bragging of my own - I just got asked to be a panellist on a forthcoming arts TV show on RTE, Ireland's biggest TV station. It's going to be sort of like the Late Review (which wil be familiar to British TV viewers), so basically me and four others will be discussing new films, books, art exhibitions and theatrical events (plays, dance stuff, whatever). I won't be in it every week, but I have to do a 'dry run' in January, and I'm a bit freaked, but quite excited too!

della femina
(Ching Shih)
12/08/00 11:21 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Good for you, Bear!

I'm quite impressed with the lot of us. We rock!


saskatchewan
(Ching Shih)
12/08/00 01:33 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow! Good for you, della. That sounds like a great job. And that's really cool, Bear.

I'm kind of amazed with the company I'm keeping here.

I'm going to do a bit of bragging. My friend invited me to read at her cd release party in Ottawa in February. She's going to pay for my travelling expenses. And the first press page went up for the anthology that an essay of mine is in (it comes out next Mother's Day).


sobell
(Ching Shih)
12/11/00 12:31 PM
Re: The bragging thread

An anthology? That's so cool.

Sars
(Ching Shih)
12/15/00 02:25 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations Bear and saskatchewan.

(Bear: got the paper last week. So proud.)


Bear
(Ching Shih)
12/21/00 08:05 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Sars: that's great! I'm so pleased it finally arrived. Sorry it was only a wee mention...

Bear
(Ching Shih)
01/09/01 06:10 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Okay, this is less a brag and more an excited squeak, but...I'm interviewing David Sedaris in two weeks! His new book is being published here soon (I get to review it too) and he's coming to Dublin. So if any fans have any questions they think I should ask him, please mail me!

Also, last week I took part in the TV show I mentioned somewhere above. It was just a dry run so it won't be aired, but hopefully they'll ask me back again. Anyway, it was great fun, although the makeup room was a bit terrifying. I'm very pale, and wear very little makeup apart from smudgy black eye liner and clear lip gloss (thank you, Kiehl's Lip Balm), and lots of makeup really doesn't suit me. The pancake-caked make up artist kept saying things like 'ooh, some brown eyeshadow' and 'I think some bright red lipstick' (which would, I assure you, make me look like a consumptive child on a day out to the circus) and I didn't want to be rude, so I kept apologetically saying 'um, no thanks, honestly'. When she suggested a dark lipliner with lighter lipstick I practically shrieked in horror, though. Anyway, she didn't go overboard, although the inevitable think foundation made me look v. creepy away from the bright studio lights.


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
01/10/01 09:57 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Bear, that's so cool about interviewing Sedaris. I bet some Chickliterati may have questions to suggest. If you want, you could post a topic about it in The Bookworm.

gwen
(Ching Shih)
01/10/01 07:54 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow. Y'all kick ass. Congratulations!

Sars
(Ching Shih)
01/12/01 12:06 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Bear, I am green with envy. Can you get him to sign my book?

Bear
(Ching Shih)
01/12/01 10:35 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Sars, I was going to do that anyway, as a thank-you surprise for you! It means the book won't be back for a few weeks (the interview's on either the 1st or 2nd of February), but I trust that's okay...

Sars
(Ching Shih)
01/13/01 10:44 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Sure, that's fine! [clapping hands in girlish glee]

Weetabix
(Ching Shih)
01/22/01 01:13 PM
Re: The bragging thread

This isn't really a brag, but this is the only place I know of to share this information and you guys are the only people who will understand my awe.

After discussion with a relative who I haven't seen in years, I learned that I AM RELATED SOMEWHAT TO JOY HARJO!!!!

I say somewhat because she's my cousin's grandmother (or you could say my uncle's mother).

Is that cool or what?

(I'm certain that this is some sort of cosmic payoff from spending years hoping that I'm adopted and my birth mother is Margaret Atwood.)


cat
(Ching Shih)
01/28/01 07:24 PM
Re: The bragging thread

This isn't even my own brag, but I'm impressed with my husband at the moment about it: he just got a poem accepted to a very good Canadian journal, and they are paying him an actual money! At least, enough for a nice dinner out for the two of us. The most he ever got before was a £5 cheque from a British publication, which wasn't even worth cashing because of the exchange fee. Of course, he doesn't write for filthy lucre, but it does make the acceptance seem extra real to get actual money for it.

Dwanollah
(Ching Shih)
01/29/01 02:39 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Well, I'm chuffed, because I got my First Real English Teaching Position... I'll be teaching 2 parts of an English Comp class at (don't laugh) National University. It's a start. And you can bet when the Instructor's Manual came addressed to "Professor MyLastName," I freaked, and doinged out all over the UPS delivery person....

So I'm putting together my first class syllabus. And if anyone has any helpful teaching/comp suggestions, of course, please feel free to e-mail me....

p.s. Weetabix, can you please invite me to your next family reunion? Joy is a goddess!

[This message has been edited by Dwanollah (edited January 29, 2001).]


saskatchewan
(Ching Shih)
01/29/01 04:23 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Which journal? I'll look for it! Congratulations to you too, prof-girl.

cat
(Ching Shih)
01/30/01 04:04 PM
Re: The bragging thread

saskatchewan, thanks for asking! It's Descant--I wasn't familiar with it, but it looks like a "real" journal and all. I'm not sure which issue it will be in, though.

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
01/30/01 04:14 PM
Re: The bragging thread

cat, I think Descant is pretty well-distributed. I see it lots of places. Congratulations to mr. cat!

saskatchewan
(Ching Shih)
01/30/01 04:50 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Descant is both well-read and well-respected. It's a good journal and it looks very attractive too.

Very nice job!


Sars
(Ching Shih)
01/31/01 12:00 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats, Dwan! Imbue the nation's youth with the love of language!

Bear
(Ching Shih)
02/03/01 07:03 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I MET DAVID SEDARIS!

Yes, I spent an hour with him yesterday afternoon drinking tea and smoking lots of cigarettes and talking about the many different ways in which the Germans use the word 'shit'. Among other things (like the fact that apparently, while a brilliant writer, Dave Eggers is a total arsehole). Anyway, it was one of the most enjoyable interviews I've ever done, he was so great. And yes, Sars, your book is signed!


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
02/03/01 07:20 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Bear: Woo-hoo! Will your interview with him appear anywhere online?

della femina
(Ching Shih)
02/04/01 08:19 PM
Re: The bragging thread

The site for which I'm Web Content Coordinator launched their UK PR campaign this week with a gorgeous advert in the Times (London), and we got 7000 unique users that day! That's quite a lot for a UK site of even the most general, broad appeal, let alone for one offering a highly-specialised service for HR professionals and expats. I'm totally thrilled. Call me capitalist scum, but it's rewarding to be a major part of such a cool company.

cat
(Ching Shih)
02/24/01 01:48 PM
Re: The bragging thread

My book was accepted! My book was accepted!

It's essentially my dissertation, and it was accepted at an academic press. It will have a very small print run and I have to find a grant to subsidize the costs, but still: my book was accepted! The title: The Harlot's Curse: Marriage and Prostitution in Victorian Britain.

I totally sent it off on a lark, didn't even really revise it from the dissertation stage, and didn't think it had a chance in hell, but they took it after reports from outside readers! It's going in a series on 19th c. British literature!

Okay, there aren't as many exclamation points in the whole book as there are in this post, including in quotations from novels.


harper
(Ching Shih)
02/24/01 02:04 PM
Re: The bragging thread

congratulations cat! that is awesome. (and i think you're entitled to use as many exclamation points as you want. ) please let us know the details when it comes out so we can order copies.

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
02/24/01 02:58 PM
Re: The bragging thread

cat, that is AMAZING! Congratulations! I'm not at all surprised, you're a wonderful writer.

Way to go!


Sars
(Ching Shih)
02/24/01 08:56 PM
Re: The bragging thread

That's wonderful, cat!

Bear
(Ching Shih)
02/26/01 07:41 AM
Re: The bragging thread

That's so cool, cat! Well done!

ragdoll
(Ching Shih)
02/26/01 09:59 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Cat, that is just so fantastic!

saskatchewan
(Ching Shih)
02/26/01 02:18 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations! That's such wonderful news and I'm so pleased for you. And from what I've read of your work, you deserve it.

cat
(Ching Shih)
02/26/01 06:12 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Aw...thanks, you guys. Now I'm blushing.

saskatchewan
(Ching Shih)
02/26/01 06:46 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Do you know when it will come out? (And, you know, when we can rush out to buy our copies?)

[This message has been edited by saskatchewan (edited February 26, 2001).]


Bear
(Ching Shih)
03/01/01 10:33 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Okay, this isn't quite literary (actually, it isn't literary at all), but it is a creative thing, and I'm very excited about it...

My band launched our first E.P. last Thursday. The launch gig was in a kind of big venue (Jeff Buckley used to play there quite regularly), and we were worried that it would be very empty. But it sold out. It was packed. We didn't know the vast majority of the people there, and they were going nuts! There was a thing in the Irish Times comparing us to Gram Parsons and Will Oldham, and then, just yesterday ,we were asked to do a gig that'll be broadcast on BBC Radio. And, without wanting to sound too crass, it will pay a hell of a lot of money. Like, crazy money. Plus we also might be supporting none other than P.J. HARVEY if her proposed Dublin gig happens (we're definitely going to play with her good mate Howe Gelb in a few weeks)!!!

This is like my teenage dreams come true, seriously. My whole life, it's either been writing or music, and while my literary career is somewhat stagnant at the moment, at least something's working out!

[This message has been edited by Bear (edited March 01, 2001).]


cat
(Ching Shih)
03/01/01 11:26 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Bear, that is so fantastic! Congratulations! It must feel great.

harper
(Ching Shih)
03/01/01 01:19 PM
Re: The bragging thread

congrats, bear! that is huge!!!!

Kivrin
(Ching Shih)
03/01/01 03:27 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Right on! to all of you and your brilliant accomplishments. What a powerful group of women we have here.
Bear...PJ Harvey? I think I'm going to faint.
What an excellent time for you. And, what a sweet voice you have.


TraceyB
(Ching Shih)
03/01/01 03:53 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I haven't visited this thread for a while - you guys, congratulations! I'm happy for all of you!

Sars
(Ching Shih)
03/02/01 08:00 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Hooray Bear!

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
03/03/01 08:37 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Bear, that is fantastic! Congratulations.

I am in awe of all the freaking talent around here.


Bear
(Ching Shih)
03/03/01 01:15 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Aw, thanks so much everyone!

Orlando
(Ching Shih)
03/04/01 06:19 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Cat, that's fantastic news. I'm so happy for you - congratulations. Please tell us when it comes out.

(I know I'm a bit late but I've had very intermittent internet access lately - which also explains my non-contributions to the book clubs, I'm hoping to be back in the loop soon!).


Dwanollah
(Ching Shih)
03/05/01 01:00 PM
Re: The bragging thread

cat, bear, WOW, what awesome news! Let us know where to get copies of said book and EP, respectively!

My class starts tonight. I've got everything in order, but, natch, I'm still dead nervous.

Many thanks to those of you who e-mailed me about my syllabus. I'm always looking for more helpful hints, too, so feel free....


saskatchewan
(Ching Shih)
03/07/01 10:02 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I don't think this was really real to me before, but the book that I have an essay in has a listing at amazon now. And I'm excited all over again.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1...4719876-4705527


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
03/08/01 12:17 PM
Re: The bragging thread

For Cat and Bear and Saskatchewan!

Hip Hip Hurrah!
Hip Hip Hurrah!
Hip Hip Hurrah!

Cat - I'm imagining how I would feel if someone wanted to publish my thesis, then I am multiplying that by 1000 and I think I have approximated how you must feel.


Bear
(Ching Shih)
03/16/01 06:39 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Alas, bragging may come before a fall...that gig I mentioned above got cancelled this week because of, of all things, foot and mouth disease! There's currently an epidemic in Britain and it's spreading over to Ireland as well, so they're trying to halt its spread by cancelling large public events, including the big Saint Patrick's Day festival. Our gig was being promoted by the Festival company ( and it was for international press - oh, God why?!), and while we thought it would still go on, we found out earlier this week that it's been cancelled too.

On the bright side, I've been invited to be a panellist on a funny RTE music panel quiz - taped the first episode on Monday night. I was the only girl, and younger than all the panellists there by at least ten years, but it was fun, and I did get to meet a v. famous bloke (here at least) who's U2's designer, who wanted a copy of my band's e.p., which I gave him, so that was good...

[This message has been edited by Bear (edited March 16, 2001).]


Bear
(Ching Shih)
04/29/01 09:12 PM
Re: The bragging thread

To continue my shameless bragging, I might as well advertise the fact that the alt-country-rock nightmare that is my band is playing an acoustic gig in New Yorktomorrow night. It's at a place called Marty O'Brien's, between East 88th Street and 2nd Avenue, as our guitarist (who organised it) finally told me today. So any Chicklitters in the New York area who aren't going anything else tomorrow - do please come along! I'm terribly afraid the venue will turn out to be manky Irish bar, but still...

WriterGirl
(Ching Shih)
05/01/01 04:18 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Okay, this isn't quite a brag yet, since I haven't written the damn thing, but I am down for an article in the "front end" of my magazine in the May 19th issue. I won't go into front end (first half of the magazine) vs. back end (2nd half); suffice to say that IF I pull this off, I will be very very proud of myself (and there may be more front-end opportunities to come!).

JohnConstantine
(Ching Shih)
05/02/01 11:40 AM
Re: The bragging thread

 Quote:
Originally posted by WriterGirl:
Okay, this isn't quite a brag yet, since I haven't written the damn thing, but I am down for an article in the "front end" of my magazine in the May 19th issue. I won't go into front end (first half of the magazine) vs. back end (2nd half); suffice to say that IF I pull this off, I will be very very proud of myself (and there may be more front-end opportunities to come!).


Yo go, WriterGirl! Be sure to tell us when you pull it off so we can rush out and buy it! You'll be great!!!


WriterGirl
(Ching Shih)
05/15/01 10:30 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I wrote it. The editor hasn't gotten back to me yet. It likely won't appear in the May 19th issue, due to various timing issues . . . aw, man, I can't even think about it for nervousness.

Bear
(Ching Shih)
06/15/01 03:31 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Okay, I do seem to do an awful lot of boasting, for which I apologise, but I was pretty chuffed about this: I was in a bookshop in London yesterday, and saw the paperback edition of a book I reviewed last year, and what should be plastered all over the cover but a quotation from my review! Well, random bits of the review but together, as s frequently the way with such things. It was a really weird feeling. They quoted a bit more from it on the back, and it was a line in which I'd been splitting infinitives in a terrible way, which was v. embarrassing because I'm usually very careful about that sort of thing, but still. Anyway, I was thrilled, like the sad geek I am. Lord knows what I'd be like if I saw an actual book by me in a shop; I'd probably be walking up to strangers and saying 'look! That's me!' And to top off a cool day, my boyfriend's band's single got a rave review in the NME, so I vicariously experienced my own teenage dream come true as well.

Masha
(Ching Shih)
06/15/01 04:21 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Um, just a tiny brag-by-association. My husband is reading from his book of poetry at City Lights Bookstore this weekend. Yes, the man I love is reading at the bookstore I fantasized about as a teenager. Wow, that's cool.

cat
(Ching Shih)
06/15/01 09:44 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow, Masha, that's great! We're out of town this weekend, or I'd ask the day and go to the reading. I hope it goes swimmingly!

TraceyB
(Ching Shih)
06/20/01 08:06 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats to everyone! I finally have something to be proud of - after 4 years of going to school at night and doing homework and writing projects through the weekends, and working full-time, I have finally completed my Master's in Science and Technical Communication. I picked up my diploma yesterday.

My advisor had some very nice things to say about my portfolio, too, which helped me over a bad spot when one of the reviewers gave me some trouble. At any rate, I'm done. Yay!


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
06/20/01 08:16 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Tracey, congratulations! Any graduation usually represents quite a lot of hard work, but so much more so when you've had to work full-time throughout the course of the schooling. I bet you're looking forward to having a bit of a life, again.

Way to go!


FishDreamerAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
09/25/01 06:35 PM
Re: The bragging thread

The book is done! All done! We shipped off the copyedited proofs yesterday. It comes out October 23, and I can't wait to see it. I'm so excited! I had to read it over the weekend (last chance for changes) and it really doesn't sound too bad. It's 306 pages long... that was a lot of work. And I get a (two-line) bio on the back cover. I still can't believe it.

bookchick
(Ching Shih)
10/10/01 07:23 AM
Re: The bragging thread

My first Chicklit article has been posted! Thanks, deborah!

badverb
(Ching Shih)
10/10/01 07:35 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, all you fabulous bragging chickliterati!

I pitched a story to the editor of Venus fanzine earlier this year, about a local artist. I wrote it, took the pictures and sent it off; she liked it and promised she'd print it if she had space.

I got the copy of Venus a couple of weeks ago, and there was my story! I'm very happy. It's a small thing, but it does allow me to check one of this year's goals off my list: getting published somewhere. Yay, me!

[This message has been edited by badverb (edited October 10, 2001).]


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
10/10/01 09:26 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, guys! Great work. The feeling of completing a big project, getting published, or being able to check off an item on a list of goals -- it's all good.

And thanks to bookchick for providing that review of Hearts in Atlantis and the stories which inspired it .

I wrote an article on Islam about which I've gotten a great deal of positive feedback, including from a high school teacher of world religion who wants to use it in his classes and an Islamic web site owner (!) who wants to republish it. So that's nice.


[This message has been edited by deborah (edited October 10, 2001).]


TraceyB
(Ching Shih)
10/10/01 12:25 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Yay, deborah! I'm really glad that article is getting so much attention. There have been some other educational things in the media recently about Islam - the Oprah episode della femina mentioned in the "Bridging the Gap" thread, for example - but your article is the best "primer" on Islam I've seen.

badverb
(Ching Shih)
10/11/01 09:39 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Deborah! How wonderful that people want to re-publish that article.

cat
(Ching Shih)
02/18/02 06:28 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I'm reviving this thread because I'm so extremely excited that I've been getting the chance to write some book reviews--a couple of brief ones ( here and here ) for my local paper, and I just got an assignment from Book World, the Washington Post's book review section. I didn't think I'd be allowed to do it (my new job has a pretty restrictive noncompetition policy) but my supervisor gave me the go-ahead. I'm so excited! I first queried the editor in, like, August, and I totally thought he'd forgotten about me, so getting an assignment from him now is complete gravy. And I can hardly believe that someone will pay me to read and write about a book. I mean, really. (The Post pays pretty well, too.)

[This message has been edited by cat (edited February 18, 2002).]


Bear
(Ching Shih)
02/18/02 06:50 PM
Re: The bragging thread

congratulations, cat! That's so brilliant. The Post! And the San Francisco Chronicle certainly isn't to be sneezed at either[/i]. Well done!

(I apologize for all the exclamation marks...)


saskatchewan
(Ching Shih)
02/26/02 02:18 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I don't know if this will be exciting to anyone else, but one of my profs from last term has asked me to mark test papers for him.

I can do it from home so I won't have to pay for someone to watch my kids.

After a couple of months of unemployment drift being remembered as a person who 'seemed to have a really good grasp on the material' was hugely flattering.


JohnConstantine
(Ching Shih)
02/26/02 02:24 PM
Re: The bragging thread

cat, make sure to let us know when it gets published, so we can all rush out and read it. (or sit lazily at hom and read it, if you have a subscription to The Post like me...)

spygirl
(Ching Shih)
02/27/02 10:10 PM
Re: The bragging thread

It may not be much, as it's just a dinky little website some friends of mine run, but I got to review a movie! The editor got me into a press screening/sneak preview of Queen of the Damned last week and I got to take notes and everything, and write a review that actually went live the day the movie opened, not ex post facto!

I haven't done this in over four years, since I was the Entertainment Editor at the college paper, and even then we never got press screenings. I truly enjoyed ripping the film to shreds, and will with any luck be doing it again sometime soon!

Link here if you're interested.


zinemama
(Ching Shih)
03/04/02 06:46 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, everyone!

Just today an essay from my zine (Miranda) was published on www.phillymama.com

It's called "Over the Volcano" and it's about a woman with a deep aversion to excercise (yours truly) who starts biking with her baby - and likes it!


Annie
(Ching Shih)
03/07/02 06:21 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I love this thread. I have read about everyone's accomplishments over the last year or so. What talent, and what a great community.
Bear, was your gig ever rescheduled? I went home to Ireland to get married last April, bringing 40 friends from San Francisco and other US parts. Everyone was a little freaked out about the foot and mouth, but we made sure everyone had a great time by putting on one hell of a hooley.

My own tiny horn to toot is that I was a featured reader at the Sacramento Poetry center a few weeks ago. I read for about 40 minutes, and I was followed by an open reading. I was nervous for about five minutes, but them I relaxed and enjoyed it. I had a few friends and a beaming husband there, and it was received really well by the Sac crowd. I am now determined to seek out poetry readings in San Francisco. (Even though I've been writing poems for 10 years, I was always too nervous to get them out there.)


Masha
(Ching Shih)
03/07/02 09:18 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Man, it's been so long since I've had something good to brag about, I nearly forgot where this thread was. But, all that has changed now that I have a job! I'm going to be an Intern for the Core Colloquium at my university, which is just a fancy way of saying I'll be a fairly well-paid TA. It's not much, but it'll be my first teaching experience, and I'm really quite excited!

In other, tangentially related bragging, The Carl should be interviewing soon for the tenure-track creative-writing position he applied for here in Chicago, so let's all think positive thoughts about that.

And a belated round of congratulations to the recent spate of publications/readings/other wonderful things. Wow, as a group and individually, we're awfully cool, aren't we?


amateur
(Ching Shih)
03/16/02 11:56 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow, we have such an accomplished group!!!

I have a couple of brags that I just have to share --
A) my screenplay is being read by an actual working screenwriter whose work I have read and admire very much. I have no idea if he's going to like it or not, but I'm still hugely, hugely thrilled that he asked to see it.
B) My editor at the local arts/entertainment magazine I write for asked me to write a SECOND article for the next issue... she had extra space to fill and asked ME to fill it!
C) this is totally old news, a couple of years old in fact, but I was reminded of it yesterday -- an article one of my friends wrote for the website I ran in college helped put a stop to rampant sexual harassment and intimidation of female students by a large, brutish sector of the male student population... everyone talked about it, but we were the only ones with the courage to make public mention of it. The situation was taken care of within an hour of the story coming out. I think I'm prouder of that than anything I've ever actually written myself.


nanliza
(Ching Shih)
04/18/02 04:51 AM
Re: The bragging thread

My Poem! Got Published! In an actual magazine!

I've won a few competitions and stuff, but I've never been actually published in a magazine that people have to pay for. And so I am excited beyond reason

Anyway, it's called Planet, the Welsh Internationalist, and it's interesting, and I'm on page 43. End of brag


amateur
(Ching Shih)
04/20/02 01:46 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I doubt that I should be mentioning this as it hasn't actually HAPPENED yet, but I'll risk jinxing it because I'm just that excited. There's a good chance that the local arts and entertainment magazine I write for may be able to start PAYING me for my articles. I'd work for free for as long as they'd have me, of course, because I believe in the project and I'm also getting GREAT experience, but this is incredible. I've never been paid for any of my writing before... and this comes right after I lost the job I'd just started. I still can't believe I'm a published entertainment reporter, this is just icing on the cake.

Sars
(Ching Shih)
04/21/02 01:36 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, you guys!

qocaj
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
04/24/02 12:23 AM
Re: The bragging thread

ok, i didn't think i was ready to make this post but my cat just stepped on the keyboard and opened a reply, so i guess i'm supposed to do it.

i just got my first essay assignment back from my english comp instructor (whom i like & respect very much) and even though i only got a b+ on it, he wants me to revise it and enter it in a contest! he told me that i write "damn well"! he said other wonderfully complimentary things about my writing that i can't remember at the moment because i'm too excited! it's the first thing i've written in fifteen years and i feel like A MILLION BUCKS!

does it always feel this good when an instructor praises your writing?

WOO HOO!!!

sorry for all the exclamation points but i! am! so! happy!



and congrats to everyone else on their successes. we all, quite simply, rule.


Anise
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
04/28/02 09:20 AM
Re: The bragging thread

My turn to brag

My book officially was released today. I think at the moment only Canadian bookstores actually have it on the shevles (my publisher is in Canada) but US bookstores have it on order--should be another 2 to 3 weeks before it hits the shelves.

I'm so excited! My very first actual book. I always knew one of these days I'd publish a book, but I never thought I'd only be 25 when it happened. Thank the gods!

Now its time to decide what to write next. OFf to the car delaership! *vroom vroom*


Guzzigirl
(Ching Shih)
04/28/02 07:37 PM
Re: The bragging thread

If anyone happens to tune into Win Ben Stein's Money on Comedy Central Monday afternoon (4 central time, 5 Pacific), you will see a red-haired lady contestant who disguises herself as Guzzigirl on Chicklit.



edited to say "I know it's not a writing brag..."

[This message has been edited by Guzzigirl (edited April 28, 2002).]


Anise
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
04/29/02 04:11 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Rock on! I logged on here just in time to stop watching Return of the JEdi and flip the channel to Ben Stein.

That's awesome! Was it as much fun as it looks on TV?


Guzzigirl
(Ching Shih)
04/29/02 04:15 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I haven't seen it yet - It's only 2:24 here. It was a lot of fun. Just as it looks.



Masha
(Ching Shih)
04/29/02 05:19 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Guzzigirl! I saw it! You were great, though I nearly came through the tv to smack B.S. when he tried to dis your alma mater. Shut up, Ben Stein, there's not a damn thing wrong with schools that aren't Harvard. And I loved the rhinestone lips on your jacket.

Guzzigirl
(Ching Shih)
04/29/02 10:17 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Thank you so much, Masha! After I was let go, I was standing on the side by the audience watching the rest of the show and this older lady in the audience called out to me and said "I'm an alumni of SJSU and I'm angry with Ben Stein for saying that!" It was pretty cute.

The lips I got at a garage sale for $1.00! What a find.


kathrynoh
(Ching Shih)
05/05/02 07:52 AM
Re: The bragging thread

wow, it is overwhelming coming to this thread with all the great things everyone is doing.

I have a little brag. An article of mine has been published at soapbox girls this month.
http://soapboxgirls.com/may02/articles/voice.html


unplugged
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
05/06/02 06:32 PM
Re: The bragging thread

kathrynoh, I know that voice. I have never been very successful at quieting it, although I did stop making my bed when my husband left. I have no idea why but I'm glad I did it. Thanks.

FishDreamerAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
05/09/02 11:43 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Kathrynoh, very good. I know that voice too, although I'm fairly good at ignoring it until we've got someone coming over. And I never make my bed except when I change the sheets. That's what comforters (duvets) are for!

Bear
(Ching Shih)
06/04/02 02:27 PM
Re: The bragging thread

If you should be in a British or Irish bookshop, and you see the fancy new paperback edition of Antonia Fraser's biography of Marie Antoinette, then open the first page and look at the reviews. Lo and behold, the last review is credited personally to me! While my reviews have appeared on books before, this is the first time I've ever been quoted by name on a book. It makes me feel like a proper critic; I nearly fainted when I saw it in Waterstones the other week.

Masha
(Ching Shih)
06/04/02 06:27 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Bear, congratulations on being blurbed! (How's that for egregious verbifying?)

Me? Oh, I just got this li'l ol'...job! Full-time for the summer, with a possiblity of keeping on for the school year. Doing all the messy internal documentation for the University's web-services group. Eeek! And yay!


Wordgirl
(Ching Shih)
06/06/02 02:16 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Ok, it's not directly related to creative writing, but I did write a lot of essays for it...

Tomorrow is my graduation ceremony from the Open University - it took me 6 years, part-time, and I got first class honours... First person in my family to do it, too.

Am having a big fun day tomorrow with family and friends!


tenacitydrader
(Ching Shih)
06/10/02 10:04 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Ooh! Ooh! I got one. I won Essay of the Year award for English 1010 at Northwestern State University satellite campus in Leesville, Louisiana. The essay was called "TV or not TV"? I had my picture in the Leesville Leader, I won a blue ribbon, a savings bond and two tickets to Catfish Junction! I rock!

hispanic barbie
(Ching Shih)
06/24/02 12:45 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I just got published in the June/July edition of 'The Mailbox' which is a teacher's journal/idea magazine. Not much, but they purchased three items I sent in last year and this is the first one to be printed. My mom is quite proud!

Wordgirl
(Ching Shih)
06/30/02 09:43 AM
Re: The bragging thread

This weekend I went to a writers' conference, and won the first prize for Best Novel Opening...

Even better than that, the judges were Piatkus publishers, and their senior fiction editor has asked to see the whole MS. I had been about to give up on the book too...

Am very excited. Also won £75 of Piatkus books so that'll be fun!!!!


little_i
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
07/01/02 12:09 PM
Re: The bragging thread

My internship at Moneywise Magazine in the UK finally paid off today when I got the June issue and saw my very first ever byline!! I have to admit that I did a little dance around the room and called my mom when I found it. It's amazing how seeing my name after a piece about mortgage endowment shortfalls (thrilling, right?) makes all that office-style drudgery worthwhile.

[This message has been edited by little_i (edited July 01, 2002).]


studio1
(Ching Shih)
07/01/02 05:43 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I finally have something to brag about!

Chicken Soup for the Canadian Soul, featuring a story by moi, is being published in September 2002.

WARNING: Do not read it unless you feel like going into sugar shock. I literally did it for the byline. I feel so cheap, but I'm published, ha ha!


Ekaterina
(Ching Shih)
08/03/02 07:59 AM
Re: The bragging thread

A couple weeks ago I sent out an article about my experiences in special education to a few journals and things, and I just got word that it's being published in a newsletter. I don't have the details, but I'm really excited; this will be my first thing (outside of school publications, that is) that has ever been published. Whee!

harper
(Ching Shih)
11/07/02 12:14 PM
Re: The bragging thread

this is quite small compared to some of the amazing accomplishments around here, but i just had to share my news (and excitement) with you all. i just got a freelance gig editing recruiting letters for a major big ten sports program!! my first paying writing or editing gig! whee!

the funniest part is that this completely fell into my lap by chance. but, hey, i'll take what i can get. : )


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
11/13/02 01:31 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats, harper!

Here's my little thing: I was interviewed last week by Brian Lowry of The Los Angeles Times for an article on The West Wing that's appearing today -- there\'s a little quotation from me .

And it was picked up by the Toronto Star today too (though they got the author's name wrong -- it's Brian, not Ian).


ainsley
(Ching Shih)
11/13/02 07:32 PM
Re: The bragging thread

harper, as i have told you countless times before, you rock. congratulations!

harper
(Ching Shih)
11/19/02 10:53 AM
Re: The bragging thread

thanks deborah and ainsley! i'm having a lot of fun with this new "job" -- i'm loving it so much that it seems funny to call it a job, but i guess this is what it feels like when you actually like what you do for work. the perks aren't bad either. i haven't gotten tickets yet, but i did get a tour of the facilities, including the locker room and all the training areas and offices, which was fun.

congrats on your media mention, deborah. you're going to become quite the go-to person for quotes on the west wing. : )


studio1
(Ching Shih)
11/20/02 10:02 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I have an article posted on the W Network web site. (Small beans, but I'm proud.)

http://www.wnetwork.com/articles/health_spiritT1.asp?id=215

(Editors who read it, please ignore the fact that they took OUT all CP style. *grimace* )


hula
(Ching Shih)
01/16/03 01:57 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Giving this a small bump for safetypingirl.

gwenworld
(Ching Shih)
04/01/03 06:05 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I got the contract for my first book yesterday. Scream!

(The day has finally come that I can legitimately post to this thread.)


hula
(Ching Shih)
04/02/03 11:32 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Gwen, that's fantastic news. You so deserve it. Congratulations!

TraceyB
(Ching Shih)
04/02/03 12:50 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Yay, Gwen!

Gina
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
04/18/03 11:08 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I'm new, so please forgive me if this isn't bragworthy.

I'm a weekly online relationship columnist (it's called The G-Spot. If you're interested, link to it through my site: www.ginabarge.com ) and I published my book "In Search of The G-Spot and Other Adventures in Dating" in December of 2002. I used 1st Books, so it's a LOT of work, but it feels good to see my name in print.


beatkay
(Ching Shih)
04/19/03 07:08 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Not an accomplishment as praise-worthy of some of you folks, but I am feeling a tad giddy nonetheless.

I've had two agents in my targeted query group request sample chapters of my novel. Woo hoo! Now I know that doesn't meant that they'll want to rep me; I know it doesn't mean the book is sold but it is a little validation from the publishing world. And obviously my query letter is working.

Next step is for someone to ask for the whole ms. Just had to share.


Elle Dee
(Ching Shih)
04/19/03 09:09 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Beatkay, that's excellent. Congrats! Here's hoping this snowballs into all good things: a request for entire manuscript, a phone call saying "I want to represent you," a contract for your novel, etc.

SarahJanet
(Ching Shih)
05/27/03 12:06 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Well. Less than a month after I wrote my last exam, and before I've even officially graduated, I have a real honest to goodness English major job. Writing, editing, and research at an academic publishing house.

Eeeeeeee! I have a real grown up job in the field I want to be in!


StephA
(Ching Shih)
06/27/03 09:43 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Belatedly I thought I would mention that some articles I wrote for work were reprinted in the trashy free paper (Metro) in Toronto! (This happened on June 10th, so you won't be able to see it "in print", but if you're interested, the articles are here . (A Room of Your Own and Trying to Make Ends Meet.)

nanliza
(Ching Shih)
06/28/03 07:06 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I'm going to be the features editor for our university newspaper next year! I'm excited but very scared; I'm terrified of messing it up, it's so much work. But on the other hand I can't wait...

PrimulaMary
(Ching Shih)
06/29/03 05:26 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats to both of you - and good luck, nanliza - I'm sure you'll be brilliant.

Bear
(Ching Shih)
07/01/03 08:27 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I just got my first payment from none other than the Irish Times! Now, I didn't get given a job there, but for the last month or so I've been writing arts/pop culture/books stuff for them, including the summer teenage-fiction review (which has yet to appear) . This has nearly made me lose my day job at another paper, but sod it. It's the Times . I'm not going to say no to it for the sake of a paper that hasn't given me a raise in four years.

And ayone who reads the Times, there'll be a rant by me about Liz Phair in it this Thursday....


BasBleu
(Ching Shih)
07/01/03 10:22 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Yeah me! I just had two poems published in a college lit journal.

Congrats to all of you as well!!


Wordgirl
(Ching Shih)
07/04/03 04:21 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Well, my book's now up on amazon.co.uk (this is not an ad at all because you can't buy it till September but if you do want to put in the title, Old School Ties, then you'll be able to see the cover in full glory).

It feels very real indeed! Now all I have to do is write a second book....


ragdoll
(Ching Shih)
07/24/03 08:31 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Yesterday a pleasant surprise ended up in my inbox, Taddle Creek published another of my poems, this one specifically in the online portion of magazine!

http://www.taddlecreekmag.com/johnny_cash2.shtml

It's so nice when you don't expect it!


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
07/24/03 09:30 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Way to go, everyone! I am always so happy to see posts in this thread.

studio1
(Ching Shih)
08/19/03 09:58 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I have a mixed brag/embarrassment to report.

Good news: My first article written for Oxygen Magazine will be in the October issue.

Bad News: I got the advance copy in the mail yesterday. My story is a two-page spread. The first page is half of my story, the second page is a reprint of half a story from last month's issue.

How do I put that in my portfolio?


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
09/08/03 08:23 PM
Re: The bragging thread

studio1 - congratulations but ouch!

I did my very first public reading of my fiction this evening at a literacy day event. It went really well and my childhood hero writer went out of his way to tell me that I have a gift with the language and that I should be publishing. He read directly after me and said - in front of everyone-that I was a hard act to follow. I am beside myself with pride and happiness.

The story I read is on my website if you are interested: http://www.mombie.com/fictionarchives.htm


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
09/13/03 08:11 AM
Re: The bragging thread

ms. strident, that's awesome! You must be walking on air.

ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
09/13/03 04:47 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Thanks, deborah. I've actually long since passed air and I'm actually walking on galaxies and the like.

ainsley
(Ching Shih)
09/13/03 08:20 PM
Re: The bragging thread

BTW, ms.strident, the story is wonderful.

ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
10/04/03 11:46 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Thanks, ainsley!
(Sorry for not thanking you earlier - I haven't checked this thread in a while.)


lipgloss
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
10/17/03 06:48 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Wordgirl
Saw your book in the Library last week!


beatkay
(Ching Shih)
10/20/03 09:04 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I got a contract from an agent to rep my novel! (Yes, the one where folks here were kind enough to critique one of my scenes).

I know, I know, it doesn't mean it's going to be published but it sure feels one giant step closer to the nearly inpenetrable world of NY publishers.

Still a little giddy,
B


FishDreamerAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
10/23/03 12:23 AM
Re: The bragging thread

beatkay, I remember that one! Very cool! Good luck shepherding it along the rest of the way, and congrats on getting representation.

Page
(Ching Shih)
11/12/03 02:28 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I haven't been around for quite a while, and a lot has changed since the last time I posted.

I moved, I'm living in Seattle, I got an intership at a magazine in the area (www.resonancemag.com) and...

I'm going to be published! This is the first time I've really been published, outside of school papers and "teen sections" and it is a nationally distributed magazine and I seriously cannot believe it. I am going to be nationally published before my 20th birthday! Eee!


lauriechac
(Ching Shih)
11/25/03 12:39 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Ok - mine is not so great as the rest, but I am really proud of myself anyway...so here goes...
I have been writing poetry since childhood, but really, have only shown it to about five people. Not kidding, my dad, my brothers and a few undeserving boyfriends. Anyway, i was always more proud of my writing for my major - poli sci. I always thought of that writing as powerful and strong and my poetry as, I dunno, evidence that I am fragile. Anyway, I finally, after days of debating, posted a few things in the poetry circle. And I wasn't ridiculed! God it felt good to know that my fears are silly, stupid things!


nanliza
(Ching Shih)
11/30/03 07:23 AM
Re: The bragging thread

This isn't a brag so much as a sigh of relief. I've just finished laying up my pages for the last edition of the student newspaper this term. I've been running the features section for a whole ten weeks and I haven't screwed it up! And I still love it, which is great too...

SarahJanet
(Ching Shih)
12/03/03 12:01 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I submitted a query yesterday to our local magazine that runs weekly in the local paper. Today? I got an email back requesting my article.

Eeeeeeeeee! I might actually get PAID! To WRITE! And get PUBLISHED!

Excuse me, I must go run some laps to burn off the excess energy.


Bear
(Ching Shih)
02/29/04 11:41 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I have a piece in this book, which will be published in the UK by Macmillan later this year. The book will be out here in a few weeks, and I'm very excited about seeing my stuff in an actual book, as opposed to a paper or magazine, for the first time!

FishDreamerAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
03/02/04 10:19 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations Bear! That looks like an interesting one.

And congratulations as well to page, lauriechac, nanliza, and SarahJanet!


xenopi
(Ching Shih)
03/03/04 12:04 AM
Re: The bragging thread



Can I say I've been nominated for Pushcart?



FishDreamerAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
03/03/04 12:19 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Sure, xenopi, but can you also please tell me (us?) what that is? Is it really cool and wonderful and confetti-tossing? (I'm going to go look and see if I can find out, but do tell!)

(ETA: Is it this ? Ooooh!)


ainsley
(Ching Shih)
03/03/04 12:38 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, Bear and xenopi! How wonderful for both of you!

Bear
(Ching Shih)
03/03/04 04:26 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow, xenopi! That's so cool!

xenopi
(Ching Shih)
03/03/04 09:09 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Thanks! Yes, FishDreamer, that's the prize. It's a long shot to actually win, but I'm pretty stoked (if I can still say that word - what decade is it?) to even be nominated. Bear, I love travel and travel stories - I'll have to look for your book.

studio1
(Ching Shih)
03/03/04 11:52 AM
Re: The bragging thread

The short film script I wrote, called "The Morning After" is being produced by Voodoo Arts, a Montreal-based production company.

(So, it ain't books, it's movies, but it's still writing.)


cat
(Ching Shih)
03/03/04 12:30 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow, studio1, congratulations! And xenopi and Bear, too. xenopi, keep us posted. Bear, will the book be published in the US, too? Let us know!

beatkay
(Ching Shih)
03/03/04 04:15 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Woo hoo! Congrats to all of the successes detailed above. What a great bunch of women writers here.

And if I may toot my own horn.... I just sold a short story to Alyson Publishing for their Best Gay Love Stories antho to be published in fall. I'd submitted way back in June for the September deadline and when I hadn't heard from them by Xmas, I just assumed they didn't want it. Got the email yesterday; a contract is on the way.

Let's hear some more braggin'. \:\)


Lisa
(Ching Shih)
03/14/04 06:14 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I wasn't sure if this should go in the "I just" thread or this one.

However, I recently was given my first paycheck for writing an article! As I said sometime ago in the "I just" thread, it isn't my ideal situation, but I'm getting paid to write. That's all I've ever wanted.

(If I'm this excited about getting articles published, imagine how tickled I will be when my stories and/or poems finally get published!)


xenopi
(Ching Shih)
03/15/04 10:04 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations to Lisa and beatkay!!! As a poet, I am extremely jealous of folks who get *paid* for their published pieces. A girl can't eat contributor's copies!

beastiegirl
(Ching Shih)
04/10/04 10:22 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I've just spent the last half-hour reading this thread and I'm so impressed. Congratulations, everyone!

I have 2 things to bring to the table: in February I sold my first review while I was on an internship at a newspaper - it was a theatre review. Since reviewing (films, not plays, preferably) is what I want to do for a living, it was great to get the opportunity and nice to be able to put it on my resume. And on this coming Tuesday (after Easter Monday) a story I pitched to the CBC will air on Newsworld. I'm getting paid for it, too, which is nice.


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
04/12/04 07:04 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I love this thread. Congratulations to all of you!

This is the article I alluded to a couple of months ago, when I posted somewhere (not here, I don't think) that I got an assignment from the editor of a site I wanted to write for: HGTV.ca. Heh. I realize some people might not find that too exciting but I really love writing about design & decorating, and I love the research even more.


cat
(Ching Shih)
04/12/04 04:36 PM
Re: The bragging thread

deborah, congratulations! What an interesting (and useful) piece.

naomism
(Ching Shih)
04/13/04 07:54 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Great article! Congratulations!

Lisa
(Ching Shih)
04/19/04 02:14 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations everyone!!

I've found the courage to think about submitting to a magazine! (how sad am I?)


beastiegirl
(Ching Shih)
04/22/04 02:00 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Great article, Deborah. Very informative. I passed it along to a friend who's an environmental economist, for interest's sake.

studio1
(Ching Shih)
04/23/04 08:07 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I don't know if someone mentioned this "brag" somewhere so I don't want to steal any thunder, but I was reading this article just now thinking "Hmm... those names sound familiar."

Curse of the Ziering


Doppelganger
(Ching Shih)
05/13/04 01:20 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats, all! deborah, that is so cool. I'm addicted to all things home improvement oriented, and it goes without saying that I love HGTV (both the network and the web site), too.

I just pitched an article to The Tyee , which is a Salon-type site here on the west coast, and they accepted it the same day! I'm pretty psyched. It's a media analysis of the "mommy myth," as depicted in mainstream and alternative magazines and books. I'll let you all know when it's published.


hula
(Ching Shih)
05/13/04 01:37 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Cool, Doppelganger. I'd love to read that article. And thanks for pointing out The Tyee. (I'm guessing the URL is actually www.thetyee.ca .)

Doppelganger
(Ching Shih)
05/13/04 04:22 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Doh! You're right, hula. That's what happens when I post in a spastically excited hurry.

gwenworld
(Ching Shih)
06/14/04 06:57 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Rock on, Doppelganger. And Deborah. And Wing and Sars. And everyone else.

Okay, I know this isn't a *big* deal because you can't even see the cover yet and you can only preorder, not buy, but...

My book is on Amazon.com today!

Weird how I suddenly feel more like a "real" writer than I did before. And I'm sure more things will make me feel even more "real" in the future... even while I'm looking at y'all's posts and thinking that you're all real writers all along.

Anyhow... I'm happy.


litkitty
(Ching Shih)
06/14/04 08:24 PM
Re: The bragging thread

 Quote:
Originally posted by gwenworld:

My book is on Amazon.com today!
Congrats on the article doppleganger and that's fabulous news about your book, gwenworld! I'll keep my eye out for it in the bookstores!

I submitted my first short story today. It feels so good to finally have something out there in the world after years of thinking about writing, but not actually completing a piece.


cat
(Ching Shih)
06/21/04 07:07 PM
Re: The bragging thread

litkitty, gwenworld, and everyone, congratulations! I just got off the phone with the agent I sent my cookbook proposal to. She wants to work with me! She's sending me a contract! Yay!

PrimulaMary
(Ching Shih)
06/21/04 07:24 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Yay cat!! That's brilliant! And yay gwenworld and lilkitty and doppelganger and everyone!

Hanging around all you amazing people could give a girl a bit of an inferiority complex.


mollymauk
(Ching Shih)
06/27/04 07:41 PM
Re: The bragging thread

woo-hoo cat! and yay to everyone above. You're an inspiring bunch.

xenopi
(Ching Shih)
07/22/04 08:03 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats, everyone! An accomplished bunch.

The current issue of Sou'wester (lit mag in the Midwest) has a poem of mine on Peter Pan, and the next issue of Floating Holiday (lit mag in the Bay Area) will include poems on Madeline and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. Intertextuality!

Sidenote: is it sad or commendable that I knew what the Ziering was before I clicked?


anotherjen
(Ching Shih)
07/22/04 10:27 PM
Re: The bragging thread

 Quote:
Originally posted by xenopi:


Sidenote: is it sad or commendable that I knew what the Ziering was before I clicked?
I'm going to say commendable, because I knew too.

Congrats to everyone! You've all inspired me. Keep it up! It's the kick in the ass I need to get more motivated. \:\)


akeringa
(Ching Shih)
07/26/04 12:13 AM
Re: The bragging thread

I won't be paid for it, but I've just had a personal essay piece accepted for the next issue of FemSpeak (an Australian feminist e-zine).

Loz
(Ching Shih)
08/12/04 01:27 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I handed in my honours thesis today, and thus finished my degree. Can't quite believe I made it.

Two lecturers also want me to publish some recent work, and one even suggested I apply for a Rhodes Scholarship. How much of all this is realistic, I've no idea, but it's going to have me dreaming for a while.


studio1
(Ching Shih)
08/19/04 07:59 AM
Re: The bragging thread

My column on the horrors of sunless tanning products was printed in the Winnipeg Free Press today. Woot!

eta: cat, thank you! I can, but I think only subscribers can open it.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/subscriber/showtime/story/2145840p-2486056c.html


cat
(Ching Shih)
08/19/04 12:19 PM
Re: The bragging thread

studio1, congratulations! Can you provide us with a link?

Loz, belated congratulations to you too! Isn't finishing a thesis the best feeling in the world?


Wordgirl
(Ching Shih)
08/20/04 03:24 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Just catching up as it's been a while since I have posted here... well done all, especially Bear and Xenopi. Bear, will look out for that - sounds like a brilliant anthology.

I've just found out that my second novel (called The Starter Marriage), as well as being published in the UK and Australia next April, is coming out next year in the US by New American Library. It's all been a dream come true (uh oh cliche alert) since I first posted on chicklit.com... can't quite believe I have a US book deal!

Right, back to work on the third...


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
09/13/04 11:49 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats, Wordgirl!

I'm having a fabulous writer day. Not only is my first published article now online at Natural Family Online http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/4-edu/49-school-drama-club.htm but my proposed article on prenatal fitness was accepted by my local paper today. Yay!


gwenworld
(Ching Shih)
09/16/04 03:16 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Forgive my ignorance but, Wordgirl, what's the name of your first novel? (I looked up Starter Marriage on Amazon, but only got a non-fiction title.)

ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
10/04/04 07:14 AM
Re: The bragging thread

My first newspaper article ever is the The Telegram here in St. John's today. You'll be able to pick it out because it has the picture of my six months pregnant self bellydancing right next to it.


ETA: Thanks for the editing (and the congrats), Deborah.

edited to change link, the newspaper doesn't archive articles. http://www.mombie.com/christine/exercisefortwo.htm I haven't been able to add a picture to that yet though.


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
10/04/04 08:58 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats, ms.strident! That's very cool. (And I fixed your link, because there was a typo in it.)

TrudyJ
(Ching Shih)
10/14/04 05:24 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Such an incredibly tiny brag...but I'm waiting for some big news on a novel, and in the meantime, I have to keep my spirits up with what tiny things I can glean. So, here's my current brag:

I got a NEW Amazon review of my book...from a TOTAL STRANGER! I have 5 Amazon reviews and the first three were ones I asked friends to write for me. Needless to say, the second two, which appeared of their own accord, are much more exciting (I guess this latest one could be someone I know, as it's anonymous, but I didn't solicit it, so it's still good).

Oh, congrats ms. strident...I read your post too late for the link to work, but I did look at that bellydancing article in the Telegram, without realizing I was reading the work of a fellow Chickliterati! Good work...congratulations!


blueberry
(Ching Shih)
10/15/04 03:32 AM
Re: The bragging thread

This such a itsy bitsy brag, especially in view of all the amazing achievements of all the other chickliterati, but it's my first little step on the way to literary superstardom (I hope).
At the end of August, in a bit of a rush and with the view to starting to establish myself in the writing world, I entered a travel writers competition, where I was keen to win one of the runner up prizes (free books), rather than the main prize (holiday).
This morning I got a call from the magazine people saying they loved my article, it was completely unique, and I won the 1st runner up prize.
I'm so excited! I almost broke my chair bouncing up and down on it so hard. woo hoo!


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
10/15/04 05:52 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats, TrudyJ! It must be so exciting be be listed on Amazon, let alone have actual reviews.

And what fun, blueberry, not only to win the one of the prizes but to be told that your piece was completely unique, no wonder you're thrilled.

Thanks for the congrats, Deborah and TrudyJ. Once I get my online portfolio working properly I'll fix the link so the piece is readable again.


SarahJanet
(Ching Shih)
10/15/04 07:20 PM
Re: The bragging thread

My article about NaNoWriMo got accepted by the local newspaper. Not only that, but it will get sent out to the CanWest wire and could be picked up all over Canada! I get PAID, even, and get subsequent pay for every paper that wants to pick it up. (Thus: any other Canadian chickliterati, please keep an eye out for me in your local papers - the article is (tentatively) called "With a Little Help from my Monkey Ninja Pirates")

This means I am, officially, a writer. Other people are going to read what I wrote! My MOTHER will read it!

Holy crap!


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
10/15/04 08:20 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Way to go, SarahJanet! I hope to see it in my local paper.

SarahJanet
(Ching Shih)
10/17/04 02:25 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Oh my god. You guys! I entered a short story contest last month, kind of on a whim, because the timed deadline was good practice for NaNoWriMo. I wrote the story (about 300 words) in about 45 minutes and sent it off.

I WON. My story is getting published in the December e-zine and I get an Amazon gift certificate. I cannot BELIEVE this. I NEVER thought my fiction would go anywhere. NEVER.

Eeeeee!


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
10/17/04 02:32 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Hurrah, SarahJanet! Aren't you all writerly these days! I hope the trend continues for you.

Bear
(Ching Shih)
10/18/04 09:15 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Brava, SarahJanet! That's brilliant.

xenopi
(Ching Shih)
10/28/04 08:32 AM
Re: The bragging thread

After a bit of a dry spell, I came home last night to an acceptance letter. Spoon River Poetry Review picked up three of my pieces. *happy*

ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
10/28/04 10:47 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats, xenopi!

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
11/01/04 03:45 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, xenopi, TrudyJ, SarahJanet, blueberry and ms.strident!!

I wasn't sure whether I should put this here or in the "I just..." thread, but since I'm pleased to have gotten published in a place I haven't been before, I'll put it here. I just saw that some of the seven articles I wrote for Showcase.ca are up on the site:

Miguel Piñero: Philosopher of the Criminal Mind

Spotlight on Sofia Coppola

(The byline on these two is physically the largest I think I've ever gotten!)

And I can't seem to get specific links for the following reviews, but on this page , I wrote the reviews for Chocolat, Fargo and Piñero. (Click on the titles.)


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
11/01/04 10:23 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Cool, Deborah! Congrats.

cat
(Ching Shih)
11/05/04 05:00 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I was reading the New Yorker today and saw an ad for TC Boyle's new novel, The Inner Circle, which I reviewed for the S.F. Chronicle. And then I noticed that my review was quoted in the ad! It was the longest quote! Normally I'm not so excited to be a publicity shill, but hey, I don't see how else my writing will ever end up in the New Yorker.

xenopi
(Ching Shih)
11/15/04 12:52 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow, congrats on the quote! You should be excited, ack, discerning editors thought you were the smartest!

I managed to get nominated for a Pushcart Prize again. I'm not nearly as excited about it as I was the first time it happened, being aware now of how slim my chances are of winning, but I had a really bad week and the letter from the magazine really cheered me up.


SarahJanet
(Ching Shih)
12/02/04 03:48 AM
Re: The bragging thread

My story is officially published! You can read it here.

The requirements were 750-800 words, involving a ladder in some way.

Eeee!


blueberry
(Ching Shih)
12/02/04 04:25 AM
Re: The bragging thread

That's amazing SarahJanet - congratulations. \:\)

Libby
(Ching Shih)
12/11/04 04:53 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Well this is a very small thing but as a mature student it's a huge confidence booster...

One of the lecturers on my English degree course has asked if she can include an extract from an essay I've written in her book which is to be published next year.

Congrats to all on this thread.


cat
(Ching Shih)
12/14/04 01:30 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I pitched twelve stories yesterday, to various editors, and have already sold three. Hurray!

blueberry
(Ching Shih)
12/15/04 02:07 AM
Re: The bragging thread

That's great, Cat - congratulations. And hope you get positive feedback on the other stories you've submitted.

studio1
(Ching Shih)
12/15/04 03:23 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Cat, that's really fast turnaround! I've never heard from an editor the next day. When I was an editor, I never replied that fast. Way to go!

Check me out:
http://www.mosaicminds.net/serenity_lowlowprice


ms.strident
(Ching Shih)
12/19/04 02:00 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Good article studio1, I like your wry tone.

Congrats, cat!


always-anne-shirley
(Ching Shih)
12/19/04 02:08 PM
Re: The bragging thread

if anyone reads the feminist newsjournal off our backs, check out the article "Nurturing Destruction: Eating Disorders Online"-- it's mine! *glow* this is my first publication ever, so I'm really excited. \:\)

CaitlinM
(Ching Shih)
12/19/04 02:31 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, always-anne-shirley - that's very cool!

TrudyJ
(Ching Shih)
12/20/04 09:21 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Congrats to everyone...such good news. I'm going to follow as many of the links to people's articles as I can when I get a chance...it's excellent to see the chickliterati doing so well!

TrudyJ
(Ching Shih)
01/03/05 10:22 AM
Re: The bragging thread

And a big Yaaayyy! to ms.strident who is in the local paper yet again today (that is you with the article about meditation, right? hope I've connected your realname and username correctly!)

gwenworld
(Ching Shih)
11/22/05 05:31 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Are we no longer bragging? Hopefully this thread has sunken down because people are modest and not because you guys have stopped writing.

I sold my second book - a chick lit novel. It'll be out in early 2007.


goo
(Ching Shih)
11/22/05 06:46 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Woohoo Gwen! That's great. I look forward to reading your novel - your essays and blog are really enjoyable.

gwenworld
(Ching Shih)
11/23/05 01:56 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Thank you, goo. You're sweet.

essay
(Ching Shih)
11/23/05 10:27 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, gwenworld! Be sure and let us know the title and the date of publication as the date gets closer. And what's the first one, by the way?

gwenworld
(Ching Shih)
12/01/05 11:43 AM
Re: The bragging thread

essay: Thanks.

The first one was a small-press story collection, To the Last Man I Slept with and All the Jerks Just Like Him, as reviewed by cat here on Chicklit a while back:

Next one is tentatively called Madame Hortensia's Advice and should be out with the rest of Warner's new Solana line in early 2007.

And, God forgive me for bragging my ass off, but I just got the news that Arte Publico Press is buying my first children's book, which will be called Growing up with Tamales and will come out in Fall 2007.

There. No more bragging for a while now, I promise...

(Edited because I can't figure out UBB linking.)


deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
12/01/05 02:39 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Gwen, I fixed the link for you. And congratulations to you!

And no need to ask God's forgiveness. Why should any of us feel apologetic about our accomplishments? (I can count on one hand the number of times I've heard a man ask forgiveness for "bragging.") More power to you!

Let's hear from somebody else. Who's got something to brag about?


essay
(Ching Shih)
12/02/05 01:04 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Yeah, Gwenworld,it certainly sounds like you've earned your bragging rights. You're on a roll! I read the linked review of your first book and it sounds very interesting. I will have to see if I can rustle up a copy here in town.

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
12/17/05 09:09 AM
Re: The bragging thread

Something for me to brag about: last night I was at a holiday party for the staff and associates of the magazine for which I do the most freelancing, and while I received several compliments from the editor and publisher and their husbands (all of whom have J-school degrees, which I do not), the best was the publisher saying to me, "You're just a phenomenal writer."

And one of my editors has suggested I may need a pseudonym for some of my articles in an upcoming issue, because she's assigned so many pieces to me that she's concerned it will look like I wrote half the magazine.


essay
(Ching Shih)
12/18/05 10:42 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations, deborah! That is so great. In a way I hope you don't have to go with the psuedonym because I want you to get full credit for your achievements, but if you can think of a great psuedonym, that would be pretty fun in it's own way.

And I have some bragging of my own to contribute to this thread. I have a story published in the latest edition of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. Just got my copies this week and am so pleased with the look of it. The added bonus is that, unbeknownst to me, they sent the story into a 'best of 2005' anthology, and so now it is going to appear in a collection edited by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan in February.


Kivrin
(Ching Shih)
12/18/05 11:24 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Essay, that's wonderful news! I love LCRW. Congratulations to you and to everyone here. Wow. Such amazing accomplishments.

gwenworld
(Ching Shih)
12/19/05 04:53 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Deborah: That's hilarious. What magazine? Can you tell us? Also, why don't they just give you a monthly column or whatever?

Essay: Rock on. Congratulations.


Promethea
(Ching Shih)
12/19/05 07:49 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Heh, Deborah, that happened to me once - I was too proud to use a "real" pseudonym, so I became Middlename Mother'sMaidenName. But all the time I was thinking 'hey, I don't care! I want credit AND cash!"

J.D. Tynan
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
12/29/05 01:12 PM
Re: The bragging thread

How fun! I love Romance Writers of America, but because my publisher is small and new, they won't let me brag about my upcoming novels. Not that I like to brag, but come on, we all know how much blood, sweat and tears we put into our work...not to mention warding off tears from the many rejection letters, so let me just say that when I signed a two book contract with ABBW, I was thrilled to tears. Then the hard work and painful editing process began, as well as the real tears, but I'm still so grateful and very excited.
The first is a suspense, getting wonderful pre-release reviews and is due out in spring, the second is a classic Chick Lit comedy due out spring 2007! A lot of fun and I'm so excited it's hard to breathe sometimes. It's a true dream come true and to any of you who are still plugging away with queries...keep at it. Someone will LOVE your work. Happy New Year. \:\)


TrudyJ
(Ching Shih)
01/06/06 06:22 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Congratulations to everyone ... lots of good news here! Deborah, I just had to add, I had an editor tell me the same thing one time, and he said it sort of half-jokingly so I didn't know if he really meant it. My next article appeared under a HORRIBLE pseudonym (at least, I hated it) that he chose without consulting me! So, better find out if the editor really means it before you appear in print with "Marilyn Beazely" as your byline (I kid you not).

Strangely, immediately after the Marilyn Beazely episode, that editor stopped using me at all. I've never figured out why, unless it was that the magazine had a slightly political slant and he finally twigged to the fact that I leaned in a rather different direction than he did on political questions.

I've already done my brag elsewhere so I don't want to double-brag, but please check out the Authors Announcements thread (can't recall precisely what it's called) for my news!!!


Frannie Glass
(Ching Shih)
01/06/06 06:37 PM
Re: The bragging thread

TrudyJ, I'm so excited for you. And for me, because Jan. 20 is very soon and I love what I've read of your writing, so more is a treat! Looking at the description of the book- it looks fascinating!

On topic, I was just asked by a friend to be the editor for his novel, which will be published in July. It's not completely out of the blue, as I work for the company publishing the book, but there are other, more experienced editors there, which makes it flattering that he chose me. It's a bit intimidating, but I'm excited!


Bibliophile83
(Ching Shih)
01/07/06 03:17 PM
Re: The bragging thread

I made Dean's List this semester! I also took five classes, which is more than I usually take. Also, I brought my C+ midterm grade up to an A-. \:\)

gwenworld
(Ching Shih)
01/10/06 05:17 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Frannie Glass and Bibliophile, congratulations.

TrudyJ, your Esther book looks awesome. Can't wait to see it. I remember you were anti-bragging about your second book's progress a while back. This isn't the same one, is it? Or is it?


TrudyJ
(Ching Shih)
01/11/06 07:15 AM
Re: The bragging thread

No, the next book is still in anti-brag mode, but my agent has just sent it to another publisher, so my hope is that if Violent Friendship gets a couple of good reviews, it will pique the publisher's interest enough to go, "Hey! I have this author's new manuscript here on my desk...I should, like, read it or something!"

ragdoll
(Ching Shih)
01/11/06 04:04 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Okay, so I know it's not that much fun, but two of my Classic Starts books (the abridged classic series) are going to be published in March. And although I know it's silly, they're already getting Amazon rankings -- who cares if it's just at 1,955,060, it's still a thrill to see them there!

JudithLaura
(Gráinne ni Mhaille)
05/06/06 03:42 PM
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I see nobody's bragged since January, so I hope this will start a new string of luck. I just got word this week that my novel, Beyond All Desiring , is a finalist for the 2006 Word/Work Book Awards given by Media Darlings Literature Art & Sound. You can get more info and read reviews, excerpts, and a discussion guide on
http://www.judithlaura.com/beyond.html


Bear
(Ching Shih)
06/30/06 03:22 AM
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I just got a fulltime job! I left my old writing job three years ago to go freelance, but the stress of freelancing doesn't suit me. So I was delighted to get a job as the assistant editor of a new glossy women's magazine, starting next week!

Promethea
(Ching Shih)
06/30/06 04:59 AM
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Wow, well done (and that's encouraging, I've often wondered how easy it is to make the transition back from freelancing to staff jobs again). Will you get lots of free make up samples and shoes, or is it not that kind of glossy?

catalog with hair
(Ching Shih)
07/12/06 09:46 AM
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yay! I just got a new poem accepted into Miranda Literary Magazine. Lately, it only seems I'm getting poems published. I'm even starting to think about self-publishing my YA novel since it doesn't fit into any nice niche (sort of like a fairy tale crossed with Amelie crossed with Vogue magazine)... still, it's nice to get something appreciated*

essay
(Ching Shih)
07/12/06 11:08 PM
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Congratulations, catalog with hair. I'm glad you are finding a way to get your work out there.

crumpet2
(Ching Shih)
02/27/07 09:09 AM
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Remember I said in the "I just" thread that I made a shortlist for a writing competition?

I won second place in the Creative Non-Fiction of the 2006 CBC Literary Awards!

I am so thrilled, I can't even say!


Rain
(Ching Shih)
02/27/07 12:40 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Wow, crumpet2, that's amazing! Congratulations!

deborahAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
02/28/07 10:46 PM
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crumpet2, that is so awesome! I love your bio on the site, too. Congratulations!

ruad
(Ching Shih)
03/01/07 09:18 AM
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Congrats crumpet2!

LaSalleUGirl
(Ching Shih)
03/01/07 09:40 AM
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Yay crumpet2! That rocks!

crumpet2
(Ching Shih)
03/01/07 10:26 AM
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Thank you. I'm blushing.

Bear
(Ching Shih)
06/01/07 09:10 AM
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I have been offered a book deal! My first teen novel will (hopefully, unless anything goes hideously wrong) be published next Autumn by the O'Brien Press, the Irish company that discovered Eoin Colfer...

cat
(Ching Shih)
06/01/07 11:13 AM
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Bear! That is fantastic. Congratulations!

GingerCat
(Ching Shih)
06/01/07 12:19 PM
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That is fantastic. You'll have to post again when it comes out so we can all buy a copy!

Anne's FriendAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
06/01/07 12:42 PM
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I know I've said this to you already, but congratulations again, Bear! It really is fabulous news, and I'm so pleased for you.

LaSalleUGirl
(Ching Shih)
06/01/07 06:01 PM
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Wow! That is so exciting, Bear! I can't wait to read your book!

setara
(Ching Shih)
06/01/07 11:05 PM
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This is great news, Bear! Keep us posted about how things are coming.

essay
(Ching Shih)
06/03/07 09:27 PM
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Congratulations, Bear! I look forward to reading it.

crumpet2
(Ching Shih)
06/04/07 08:19 AM
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Wow, Bear! Way to go!

Bear
(Ching Shih)
06/05/07 07:05 AM
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Thanks, everyone! I'm very excited about the whole thing. Now I just have to finish the book...

majael
(Ching Shih)
06/13/07 01:41 PM
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I've written an article that's going to be published in this book next year. For money! Two published works--that's dashed near a portfolio! I'll post back when the book actually hits the streets.

setara
(Ching Shih)
06/14/07 09:42 AM
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Congratulations, majael. Way to go!

essay
(Ching Shih)
06/14/07 09:53 PM
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That's great, majael! Is yours one of the articles they are showing as examples? Anyway, it sounds like a book that is overdue for comic fans.

I'm still not sure whether I am exactly bragging about this or not, but the book I co-authored for Blue Bike Press, the
Bathroom Book of Southern California Trivia
is out now. I was taken off guard, as I thought it was supposed to come out in August, and I still haven't been paid or gotten contributor copies or anything. Nevertheless, it exists, I've seen it with my own eyes, and one of my friends even bought it today, probably largely to figure out where I slipped up. (He's that kind of friend.)


majael
(Ching Shih)
06/15/07 09:00 AM
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 Quote:
Is yours one of the articles they are showing as examples?


Yes, the generational one.

Thanks, essay and setara.


Loz
(Ching Shih)
06/26/07 04:27 AM
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Academic writing, but I've just had my first article accepted! (Admittedly with minor revisions, but they're very minor, including such niceties as a consistent spelling of Tschaikovsky.) It's for a new-ish online series, so not enormously prestigious, but I'm very excited. And at least friends/interested parties/bored people with little else to do will be able to find it easily!

essay
(Ching Shih)
06/26/07 10:01 PM
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Congratulations, Loz! Please post the link, if you don't think it's to technical for us to understand!

majael
(Ching Shih)
09/03/08 09:48 PM
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Just slightly upthread I posted about the book coming out with a couple of articles (originally it was one, but now it's two!) by me in it. It's now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. It's called Teenagers From the Future, edited by a guy named Tim Callahan and published by Sequart Books. The book is a collection of essays about the Legion of Super-Heroes, my favourite comic-book superhero team.

You can probably find it from that, if you're so inclined, but I have full details here.


essay
(Ching Shih)
09/03/08 11:23 PM
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That's very cool, majael! I hope it gets good word of mouth with all the fans.

majael
(Ching Shih)
02/22/11 11:16 PM
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I guess this isn't bragging per se, as I haven't actually finished this yet, but I've started a new website here as part of my efforts to write a novel about superheroes. My idea is to keep the website stocked with interesting stuff so that people will get used to reading what I write and then when I do have the book ready to go, they'll want to read it.

essay
(Ching Shih)
02/24/11 01:17 AM
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Sounds like a promising idea, majael.

essay
(Ching Shih)
01/03/12 10:19 PM
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Double post, but it's been almost a year...

I got involved in a contest which has just a couple of weeks ago become an ebook. Some of you may have seen this over on Good Reads, but I will just post the link to my blog post about it here.

http://confessionofignorance.blogspot.com/2011/12/grimm-tales-untreed-read-freed.html


Anne's FriendAdministrator
(Ching Shih)
01/04/12 05:15 AM
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Congratulations, essay! It sounds like a great project - and lovely to have been involved with it. I'll go and check it out...

GingerCat
(Ching Shih)
01/05/12 08:01 PM
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Congrats, essay! I'll check it out as well.

essay
(Ching Shih)
01/06/12 02:02 AM
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Thanks, you guys. I love the project. As for my own part in it, I remain skeptical...

LaurenOLeary
()
03/04/12 08:18 AM
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Hello ladies (and gents) as a newbie, I'm not sure that 'bragging' covers my writing endeavours but I shall persevere : )

Basically, I'm working on a new project which is a real departure from my usual fare I'm writing a 'chick lit' novel when my background is in non-fiction and literature. I'm a little overwhelmed by it and would love any feedback/suggestions you may have. I've put the first chapter up here, if you fancy a goo:

The Girl With A Hole In Her Head

Thanking you so much in advance. This forum is a little gem.

Lauren.






mini-mart
(Ching Shih)
04/04/13 12:10 PM
Re: The bragging thread

Very small contribution, but I'm excited nonetheless... Kate Bornstein asked her twitter followers for input on their gender identities and politics while she was researching her next book. And she followed up and asked to quote me in it. Look for my few sentences in My New Gender Workbook out soon.