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The Center Cannot Hold, Elyn Saks

Monday, April 18, 2011

I do care, really I do(and you should too)

Good morning fellow reader, writer, snarky bloggers. Welcome back. This week I find myself in the unusual position of writing not one, but two posts for your reading enjoyment. Why? Because it's Monday & I already have three things to post, plus another book review that will be ready later this week. Instead of cramming four things into one post, I decided to break them up. I want to give each story the attention it deserves (especially this one). Without further blathering, I'd like to get started here...

1. Please Say You Care.
In my reading repertoire, I have started to add short stories. Actually, I added one.  
Michele L. Montgomery, a writer from some great mountainous region of the United States, has written a YA short story that tackles the very dark issue of bullying of GLBT teens. I know that bullying exists across all stretches of adolescence; so I don't want comments back suggesting that this was written to exclude all the hetero kids that get bullied. This story deals with homosexuality and should be respected for its representation. In other words: read it for what it is, not what it isn't.
It isn't pretty. The story is raw. Filled with pain, sadness, and demoralizing behavior that exists in the pack mentality that humans are capable, but not proud, of. It has a message and a sliver of hope as well.

As a test I gave this to my seventeen year old son to read before I cracked the cover. He brought it back with tears in his eyes. I asked him what he thought of it. His comment was this: "It got me worried. I hope that I would be strong enough to fight off people that want to hurt someone like that."
I thought that was a pretty powerful statement. It also acted as a door opener to a conversation on what to do if you witness bullying. So, I say, kudos to you Ms. Montgomery. You have hit a nerve.

You Never Cared  is available now on Smashwords. It's FREE people! Be the change you want to see in the world. Get on it.

2. Submission Time
Yep. We're almost into May. Can you believe it? Waking up to a frost covered lawn sure does make it difficult. Regardless of the weather, May is just a few measly weeks away. You know what that means? 

Truthfully, I have one submission ready to go; but I need one more. Remember, if you submit you get an entire page on the ELSIE LOVE website for one month. I will post your story, your bio, and any other pertinent links. I also include a contact box so your devoted fans can send you a congratulatory email.
You have nothing to lose. Do it. You won't regret it, I swear.

3. A Resume To Remember
During one of the countless hours I spend on the web, I stumbled across an writing opportunity for a publishing house in the UK. Of course I believe myself to be a simply fabulous writer--but truth be told my credentials are a bit on the thin side. Not one to give up easily, I typed up a nice little letter & sent it out.
 It seemed like a good idea at the time. However...well...take a look for yourself.


I recently stumbled across an interview about XXXX at YYYYYY. After reading through, I found the section on inquiring on a voluntary writing position.

Let's just say, I'm very interested.

This would be the part where you would ask, "Well, where's your resume, darling?" And I would be forced to pad a very thin writing resume or just tell the truth (which really doesn't need a word template. It comes across much better in story format).

I am a writer. I didn't graduate with honors from anywhere, but feel an honorary degree for successfully raising five productive members of society while maintaining my sanity might be in order. I've contacted Harvard. So far, they remain mum (as do Stanford, Berkley, & Wesleyan); but I've never been one to give up easily. I'm considering a road trip in the fall to untangle the paperwork snafu.

I have two novels in print and a third to be released in May. After much stewing over a minimum wage job that brought me little to no joy, I decided to take the plunge, stay home and devote more time to my first love: writing.
I'm three weeks into this new adventure and itching for doors to open. 

I have been blogging on the Skirt! national site for close to a year and had one of my pieces picked up for publication in the Jacksonville Times newspaper last summer. To date, that is the only thing I can claim as an actual unsolicited request for my work. I also have a book review blog that gets little to no attention by the reading world--but it's new so, like a fine wine-- I'm giving it room to breathe. I've written countless short stories that have come home bruised, battered, and rejected. My current publisher has decided to give them a peek and see if they might work as a collection. My fourth (current) novel, Sixty pounds of Sh*t & Counting, is 30,000 words of smashing good fun that I hope to turn into 60,000 words by summer.

The best way to get a feel for me, my style, and what type of fun I might bring to XXXX, is to look at what I've already sent into the world. I'm including links to my work in the hopes that you might consider giving me a chance.

Elizabeth Loan
aka E.B. Loan, Elsie Love

P.S. I'm also an insomniac, which helps when you are a writer. I never miss a deadline.

What do you think? Nailed it, didn't I?



  1. Sounds like a very moving story about a topic that needs to be discussed. All the bullying/teasing and mean girl stuff seems so extreme nowadays-- I don't remember that going on when I was in school.

    Thanks for linking up at BBB this week! Can't beat free! Gotta check out Smashmouth!

  2. Just click the link (any words in funny colors/bold) and it will take you right there.

  3. I want to be you when I grow up. I'm 47 so it's probably too late. I'm also lazy, expect the Universe to do all the work and have no clue how to throw "it" out there, something you clearly have mastered/were born with but I sadly have not/did not which would disqualify me almost immediately from being you when I grew up, even if I wasn't already grown up. Love the blog so much I may be brave/careless enough to toss a story in the general direction of "Why not"..

  4. I hate bullying and love how your son said he hopes he would be strong enough to fight off bullies like that (fending off bullies takes a lot of strength, inside and out).

    I just signed up to follow you from book blogs. :)

    Jess (My post will show up as my main character, Fairday. Wires are crossed somewhere!)

    Here is a link to my book blog if you would like to check it out:

  5. Fairday Morrow, you rock. How do I pick up your book? I'd love a copy for my nine year old bookworm.
    And Tracy, you my dear need to start submitting your work. Throw it girl.