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October 2015 Posts

Pitchapalooza: A Single Snowflake’s Success

On October 25, 2015, The Book Doctors brought their nationwide Pitchapalooza tour to the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, NJ. Described as an “American Idol for books,” Pitchapalooza gives 20 randomly-chosen attendees the opportunity to pitch their book before a panel of industry professionals–in one minute or less.

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A Look into the Future

Today is a momentous day in nostalgia-land because it’s Back to the Future Day!  October 21, 2015 is the date to which Marty McFly travelled from the 1980s in Back to the Future II. We’re here, guys. We’ve travelled to the future!

Granted, we may have taken the scenic route while Marty coasted along the time-vortex highway, but it’s rare that a work of science fiction takes place in such a near future for the work’s modern audience to directly experience it.

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Down with Perfectionism

Down with Perfectionism

I am the teen who—before computers became a mainstay—rewrote entire pages when I misspelled a word. White-out wasn’t pretty. Cross-outs weren’t perfect.

I am the college grad who looked over my records with disdain, those A-minuses peppered throughout, mocking me with their negative connotations.

I am the woman who struggled to enjoy her wedding day because—while stunning, while beautiful—the reality didn’t match the months of planning, the vision in my head.

Before all of that, before all of the perpetual I am’s that stick with me even now, I simply was. I was the kid who didn’t know any better, who was happy, healthy—and free.

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Embracing Pure Imagination

Embracing Pure Imagination

Yesterday was my deadline for beginning to write the next draft of my novel, after months of re-plotting, restructuring, re-everything. I wasn’t quite ready to sit down and do it: the task of writing actual manuscript words, facing the reality of having to actually execute the story in my head, felt incredibly daunting. The night before, I was frozen in fear.

Then yesterday morning, the universe gave me a gift: I woke up singing “Pure Imagination,” from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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