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Thank you so much MichaelR - I really do appreciate the encouragement.

I don't disbelieve that I have some talent. It's just that posting to TMF (at least to the boards I frequent) is never going to get me to the goal of writing 1 short story. Just one. That's all I'm asking of myself at the moment. Oh - and I would like to clean up a personal essay I have written twice. It took me a while to figure out that I didn't have a clear idea of what I was trying to convey in the writing which left it weak and not much of a read.

As for schlock - I agree. My ambition, though is to write teen fiction. I turned to reading some after I finished reading Mistry's "A Fine Balance" because I just needed something that was indisputably light to balance the gravity of that very fine book. I actually enjoyed reading the teen book and since I love teens I think it would be a gas to write teen fiction. Mayhaps some day I will.

So - thanks again for your encouraging and wise words. I'll be around!


who learned she was a terrible first draft writer long ago so I never write and edit at the same time. I'd never finish a sentence if I did!
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