Put a Little Ze in Your Day

First of all, I apologize for the lame title. It’s really lame, isn’t it.

Now, maybe you can relate to this, but do you ever like something, like really like something, and you binge on it? Then, something happens and you either forget about it, or move on, or find something else that replaces it? Well, my God. I forgot how awesome Ze Frank is. Shame on me, I know.

I found one of his videos that I hadn’t seen–hooray! And I wanted to post it, because, as usual, the man is a freaking genius. While I don’t believe in fate, at all, I think I was meant to find this today. I’m calling it a happy accident.

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Let’s Query.

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Querying: every writer’s worst nightmare

I mean, I couldn’t even put an exclamation point in the title.

Unless you can hire someone to write one for you (Wait. Is that a thing? If so, contact me.), querying is an inevitable process if you want your book traditionally published. I’ve been scouring the interwebs in search of resources for this process, and I’m amazed at how much info is out there.

One problem I’m finding is how often advice is contradicted. So which advice do you follow? *If you’re wondering the answer to that question, it’s not here. Because I don’t know.*

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Wednesday Wisdom #15

Laughter is healthy. And we need to laugh more now than ever. Seriously, what is happening with the world?

I’m a huge fan of the Marx Brothers. Sure, some of their material is dated or silly or cheesy. But Groucho never fails to make me laugh.

If you find yourself in need of a laugh today, I hope this does the trick.

“How do you spell ‘semi-colon’?”

“All right. Make it a comma.”

Is this what it’s like to work with an editor?  😉

Happy Wednesday, all!

Wednesday Wisdom #14

We’ve reached the last Wednesday in May. Really? That also means it’s the last Ze May post. Sad face. Fear not. I can almost guarantee he’ll be back at some point on this blog.

For the final installment, I’ve chosen a longer video than the previous ones, but it’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you’re in a creative rut. Ze shares some advice which can easily be applied to writing. It’s golden.

Hope you’ve enjoyed Ze May. And May in general. 😀 See you in June!

Length Matters #2

I’m talking, of course, about songs. What did you think I meant?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some music, so I thought I’d share my favorite songs that are a bit long-winded. I went with songs over five minutes, which really isn’t even that long. This is by no means an all inclusive list since I’m not about to do research for this.

Many of these, if not all, have that quality I have decided to call, “You-Think-It’s Over-But-It’s-Not Syndrome.” Very creative, don’t you think? What I also love is how some of these songs have sections, like you could split them into parts and almost make different songs out of one. Awesome.

From shortest to longest, here we go:

“Yellow Ledbetter” Pearl Jam

This one barely makes the cut time-wise, but I love it too much to care. I didn’t get into Pearl Jam until my local radio station started playing them, like constantly. I have no idea what he’s saying, and I don’t think the lyrics in the video are accurate, but again, I love it too much to care.

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Wednesday Wisdom #10

I’ve decided I’m going to dedicate each Wednesday in May to Ze Frank.

Ze May, if you will.

I still love him. So, so much. He’s still so awesome to me. Inspirational, wise, wonderful. He always has this way to make me feel at ease with this thing we call life. I’m not sure how, but who cares.

Enjoy.