Thursday, 3 June 2010

A tiny eensy weensy writerly triumph

Nothing major!!

It's just I got my marks for the short story that I wrote aimed at women's magazines from my tutor and I'm so chuffed by it.

This is the part of his assessment that's made my night:

"This is a heartwarming and efficient story, Jennifer, in the way in which it supplies a back story and offers more than a gleam of hope at the end. One of your triumphs is your use of dialogue to establish character and push the plot forward. You give an effective thumbnail sketch of Angie but she really comes alive through what she says. This skill will appeal to any number of editors."

Awww. Well I'm happy.

Will it see the light of day in a mag somewhere? Probably not, but for now I can pat myself on the back and sleep better!

Charlie says: Ahem. I gets some of the royalties right?


Have a trimphant Thursday everyone!

40 comments:

notesfromnadir said...

O.K.,
Congratulations! :)
That kind of feedback is necessary & motivate you to write even more.
Charlie looks like he's happy about your good news!

Reenie said...

Oh that sounds wonderful!
Congrats!

-Reenie

Brian said...

My sisters and I are very proud of you too. Those were very nice comments from your tutor! See, you can do!!!

CCL Wendy said...

Well, congratulations on the excellent review of your writing! I know it would make me feel good for a long time to hear something like that.

Thanks for coming to visit the LOLSpot and my Dante. It's always nice to meet new folks and their kitties. Charlie looks like a beaut!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

That's great, Jennifer! Start looking for somewhere to send it. I just submitted a manuscript to Black & White Publishers in Scotland...I don't know about women's magazines in the UK, but we have a lot of them here...Your teacher liked it, don't stick it in a file...Go for it!

Ann Best said...

How wonderful. Congratulations. My motto is, you won't get something published if you don't send it out. This response certainly says Do It!! Do it, and then start something else.

We're still in Wednesday here in USA Virginia, 9:30 p.m. Haven't fed Jen supper yet! Been trying to piece together a memoir that I think just might work. Have to try!

Good Thursday to you and Charlie! Keep that happy glow. You WILL let us know if the story lands in a mag.... Be cautiously positive...

TK and Squashies said...

Concatulashuns, this is large praise indeed! When can we reads your storee?
We knows you has a lot of talent cause wee sees what you write all the time!

Deborah said...

Hi!!! You will be happy to know I MAILED your Gabe prize!!!! I took out the cat nip because I didn't want to cause problems in customs so I replaced it with a few other gifts!!! It took me forever to get to the pet store, that is what took so long, but it's mailed and you should have it soon!
Have a happy Thursday!
xxoo
Deborah

lupie said...

Jenn, I am so happy for you! Sounds like you are charging forward with your dreams! :)

Now, to my dear dear Charlie, that's very quick thinking! You need to contact Milt quick! I think he may have some pointers for you! Hehehehe

Niki said...

Great feedback. Makes you feel wonderful :o)))) well done XX

KarenG said...

Fantastic! That's an awesome comment from your teacher and it supports your talent. It says, Yes, you have talent! Now go do something with it!

Susan Fields said...

Those are wonderful remarks indeed! Sounds like your instructor was very impressed with your story - that's got to feel good! Will Charlie take his royalties in the form of catnip?

Katnip Lounge said...

We admire Charlie's practical Cattitude. Cat Food ain't cheap!

Jesson Balaoing said...

nice kitty, dusting your monitor....

fairyhedgehog said...

Congratulations and well done!

tekorin said...

Hi Jennifer and Charlie!
Sorry we couldn't come for a while. Our mom is still stuck in her jobs and lots of sniffing but your warm commets cheer us a lot and we came to say THANK YOU!!

YAY for your marks!!!
We knew you did a great job!!!
Charlie,yep! You will get some of the royalties for sure!!!

Happy belated blog birthday!!!
Lots of Hugs and Purrrrrs

Brigid said...

Thats more than eensy weensy, thats really encouraging, hope it leads to publication, are you entering the waterstones short story comp, looks good

Jacqueline said...

Congratulations, Jenn, that sounds like a great review!...Good for you!!YAY!!...I look forward to your updates and eventually, reading your published work!...I am just in LOVE with Charlies awesome fluffy tail!!...kisses to handsome Charlie...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Kea said...

Congratulations! What a fabulous critique! Well done, *happy dance*, I hope you celebrate--I think it's more than a "tiny eensy weensy writerly triumph."

And Charlie will take his royalty payments in treats, I suspect. :-)

Al said...

Congratulations! Great news!
Charlie is probably too spoilt as it is, mind you most cats believe it impossible to spoil them.

Al

Publish or Perish

Ann said...

A big congratulations Jennifer! Sounds like a winner to me! clapping and hip hip hooraying loudly here!!!

Simon Kewin said...

That's great feedback - many congratulations. Sounds to me like it should see the light of day.

Marg said...

That is so wonderful. See all that work paid off. What nice remarks. You do have a wonderful way of writing. We are so glad that you can sleep now.
Charlie you are looking good. Look at that gorgeous tail. More treats for you Mister Charlie when Mom becomes famous.

laughingwolf said...

grats, kit! one of the best things a writer can hear :)

charlie, you get ALL things royalties can buy!

ABBY said...

********clappin paws**********
That is superb!
Way to go Jenn!

Helllllllllloooo Charlie with the magnificent tail!

purrs
Abby

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

Congrats! Your writing teacher gave you some great comments!

SuziQCat said...

Congratulations...great feedback on your story :)

Sammy and Andy said...

KUDOS, Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Charlie, we are sure your snoopervision was most helpful.

xxxxxxxxxx

Amy and The House of Cats said...

That is awesome! What a great comment that is from your tutor - hopefully it will get some exposure.

And Charlie, we are sure she will share the royalties in the form of treats for you!

hampshireflyer said...

Nice one, well done! :)

Talli Roland said...

Yay Old Kitty! That's brilliant feedback, not that it could have been any different.

Massive congrats!

Donna Hosie said...

YAY!

(and that comment above mine is adorable!)

Musings of a Mother said...

Well done - it's great to get positive feedback. Best of luck getting it published, it sounds like an entertaining story.
I've been trying to publish freelance articles for magazines for a while now and even a reply would be nice. Grrrr.

penandpaints said...

That's brilliant feedback, you should definately pat yourself on the back! Get Charlie to do it (claws away of course) :)
With encouragement like that, I'd post that story off somewhere!
x

Beth said...

That is awesome! :) CONGRATULATIONS!

Jackee said...

So very awesome. A great compliment--you should count it as a triumph! I am. :o)

Felted House said...

Can I read it? I could do with something heartwarming and with some hope at the end! That's really encouraging, well done. Always good to have such positive comments about your writing portfolio, just need someone to officially spot all that talent and pay you for it now! xx

Green Monkey said...

I've got a cat thing - AND a writing thing and that cat fly video was hysterical! congratulations on positive feedback - it goes a long way!

also - not trying to deliver too much fluff but love your site title and the concept.

Theresa Milstein said...

Hooray! Huzzah! What wonderful critique. Now don't let anything stop you - not even Charlie's tail on your keyboard.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

BRAVA Jennifer! That sounds like a wonderful critique of your work given by your professor. I think you are very talented and will see many more triumphs as you continue to write!

Cheers!