Benjamin Rosenbaum

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Actually, I like your 'cute things said by kids' entries. But then, I'm partial to kids.

Most of the really worthwhile things I've done in life have scared the crap out of me. (like having kids, for instance ;o)

You could change the date to November 1st; that way, if you haven't kept to your schedule, you could join the nanowrimo and *force* yourself. (why is there no "wicked smiley face icon" button on this keyboard?)

Anyway, loads of people are behind you and wishing you success (including me, in my distant cyber way.)

I'm off to provoke my first rejection slip, which scares the crap out of me...

Posted by susan at February 20, 2007 07:18 AM

Dude, I can so relate to this. I've been having lots fo the same thoughts myself. I cringe-cringe-cringe for having posted about a novel that now sits in a drawer, but doing this MFA thing and thinking about writing (and writing) all the time, I'm thinking I have to pull back the curtain a little more again too. Or the blog will sort of die.

Maybe I need a spreadsheet.

Posted by Gwenda at February 20, 2007 11:11 AM

my rant about habeas :)

due to the suspension of habeas corpus (thanks to the Military Commissions Act) there is no legal recourse for detainees of the United States. the lawyers for hospital administrator Adel Hamad, a detainee at Guantanamo, thus took the unprecedented step of releasing video testimony on YouTube to the court of public opinion.

You can see this compelling video at:

you can also add your name in support of habeas restoration and read a blog posting by Brandon Mayfield, the U.S. citizen wrongfully incarcerated for the Madrid bombings who is now challenging the constitutionality of the Patriot Act in district court

join the project!

Posted by david at February 20, 2007 11:25 AM

Aside from cute kid anecdotes (which I enjoy), you can also use your blog to hold philosophical debates. Those are fun, too.

Posted by Ted at February 20, 2007 04:58 PM

Thank you Susan.

Amen sister, Gwenda.

Welcome, David, and thanks for the pointers.

I like them too, Ted. The trick is making some provocative assertion which is just dumb enough to provoke heated and articulate responses, without being dumb enough to cause everyone to turn away in disgust. I will try again soon, I promise. :-)

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at February 20, 2007 05:01 PM

It's a tough balance to figure out. For me, what feels right is to post public journal entries about the progress of the novels, which means that I feel encouraged and supported on the way (which feels absolutely necessary to me over 9-12 months of first-draft effort)...but of course that also means that not only have I posted about novels that never found an agent, but also about novels that fell apart after just three chapters.

On the other hand, I don't feel remotely comfortable posting about the whole submission process (for stories or novels), so the first time I mentioned my agent search online was when I announced that hooray, I'd found an agent! (Thus cutting neatly across two years' and 3 different novels' worth of effort.)

It's kind of like the standard question of when to tell people about a pregnancy - if there's a miscarriage in the first 3 months, would you rather get support while you grieve or have no one know it ever happened?

Posted by Steph Burgis at February 21, 2007 04:26 AM

I love this entry, Ben. Looking forward to more posts about your process of writing this novel. And looking forward to reading it, too, cause I loved me som "Droplet". ;-)

Posted by Christopher Barzak at February 23, 2007 05:19 PM

Well... Hmmm... That seems like a much better reason to blog... I started blogging to have a place where I can whine, complain and vent (in my defense, my goal was to place some negativity where it could be contained).

I think that the public-ness of your blog is admirable. There’s nothing wrong, though, with having a filter or a secret secondary blog. I have two blogs... One is mostly-private with a secret name and the other is more open. If you feel the need to be able to discuss more private things, it's a really good way to do so. Have a secret blog. There are perhaps writing friends or close friends of yours that you could give logins to who would enjoy being part of the process discussion that you would feel comfortable sharing that information with.

Oh, and I really like the kid stories! Keep those up... Just about a week ago, I was reading a newspaper article about ending youth imprisonment when this quote caught me, "Today, Imani is the campaign director for Books Not Bars and is on a mission to liberate all youth offenders." It made me think of Aviva and her tzedakah box.

Posted by glynda at February 27, 2007 03:31 PM

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