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Hello, lovely LJ friends :)

I've decided to consolidate my blogging, tweeting, Facebooking at my website.  Please find me blogging here:

http://michelelang.com/blog/

My website is all spiffed up now, and I'll be putting up free content through the month of May, so come on over to visit!  Once in a while I'll make big announcements here too, but most of my blogging will be at my website.  Hope all is well with you!

Good Angels are Fallible ~Anatole France


I am happy to report the revamp of my website at www.michelelang.com is live!  The breathtaking new artwork is by the wonderful Anne Cain, and the site work was done by web genius Frauke of CrocoDesigns.  Kudos to you, ladies, and welcome one and all :)



~Those who consider the Devil to be a partisan of Evil and angels to be warriors for Good accept the demagogy of the angels. Things are clearly more complicated.

MILAN KUNDERA, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting


STORY MAPPING at the Magic District


Hello, happy Monday to you :)

When I first started out writing, I was the queen of the thirty page dead novel – I’d start writing, and then the story would lose its spark and die on me.  After one too many of these, I read up on story structure, but though my drafts got longer, they stayed incoherent.

 Happily, once I learned the trick of what I describe in my post at The Magic District, I started completing what I wrote, and selling it soon after.  I want to save you the time it took me to learn what I describe, so head over there and check it out!  Here’s the link:

 http://magicdistrict.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/story-mapping-how-i-do-it/

See you there!


TEAM RUBICON: True Life Heroes

 

If you are like me, you’ve been watching and reading about the Haiti earthquake and wondering what any of us could possibly do to help those caught up in that disaster.

Amazingly, a Marine named Jake Wood was also watching TV footage of the earthquake when it first happened, asked himself the same question – and came up with a brilliant, inspiring answer.

This guy started a rapid response self-deploying team of individuals with combat, military, search and rescue, and medical training, and got into Haiti by landing first in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and moving overland to the Haitian border, thereby bypassing the bottleneck at Port Au Prince airport.  Since then, they’ve been profiled on the BBC, CNN, NPR, ABC and other news outlets.

You HAVE to check out the website for this team: http://blog.teamrubiconhaiti.org/

These brave souls have been liveblogging their efforts since they embedded with a Jesuit mission based in PaP.  The amount they have been able to do is, frankly, incredible.  If you write adventure fiction, or romance, your heroes will be put to shame by these awesome warriors!  I guarantee these folks will inspire you.

Check them out and consider donating to their efforts — I sent them a donation and it’s been gratifying to see how much good they’ve done so far.

Rock on, Team Rubicon!


I Need To Remember This


The fears of a friend (a bunch of different friends, actually) prompted me to search for this wonderful quote from Chekov, and here I've got it! (I snagged it from one of Madeleine L'engle's books of essays many years ago):

 You must once and for all give up being worried about successes and failures.  Don't let that concern you.  It's your duty to go on  working steadily day by day, quite quietly, to be prepared for mistakes, which are inevitable, and for failures.

 
I know, kinda hard to do that when sales numbers are breathing down your neck, but if you don't pull your focus in, the worry will finish you off for certain.  All we writers can really control is the writing, and not even that, always.  Work, the cure for almost any work-related ill.

Have a wonderful day, peeps -- don't let the bastages get you down :)

Happy New Year -- The Magic District

Hello, again...

I went away for winter break and I'm tiptoeing ever so slowly back into the virtual world once more. I hope that your holidays were bright and beautiful and that 2010 has gotten off to a brilliant start.

I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the astute and insightful authors over at The Magic District. My first post there today is about "The Velveteen Writer" -- please come visit, and take some time to check out the amazing writers who hang in the District with me.

I am working on my new website, will have a ginormous contest to celebrate all this new shiny, and will give you the heads-up when that happens.  Until then, rock on :)

Happy Chanukah!

It's latke time, baby! May you have a wonderful holiday season, whatever your religion or creed :)




Sylvia Plath Reads Lady Lazarus

So creepy, so good....


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The Walled Garden

Here's an excerpt from my story, "The Walled Garden," collected in the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance:


He had left me for dead.

I think this is what bothered people the most. That, and the fact he had attacked me in broad daylight as I had wandered through Riverside Park in September, daydreaming.

The doctors had established that he had only tried to choke me to death and only ripped my clothes, not gotten them off. When I returned to school my freshman year, with a bruised trachea and a battered soul, the other girls couldn’t kid themselves that I was somehow at fault. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

What a downer, I know. But in the end I was just another statistic in a gritty, crime-ridden city. Plenty of my ex-friends tried to rationalize me away, leave me for dead, too. I don’t blame them, at least not anymore.

At the time, I survived by staying angry, not by leaving the past to the past. I was used to being the weird kid: Mireya, the Puerto Rican girl from Brooklyn on a prep school scholarship in New England, now on scholarship at a fancy Ivy League school in New York. My mom was a seamstress, never finished high school. I already knew how to make my own way.

I kept to myself, and kept silent, long after the physical harm to my throat had healed for the most part. I slept in my clothes, and I kept the light on for a solid year. My best friend Colleen made me eat, and until I could go back to swallowing pizza and homemade chili, she cooked me split pea soup herself. Two years passed, years in which I excelled in my studies but lost myself.

I was okay in the daytime, in the dullness of my routine. But at night, all alone…

If it weren’t for a man named Jonathan Mellon, my would-be murderer would have won. But Mellon refused to leave me for dead. When it really counted, he stood his ground. And he did it to set me free.

copyright 2009 Michele Lang

“The Walled Garden” is an original story in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE, December 2009.

Quote of the Day

"It is a greater pleasure to love than to be loved. So why spend so much energy on gaining the approval of others? Work on loving them instead."

-Rabbi Noah Weinberg