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You Don’t Know Jack

If, while walking through the desert, I found a magical lamp I’d rub it. My first wish would be world peace. My second, I’m not too sure about. But for my third wish, I’d beg the little genie to make me witty. I’ve always wanted to have the snappy come-back or the ability to make people laugh, not at the soup on my lip, but at the quick banter coming out of my mouth. Sadly, I’ve never found that magic lamp and my wittiness is only a dream.

But every once in a while I surprise myself with a waft of wit, like in this old post. It is by far my favorite. I hope you like it too!

Have you ever felt like you don’t know Jack? I mean, he climbed a bean stalk, he’s responsible for the frigid winters, he tumbled down the hill with Jill, he writes awesomely chill music, he serial killed many in London, there was even a little ditty about him, but you still don’t know Jack.

As a writer, you not only have to have a firm grasp of the mechanics of the English language (which is a daunting feat in itself), but must also have a working knowledge of the publication industry and all its avenues, marketing know how, and be (just a bit) tech savvy. Are you overwhelmed yet?

They say, “Ignorance is bliss.” And, “Knowledge is power.”

We’re past ignorance, if we’ve chosen writing as a career. On to knowledge. I’ve gathered a multitude of knowledge from guide books on literary agents, editors, and publishers from my local library. Some of these books may be slightly outdated, but the base information is the same. I have joined my local author’s group, Diamond State Romance Authors, which is a branch of the Romance Writers of America. There are many other genre based authors groups, if romance isn’t your thing like International Thriller Writers. I have also pursued several writer’s blogs. One of my favorites is Nathan Bransford. His posts are always informative and entertaining.

Here’s hoping we all get to know Jack a little better!

If you met a magical genie, what would one of your crazy wishes be?


Megan Mitcham, Writer

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11 thoughts on “You Don’t Know Jack

  1. I wish my Weather Boy could actually change the weather instead of just foretelling it. I wish we could fly by holding on to a kite string. I wish every grain of sand at the beach was a seed that could be planted to end world hunger. I wish that time stopped every time we cracked the spine of a book. And so on and so on… What a great question! I will likely contemplate this question all day!! 😀

    1. And I believe you have the most FABULOUS of all fabulous answers! Flying by kite and sand seeds to end world hunger. You must be a writer. And a darn good one! Thanks for sharing, Jill!

  2. I think you are witty (and pretty and . . . well, you know the rest of the song). 😉 I would wish for limitless energy. Then I could dance all day and all night and never get tired. Right now I can only go for about 6 hours before needing a break and that just ain’t gonna cut it. 😛

    1. Thanks, Jules, now I’ll surly have that song in my head all day. I hope you do too. 🙂 Oh, what a good answer! Maybe that’ll have to be my second.

  3. Megan, I wish I would always be as committed to my WIP as I have been the past three weeks. How productive I would be if only I honoured my work as much as it deserves.

    1. Sherry, congratulations on your three productive weeks! That’s a pretty good roll you’ve got going. Now let it build like a snowball. 🙂 An author in my writing groups uses a word tracker and has a minimum word count for each day. She found, if you open it up and start writing she typically gets many more words than her minimum which is one thousand words per day. Another author I know posts her goals on her website and blog to keep her accountable. They’re a tad ambitious for me right now, but maybe they’d work for you. Though it seems you found what works for you over the past three weeks. Congrats again!

  4. Megan, a conundrum. You have presented me with a conundrum. Like Sherry, I wish I would always be committed to my WIP.

    But, I also wish I could embrace every wacky idea that travels in and out of my brain — those that are legal.

    Tonight? I wish a gremlin would come along and organize the 5 bags of writing “stuff” I’ve managed to accumulate over the last 6 months. Oh. It’s not ALL writing “stuff.” Some of my bags contain coupons that expired 6 months ago, things I crammed into them in the panic attack minutes before a home showing, and old Reader’s Digest magazines that each have a PAGE that invites a snarky blog post…

    Need I go on? No? Good. I’m exhausted and the Gremlins just arrived. Their first task? Sort through the bags for the missing highlighters in my nifty pack of Margie Lawson EDIT colors.

    LOVED your voice in this post. Doesn’t surprise me. I love your posts. Period.

    1. I’ve got a deep blush! Thanks, Gloria. Now I’m fuchsia. 🙂 In all seriousness, sent those Gremlins my way when you’re through with them. I have kids clothes and toys to organize. Can they help organize thoughts? I could use help with that as well. Nighty night. Don’t let the Gremlins bite!

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