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First Monday Mentoring December 2016 – a writer’s 12 (auto-corrected) Days of Christmas

On the 1st Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

A voice app to write my story.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Two purple loves, and a voice app to write my story.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Three French men, two purple loves,

And a voice app to write my story.

On 4th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me

Four balding Sirs,

Three French men, two purple loves,

And a voice app to write my story.

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On the 5th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Five bold young things,

Four balding Sirs, three French men, two purple loves,

And a voice app to write my story.

On the 6th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Six priests for laying, five bold young things,

Four balding Sirs, Three French men,

Two purple loves,

And a voice app to write my story.

On the 7th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Seven swains a-drinking, six priests for laying,

Five bold young things, four balding Sirs,

Three French men, two purple loves

And a voice app to write my story.

On the 8th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Eight maids a-willing, seven swains a-drinking,

Six priests for laying, Five bold young things,

Four balding Sirs, three French men, two purple loves

And a voice app to write my story.

On the 9th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Nine shady answers, eight maids a-willing,

Seven swains a-drinking, six priests for laying,

Five bold young things, four balding Sirs,

Three French men, two purple loves

And a voice app to write my story.

On the 10th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Ten auto-corrections, nine shady answers,

Eight maids a-willing, seven swains a-drinking,

Six priests for laying, five bold young things,

Four balding Sirs, three French men, two purple loves

And a voice app to write my story.

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On the 11th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

Eleven vipers typing, ten auto-corrections,

Nine shady answers, eight maids a-willing,

Seven swains a-drinking, six priests for laying,

Five bold young things, four balding Sirs,

Three French men, two purple loves

And a voice app to write my story.

On the 12th Day of Christmas my agent sent to me,

12 nervous breakdowns, eleven vipers typing,

Ten auto-corrections,  nine shady answers,

Eight maids a-willing, seven swains a-drinking,

Six priests for laying, five bold young things,

Four balding Sirs, three French men,

Two purple loves,

And a voice app deleted with glee.

As a writer, what gift would you most like for Christmas? Hopefully not this app. Have you suffered from the dreaded “auto-correct?” I love sharing your thoughts here. Comments are moderated to avoid spam but appear right away for subscribers, or after you click “sign me up” at right. I don’t share your details with anyone.

Thanks for your support. Have a safe and creative holiday season, and the happiest of new ears…er…years.

Valerie

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on Twitter @ValerieParv and Facebook

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The 12 Days of Writing at Christmas

Forget the lords a-leaping and maids a-milking, they’re only distractions to keep writers from a-writing. In any case,  you’d need a New York Times bestseller to afford them. An annual survey by pnc (www.pncchristmasindex.com) values the whole deal at over $24,000, more if you buy online. Shipping live birds isn’t cheap! Add in the expenses for all those lords, maids, and livestock, make that two NYT bestsellers. Here’s my more realistic 12 Days list for writers.

~ For my wonderful agent, Linda Tate, with love and thanks for all the mumble-something years of support. ~

On the first day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Two book proposals, and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Three manuscript requests, two book proposals,

and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 4th day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Four speaking gigs, three manuscript requests, two book proposals,

and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 5th day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Five months of plotting, four speaking gigs, three manuscript requests,

and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 6th day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Six weeks to deadline, five months of outlines,

four speaking gigs, three manuscript requests, two book proposals,

and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 7th day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Seven procrastinations, six weeks to finish, five months of outlines,

Four speaking gigs, three manuscript requests, two book proposals,

And her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 8th day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Eight plots resisting, seven procrastinations, six weeks to deadline,

five months of outlines, four speaking gigs, three manuscript requests,

two book proposals, and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 9th day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Nine drafts completed, eight plots resisting, seven procrastinations,

six weeks to finish, five months of outlines, four speaking gigs,

three manuscript requests, two book proposals,

and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 10th day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Ten copy edits, nine drafts completed, eight plots resisting,

seven procrastinations, six weeks to deadline, five months of outlines,

four speaking gigs, three manuscript requests, two book proposals,

and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 11th day of Christmas, my agent sent to me

Eleven nervous breakdowns, ten copy edits, nine drafts completed,

eight plots resisting, seven procrastinations, six weeks to deadline,

five months of outlines, four speaking gigs, three manuscript requests,

two book proposals, and her thoughts on a novel from me.

On the 12th day of Christmas my agent sent to me

Twelve months of waiting, eleven nervous breakdowns, ten copy edits,

nine drafts completed, eight plots resisting, seven procrastinations,

six weeks to deadline, five months of outlines, four speaking gigs,

three manuscript requests, two book proposals,

and her thoughts on a novel from me.

Would you recognise any of these “gifts” on your list? Love to hear your comments.

Valerie

on Twitter @valerieparv

and Facebook

http://www.valerieparv.com

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