Margaret Jean Langstaff

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Margaret Jean Langstaff Yes, indeed. Bless Lee Ann. I've just been swamped with work, building a new website, two new novels in the works and negotiating with publishers! It'…moreYes, indeed. Bless Lee Ann. I've just been swamped with work, building a new website, two new novels in the works and negotiating with publishers! It's a lot. It'll be a month or so before I get to it. I also have a Writing and Editorial business which keeps me hopping too, Margaret Langstaff Editorial. Thank you for your interest. The FL mysteries are rip roaring and funny. Odd but my reviews on Amazon are much better than here. I think readers here don't like anything much out of the ordinary(less)
Margaret Jean Langstaff I don't get it, writer's block that is. Once you've cultivated and nourished your imagination, released it from its cage (and this happens only after …moreI don't get it, writer's block that is. Once you've cultivated and nourished your imagination, released it from its cage (and this happens only after some years of writing) this is not even on the radar.

Do you think Stephen King gets writer's block?

You arrive at this blissed state in the life of a writer only after some years of fighting your way through the thicket of society's conventions, expectations and prohibitions. You've got to be brave and take risks, believe in yourself and your talent, keep writing. BTW, nobody wants to read books about the conventional, the ordinary, the expected, anyway. A certain amount of guts, maybe foolhardiness, is necessary in gthe mind of a truly original and interesting writer. You have to be willing to make a fool of yourself at first. It's the first stage, a rite of initiation in the progress of the writing life ;)(less)
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“Humility is an essential quality in writers who want to write well.”
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message 15: by Erik F.

Erik F. Nice to meet you, Margaret. Yes, Flannery O'Connor's best stories are as good as it gets!

Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend

message 13: by Lisa

Lisa Reads & Reviews Hi Margaret -- Thank you for the friendly invitation. I look forward to sharing views on literature. Cheers!

message 12: by Kim

Kim Thank you for the friend request, Margaret. I look forward to reading your reviews and chatting about books.

Margaret Langstaff You are so welcome, Kevis! Another interesting, literate GR friend!


message 10: by Kevis

Kevis Hendrickson Thanks for adding me, Margaret.

message 9: by Margaret (last edited Dec 07, 2011 07:01AM)

Margaret Langstaff Georges wrote: "...Hi Margaret....thank you for your friendship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from Volos GREECE Happy happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

My pleasure! from frigid (tonight) Florida! I got my books (hum-hum-hum) to keep me warm!

Tamara Rose Blodgett Hi Margaret~! Thanks for your friendship =D

Margaret Langstaff I thought I'd just post this recent msg to a new friend (in response to his question) to see what other authors and readers think is "appropriate," tasteful author self-promotion. Welcome any comments:

"Hey, Tony, new friend! Sure, I promote my books, but I am sensitive to many readers' justifiable, I think, resentment of authors using every opportunity, even when they're purportedly discussing other people's books, to crow about their own. It's a turn-off, back-fires on the self-promoting author and is just bad manners IMHO. I just try to keep a lid on it and not be obnoxious, know what I mean? Yep, I do links and titles in some signatures, but I make an effort to be scrupulous about not interjecting "me" into every conversation that comes up. Maybe I am too sensitive about this. I look at my book sales and wonder some days. But then they'll trend up again because someone has read one or more and is spreading the good word by word-of-mouth (much more effective and convincing than any spiel I could muster!).


Margaret Langstaff Hi, great to meet you!

Darcia Helle Thanks for the add, Margaret!

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Stacy Juba Hi Margaret, thanks for adding me as a friend!

Margaret Langstaff It would take me five years to load all the books I've read. Daunting.

Margaret Langstaff Pleased to meet you too! Readers unite!

Phoenix Emrys Thanks very much for the invite. Pleased to meet you.

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