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16. The Secret to Living the Writing Life (and no, its not booze)

I think, based on my limited experience to date, that the secret is patience -- many levels of patience. Patience with yourself, patience with your overworked and undercompensated publisher and his staff, and patience with the national broadcaster and large Canadian newspapers. It is a waiting game and some of the stuff that you are waiting for may never come.

I realize that I have an advantage here. All my life, I have stood in the background waiting for someone to pay attention to me. I have been perfectly trained for this publishing racket. I know how to patiently seek attention, hoping against hope, that someone, anyone, will notice me.

I heard a rumour that No Beautiful Shore will soon be reviewed by the Esteemed Book Editor. The Less Famous Radio Personality’s producer has set a date for an interview. Apparently the Less Famous Radio Personality has her own TV show, making her The Famous TV Personality. Maybe the bathroom Reno Guy was right – I should start watching my television.

Thanks for letting me tell you my story. Until someone notices me, I’ll be waiting, standing shyly, looking at my shoes.

Note to Blog: No Beautiful Shore was reviewed by The Globe and Mail , June 28, 2008. Beverley Stone was interviewed by Vicki Gabereau for CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, which was broadcasted on July 6, 2008. Her friends say that she is now entirely unbearable, but in her usual self-deprecating, unassertive manner.

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Beverley Stone

Beverley Stone grew up in outport Newfoundland before moving to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. Her first novel, No Beautiful Shore, is published by Cormorant Books (2008).

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