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Finding Your Tribe
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My greatest frustration in writing Outies wasn't one-star reviews from those with various axes to grind. I expected those. It wasn't that the book didn't take off as a wildly successful bestseller. I neither expected nor aimed for that. It wasn't that even positive reviews pointed out nerts and flaws. All were fair criticisms, none unexpected, and several I've fixed. Nor was it that the book wasn't perfected to my own higher standards. I'd only spent a three-month employment gap writing it, and much as I might have liked to, I had no time to turn it into Great Literature (were that possible with the raw material in hand).

No, my great frustration was that almost nobody seemed to get what I was trying to do in the book. Even a critique like "I see what you are trying to do here, and you've failed miserably" would have been welcome. In short: as we say in anthropology, I didn't feel like the book had found its tribe. Well, that changed yesterday.

I've just elevated the review originally posted by james_nicoll, "A brief review of Outies: A Guest Review By Carlos" to the top of my list of "things I wish I'd written." It's a wonderful review. Not because it's positive (and it is that too, for which I am profoundly grateful), but because it is spot on, in every possible way, including his recommended readership. It made my week, just knowing that there's at least one - even if only one - tribe member out there.

Now, just to cement an application to tribal membership, the same day, James posted a picture of A Great Big Rock In Space. As it happens, I'm now working on Lunette, a book about a girl raised on A Great Big Rock In Space....

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Sent approved LaTeX markup for Excavations   back to Bill Adams at USC Press Friday evening. Such a pleasure to work with a really competent ME. Looks like we may finally, actually launch in September. Rigoberto has written a stunning forward - I am really touched. Nevertheless, it is poetry. So we'll probably sell tens of copies...

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