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All Aboard Suntrain

Talk about timing. With President Obama calling for investments in renewable energy, Bay Area transportation expert Christopher Swan has devised a full-service passenger train system that is not only completely solar-powered, but just might be the ticket to solving our most pressing transportation, energy, and environmental problems. Known as Suntrain, it is the subject of Mr. Swan’s Big Idea (Sopo Press, 2009), a new book by San Jose State University professor David Vasquez. My interview with Vasquez appears in The Wave Magazine:

http://thewavemag.com/pagegen.php?pagename=article&articleid=27017

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Remembering John Updike

A few of the many notable remembrances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who died last week at the age of 76:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/30/ED3E15JLBU.DTL&hw=john+updike&sn=002&sc=807

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/28/MNMU15I9RQ.DTL&hw=john+updike&sn=003&sc=704

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/28/SPCA15I7DV.DTL&hw=john+updike&sn=007&sc=297

Ed Robertson
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F. Scott Fitzgerald on film

With the recent release of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the Golden Globe-nominated film starring Brad Pitt, which was based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at other notable (and not so notable) movie adaptations of the works of the author of The Great Gatsby:

 http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/24/DDA814JQ3L.DTL&type=movies

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Interview with Andrew Lee Fielding, author of “The Lucky Strike Papers”

In case you missed it, the Dec. 16 edition of TV Confidential is now available online on our archives page. Our guest that night was Andrew Lee Fielding, author of The Lucky Strike Papers: Journeys Through My Mother’s Television Past. Andrew’s mother, singer Sue Bennett, was a featured performer on Your Hit Parade, Kay Kyser’s College of Musical Knowledge and other early network musical variety shows. His book explores the pioneer days of live TV via the shows on which his mother sang.

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Interview with author Paul Green on Share-a-Vision Radio

In case you missed it, our Dec. 2 program is now available on the archives page at www.tvconfidential.net. Our guest that night was Paul Green, author of A History of Television’s The Virginian; our topic was The Virginian (NBC, 1962-1971), the long-running Western series based on the classic novel by Owen Wister.

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Rejection

If you’re a writer and want to be published, you need to be able to accept rejection–it’s part of the process.

Recently I spoke to a short-story writer who once visited a critique group I belong to and I asked him what he was doing with his writing. He said he no longer sent it out because he didn’t like being rejected–so he only shares his stories with friends. This man is an excellent writer–though his stories had some flaws. As I look back, I remember that he didn’t like having his work critiqued either and that’s why he didn’t continue on with our group. I think what he’s decided is sad, because eventually he’d probably have found a market for his work and more than just his friends could’ve enjoyed it.

I knew another excellent writer who sent her manuscript to about three publishers or agents, was rejected and that was the end of her sending out her work. Oh, she still writes–but she doesn’t ever submit her work. She is able to take criticism in a writer’s group and make suggested changes or rewrites.

When I taught a weekly writing group, at times I’d get a new student who would read their few pages and be horrified when I pointed out problems. Made me wonder why they bothered to come. Believe me, when I’m critiquing anyone’s work I always talk about what is good first before giving any suggestions.

Frankly, I don’t understand the mind-set that can’t take criticism or rejection. My first book was rejected nearly 30 times before it was accepted by a publisher. Each time it was rejected, I worked on it some more. At the time I didn’t know nearly as much about editing and rewriting as I do now.

Even though I now have over twenty published books, I still attend a weekly critique group. I would be disappointed if they didn’t find something to help make the book better. I use my fellow authors as a first editor.

Rejection is part of getting published. Never take it personally. It can mean many things, the publisher or agent was having a bad day, they are interested in a similar book already, it isn’t the kind of book that they like. Always pay attention to what is in the rejection letter, especially if it’s handwritten and has some actual comments about your writing. No matter what happens, work to fix that book or move onto another. Never, ever give up.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

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Interview with author Joal Ryan on Share-a-Vision Radio

In you case you missed it, our Nov. 18 program is now available on the archives page at www.tvconfidential.net. Our guest that night was Joal Ryan, correspondent for E! Online, editor and publisher of FSNCentral.com and author of Former Child Stars: The Story of America’s Least Wanted; together we discussed the careers of Gary Coleman (Diff’rent Strokes), Jackie Coogan (The Kid), Ron Howard (The Andy Griffith Show), Paul Peterson (The Donna Reed Show), Anissa “Buffy” Jones (Family Affair) and other former child stars from film and television.

Ed Robertson
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