in which INTERN gets real/also a love letter

So.

It's been fifteen months since a young and wide-eyed INTERN started this blog. Everything was so exciting! There were publishing secrets to uncover and manuscript snafus to ponder and Nemesis Interns to thwart.

Then, INTERN spent some time nailing down some thoughts on revision and book-buying habits.

After a few months of that, INTERN missed publishing so much she did a second internship and learned all about how Distinguished and oh-so-Selective publishers (and their authors) can be sort of crazy.

Shortly after, INTERN fled the venerable confines of that internship in order to stumble awkwardly through her own book's release and promotion while trying and, INTERN admits, probably failing to not let her anonymity become annoying.

And now, dear readers, dearest dears, most beautiful and friendly and clever ones, INTERN has said just about everything she feels like saying about publishing and writing. INTERN has emptied the junk drawer of her brain on this matter and all that's left are child-sized band-aids and dried-up rubber bands. INTERN does not want to dilute this blog with posts that aren't 100% stoked and earnest and alive, because y'all deserve better and can get it at such fine blogs as The Rejectionist and Pimp My Novel. Plus, it's time for INTERN to clear her mental plate for new projects and adventures.

So here's the deal:

INTERN might wander back to this blog now and then if/when she has something to say about writing/publishing/books. No idea when or how frequently.

If you'd like to be alerted to INTERN's other projects and adventures, then shoot an e-mail to internspills [at] gmail [dot] com, introduce yourself, say hello. INTERN would be delighted to hear from you, would sincerely love to get to know you better, and promises to write back. INTERN will also remain available for manuscript critiques and other stuff for former/current and new clients.

This has all been so wonderful and has brought so much joy and excitement to a seriously lowly INTERN's life. INTERN is actually shaking as she writes this because she's remembering how truly happy and ridiculous the past fifteen months have been (also, she has had way, way too much caffeine). Thanks to all of you for reading, and a special thanks to people like Editorial Anonymous and Editorial Ass whose bloggerly generosity in the first few months were a great encouragement to INTERN.

INTERN will now take a break from eulogizing to answer a question you might have, namely, Where is INTERN going from here?

Well, right now INTERN and Techie Boyfriend are living in a highly dubious motor vehicle INTERN bought with the last remnants of her freelance money. INTERN is finishing a novel she's been "working on" (aka painfully tearing apart and rewriting) for over a year and is probably going to try her hand at writing another blog about a different subject (the steel industry! mushroom identification! the repair and maintenance of highly dubious motor vehicles!). Writing about writing and publishing in this blog has made INTERN more aware of the ways in which her own writing is inadequate and immature, and she wants to spend the next few years (or, um lifetime) honing and practicing until her own fiction is up to the standards she has described in this blog.

So if you ever see a white 1985 Toyota pickup with a supremely unlikely-looking camper shell lurking outside your house, apartment, or bookstore, know that there is an INTERN sitting crosslegged in the back with her laptop or notebook, writing and writing with an earnest (or is that manic?) glint in her eye. Knock on the window if you like (but please be sure to simultaneously announce that you are not the police or some kind of assassin, because INTERN is easily spooked). INTERN can also be easily lured out of her hatch by a trail of granola or other such INTERN-friendly snack.

Thanks again, and please do write to say hello.

Now get out of here and go revise something before INTERN gets emotional. You'll all do great.

Comments

  1. Oh, no!!! I'm going to miss you!

    Won't you at least finish up the mystery of the manuscript? Please?

    Whatever you decide to do next, have lots of fun, and drop by to say Hello.

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  2. It was good knowing you. Good luck with the writing. Will give you a buzz at a later point.

    Jessie Mac
    www.jessiemac.com

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  3. I will miss reading your posts. Best of luck on your new adventures.

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  4. You will be missed. Thank you for all the wonderful, insightful, and hilarious blogs over the last fifteen months. :)

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  5. Noooooo! But on the other hand, we would never want to hold you back, no matter how much we will miss you. Sniff....

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  6. Class act, Intern. Godspeed, but not with the camper. Best wishes.

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  7. They've not decided to release you from Guantanamo Bay (I almost wrote Boy, but Guantanamo Boy is no techie), have they? Perhaps your next blog could be on waterboarding techniques. Good luck.

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  8. I guess I need to be honest and say that I'm really shocked and saddened that you're leaving the blog and not at least giving us a proper farewell by naming your new book. We were good enough to support you on the blog for over a year, but not good enough to support your new book? :( Majorly disappointed.

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  9. It's been a pleasure, dear. I wish you the best of luck and lots of writerly successes!

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  10. I wish all the best to you and Techie Boyfriend, and thanks again for bringing us along on your journey through both the publishing world and your own unique interests and perspectives. You certainly made it worth the trip.

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  11. Best of wishes - and hoping the camper stays water-tight - and cozy!

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  12. FlyMom: No, no, no, it's not like that at all! INTERN has agonized over this so much...if you'd like to know about INTERN's other projects, INTERN would be happy to talk to you over e-mail, but she wanted to keep the blog's anonymous spirit alive because it seems important to some readers (and to INTERN).

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  13. Many Yuenglings await you (or raw beet salads) should you ever return to New York, dearest INTERN!!! Godspeed and happy sailing! xoxoxoxox

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  14. This is sad, for I've only just discovered your wonderful blog! I agree with Deb - please at least finish up the manuscript mystery!

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  15. Much luck and love to you, TB, and the camper living.

    Love,
    Lola

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  16. Amandasaurus: shoot INTERN an e-mail, and INTERN will gladly e-mail you the ending!

    to everyone who has e-mailed INTERN: YOU ARE ALL DELIGHTFUL BEINGS! thank you!

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  17. the INTERN is making me sad by leaving. :(

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  18. Good luck :) I'll keep some blog posts bookmarked anyway--they're so good they're re-readable. May more good blogging, reading and writing come your way.

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  19. Good Luck, INTERN! I think you have a very bright future ahead.

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  20. Oh no! Will miss stopping in here to check in, but wish you the best in your current and future endeavors.

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  21. You will be missed. What a fun adventure. I wish you lots and lots of weird and wacky life experiences to work into your fiction.

    I hope you'll keep this blog as an archive so the Intern can live on in the blogosphere with the ghost of Miss Snark.

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  22. Good luck to you, dear INTERN. Thank you for making me look so good in front of my various writer friends--referring them to your fabulous blog always won me considerable coolness points. Be well.

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  23. Ahh, the Johnny Carson exit - leave while you are still hot and everyone loves you - good going! :)

    best to you INTERN - thanks for all of the inspiration and laughs.

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  24. Good luck and godspeed, INTERN. And ditto what Le R said!

    All best,

    E

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  25. I've been watching this space (not with the desire to rent it or anything quite so mercenary) but with the hope that perhaps you might have changed your mind and decided to stay. But that's the selfishness rearing it's head because things in Publishinglandia/Blogosphere will be less bright without you and your tales and advice.

    Good luck and best wishes to you and techie boyfriend.

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  26. Thanks for everything... I hear your book is selling well. Congrats!

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  27. You always make me smile. I hope and wish the very best for you...
    :-)
    *sniff, sniff*

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  28. Aww, I’m sorry to hear you’re going, INTERN, but I understand how feeling obligated to put out hilarious/awesome/life-affirming blog posts regularly could put a serious damper on your other creative pursuits. I will definitely miss you, but I’m glad at least for the 15 months of wry-voiced gems of blog posts you gave us (I’ll never forget the “*murm*” and “*mooooo*” post, that’s for sure—if ever I find myself at a writing workshop again, I shall be sure to watch attentively for aforementioned murms and moos! :D). Best wishes to you!!

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  29. But can we follow you on Twitter, maybe? Or are you leaving us forever?

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  30. Very much interesting blog! thanks a lot for The Rejectionist and have added this to my Google reader..please keep updating!


    Intern CV

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