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Vivian Copeland
Bel Air, Maryland

Bio: I am an author who works as a children's librarian. I love to read! I troll the New York Times Bestseller List for new releases, keep up-to-date on my favorite authors, and take advantage of library and web resources to find great new books. However, the best recommendations still come via word of mouth. Here are my favorites. What are yours?

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      1. This is actually my second go round. Including the first blog…about 3 years now. And It really is a small world. I’m so happy to know you are here…I’ve met (virtually AND physically) some great folks here, and it’s been a lifesaver at times. πŸ™‚

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    1. Wow. That’s what I love about the internet; connecting with people all across the world. I would love to visit New Zealand sometime. I’ve seen pictures, and movies of course, and it looks beautiful. I enjoyed scrolling through your blog. It’s very well organized and designed. I look forward to reading your future blog posts as well. Cheers.

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      1. Happy new year! All the best for your blog this year. I’ve got into a writing course this year ao trying to decide whether to put lovewordsmusic on hold. I love doing it but it’s tricky to balance with young kids and full time uni…we will see. If you ever come to NZ come at this time of year…it is beautiful. Caroline

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      2. I can relate. I finished a book earlier this year and just wrote another during NaNoWriMo. I’m kind of pulling my hair out trying to keep up with the blog, market the first book, and now edit the second. Then there’s the job, the family, the house, the dog: it’s hard! I must say I have been much firmer of late in insisting I get help with the chores. I end up feeling guilty sometimes but if I don’t make the commitment, I’ll never get anywhere with the writing . . . . I hope to get your part of the world one of these days. I know it’s beautiful.

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      3. You are a machine!! Congrats for finishing your first – and second – books.Are you self-publishing? My girls are 3 and 5 and yhe course is a Masters in creative writing at Auckland Uni. Excited…nervous…hopeful. This te next year I should be able to say ‘first book finished’ too.

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      4. I am not self-published. I had a Harlequin Romance published many years ago and then stopped writing when the particular line I wrote for folded. My son was small and I found I just couldn’t handle it all. Now he’s older, I’ve returned to the writing although I don’t read romance much any more and am currently writing YA. The book I finished last year was dystopian and I think I missed the boat on that one. The market is saturated with that kind of book. I’ve been sending it out to agents and have gotten several rejections. I plan to continue to shop it around but it’s a lot of work since you have to tailer each query to each agent. The book I wrote in November is contemporary YA. I let it sit over December just so I can go back to it with fresh eyes. I need to do some intense editing before it’s ready to send out. I would rather go with a traditional publisher if possible but I’m beginning to realize just how hard it is to even get an agent to read what you’ve written much less get a publishing contract. I’ve started to toy with the idea of self-publishing but it seems so complex, especially since you have to do all the work yourself. Fiction writing is a frustrating field and not for the faint hearted!

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  1. Hi there Vivian, just wanted pop on over and say many thanks for the follow that is now adorning my blog. You are most warmly welcomed aboard and feel free to contribute. Have a great Christmas full of good reads, MM πŸŽ…

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  2. You certainly read alot. Alas I haven’t read much in the last 20 years. (I’m a writer). I always read a lot more European and Russian literature although I did read American authors like James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Vonnegut and Hemmingway. But I am a bit surprised that you haven’t listed Moby Dick or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the two greatest novels in American literature. (I’ve read both about a half dozen times). Anyway have a peaceful holiday.

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    1. I’m a writer too as well as a reader. The thing about literature is that it’s so subjective. Can’t say I’m a huge fan of Hemmingway. While I can appreciate his style, which I do find absolutely exceptional, his topics tend to bore me to tears. Similarly, I don’t find either Moby Dick or Huck Finn particularly interesting. Both books probably appeal more to a male sensibility. While I do like some books that are considered classics, I tend to prefer modern literature. I don’t like a lot of exposition. I prefer a faster paced narrative.

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  3. Good morning, Vivian, and thanks so much for following The Write Edge! I hope it edifies and enhances your day. Let me know if you’d ever like to talk about books and writing — it’s always so much fun to discuss both with kindred spirits. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Hi Vivian – I’m happy to be part of the “I love to read” club! Thank you for following my blog. It must be interesting and enjoyable (I hope) being a children’s librarian. The more I read and write, the more I feel that I’m gravitating towards writing for children and young adults. I’ll have to research some more

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    1. Love your blog. Very well designed. I love your writing too. Yes, I enjoy working as a children’s librarian. Free books. Yay. That’s never bad. I am currently writing YA. I’m a plot girl and a lot of interesting stories are being told in the YA area these days so I know exactly how you feel!

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    1. No problem. I’m reading and writing YA so I’m always interested in what other’s think about some of my favs, or maybe not so fav πŸ˜‰ Luv the way your blog is set up. Very attractive.

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      1. Harrogate is an affluent and fairly gentle town, surrounded by some breathtaking Yorkshire countryside, and not too far from York, a great city to explore. (Shame about Leeds though…) Glad you enjoyed it.
        Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Thank you for the follow. I would hazard a guess when you troll, you are not being the monster that lives in the hills of Scandinavia countries. but rather use the term to catch on something. πŸ˜‰ Sorry for the twisted humor, not finished with my first coffee yet.

    Anyway, I hope I might make it on your list someday and keep you entertained. I write multiple genre, much of what is here is first drafts, often not even proofread. I am a story teller, a writer, but not a proofreader of my own work as I should be. Not on the first go-round anyway.
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    that said, I have enjoyed your page, and I have reciprocated and I hope to keep you entertained. You look for children’s stories, I am developing an idea that will soon come see the light of day.

    Dash McCallen

    PS I love Dash. Especially his full name, Charles Diggens. Looks like he’d never scare the Dickens out of people.

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    1. Well I can certainly tell you’re a writer. Have enjoyed your blog so far. Yes, let me know if you further develop your children’s story, although I love all forms of fiction. Take care and happy writing.

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  6. Marcia, thank you so much for the nomination. Love that you thought enough about my blog to give it the nod. I wish, wish, wish I had time to fully implement this, but I am just crazed right now with work, the holidays and writing. Again, thanks so much for thinking of me.

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  7. Hi Vivian
    Thanks for following my blog! I don’t know how often you visit but I have recently shared the news that I will now be blogging at my new website : http://www.chocomeiske.com from today and have been making the rounds inviting my subscribers to subscribe to the new site.
    This is upon advice of the Worspres.com team who has successful migrated my subscribers to the new site. This is in order for my subscribers to continue to receive notifications about new posts.
    Thanks again for subscribing and I hope you drop by soon.

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