New Author Webpage

Meanderings and Muses isn't going anywhere.


I do have a new webpage which will focus mostly on my writing.

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There are a few videos of me reading from "Whimsey: A Novel," and from other favorite authors' work.

With more videos still to come.

The new page is a work in progress with plans for still more to come
- I'm just still trying to figure out exactly what that might be -
so check back from time to time, please.

See you there!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Delivering Bad News - How to and How not to

So Whimsey has received its first "not so great" review.  sigh.

The one really good thing about that is that I can now quit fretting about it.

It happened and life goes on.  And, as I think I've said before, "Life is Good."

And, of course, I didn't expect the whole world to love Whimsey.

But still -



This came right along with some other not so great things happening which I'm not going to go into 'cause you'll just fall asleep.  Other people's woes are pretty boring truth be told.  Especially when they're petty - as mine are.


These are things I hope I remember for the rest of my life.

When delivering news to someone and it's not really great news, it will hurt less if its delivered in a kind manner with a little grace.

Here are ways "not" to start your delivery . . . .

"Oh, I really wanted to like this."

"You're going to cry."

"I hate to say this."

I mean, think about it, do you want to have news delivered to you starting off that way?


lil Gluckstern said...

I don't know that there is a good way to deliver bad news. I usually sort of stumble through it. People are really awkward about that. I think the best thing I've heard is " I love you, and I have some bad news." As far as the rocks on the road, the people that love you are a great help. xoxox

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Okay, perk up, everyone that matters loves your book.