She’s Back! Madam Philomena Takes Your Questions


Come on, ask, you know you want to! My MIL, affectionately and anonymously known as Madam Philomena, answers your questions on writing and love. Not necessarily in that order. No tricks, now, cause she also has a few curses up her long sleeves…

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12 thoughts on “She’s Back! Madam Philomena Takes Your Questions

  1. Valerie Bongards says:

    Oh Madam Philomena,

    I need help. I read everyday, I work for pubs, I review, will I ever get the chance to write a book and get published myself? Do you see this happening in my life time…sometime?

    Thanks!!

    Valerie

  2. Ciar Cullen says:

    Okay, so I cheated a bit because I’ve read a little of your writing, so I told Philomena that you have the potential to write. Her response, this inside information aside, is that you do not lack self-confidence as you proclaim (??!!! really, Val, shame on you for false modesty). You cover up a deep knowledge of your ability because it’s important to you for some reason to stay affable, agreeable, humble. “So let her stay that way” (I’m paraphrasing). Write under a pseudonym if you fear someone discovering who you are (and she says that is an actual fear). Madam Philomena suggests everyone spends time on things they could let go of, and you could trade one of those things for an hour here or there for writing. But you simply haven’t made the choice to do so. She suggests it’s either not a burning desire (in which case you shouldn’t agonize over it), or that you’ve not allowed yourself to start small. So I (Ciar) interpret that as decide if you actually want to write, and if you do, don’t think you have to take Bantam by storm. Madam Philomena also suggests there’s something you’ve been considering buying and you should be cautious. ????

  3. Jerry Race says:

    hi Madam Philomena,

    A top NY literary agent wants me to send her about a 5 page synopsis & 1st 3 chapters of my horror novel. She liked its log line and the impromptu story idea. Will she like the stuff she requested well enough to take me on as a client & will the MS get published with her help?

  4. Meg Allison says:

    I love this. 🙂

    Okay, my question: Should I send my paranormal novel to the print pub I’ve been thinking about or to my e-publisher?

  5. Valerie Bongards says:

    Thanks Madam Philomena

    I appreciate your comments…definately good for though.

    Valerie

  6. Ciar Cullen says:

    Jerry,
    Madam Philomena is hopeful things will take off for you, but suggests that it may not quite be time! (I’m sorry to be the one to report this; don’t give up!). She has been known to be wrong. Philomena suggests you keep plugging away and not put all your eggs in one basket. I guess you’ll have to decide what that means! Good luck!

  7. Ciar Cullen says:

    Meg, Madam Philomena suggests that it’s time for you to push the boundaries of your comfort zone, even though it seems to keep doing so. Push push push, don’t stop, keep pushing. You’ll know when it’s time for a breather. In writing terms, I can only try to interpret that to mean, yes, send to the print publisher, because it’s time to try, and try more, and try again. Get those first few “trys” out of the way! Good luck!

  8. Silma says:

    Dear Madame,

    What do you recommend to get over the writer’s blues?

  9. Ciar Cullen says:

    Dear Silma,
    Madam Philomena doesn’t really know what the writer’s blues are (I do). She suggests that writing cannot cause the blues, only lack of courage, interest, or suffering from another part of your life interfering with your writing. Phil suggests there is more energy going out than coming in, and you need to gather energy everywhere you can–the world, friends, nature… Be hoardish (as opposed to whorish–Ciar editorializing). List your disappointments, grieve them, get rid of excess baggage, take a few days off, and don’t spread yourself thin. If you still feel blue, write about it, to connect with that part of you that gets a kick out of writing in the first place. Write a blue character, and find out what he or she does! Philomena suggests you also need to count your blessings daily. (Sorry, that’s not me, I identify with you totally.)

  10. Meg Allison says:

    Thank you, Madame Philomena! 🙂

  11. Amanda Brice says:

    Will I sell my chick lit novel this year?

  12. Ciar Cullen says:

    Amanda,
    Philomena said you will. I guess it doesn’t get much simpler than that. Then she said “leave me alone, I’m baking your niece’s birthday cake.”

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