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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

yes--this year was A LOT. many good things happened but my god i worked my ASS off, and had some personal losses too. riding the highs and lows really took it out of me. hoping next year is a little calmer but with the upcoming election and constant terrible headlines...it’s really hard to balance caring about the world and caring for oneself.

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Thank you, Jami. Take care. Sending a wish for calm, joy, and strength to all those who need it. Happy New Year!

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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

Thank you, Jami. I’m having trouble shaking the post-holiday blues today and your post hit me at the perfect time. I’m not crying, you’re crying!

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Dec 27, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

Hi Jami, I'm having one of those days you aptly described: on my bed in pajamas, thinking, and reading but having no energy to get up and even make a bite to eat. I surrender. And it's okay.

Happy New Year, I'm sure it will be your best one so far. Cheers!

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Dec 28, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

Happy 2024, Jami. I can’t wait to read both books--one of which past me has already ordered to cheer up future me, because that’s the way the tides work. Eventually I will need cheering. And I will be able to cheer on others sometimes, too.

And now I’m off to scratch that itch you write of. Thank you for sharing this year with us.

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Thank you for your giant heart and tugging so many of us along with you. I am sitting here trying to finish a performance piece for -ahem- this evening- and I know I can do it after all the 1000 words cheering on from you and the amazing community you have built over the years. And, hey, it might even be good! These are heavy and hard times all around for almost everyone I know. Wishing you some much deserved joy and beauty!

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Yep, quite the year. The overwhelm of a new novel being published, the overwhelm of other issues in family and friends, the world itself. You called it. I also began getting up before sunrise for the quiet it offered. May we all have a good new year.

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Dec 27, 2023·edited Dec 27, 2023

This year just about undid me. I'm the one who always has the "unflappable" label attached, but 2023 flapped me, that's for sure. It feels like all the creative juices have been sucked out of my body and I'm as dry as an old orange peel. But: I'm still standing, so where there's sentience there's hope, right? I'm not making any vows as to what I will accomplish in any kind of time frame, but I'm promising myself that things will just... get better. With work, and some faith in the great wheel's turning. Plus after mourning my dog for 3-1/2 years I got a new dog in September and he's just full of goodness.

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Congrats on finishing your copy edits! I have a question, which you’ve probably addressed in a previous newsletter and/or in the book, but: Now that I’ve got a draft done and I need to go back through and fill in the gaps, rearrange things, full-on EDIT, where do you start?

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Thank you, Jami, and all those best wishes back to you from me. My writing challenge for the next month or more is to add an index to a resource book I finished last year but due to various reasons, could not make the index happen in time for publication. That is now my task at hand. You always write so well here. I love reading you.

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First, do you consult on Substack. If so hit me up on my comments section. I'm told by my computer consultant that I should not publish on Substack. I (among other writers I know) are not thrilled with having our agents change our work. I wrote an intense memoir about an important topic. I'd like to serialize it. I'm just learning Substack. I have many different versions on the work. I'd really like it to be made into a movie. (I know a lot about the business). I only recently learned to set my filters so that people don't change it against my will. I appreciate the feedback of other writers or creative people. I don't appreciate notes from an agent (even if she's described by everyone who's anyone as New York's literary force. She doesn't know how to write. I learned this back when people were naming names on the Internet of people who burned them. My question is what do you think is the best way to promote this piece without giving away the plot. (the plot is in flux because it's a memoir (or fiction as they say legally). Many people already read different unedited versions before I was aware that people could read drafts in Substack. Thanks for bearing with this long, rambling email. Happy new year, Leigh

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Thank you, Jami. Every cell of mine was nodding yes, relating to every word. Happy New Year to you.

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Yes Jamie, I hear you. This year was so damn difficult. I had some good moments, but a lot of not so good ones as well. It was hard. It still is. But we get up and do what needs to be done. We write! We write because we love it. ~ Happy 2024! May this be the best year ever for all of us. We deserve it!🥂🩷🎉🥳

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Hi Jami,

So I may have missed something - the Project 52 substack. I'm already a paid subscriber here. To read that one, do I need to pay for another subscription? Thanks for letting me know.

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Where are those photos from? Palm trees?

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