Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)
* no, seriously, that’s the term for the first workday after a long weekend. Go look it up, if you don’t believe me!
How good is this Wakefield Doctrine at helping a person on the path of self-enlightenment? Very darn good. Let me use myself as an example. As alert Readers know, I’ve started sending out Query Letters and Synopseses..ss in the effort to find an agent to help get ‘Blogdominion’ published. I started last week and have sent out 4 so far. But that’s not the example part. I got a reply email Saturday letting me know that, while my query was appreciated, it (Blogdominion) was ‘not a perfect fit’ (for this particular agent). And…. I feel good. One more step down the road. (No, not that road… that’s an entirely different book and, for that matter, an entirely different version of the story!**).
And I credit, attribute to, and otherwise say, ‘What a Doctrine’. Not simply because, ‘I don’t care what happens in this process’… trust me, I totally care about the outcome of the process. It’s just that I somehow know that I’m doing the footwork. Its been like this since I made the decision to write this here blog here. The Wakefield Doctrine itself, as a perspective, as a viewpoint on things, as a fun and useful insight into life and reality and such, has always provided me with the energy to move forward. Today as then, it has never once been ‘work’ to write a blog Post. Over the years since, I’ve found myself confronted with tasks and efforts that should have made me want to take up a new hobby, but nothing that should have been difficult-to-the-point-of-not-trying has been anything but satisfying. Scary, sure. Daunting, that too. But there has always been the sense, ‘it’s all right, I need to do this as part of demonstrating the use of the Wakefield Doctrine’.
Weird, huh? And now this, ‘write-a-book-and-get-it-published thing’, Doctrine again! The reason I started writing ‘Blogdominion‘ was that I thought it the best way to improve my writing. Practice by doing and all? And so, when I got the email from the agent, while my first reaction was kinda, ‘damn, too bad’, the second was to smile and think, ‘damn! what a Doctrine!’
Hey! Chapter 9 of ‘Almira’ is out. A bit of backstory from Almira’s childhood years growing up in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Really an interesting time in history. I’ve claimed ‘historical fiction’ as my genre for this story, the research is proving as interesting as writing the story! Pretty darn significant changes in the realm of the perception of individual rights (in general) and labor/worker rights (in particular). Much change. So, in this Chapter, we get a glimpse of the life social in a New England Mill Town.
Speaking of ‘Blogdominion’, it is, of course, up and available to read at jukepop.com and the good thing about the site is how easy it makes it read the story. Go on over, check it out and if you enjoy the story, tell someone else about it.
Ed note: Such is the Doctrine that I can hear the thoughts of some Readers (in particular, clarks), “Dude!” (these thought balloons read, floating over coffee-drinking heads, bowed in the crumbling chains of a too-deep sleep), “What the hell! Don’t tempt ‘them’… you’re getting out there a little much. There’s a tendency (in our people) to over-reach, and when doing so, stray towards the edges of anonymity (emotional and factual). But, we (and here I know Denise and Lizzi and Cynthia stand on the sidelines, fingers crossed in that most essential and basic form of prayer), we’re pulling for you!”
**A free docTee for anyone getting that reference (without the help of ‘the Google’)