From a Writer to an Author
with Anastasia Suen
Verla: ah...almost time for the workshop to begin and SQ is here to set up the room. Just in time, sq
Suzy-Q hands out cans of silly string.
Dani25: Thank you
whatie takes TWO cans.
NOTE: :) = a happy face (on its side)
Suzy-Q makes sure the mick is working.. testing, testing.
Anastasia: I'll try, and see if it works first
Verla: Hey, sq! Leave Mick along and pay attention to the MIKE.
Anastasia: we'll go with the flow :)
whatie: mick working? I hope not, he's in the chat room :)
Suzy-Q: I got that too, kia. hehehehehe
_Enchanted: I hate silly string, but we might need it as ammunition. I saw some of Verla's practical jokes on the CW list.
NOTE: CW list = Children's Writers email list (information on joining is on the Writer's Tips page of this website)
Verla: lol. Oh, you did, did you, enchanted. Actually those were my MOTHER'S practical jokes!
NOTE: lol = laughing out loud
Verla frowns at mick. He was entirely too enthusiastic about that!
mick13: I'm always enthusiastic
whatie: mick just doesn't like tests......
Suzy-Q: He will like my tests!
Verla sits on sq to get her under control
Suzy-Q: I'm under control.. Just adjusting things.
Verla: Hey...it's time for the workshop to begin
*** Verla has set the topic on channel #Kidlit to From a Writer to an Author workshop now in progress
Verla: Okay, everyone...before we begin...
Suzy-Q sets out goodies. (Get them before we start everyone.)
Verla: please keep all personal chit chat and hellos and goodbyes until after the workshop has ended.
Dani25: Ok, QUIET everyone
Verla: But DO join in the discussion and post your comments and questions on the subject being discussed.
Verla: Okay...and now...
Verla: May I introduce Anastasia Suen!
Verla: Anastasia...you are on.
Anastasia: Thank you!
Anastasia: Verla - the cut and paste feature isn't working!
Anastasia: can you past in my bio? please
Verla: okay..I'll paste it for you, Anastasia
Verla: THIS IS ANASTASIA TALKING: Anastasia Suen is the author of 16 children's books, including MAN ON
Verla: THE MOON (Viking) an American booksellers Pick of the List, BABY BORN
Verla: (Lee & Low), a Reach Out and Read Selection, and WINDOW MUSIC (Viking),
Verla: A Book of the Month Club Selection.
Verla: A credentialed teacher and
Verla: poet-in-residence, she presents poetry programs in schools, bookstores
Verla: and libraries.
Verla: As a textbook consultant, she has selected poetry for
Verla: phonics and mathematics textbooks series. She is currently writing
Verla: basals for a reading textbook series and speaking at schools,
Verla: bookstores, conferences, book festivals and universities.
Anastasia: When you changes roles in life, it not only changes you
Anastasia: , it also changes the way people
Anastasia: treat you
Anastasia: I found this to be true after I sold my first book
Anastasia: I was an "author" now...
Anastasia: When I got "the call", I told everyone
Anastasia: Most people were happy for me,
Anastasia: but the demands started right away
Anastasia: When did my book come out, they wanted to know.
Anastasia: One family member regularly asked me
Anastasia: why my book wasn't out yet
Anastasia: and picture books take 2 years
Anastasia: to illustrate and bring out to the bookstores
Verla: Reminds you of that last month of pregnancy, doesn't it Anastasia?
Verla: MY picture books are taking 4 and 6 years, Anastasia!
Anastasia: And do they still ask you - over and over again?
Verla: Yes, they do, Anastasia.
Anastasia: sigh - my "first" book MAY come out in 2000
Anastasia: luckly, the 3rd one came out...first!
Verla: That's when I get my first book, too, Anastasia...2000. My 2nd & 3rd books will be out in 1999
Anastasia: crazy, isn't it!
Verla: yes, it certainly is.
Dani25: Why does it work that way?
Anastasia: the illustrator
Anastasia: didn't do the book, and kept it for 2 years
Verla: In my case, they had illustrator problems with the first book, so it got pushed back.
Verla: It happens
Verla: Mine took 1 1/2 years to do the illustrations...then when they were done, they weren't acceptable..so the publisher paid the illustrator and cancelled the work and started over with a new illustrator
Anastasia: mine lied and said he had sent the book in... and he hadn't!
Anastasia: they made him send the $$ back
Dani25: Well, I'd hope so!
Anastasia: then it was back to square 1 - looking for a new illustrator
Verla: So you can see, that the road after acceptance is not always lined with gold and glitter
Verla: Okay...so now we have had to wait and wait and wait...
Anastasia: and wait some more!
Dani25: Do you feel pressure now that you have been accepted to keep writng at a certain level of expertise?
Verla: Yes!, Dani! I know I do, anyway...
Dani25: That's what I worry might happen
pearlsue: Dani--absolutely. Not a certain level--but BETTER than your first book(s)
Anastasia: You're famous! People that I knew told me this constantly
Verla: Grin. Yes, people will make comments like, WOW! Now I know someone famous
Anastasia: and the reality was, I was NOT famous
Anastasia: When push came to shove
Verla: No. Unfortunately, it takes more than one book sale to become famous. (except for a VERY rare occasion)
Anastasia: I was "no-one". I was not Eric Carle or Jane Yolen
Anastasia: there is a pecking order!
Anastasia: and I , with my one book did not "rate" at all
Anastasia: , in the public's eyes, in the bookseller's eyes,
Anastasia: nor with the schools and the libraries
Anastasia: No crowds of people lined up to have their books signed. Ha!
Verla: I know authors that have had MANY books published that are still relatively unknown to the children's book world.
Anastasia: so true!
Anastasia: *you have to pay your dues all over again...
Anastasia: In the public eye
Verla: What? No crowds? Rats. I was hoping for BIG crowds....
Anastasia: no big crowds, unless they know you, Verla
pearlsue: Anastasia, Verla, what kind of 'help' do you get from your house's marketing departments?
Anastasia: Marketing help - not much the 1st year, pearl
Verla: So far, I have gotten NONE, pearl...but then, my first book is not out yet, either.
Verla: Are you getting more now, Anastasia?
Anastasia: Yes, I am now, verla
Anastasia: the mktg dept decides WHO gets the $$
pearlsue: Hmmm...so things like school visits, signings, etc.--you set up on your own?
Anastasia: Yes, I set everything up on my own the 1st year
Anastasia: confernces, bookstores, schools, mailings, phots, press releases
Verla: Are they helping you will all of that, Anastasia? Or is that what you did on your own the first year?
Anastasia: I did everything my first year, this year they did the bookstores
Anastasia: And I still have to find time to write NEW books
pearlsue: Anastasia--did you ask for help, the first year? I want to ask but would this be out of line?
Anastasia: They did pay the postage on my postcards
pearlsue: And Anastasia, when you say, you're getting some help now, what kind of form does that help take?
Anastasia: the marketing dept "booked" me for a season
Anastasia: It was a BIG help
Verla: just the bookstores?
Verla: does "doing" the bookstores mean they contacted them with info about your new book?
Anastasia: the marketing rep for bookstores called the chains here
Anastasia: and booked dates for me
Anastasia: a LOT of stores wanted me this time
Anastasia: because the request was coming from New York
Anastasia: and their offices
Anastasia: not little old me just asking in the store
Anastasia: where they all told me - it was too late to do anything
Anastasia: I missed the entire fall season that way!
pearlsue: Interesting, Anastasia...thanks, I'll remember that!
Verla: So it helps a lot to have booksignings set up by the publisher, then.
Anastasia: it looks better that way
Anastasia: I also found out - do everything MONTHS in advance
Anastasia: 2 months minimum for a signing
Anastasia: they need time to typeset, etc
Verla: When do you need to set up for the fall season? To contact people/stores
Anastasia: they started calling in July
Verla: Oh. thanks, Anastasia
Anastasia: I had Public Relations photos done in June
pearlsue: One caveat--I had a friend who set up signings and visits for her first book, way in advance. Then the book did NOT come out as scheduled...so she had to do readings, etc. without any books to sell!!
Verla: Ouch. That's hard, pearl.
Verla: I did my first talk with no books...just illustrations and galleys....
Anastasia: me too!
Verla: but they KNEW my books weren't out yet before they hired me, so it was not a problem
Anastasia: I still do that, even in the bookstore
pearlsue: Hmmm...tough with an unillustrated middle-grade novel...
Anastasia: it's pre-selling
Anastasia: yes, that only works with picture books
Verla: Okay...what are some things a new author should watch out for, Anastasia? What kinds of things can cause problems?
Anastasia: Public person/ private person. (Thanks to Robin Pulver for this one!)
Anastasia: I saw that I had 2 roles now
Anastasia: As an author, I was a public person, and a private person
Anastasia: The public person made appearances
Anastasia: and spoke freely with complete strangers
Verla: hmmm. explain, please? Oh..you are...<blushing red>
Anastasia: The private person bared her soul and wrote books
Anastasia: I had decisions to make:
Anastasia: how much time I would spend on each
Anastasia: and indeed, what I would do, or not do...
Anastasia: (And all of this takes time.)
Dani25: Not do?
Anastasia: no can do - too tired!
Verla: yes, that is an important decision. Because when you are giving talks and signings you are not writing
pearlsue: Talks and signings--how much do they *really* affect sales?? (I'd rather be writing!!)
Verla: You mean like picking and choosing which events you would do?
Anastasia: I found they really affected sales!
Verla: They did? Good!
Dani25: I'm scared at the very thought of having to give talks
pearlsue: Wow! OK--good to know, Anastasia.
Anastasia: yes, picking and choosing events
Anastasia: what do you charge?
Verla: It IS scary at first, Dani.
Anastasia: where will you speak or not...
Verla: but after a while, it becomes FUN
Anastasia: speaking is like rding a bike
Anastasia: it comes back to you
Anastasia: as you do it more often
Dani25: I don't know how to ride a bike:-)
Anastasia: uh-oh, Dani
Verla: hmmm. Since I never had a bike, I wouldn't know about that, Anastasia...but I can speak!
Anastasia: oh, no, Verla!
Anastasia: I rode for hours as a kid!
whatie: that makes three of us who never learned to ride a bike :) anyone else? ;)
Verla: Hey! Back to writing talk, folks. The bike talk can wait til we are done.
Gaillynn: Anastasia do you have two books published now?
Anastasia: 3 books, gail
Anastasia: 16 under contract!
Gaillynn: Wow, I'm impressed
Verla: Wow. You have 16 books now under contract, Anastasia?
Anastasia: yes, 16
Dani25: 16. Wow
Verla: I am REALLY impressed, Anastasia!
Anastasia: thanks, verla
Verla pushes Anastasia way UP on a pedestal...
Anastasia: I am writing those readers
^MS_SASE^: Gosh...you must be "famous" :-)
Anastasia: not famous! just busy
whatie: so, when will those sixteen books come out Anastasia? *grin*
Anastasia: 3 are out now - 2 more trade books are being illustrated
Anastasia: the 11 readers come out on 2000 or later
Dani25: Do you have any more recognition now?
NOTE: This question was missed and did not get answered.
Gaillynn: I missed you at the last two SCBWI's meetings, now I know why.
NOTE: SCBWI = Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (Information link to their website can be found on the Links page of this website)
Verla: Anastasia has been a busy lady!
Anastasia: I have been writing fulltime since May!
Verla: 16 books under contract is a LOT.
Verla: all at once.
Anastasia: 3 are out now
Verla: So 13 are under contract still?
_Lyra: all picture books?
Anastasia: 5 pic books, 11 easy readers
Gaillynn: What one thing would you like to tell me as a new writer.
Verla: Yes, what would you recommend a new writer do to get published?
Anastasia: new writer: keep writing
Gaillynn: good advice! I will.
Verla: Also...keep submitting. All the writing in the world won't get you published unless the editors see it.
Anastasia: yes yes yes
Anastasia: mail mail mail
Anastasia: find your writing voice, & study the market
Verla: Finding your voice is VERY important.
Anastasia: and you only find it - if you write
Verla: You need to keep writing until what you are writing feels like ONLY you...like no one else could ever write THAT story in just THAT way
Gaillynn: Do you advise against stories in verse?
Gaillynn: I have done a really cute one I read to the group last month. They liked it.
Anastasia: I write poetry - and it sells
Anastasia: if that is your voice, then write it that way
Anastasia: but it has to be very good
Anastasia: or it stinks! :(
Verla: I do NOT advise against verse, gaillynn..only BAD verse. :-) Verse that doesn't really "sing" to the reader and tell a story - is NOT good to send to market.
Gaillynn: When you say good, exactly what do you mean? from a literary standpoint
Gaillynn: or from a story standpoint?
Anastasia: a poem that is a picture book has to tell a story and still be a perfect poem
Anastasia: it's tricky
Gaillynn: by perfect do you mean meter, etc?
Anastasia: and the meaning has to be clear as a bell, too
Anastasia: character develpoement, etc
Verla: No wasted words. No words stuck in just because they rhyme...
Anastasia: easy to read, hard to write
Anastasia: and Verla and I write nonfiction, too
Anastasia: then all of the FACTS have to be right, also
Anastasia: it has to tell a story, too
Anastasia: with a story arc,
Dani25: It's very hard. For me, anyway
Anastasia: I storyboard everything!
Gaillynn: that helps
Verla: ¥es, gaillynn...everything MUST be perfect in verse for it to "work"
Gaillynn: Yes, I have studied that part.
Anastasia: writng without rhyme is a LOT easier
Verla: LOTS easier! And it is usually easier to sell prose than rhyme, too.
Verla: That's why it takes me 2-3 years to write ONE 200 word picture book in rhyme
Verla: It takes that long to work all the "kinks" out of the story
_Lyra: Verla is VERY patient...unlike me
ClaraRose: unlike me, too
Gaillynn: Do you and Verla have English degrees?
Anastasia: I'm a teacher
Verla: I only have a high school degree, gaillynn
Gaillynn: Thanks verla, I feel better now.
Anastasia: it's your "ear" that you need, not a degree
Verla: I took one semester of college English...then I took the ICL (Institute of Children's Literature) correspondence course in my 40's.
NOTE: Information on ICL can be found on the Writer's Tips page of this website
Anastasia: and I dropped out of ICL
Dani25: Wow, so did I
Dani25: I dropped out because of financial difficulties
Anastasia: I studied with mentors instead
mick13: why did you drop out, Anastasia?
Anastasia: I was in bed for 3 mos
Anastasia: (she's 10 now!)
Anastasia: and I wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote
^MS_SASE^: I have a degree...I use it to impress the cat
_Lyra: I only have high school degree, too
_Lyra: But I have spent 12 years in IMARITER-University
_Lyra: (I am a writer University)
Gaillynn: Yes I do have some college also, including freshman english.
Verla: The BEST teachers are writing more and more...and reading GOOD books...more and more.
_Lyra: I READ a lot ...just finished my 130 book this year (half kid & half adult books)
Verla: Especially books that are the same kind as the ones you want to write
Anastasia: defintely the ones that are the same as you write
Gaillynn: I am so glad to have your book Man on the Moon. I look forward to the
Gaillynn: day I can read it to my grandchildren
Anastasia: thanks, gail
Gaillynn: Don't have any yet.
Anastasia: I read everything aloud
Anastasia: over and over again
Verla: Yes. With picture books, and even other stuff..I read all of it aloud.
Verla: It helps, too, to read to kids.
Verla: You can see what they like and don't like when you read to them.
Verla: So you can see what works and what doesn't work with them.
Dani25: How do you find the kids? (I don't have any)
_Lyra: Verla volunteers at a library
Verla: Library story hour for toddlers
Verla: Or preschools
Verla: and schools for older kids
_Lyra: And I am thinking about volunteering to help in a classroom...if I get the nerve
Verla: Yes...schools LOVE volunteers
Dani25: You just go and ask if you can read a story? How does it work?
Verla: Call them, tell them you would like to volunteer as a reader...and tell them what age you want to read to.
Verla: They will usually be thrilled to have someone come in and read to the kids.
Verla: It frees a teacher (or two or three...) to do other things
Dani25: Do you read published books, or test out your new stories?
Verla: I would start with published books, dani.
Verla: See which ones they really like.
Verla: What they enjoy the most.
Anastasia: and what you enjoy, too
Verla: Sometimes, you can even sneak in a manuscript of your own.
Verla: Then, you can analyze those books and see how to make yours have the same "kid appeal"
Dani25: Sounds good
Anastasia: and see how much they wiggle
Anastasia: I call it "the wiggle factor"
_Lyra: cute, Anastasia (g)
Anastasia: thanks, Lyra!
Anastasia: if they wiggle too much, you know you've LOST them
Verla: The wiggle factor, eh? cute
Anastasia: thanks, Verla
_Lyra: When I read at a childrens' museum opening to 3 year olds, I read my friends' books (including GOOD KNIGHT by Linda R. Rhymill)
_Lyra: I have THREE really good ones to read now that I've collected
Gaillynn: If they all fall asleep, time for major rewrite.
Verla: And being around kids, will give you great ideas, too!
Gaillynn: You don't want "nap appeal"
Verla: no, no nap appeal
Verla: yikes. We only have 10 minutes left...
Verla: Does anyone have any other questions?
Gaillynn: Let us think a minute
Verla: What about unpublished writers trying to scoot into your publisher's house on your coat-tails, Anastasia?
Anastasia: ooh my
Anastasia: that's a hot one
Verla: I have had people ask me to recommend them... and I don't even know what they write!
Anastasia: People call me and want my editor's name, Verla!
Verla: I always told them that I have NO influence with my publisher.
Anastasia: me, too, verla
mick13: If you had it to do over again, how would You have marketed your first book?
Anastasia: marketing - I would have started earlier with the bookstores
ClaraRose: start what with the bookstores?
Anastasia: start calling for storytime with the bookstores
Anastasia: I called after they were already booked for the season
Gaillynn: do you mean to sit in or to read your books?
Anastasia: to read my books, gail
Gaillynn: If a publisher really likes your story will you hear sooner than the time shown.
Verla: Sometimes, gaillynn..but not always! It depends on when they "found" it in the slush pile
Don_S: So Anastasia tell us some things about contracts things they leave out or sneek in.
Anastasia: you do NOT want them to bundle the royalties from all of your book together
Anastasia: Let each book pay for itself
Verla: Yes, no book should be able to take away royalties from another one...if it doesn't "earn out" its advance.
_Lyra: lots of confusing phrasing that basically gives almost everything to the publisher
Anastasia: watch the option clause!
Verla: Yes! WATCH THE OPTION CLAUSE!
Anastasia: Payment upon publication... my first book MAY come out in 2000
Anastasia: and I sold it in 96!
Anastasia: make it say - upon publication or within 18 months or 2 years or something
Gaillynn: I see
_Lyra: The option is the BIG one
_Lyra: My agent made sure I only had to show each series book, not other works to that publisher
Verla: And MY first contract had a clause in it that was a KILLER.
Gaillynn: What's that
whatie: what clause?
Verla: My option clause said, "You have to show us your next picture book...and we have until 3 months AFTER PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST BOOK to make a decision on that book. You may not submit ANY picture books ANYWHERE else until we have made a decision."
Gaillynn: Verla what do you do about that now?
Gaillynn: could you have gotten them to change that?
Anastasia: you negotiate
Dani25: Yikes, Verla
Verla: And if I had signed that...I would have had to wait until the year 2000 to submit another book!
Verla: I sold my first book in 1994.
Anastasia: that's why we read the fine print
Gaillynn: So you just refused.
Verla: I told them I could NOT sign the contract with that clause in it...and they removed it.
Verla: changed it, I mean.
Gaillynn: A first time author is a little intimadated you know & might agree to that.
Dani25: Did you notice the clause yourself, or did a professional help you read it?
Christyy: is it something that a normal person could understand?
Verla: I used a book, christy & Dani
Christyy: what is it called? do you know?
Anastasia: read Mary Flowers book, it helps
Anastasia: it's about children's book contracts
Verla: I used Buisness & Legal Forms for Authors & Self-Publishers by Tad Crawford. Published by Allworth Press, NY
Christyy: how many pages is a contract? (estimate)
Anastasia: tiny print!
Verla: LOL. My contracts have super itsy bitsy print....on legal size paper...and they are each 10 pages long. (and that's for 200 word books!)
redtail19: uh-oh, Verla--even with my reading glasses I can't *see* itsy bitsy print--lol
whatie: redtail: if you really can't see it, take it to a photocopy shop and copy it with magnification.
Gaillynn: Don't you have to agree on the phone to advance, before they will send a contract to you?
_Lyra: Often they will try to pin you down the for advance during the excited rush of the phone call...
Anastasia: But nothing is legal unless it's in writing
DonnaB2: How much is settled on the phone before a contract is sent out?
Verla: I told them the advance sounded good...
_Lyra: For the first book, you'd usually accept the advance, but check the clauses and you can always ask for more free books
Anastasia: free books are an easy giveaway for them
Gaillynn: how many free books are an acceptable amount?
Verla: I asked for more free books...they offered 10...I asked for 20 and GOT it. And at $16 per book...that's a nice little bonus.
Anastasia: free books - I ask for 15-20
DonnaB2: What do you do with the free books? Give as gifts to school libraries where you speak?
Anastasia: your family wants them all!
_Lyra: I asked for 25 books--but paperbacks, so not as expensive
Verla: My family will PAY for their books! I'll give'em my discounted price...
Verla: ONLY my grandchildren will get free books.
Verla: and my Mother In Law, of course
Gaillynn: of course
Anastasia: see, Verla it adds up! :)
Verla: I know it does.
ClaraRose: I don't know.. I think I might give a freebie to someone who might be a walking advertisement.
_Lyra: I often give my books away for free to libraries, kids, etc...but they are $3 paperbacks
Dani25: What is 'THE PHONE CALL' like? What do they say? What do you say?
_Lyra: The phone call is a breathless, dizzy moment, where you have no idea what you said later--so take notes
Verla: Yes, TAKE NOTES!
Anastasia: they mention an advance
Verla: they told me the amount of the advance and the royalties...
Verla: Then I told them to go ahead and send the contract and I'd look it over.
Harazin: What's a reasonable advance for a YA?
Anastasia: ?? I write picture books
Verla: Advances for first books can be anywhere from $500 to $3000, Harazin. But most first advances run around $1000 - $2000, I think.
Gaillynn: can you buy your own books at wholesale price?
Verla: Yes, that is also in your contract, gaillynn
_Lyra: usually...at 40 percent off
Gaillynn: that's pretty good.
Anastasia: without royalty - you can buy thenm 40% off from the publisher
_Lyra: If you know a bookstore, they can order your books at the 40% discount and you still get the royalty (if they work out a deal with you)
Verla: Yikes...we are out of time!
_Lyra: Nice job, Anastasia
Suzy-Q: Great job Anastasia.
DonnaB2: Thanks Anastasia and Verla.
whatie claps and cheers
redtail19: A-S thanks!
Dani25: Thanks, Anastasia
Christyy: thank you A Suen
_Enchanted: Thank you, Anastasia
Suzy-Q hands Anastasia a gourmet caramel apple.
ClaraRose: good job
^MS_SASE^: Yes, very interesting Anastasia
Suzy-Q: You're welcome.
Suzy-Q shoots silly string into the air for a job well done.
Verla: Anastasia! That was a GREAT workshop! Thank you SO much!
zbell: there goes SQ's silly string
Gaillynn: Verla thanks for setting this up..
Anastasia: yeah, Verla!
Verla: Ta da!
Don_S: Thanks for the workshop Anastasia. :)
Gaillynn: Bye now.
Suzy-Q untangles the mike cord from around mick.
mick13: finally, I can breathe again
whatie smiles ;)
Suzy-Q: I have behaved for a whole hour... Fun time!
zbell: SQ, you behaved all that time?
zbell asks in amazement!
Suzy-Q: yes I did, aren't you proud of me?
Verla: I am VERY proud of you, sq!
Suzy-Q checks out mick to make sure he isn't damaged from the mike cord.
mick13: I'm ok SQ
Verla: Anastasia...you had a NICE sized crowd here. Most of the time 16-17 people at once.
Anastasia: hooray, Verla!
Verla: Hey! Next week's workshop is with Janis Waldrop...and it is on FINDING MARKETS
Anastasia: go janis!
ClaraRose: hmmm... sounds very interesting
zbell: yes!!! yes!!!! yes!!!
^MS_SASE^: I have been working on it...well, when I haven't been necking
^MS_SASE^: Newly engaged people are sooooo busy
Suzy-Q: necking? sounds interesting.
Verla: Janis is our very own MS SASE...
Verla: from North Carolina. (Hear that accent?)
Anastasia: oh my
Suzy-Q: I haven't been necking in over 20 years!
^MS_SASE^: I have actually gotten some sales from the new market ideas I brainstormed up
Anastasia: while necking?
zbell has forgotten what necking its
_Lyra: what kind of sales, MS?
Verla thinks she never knew what necking was...
^MS_SASE^: No...when I am necking I concentrate, Anastasia
mick13: Janis, are you going to Southern Breeze?
^MS_SASE^: I don't think so, mick, if I got any busier my head would fall off
Suzy-Q wraps ^MS_SASE^ head with tape to prevent it from falling off.
mick13: tape is stronger than silly string
Verla: Use DUCT TAPE! It holds the world together.
Suzy-Q: I already did Verla
Verla: Don't lose your head, MS SASE!
^MS_SASE^: I shall try not to, Verla
Suzy-Q: Of course I used industrial strength duct tape.
zbell: you can fix anything with duct tape
^MS_SASE^: I dunno, my sweetie duct taped his car back together but it did not stay so well
Suzy-Q: I'm sorry if I hurt you, Mick
_Lyra: SQ hurt Mick?
_Lyra: Was it that silly string?
Suzy-Q: I got his head caught in the mike cord.
Suzy-Q: didn't notice it until the workshop was over with, and he was a lovely shade of blue.
zbell: SQ, that sounds painful
Suzy-Q: he said he was fine....
Suzy-Q: Good night Anastasia
Anastasia: nite all :)
Verla: night, Anastasia. THANKS!!!!!!
Anastasia: you're welcome, thanks for asking me! :)
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