No Belle

Belle's been bad. Well actually, Belle's been good.

I went to the Ne-Yo show at Spotlight Live last night. His new artists aren't so bad-- 2 were pretty good, in fact. If I hadn't been so busy working the room, I probably would have caught their names. Maybe next time.

I sat at the table of a prominent record label to watch the show. But then I got booted from it when Fabolous showed up. They had to scramble to fine me another seat. And they did. Two minutes after I sit, Denzel comes and sits next to me. Yes, Washington. I'm pretty level-headed usually, but damn, it was Denzel. I had my OMG! moment, sent a hysterical text to my mama and a few more folk (Tariq: try not to jump his bones, D.) Then I calmed myself and remembered that I was a respectable journalist for a respectable publication. I have no idea what song Ne-Yo sang first because I was staring at Denzel. The man had on a wrinkled button down and wrinkled pants, hadn't seen a barber in a least a month and still.... if I got it, he can get it. I was so enthralled, that I didn't even ask if we could get an interview for the at my job :-( (a senior editor pointed that out when I was retelling the tale. I am such a newbie sometimes.)

Anyway, i write all that to say, that I got home late, forgot to post a blog, woke up late, didn't have time to post a blog, and so this is what you get for the day. I don't know what I am doing after work-- likely the gym so you'll get a real blog. In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves. Or not.

Here's a topic for the day-- does the number matter? I thought I didn't care what his number was, then I realized I did. A lot.

Oh, and c-writer. That letter basically meant, she liked the book and/or your writing style but it didn't work for her line. she's telling you what she wants and if i were you -- a new writer-- I would do it. It gets a whole lot easier after you've been signed. Do what you must to get your foot in the door. Also, don't trash the book. One editor may hate it; another may think it gold. Keep pitching. Sometimes it takes a day, sometimes it takes awhile. Oh, and life gets phenomenally easier with an agent. Editors have tons of unread manuscripts on their desk. Agented manuscripts take precedence. And yes, sadly, apartheid exists in publishing. That said, if you don't tell them you are not white, how will they know until they meet you?