The “Amazing” Query Letter

That pretty much describes how I felt last night! But it’s a good feeling, a fantastic one! I could have screamed, if only it weren’t so late. Plus, my older brother is visiting right now and it would have freaked him out to hear me yelling.

I sent my first query out to a literary agent a while back. Actually, June twenty-second to be exact. I was testing it to see if it would work. I really didn’t expect to hear back from her in such a short time. Last night, though, I did. She wants the first fifty page, which means the query letter must work. How exciting!
She is definitely one of my top picks, but I’m aware this is just a small step. It’s just since it’s my first query letter and my first request for a partial I am ever-so happy! All the kind things she had to say about my query letter was wonderful, too. I had sent one to my critic group (fantastic, amazing, writers!) and then trashed that to start again. Then I posted I think two different types on AW’s Water Cooler’s Query Hell. I trashed both of those, too, and wrote something completely different.
Like, really different. I liked it better than the others, and sent the first version of it to Query Goblin to see if it worked. Which, luckily, it did. Then I was given a guaranteed query critic when I signed up for a Writer’s Digest webinar and decided why not? I’d send my weird, somewhat non-conventional, query letter to her and see if it worked. If it didn’t, that’d be sad, but at least I’d know and she’d give me pointers to tell me how to alter it. If it worked…
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dream of it working and her asking me for a partial, but I really didn’t think it would happen. That’s why it took me eleven minutes to actually open the e-mail. When I read over it my heart soared! It’s the little things in life you have to enjoy 🙂
Even if she decides the story isn’t for her after reading the partial, I’ll still be grateful and pleased. Probably a little disappointed but I’ve always chosen to focus on the good instead of the bad. As Randy Disher said, happiness is a choice. (If you get that reference without googling it, you’re amazing and I love you!)
Of course, I don’t expect this to work out. After all, it’s my first try and it’d be too… weird if it worked. I’ve read a lot of stories of writer’s not getting an offer until query letter 75. I think that’ll be my story when this is all said and done.
Now for the reason that ‘amazing’ is in the title of this post! I don’t get this news until I got back from seeing the Amazing Spiderman. I’m a hero movie geek, it’s my big brother’s fault and since he was in town we decided to see it together. It  was… well, amazing. Really amazing. Andrew Garfield is ten times better than Tobey Maguire was at being Spiderman. Plus the actors in it are amazing ones like Denis Leary (so funny), Martin Sheen, Campbell Scott (I have a crush on him), and Emma Stone (my favorite actress, but she needs to return to a ginger. Redheads are the funnest, trust me).
And Andrew Garfield…? I could scream like a little school girl whenever I see him wearing glasses. I love guys with glasses and he’s already so handsome. Anyway, if you are wondering whether to see it or not: see it! It’s a fun, action packed, interesting plotted, story. Yes, you know the Spiderman story — everyone does — but this movie does it well.

Snow White and the Huntsman

I’ve been wanting to see Snow White & the Huntsman since I saw the first preview for it. I like dark twists on fairy tales (because usually they were dark before Disney got a hold of them). Charlize Theron is always good and I’ve liked Chris Hemsworth since I saw him in Thor. The only thing that I didn’t like was Kristen Stewart as Snow White. I’ve seen her in Adventureland, Panic Room, and Twilight (only the first one, I never bothered with the rest). I wasn’t really impressed by any of her roles even though I liked Panic Room and Adventureland.

Plus, the idea that KStew could be fairer than Charlize Theron…? I couldn’t help but think ‘in what reality?’ because, come on, Charlize Theron is an amazingly beautiful woman. In the commercials she was clearly a knock out. And then there was KStew. Plain looking KStew in a role of the ‘fairest of them all’.

I couldn’t get with that, but I still wanted to see the movie. Tonight I finally got the chance and I was pleasantly surprised. Charlize Theron was amazing, no shocker there, and Chris Hemsworth was amusing and somehow sexy even though he looked highly unwashed. The little girl that played young Snow White was cute and had really beautiful eyes. I could totally believe she would grow up to be the fairest of them all. And KStew?

She was actually pretty good. At times, she even looked as lovely as Charlize Theron. She only has a couple facial expressions, but otherwise she did well. I remember her biting her bottom lip like a hundred times in Twilight, thankfully she didn’t do it once in this movie. I read a couple reviews slamming her acting but I don’t think that’s fair. She actually did a good job. I was very impressed by her in this movie.

Before you say it, I know the whole point was inner beauty, that she was kind and fair on the inside in ways the evil Queen could never be. But even if it wasn’t, if it was just about outer beauty, this movie made me believe that KStew could rival Charlize Theron’s beauty on a really good day.

It even inspired me. I’ve been having issues with my current WIP even though I’ve been able to write parts of it every day. I was stuck. I didn’t know where to take the story but the beauty of this movie helped me. I came home and wrote a scene.

The movie kept me entertained from start to finish, the acting was good, the plot entertaining, and that’s all I look for in a movie. I don’t need it to be picture of the year, just something that was worth my money. Snow White & the Huntsman is just that. I would recommend anyone seeing it, even you aren’t a KStew fan.

Update: Due to the news that KStew had an affair with the married director of this movie, I feel the need to retract the compliments I gave for her. Truth is, she should be given very few things to say (as she was in this movie) and just thrown in the midst of action, if the movie hopes to be good. Because, well, let’s face it. KStew doesn’t have a lot of facial expressions, and apparently no morals. Really? A married man? Really…? Ugh. Then she goes and apologizes to her boyfriend in a public weepy thing (probably more for her fans than him, because if it was for him she’d have done it in private). Yeah, great for you KStew, now what do you have to say the the wife?