Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gatekeeper

...is a word I love. Every time I see or hear it, which for writers is often enough, I picture the guard shack at the mining company here. It's not a shack, but a respectable looking building, at least from the outside. I've never been inside. Whenever I drive by I stare at the window, hoping to see who's watching, but I only ever see a reflection of me and my vehicle. But someone is always watching. That much I know.

Needless to say, I thought of the guard shack this morning when I read this post on Bookslut, which gives "some ruthlessly pragmatic suggestions" to female writers on getting published and reviewed.

6 comments:

Ariel Gordon said...

What a call to arms! What a comfort!

Brenda Schmidt said...

I'm still picturing the guard shack.

Kathy H said...

I associate Gatekeeper with a challenge or quest. Maybe a riddle. One has to pass the Gatekeeper, answer his/her question correctly before one can go forth on the trail.

Maybe I've read too much sci-fi and fantasy. Still, yeah, guard shack.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ha! Maybe that's why I love the word so much! Nothing beats a good fantasy novel.

Pearl said...

good advice. something i read that I could agree with. huh. uncommon. and phew, none of it to sleep your way to publishing.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ha!