October 31, 2002
In, damn it. in
Okay, I cave. The title of my NaNo novel is The Sword in the Mound. Why did I cave, you ask? Was the blatant sexual imagery too funny to ignore? Was it peer pressure? Maybe a little bit of yes to both, but mostly because the plot points that I have now revolve around an actual sword in an actual faerie mound, so there. It's no longer just blatant innuendo, it's now a double meaning. ;)
I should be asleep. However, I can't sleep, because my muse decided to go into overdrive RIGHT NOW. My little idea journal is sitting next to me, covered with over a page of plot ideas for the novel. Yes, I now have a semblance of cheesy plot to go with the cheesy romance. I shall serve this novel with plenty of wine. Although actually, I think it'll come with plenty of whine on its own.
God, I'm tired. Who needs a muse that's apparently all coked up?
October 30, 2002
Twenty four hours from now, I'll be sitting here with Word open, ready to start my epic, thrilling, gloriously cheesy fantasy-romance novel, The Sword and the Mound (or The Sword in the Mound, depending on who you ask or how smutty this thing gets). I learned a lot from NaNoWriMo last year. I expect this year to be every bit as exciting.
This year, however, instead of posting excerpts here (which I may do as well, not sure yet), I'm posting the WHOLE DAMN THING online as I go.* As I'm clinging to the notion that I might actually write something publishable in November, it'll be up on a password protected site, here. If you'd like to follow my scary progress, email me or comment here and I'll send you the password.
*I fully reserve the right to stop posting the whole thing, if the worry about y'all reading it makes me not want to write. ;)
October 25, 2002
My first reading
Today I gave my first 'public' reading. As part of my Philosophy of Art class, we had what my professor calls "Art Day". In other words, we all had a chance to bring in our art. I read a couple of excerpts from "Midsummer". All in all, it was a pretty amazing experience. It was definitely well-received, I'd say. After class, one of my classmates came up and was very complimentary, both of the story and my comments on it. I ended up getting his email address so I could send him the entire story.
The best part though, was looking up while I was reading, and seeing all these eyes fixed on me, alive with interest, really into the little bit of story I gave them. The only real drawback to being an author is you usually miss that instant reaction to your work.
Interestingly, getting those segments ready to read aloud resulted in some neat revisions. Maybe I should read the rest of it aloud somewhere, see how much it improves. Also, the description of the story I gave the class actually brought out some themes and ideas I hadn't really thought about being there. All in all, a really satisfying experience.
October 24, 2002
Did over a thousand words on "An Eye for an Eye" tonight. I could almost finish the first draft tonight, but I felt too impatient to finish it. Trying to finish it now would give me one of my usual rushed, deflated endings. And to be honest, I'm not quite sure HOW to end it. A really dark ending, a la Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is suggesting itself, but I'm not sure that's the right one.
Oddly enough, I already know where this one's going to go first when it's ready: Strange Horizons. It's an odd feeling to feel like you're writing for a specific market, almost.
Black Gate, here I come!
I broke down and shipped off "Computer Dating" to Black Gate. I'm not certain I like the story at this point, and I'm not certain it's the sort of thing they want, but I dunno. What I've read in the magazine doesn't seem to match what their submission guidelines say, so I'm going with what's actually in the magazine. ;) They've got a long response time, so it's going to be a while before I hear from them.
Oh, and I'm reading an excerpt from "Midsummer" aloud to my Philosophy of Art class tomorrow. Several class members are bringing in examples of their own art, and apparently my writing counts. Woo. I'm a little nervous. I've never read my stuff out loud in front of people before.
October 23, 2002
Hooray! I actually WROTE NEW STUFF at Write Club tonight! I started working on "An Eye for an Eye" in earnest. I think it's going to be a fairly short story, so my goal right now is to finish it before NaNoWriMo kicks off. I did some planning for that this evening too, mostly just naming characters and the like. It's great to have a story I'm excited about it again!
October 22, 2002
I'm incredibly frustrated at my lack of writing energy lately. I know it's largely because of school--apparently writing takes up the same parts of my brain as school does. I half-wonder if I'd be having this same problem if I were majoring in something other than literature. Part of the problem is also this incredible sense of malaise and lethargy that's been hanging over me for the past couple weeks. It's not so much depression as it is a constant desire to hibernate. That, I hope, should pass as I get used to the sudden shift to cool weather.
So, yeah. Not writing so much. I still haven't sent out "Computer Dating". Feeling too daunted to work on False Light, tired of revising The Host. Tired of revising pretty much everything. I need a new exciting short story idea to perk me up between here and November. Still looking forward to NaNoWriMo, but starting to wonder how I'm going to pull it off this year. Feh.
October 10, 2002
Look look look! I made Mer's book blog! It makes me feel all warm and gooshy inside. Thanks, Mer. :)
Speaking of which, in case anyone's been away from the 'normal' journal, I've added links there to my book blog as well, in case you wanna see what I'm reading and what I think about it.
I got something accomplished! "Computer Dating" is revised. I'm going to have a few folks read it for a final check, and then start sending it out. Go me.
October 03, 2002
So, yeah. I haven't posted in a week, which means I really haven't written in a week. That's partly laziness, but it's also partly craziness. Getting adjusted to school and my teeny little job has been interesting to say the least. Last night at Write Club, I did actually manage to work out some things on the rewrite of "Computer Dating", which is turning into a story I'm fairly pleased with. I'm tempted to finish it up RIGHT NOW instead of doing homework. Maybe I will, damn it.
Screw it. I'm in for NaNoWriMo again this year. Cheesy romance novel, here I come!