January 30, 2003
Get me, I'm a crazy submitting fool! "An Eye for an Eye" just went out to Flesh & Blood, bringing my total of stories in circulation up to three--a new personal record. Now I have very little excuse to keep from working on Sword in the Mound.
January 29, 2003
Revision and resolution
After reading through (and making Mer read through) "An Eye for An Eye" last night at Write Club, I did a quick revision, and am pretty satisfied with the story. Heh. Mer was a little surprised at how dark it is. I'm going to pick out a market for it today, and try to get it sent out tomorrow. Whoa. Three stories out circulating. That's a record for me!
I decided to give "Midsummer" to the Minions this month, in hopes that they can help me figure out what's wrong with it--or that they'll tell me, "Quit obsessing. Submit it again."
Also got a few hundred words done on Sword. I kind of feel like I've been cleaning my desk of these stories that have been hanging around unresolved so I can go back to focusing completely on the novel. Well, "completely", as in outside of school and work.
January 27, 2003
"The Girl Behind the Counter" is winging its way off to Fantasy and Science Fiction as we speak. Well, okay. It's actually sitting in the mailbox outside my apartment, but still. You get the idea.
Thinking about unshelving "Midsummer", as well. I don't think it needs as much work as I originally envisioned.
January 26, 2003
I think, after spending the last four hours working on rewriting, that I finally have a submittable draft of "The Girl Behind the Counter". I'm going to print it and look it over in the morning, but I think it's as good as it's going to get for now. The plan is to get it off in the mail bright and early Monday morning. Might as well get Fantasy & Science Fiction out of the way first, add another Adams rejection letter to the pile. ;)
January 22, 2003
Despite what I said last time, I actually wrote an ending for "An Eye for an Eye". I'm not sure how I feel about the story as a whole. It's honestly the bleakest thing I've ever written, and the first piece to feature death and gore pretty prominently. I know what I wanted it to do, but I'm not sure I succeeded. Ah well, I'll give it to the Minions to decide. Whenever we meet again, that is.
Well, didn't do so well with writing 5 hours last week, but I'm using the fact that I was sick as an excuse. Three hours so far this week though, including a productive hour (or more) at Write Club last night.
My lit class has got me thinking a lot about the writing process (or my writing process at least), as compared to writing in the 19th century. I may post more later, but I think I'm losing out by being born in this century.
(Oh yeah, there's a new section to the left, "Shelved", for stuff that I'm putting aside for now, for various reasons. Well, usually just one reason: it's driven me to distraction.)
January 10, 2003
Not bad, not bad
I'm not doing so bad so far. I've written three hours this week, although most of that has been catching up on where I am with various works, and trying to pick up the threads again. Tonight at Write Club I tried to see if I could come up with an ending for "An Eye for an Eye". I had very little luck, but I realized that the whole story could well be the beginning of a subplot for False Light, which I haven't actually started writing yet. So instead, I tried to dive back into The Sword in the Mound. I did surprisingly well, managing about 500 words tonight.
The ending is starting to trouble me. I thought I had it all figured out, a standard romance novel happy ending, but the more I think about it, the less I can justify that given my main characters. It would be inconsistent for either of them to give up their lives and responsibilities for the sake of the other, and there's really no way for them to be together otherwise. Plus, I have to admit, the budding young feminist in me is having serious issues with setting up this intelligent, independent woman, only to have her give it all up and go live in someone else's kingdom for the sake of love. Just doesn't quite fit. So, I might end up going with a more bittersweet or even possibly a terribly sad ending. I just don't know if things are going to end well for poor Catriona and Tiernan...
January 01, 2003
2002 in review
See, this is the good thing about keeping up with my word count and such. All in all, this was a pretty remarkable year for me writing-wise. Let's recap:
-Wrote a total of 82,567 words. Just think, if that'd all been on one work, I'd have a pretty sizable novel right now.
-Finished the first draft of my first novel, and started editing it.
-Wrote (finished, even!) four short stories, and managed to sell one. My first one!
-Started world-building on the second novel
-Started writing a third.
I guess my biggest goal for this year is to write more often. Five hours a week sounds like a reasonable goal, no? We'll give that a try. As far as what I want to work on? I think The Host is on hold for a bit. I got way too frustrated with it this past fall. I'd like to finish the first draft of The Sword and the Mound. That's my biggie. Everything else is open.
Five hours a week. I know I can do at least that.