juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Friday, April 30th, 2010 11:17 am
The project at work that has consumed the last three months of my life has finally been consigned to the 95% complete file. It's close enough to done that I'm calling it done. (Much like writing, really. Deathless prose isn't. It just needs to be done ENOUGH.)

As if this were a trigger in my brain, I finished rewriting Easter Lilies and Imaginary Angels this morning, dealing with (I hope) many of the issues that BRAWL found in it. I've sent it off to one of my anxious beta readers who will hopefully enjoy it, and once she gets back to me, it can go start collecting rejection letters. Woo!

And speaking of rejection letters, I finally got my act together again to send out Trickster's Wish again, so hopefully I'll get back to having stuff out in circulation. When the rejection letters come in, the thing is to send the story back out again, but when one is stuck working 50-60 hour work weeks, it does bad things to the time one can spend working on writing.

So, onward, into the great unknown of storyland!
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 09:37 pm
$payingJob *still* eating life, but I got *something* written today.

I'll take it, since there isn't really another option. But I feel a bit like something got unknotted in my head. Not writing is an unhealthy place for me to be.

(Writer's Disease - yeah, I have a terminal case.)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Monday, March 29th, 2010 09:51 pm
$payingJob is eating my life. Getting any sort of progress on my writing right now is a major accomplishment. Therefore, successfully getting about 400 words written this evening on a short story I'm noodling around with? Makes me very happy. The trick will be to see if I can keep doing it.
juniper: Typing at a computer. (writing)
Friday, March 5th, 2010 09:16 pm
Wizards Don't Go Home Again is finally done. (This is the story that was previously titled What Would Have Happened.)

Finally. 4800 words and four months after I started fighting with it. It may need definitely needs some cleanup - which I'm sure BRAWL will be happy to tell me about - but it's done. Which I'm just as happy about, because I feel like it's important to have at least one piece set in the House of the Mad Russian running amok at once.

Though I am kind of hoping that the next piece I write is a bit less depressing than this one. I think the stress from $payingJob may have snuck into this one and tainted the protagonist a bit, though not nearly as badly as it did with Sufficiently Advanced Printing, which is probably never going to sell precisely because it really is just too much about normal work.

Unless I become sufficiently rich and famous that everything I've ever written that I'm willing to let see the light of day is in demand, and then some. (There are some things that should never be seen, though. *shudder*)
juniper: A stick figure at a typewriter working like mad. (monumental wordcount)
Thursday, March 4th, 2010 09:49 pm
I went on vacation, and then I came back and edits and $payingJob ate my brain. (And other things too.) Edits are hard work. Edits where I'm still not entirely sure what I want to do about things are even worse. The fixing of Easter Lilies is proving to be just about as difficult as I expected, though I know it will be a better story in the end.

However, the second story set in the House of the Mad Russian gained about 1000 words this evening, and more importantly, gained a solid end. Finally knowing what I was doing at the end really helped, and after a lovely celebratory dinner with the Fabulous Margaret I came home and proceeded to blat out on the order of 1100 words.

There is one scene left to write, and then BRAWL can have it and tell me it sucks. But compared to all the pain and suffering I went through trying to figure out what to do about fixing The Popinjay's Daughter to make it suck less, I think this one will suck in new and hopefully interesting ways.

And for once, I hope to have my BRAWL piece done early so I can go back to my blasted editing.
juniper: Fuchsia rejected (rejection)
Monday, November 30th, 2009 09:23 pm
My rejections are now coming from second tier editors.

Pardon me, on a day where I was not struggling with the Bronchial Crud Of The Abyss, I would be absolutely *delighted* to hear that I'd had a short story make it out of the slush pile and into the second-level editor's stack, but today...

...not today.

(For those who are curious, Popinjay's Daughter.)

Wordcount will resume when I stop sleeping 18 hours out of the day, and the $payingJob calms down. It might resume before then, but I do not count upon it.
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Sunday, November 15th, 2009 08:05 pm
Stupid $payingJob...

(The protagonist, by the by, is still in the hole, though she has progressed a bit further.)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 10:11 pm
Protagonist: Hole! This thing, it is dark! And I am still in it!
Writer: Sorry, $payingJob sucked mightily today.
Protagonist: My paying job sucks too.
Writer: So you can sympathize.
Protagonist: I bet your paying job doesn't leave you stuck in a hole for 48 hours, though!
Writer: Have you been through Logan Airport lately?
Protagonist: ...
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Monday, October 19th, 2009 10:01 pm
Protagonist in hole.
Author not in hole.

Protagonist is very, very annoyed at her author for leaving her in hole overnight. Her author is tired and going to bed while protagonist is annoyed because she'll still be annoyed in the morning, but more importantly, I will know where I left her.

Because if I stay up late and take her out of the hole, in the morning, she'll go off in all directions at once when I'm not awake enough to keep up. ;)

I am very amused by the dimensions of the hole. And slightly "oh dear, that's obvious in hindsight, isn't it?" [personal profile] jenett knows.

(Also: the AbsoluteWrite forums are very, very dangerous. To both my wordcount and my $payingJob. I think I will need to put a kibosh on reading them outside of lunch hour.)