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!
juniper: Fuchsia rejected (rejection)
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 10:30 am
I seem to be getting closer in terms of finding the correct sort of market for Trickster's Wish - it was apparently not entirely to editorial taste, but I was congratulated on writing a far-more original wish-granting story than the usual, and also on having it be well-written.

I know where I want to send it next, but they're shut for submissions until 2010, so in the mean time, I guess I'll just put it on the shelf and work on something else instead.

I'd rather Popinjay's Daughter or Easter Lilies and Imaginary Angels get published first, but the latter needs an attack with a red pen first, and in any event, I'm not sure how much choice I really have in the matter, short of not sending things out for attempted publication. :}

I got a suggestion on where to send Sufficiently Advanced Printing, so perhaps I'll try to get that out of the drawer this weekend.
juniper: Fuchsia rejected (rejection)
Thursday, October 15th, 2009 09:13 pm
Two rejections in three days. That's a bit closer together than I really want right now. Bother. I'm aware that the editors know their clients better than I do, but I'm now feeling moderately depressed about it.

Part of it is that the stuff that I like I can't seem to declare a "finish" on and send out, while the stuff that I don't care as much about goes out and collects rejections...which makes me think that maybe I shouldn't bother sending the good stuff around.

This is uselessly defeatist of me, and I'm aware of that, but it still sucks.
juniper: Fuchsia rejected (rejection)
Saturday, September 19th, 2009 08:16 am
F&SF rejected "Trickster's Wish" yesterday - I don't think I'm ever going to get anywhere with them, but I keep trying...

...anyway, it went back out to a hopefully-more-receptive publisher this morning.

I've been trying to get somewhere with the first draft of "Easter Lilies" but it's just not wanting to play at all. I'm very grumpy about it. Almost grumpy enough to refuse to show it to BRAWL. :/
juniper: Demonic Mailbox On Fire (mail)
Saturday, September 12th, 2009 11:41 am
The fabulous Margaret gave me *second* crits on Trickster's Wish (she is a kind, kind person - you should read her books and short stories while we wait for mine to come out) and this morning I finally got enough crap cleared off my to-do list that I was able to finish applying said crits to the story.

It is now in an envelope, with stamps and a SASE in it, ready to go off to F&SF for rejection. And I even have a pretty good idea of where I'll send it when it comes back.

So. Good 'nuff. Time to go edit Imaginary Angels so I have something for BRAWL this month!

(Goodness, it's very wet outside today. The walk to the postbox may require tea.)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Monday, July 13th, 2009 10:13 pm
First pass at the rewrite is complete. Yay! It clocks in at just under 3100 words, and there are one or two transitions I want to work out. Also, I think I need a sympathetic snippet in there, just to show that one of the protagonists isn't a completely lost cause.

But I have some space to play with now that I know it's only about 3K. And I'm not unhappy with it. I like the first version better, but in some ways, the first version is one of those stories that I wrote for myself. This one's a story written for a rather broader audience.

I'll continue to try to believe that as I begin collecting rejection letters on it. (I need a list of places to submit these suckers. If I get Popinjay's Daughter done, then I'm going to have three complete, edited short stories done...and I will have no idea where to send any of them.)
juniper: Hands with a pen and paper (editing)
Thursday, July 9th, 2009 10:00 pm
Short story, rewrite after BRAWL got done with it. I basically tore it apart and am redoing it.

It's at 2400 now, and it was at about 1900 when I started tonight. Good enough.

I'm hoping that it's gonna stay under 3000, assuming I don't decide to do more exposition on what happens After. We'll see. I need those two middle bits done.