juniper: Fuchsia floating along with little hearts beside her (they bought something!)
Thursday, November 4th, 2010 07:36 am
The Popinjay's Daughter is finally out.

It'll be on the front page of Beneath Ceaseless Skies for the next two weeks.

I'm still somewhat in shock. Something I wrote is finally out in the wild. Where I have no real control over it ever again. What have I done!?

Eek! :)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Sunday, October 31st, 2010 10:04 pm
The outline is over 6000 words long. The *outline*. And it's only about 2/3 done.

I suppose the fact that I go back and keep adding stuff to the beginning of the outline is good - it's much easier to consistency check the outline. But ugh, I'd hoped to be done with this by the end of October. At this point, the end of the first week of November seems more likely.

So much for trying to do this as part of NaNoWriMo. Perhaps that's a good thing - given how much editors HATE NaNoWriMo stories, I suspect this story will be much improved for a completed and tidy outline.

My inner creative goon would like to have that outline done, however, so I can start writing...
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 07:56 am
Writers need thick skins as a general rule. Alas, the slings and arrows of outraged fortune (and editors) managed to get through mine and I spent the past month wallowing in a bout of "I'll never be any good."

Nevermind that people who know (one of whom recently had stuff published at Beneath Ceaseless Skies and y'all should read it) say I'm far less sucky than I think I am.

Anyway, over the past week, I finally managed to push the metaphorical wagon out of the ditch, catch the mule, get her back in the harness and start going...without the whip, this time. Maybe I'll try for NaNoWriMo, but if I do, it'll only be to see if I can get A Paradox of Archons finished, since that's what seems to be tickling my fancy right now.

And I sent two rejected stories back out again, to get rejected again. But maybe this time...maybe...
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Saturday, September 11th, 2010 08:09 pm
No news.

My wordcount has been eaten by any combinatoric value of $vacation, $payingJob and $lifeSucks.

I'm still trying. I'm just trying to row upstream faster than the termites can chew the oars off in my hand. If the termites would just stop chewing for a bit...
juniper: Fuchsia rejected (rejection)
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 10:23 pm
There really is no other way to describe getting two of them for the same story three days apart, along with a third for another story altogether.

NOW where do I send these? Most of the places I'd've tried once upon a time don't seem to exist anymore.
juniper: Fuchsia with Fireballs (I am not nice)
Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 06:07 pm
OK, I have no problems getting rejection letters, I really don't. (Ok, maybe little niggling ones, but authors do develop thick skins for a reason.)

That said, I got a form rejection letter back sent back to me in my S.A.S.E....along with a bonus sheet of paper requesting that I buy the magazine to help keep them afloat.

Yog's Law and common politeness do seem to be in agreement here, along with that whole "whiff of desperation." Alas, poor publishing industry.
juniper: Fuscia cheering things on! (convention)
Monday, July 5th, 2010 03:19 pm
I will be at ReaderCon next weekend. I don't have a solid schedule yet, but I do know one place I'll be.

On Friday, at 6pm, in the Vermont Room, I will be at the Beneath Ceaseless Skies reading...

...reading a portion of The Popinjay's Daughter.

(Eek. :)
juniper: Demon Boy on Fire and Happy About It (critiques)
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 03:14 pm
I handed BRAWL the first three chapters of Iron Debt and said, "What's wrong with this?" I couldn't see anything wrong with it, but I knew there was. There always is, and with River's Wrath stuck in slush-pile purgatory, I have tremendous room for improvement here.

Well, they told me. Little devil boy up there is pretty much exactly how I feel about it. Ooo, scorchy! Yay, scorchy!! I'm probably going to have to sit down and assault using red pen. They don't want to see it again until it's done, but if I can whip the first three chapters, I am pretty sure I can *get* it done, because then, I'll have this *very* solid foundation to work on.

The Fabulous Margaret apologized afterward. She told me that she was sorry she'd been so harsh. I told her that was silly, and she should stop apologizing. It needed it, after all. :) And then we spent about an hour walking around, talking shop, and coming up with neat ideas for where I could go with it. I probably won't use all of them in Iron Debt, but I suspect that some of them will make it into Zytomancy.

Now, I just need to figure out where Ben Franklin is buried...
juniper: Hands with a pen and paper (editing)
Friday, June 18th, 2010 11:11 pm
Or finished the rewrite rewrite. I can't believe I was submitting that thing. What a piece of junk. Granted, it was the first thing I actually successfully did BRAWL rewrites on, but ugh, no wonder it was collecting rejection letters.

I mean, it's *still* going to collect rejection letters, but at least now it's less deserving of them.

Fly, little story. Try to find a nest that's *not* feathered with rejections...
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Thursday, May 27th, 2010 08:51 am
Well, after floundering around for ages with Iron Debt, I finally broke down and wrote a ferblungit outline. I don't like outlining much - I'd really rather sit down and see where the characters take me. But the place the characters were taking me was a corner, where they sat and stared at the wall, and then at me, and then back at the wall, and so forth.

Outlining always feels like writing code to me. I can get away with not writing out the algorithm I'm trying to create in the code if it's short. Scripting, for example, where the entire blat of code can be seen on a single 80x24 text window, I can get away without diagramming.

But apparently, outside of the exception of River's Wrath, I need to outline novels, just as I need to outline code.

I'm sure better writers than me have figured this out much faster, but hey, I can be taught. And I have sort of rewritten Chapter 1 to take advantage of the outline. Now the trick is to go through the next two chapters and finish the jiggery-pokery necessary to make them line up mostly with the outline without getting bogged down too much in rewrites. And then I will hopefully be able to resume proper writing.

After Wiscon, though - I'll be there, but I have no idea what panels if any I will be going to. I do intend to hang out with the Fabulous Margaret if she goes to karaoke, though I may not sing.
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Monday, May 24th, 2010 08:51 am
One of my novels got hit with Plot Wanderitis, so I sat down to outline it. Over the past couple of weeks, I've been thinking about what I wanted to do with it, and scribbling out index cards that I could rearrange into approximately the right order. This morning, I wrote about 1800 words of nothing but outline.

At last, I know where I'm going with this story.

Now I just have to go back and do some serious overhaul of the early chapters.
juniper: Typing at a computer. (writing)
Thursday, May 13th, 2010 10:35 pm
I'm stuck on Zytomancy right now because of the rewrite of Iron Debt's outline - I should just decouple it and swap the protagonist to be somebody else, it doesn't have to be the character from Debt, but that's what I wrote at first. The more perplexing problem is "What does he do with his answer?" I haven't answered that yet, so the story is still in the pile.

But I got about 1000 words written today (about 400 of which are outliny description bits) for a story tentatively titled The Things In Lybob Forest, so I am not at all displeased. That one will potentially go to my writer's group if we meet this month, because I'm probably due up.
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Monday, May 10th, 2010 08:21 pm
...for I now have my rejection letter from F&SF for Easter Lillies and Imaginary Angels. It has been properly baptized as a piece of short fiction, and will now be sent to other, more likely markets.

But I had wondered...ah well. Someday.

In the mean time, I continue to struggle with the outline for Iron Debt, which is resiting with every last infected iota of Wandering Plotitis that it can muster. Stupid novel, don't you *want* to get finished? (Apparently not. But it will be anyway, one way or another.)
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: Typing at a computer. (Default)
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. (Default)
Saturday, March 6th, 2010 10:34 pm
The problem with Easter Lilies and Imaginary Angels is that the durn story wrote itself in one glorious blat, so all edits to this thing are sheer drudgery by comparison.

Also, BRAWL pointed out a number of flaws that I really needed to address, and it was only by dint of walking away from the computer and brainstorming furiously and messily all over over a piece of paper tonight that I finally got anywhere with this blasted thing.

In this case, the 'anywhere' I got to is a much better understanding of the protagonist, a much clearer idea of how she got to where she is from the start of the story...

...and the last third of the blasted thing still to edit.

I give up. I've used up all the creativity juice for the night.
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 floating along with little hearts beside her (they bought something!)
Monday, March 1st, 2010 03:08 pm
(But it hasn't seen print yet.)

As you may imagine I am quite excited. I'll be even more excited when the rest of the world gets to see it. :)