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)
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)
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. (Default)
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 10:45 am
In the light of day, I'm coping a bit better with the rejection from yesterday. I've sent The Popinjay's Daughter off in search of another locale, and checked over my writing page of other stuff I should be doing.

I need to work on rewrites. Blah.

Well, it's not New Year's yet. I don't have to make resolutions just yet.
juniper: Demon Boy on Fire and Happy About It (critiques)
Sunday, September 27th, 2009 05:48 pm
I gave them Easter Lilies because I was so frustrated with the durn thing I was ready to chuck it out the window. And, like the fabulous, marvelous, creative people they are, they said, "Nonono, it's not ready to chuck out the window yet, yes, we see that there are problems, here are some *useful questions* to ask yourself."

I haven't tackled the rewrite yet because I am fighting off the mighty "it's raining outside why don't you just have a nice nap" beast and I'm losing - but.

Maybe I can rescue that story yet. And shave it. And paint it purple and put a little bow on its tail. Or something.

Durn story.
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Saturday, August 15th, 2009 12:52 pm
I've finally gotten it retyped (hardcopy backup is better than no backup, but still not ideal) and edited to stick those good edits I made on the earlier draft (not realizing it was an earlier) draft merged.

It's like the worst kind of revision control software.

However. It's done.

Now I just have to figure out where to send it! (Well, y'know, after it gets rejected from Fantasy and Science Fiction, of course...)