juniper: Fuchsia floating along with little hearts beside her (they bought something!)
2010-11-04 07:36 am

The Popinjay's Daughter

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: Fuscia cheering things on! (convention)
2010-07-05 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: A stick figure at a typewriter working like mad. (monumental wordcount)
2010-03-04 09:49 pm

New wordcount took a while.

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!)
2010-03-01 03:08 pm

Sold: The Popinjay's Daughter

(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. :)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
2009-12-01 10:45 am

OK, fine. NEXT.

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: Fuchsia rejected (rejection)
2009-11-30 09:23 pm

How I know I'm getting somewhere! (But not fast enough.)

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: Fuchsia rejected (rejection)
2009-08-22 05:51 pm


There it is. Poot to you, F&SF! Time to send this someplace it might actually get accepted. Fly, my little story! Get publishers to like you! Ply them with strong drink if you have to! :)
juniper: Demonic Mailbox On Fire (mail)
2009-08-21 10:12 pm

Not rejected?

They're messing with me.

Last time, I got my rejection letter three days after I sent the thing in. If I don't get it tomorrow, I'm going to believe there's a conspiracy afoot or something.
juniper: Demonic Mailbox On Fire (mail)
2009-08-20 09:33 pm

<inigo>I hate waiting...</inigo>

No rejection letter yet. Probably tomorrow.

(Of course no rejection letter yet - I've already figured out where I'm sending it next!)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
2009-08-15 12:52 pm

The Popinjay's Daughter will go out in the mail, probably monday.

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...)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
2009-07-13 10:13 pm

Trickster's Wish - first rewrite done

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.)