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: Hands with a pen and paper (editing)
Monday, January 4th, 2010 08:42 pm
Easter Lilies isn't done. I *think* I've figured out the major thing that was driving me up the wall on it, but I just don't have the energy to work on it tonight. I had enough trouble just generating some minimal momentum on What Would Have Happened this morning.

But I persevere. Wordcount *did* happen today, in spite of insufficient sleep, cold weather, and computer problems. (The computer problems are the reason I'm not sure how MUCH wordcount I generated - the data is currently trapped on a flash disk I'm too tired to jump through the hoops to access right now.)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Friday, January 1st, 2010 10:59 pm
Hopefully, this year, I'll get *something* published. And just to encourage myself, here's the state of the two active novels under development, and the short story that's due in three weeks:

What Would Have Happened
1213 of 5000

Iron Debt
28540 of 80000

A Paradox of Archons
4592 of 80000

That last one would be much more discouraging if I hadn't started it less than three weeks ago. :) Happy New Year folks.
juniper: Fuchsia with Fireballs (I am not nice)
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 01:19 pm
I am open to evil opinions on what to do to my wussy protagonist here. ;) He is sufficiently full of himself as to need taking down a peg, and he's been offered probability magic.

I have some ideas, but I love hearing what other people think I could do with this. ;)
juniper: Typing at a computer. (Default)
Saturday, December 26th, 2009 02:51 pm
Iron Debt seems to be stalled out for the moment. I think I will have to let it settle for a bit and come back to it again once I figure out what it is in the background that's driving me berserk. There's a question I haven't asked because I don't know what it is, and once I have the question, the exploration of the answer should help me figure it out. I suspect that one will require a several-hour quiet period of brainstorming in outline to get 'round the block.

A Paradox of Archons on the other hand, is going gangbusters. Just what I need - another novel. ;)

Fortunately, What Would Have Happened (working title - I'm not pleased with it, but perhaps it will find a new title when it's done) came out of the bottom of the stack without a hitch, and the protagonist is now safely ensconced in the kitchen with a rather alarming sorceress who is about to get him into far, far more trouble than he knows. Heh. Heh. Heh. If I'm lucky, he'll have navigated the peril by the time it's BRAWL season again, and I'll have short work to hand off.

But before I go torturing him further, I must feed some starving cats.