Tag Archives: the writing life

State of the Meerkat: Preparing to Fly

Spent the weekend split between sorting and storing, and revising the novella. And poking my brain at the short story that due next month. Semi-productive, in small ways that don’t really have impressive-to-report markers.  :-( But we’re at 9 donations confirmed, and 2 more promised for #willwrite2feedothers! Four more people stepping forward to do something kind, and you […]

State of the Meerkat: Waiting, and Revising

Two weeks before the move, and I’m living a weird kind of half-life.  Ideally, this makes me focus more on the work.  Ideally. Lunch with my agent this week, to discuss projects pending, and new.  Which means I really need to get the existing stuff off my desk and onto someone else’s (editor and/or formatters). […]

Updatery, various and sundry

My only comments about the election are that with democracy, sometimes we get the government other people deserved.  Also, that not giving up/not losing faith is the best fuck you we can give to those who want to haul us back to the 1950′s (or 1850′s). I’m off to World Fantasy today. Over the weekend, Subtenant will be cat-minding, […]

Revisionary Update

SILVER ON THE ROAD is now, officially, the longest book I’ve ever written, and I still have another 75 pages to revise (exactly where Mine Editor sayeth “give us more detail!”) So. Yeah.   (for those wondering, that means we’re past the 126,000 word mark. Certain Writers may call that a novella, but for me, […]

Fourth Quarter and the clock’s ticking…

Today is when estimated 3rd Q taxes are due in the mail, if that’s a thing that you need be concerned with. Just a friendly reminder from your neighborhood freelancer…. Meanwhile, the editorial revisions to CLAWED (Gin & Tonic #4) are back with my editor as of this morning (on schedule, go me!). So what’s […]

Busy week for NEWS!

Very pleased to say that my short story “Heartbeat” has made it into the ToC of Genius Loci, edited by Jaym Gates.  Some very nice ToC-mates there… Santa Cruz–Andy Duncan And the Trees Were Happy—Scott Edelman Blackthorn—B. Morris Allen Ouroboros in Orbit—Jason Batt Reef—Kathleen Miller Scab Land—Wendy Wagner The Forgetting Field—Caroline Ratajski The Town the Forest […]

If ever I had vanity, I’ve traded it for coffee and an extra hour of sleep…

Ever wonder what a writer looks like at the end of a book* deadline? No makeup. No shower. Nowhere near enough sleep. All those things..tomorrow. For now, enough to say “done” and tomorrow let it be m’editor’s headache joy for a while. (*technically it was TWO books, but let’s just say a little under 200,000 words, a […]

Monday oh Monday hoist your colors and let me see….

Both SILVER ON THE ROAD and Gin & Tonic #4 go to their respective editors this week. Yes, I had two book deadlines the same month. No, that wasn’t ideal. Yes, I’m pretty much worn to a frazzle right now and because of that convinced that both are utter dreck and if I only had […]

Wednesday

A still, humid morning. I’d welcome a raging thunderstorm, if it would get the air moving a little bit… These are the days I find it hardest to work in: when the air is thick and heavy and anticipation is shivering just under the skin for something to HAPPEN and it never does…at that point […]

Deadline and the Longest Day

After nearly one year, four passes, two false endings, and some brave work by a small army of beta readers, and at a weirdly lean 114,000 words, SILVER ON THE ROAD is off to Twinling and Agent for their not-quite-so-exhausted take. Yay? *decides that yes, yay* So that’s one deadline down, two to go.  Since […]