(plus, a short Q&A)
You’d think, by now, I’d be blase about new stories hitting readers. But no…still neurotic, waiting to see if there’s response, and what form it takes…..
In my time, I’ve been to a lot of “pub” or launch parties for new books. I’ve even thrown a few (both for my writers, and for myself). Some of them have been huge, glam affairs, and some of them have been low-key gatherings. The one thing I’ve discovered, over those years, is that [read more]
There is too much: let him sum up. Keith DeCandido talks about last night’s reading at NYRSF. I read section 5 from DRAGON VIRUS, and it seemed to be, well, “enjoyed” isn’t really what happens with that story, but people seemed thoughtful and moved by it, so I’m calling it a win. Considering the timing (August in NYC) and the weather (bucketing down rain), we had an excellent turnout, and I thank everyone who showed up.
EtA: Our reading is reviewed! (corrective note: it’s Goob the Long & Meerkat the Short)
This was also the first time that the SO has heard me read. I suspect he was managing work-related emails the entire time (half his cohort are in different time-zones) but he said all the right things afterward, so I’ll cut him slack. :-)
Today I was chained to the desk, and managed to put some serious words toward the bookrace challenge (despite the contract not having shown up yet. Madame Agent’s still on it. I have Faith.) Forward motion on G&T #1: 21,500 / 70,000
Also, I seem to have sprained my left thumb. No, I have no idea how.
Tonight I have a dinner meeting with Madame Editrix of Luna, to discuss my next book. Originally, we had thought it would be the next Cosa Nostradamus novel, but that’s been put on hold. I’m quite excited and somewhat giggly about this new project….
Tomorrow…. tomorrow’s gonna get crazy. 40 hours and counting until I’m on vacation.(for values of ‘vacation” than include still putting in 2k of words every day, anyway)
Apparently, I had the wrong dates in my schedule. I depart the city not a week from Friday, but THIS Friday.
I do not panic. I have everything under control.
All I have to do is laundrypaybillswrite5kwords
EditrixsendImportantEmailspackickupcardrivetoBoston…. by Friday noon.
Piece of cake.
Cake with moar coffee, pls.
On the plus side, the apartment is booked, the flights are booked, so Rome in December is a Go. *does happy dance* “Two Jews walk into the Vatican on Christmas Day…”
[anyone looking to burgle the place while I’m gone? All you’ll get is two affection-hungry cats, a printer, and a cheap TV. Sorry.]
As the so-called #Novelrace (5 weeks to 60k!) begins on Monday, I decided to hold off on working on the novel until then. Just to play fair.
Does that mean I get the day off? Er. Not really. This morning I did the final pass on “The Devil’s Jack” and passed it off to my beta-readers for
shredding constructive feedback. I also started outlining my probable next novel for Luna (working title: Heartwired) and hammered out some rather essential plotty details, prior to discussion with Madame Editrix on Wednesday.
This afternoon, the plan is to work on “Flood in a Dry Spell” (also a working title), until I’m a little happier with its direction/theme, and um, clean the apartment. And do laundry. And I should decide what I’m going to read at NYRSF (at the Soho Gallery for Digital Arts) this Tuesday (if you’re in NYC, you’re coming to that, right? Right?).
Tonight, I have to do an airport run, and reclaim the SO from 18+ hours of travel. Jetlag is so sexy on a guy (ok, not really. But it’s entertaining as hell.)
My goal is to get my story-words in early on Monday, and then take the rest of the day off when the rest of the city is office-bound. It’s a nice goal, don’t you think?
from CE Murphy’s blog:
“I have accepted desperance/Chaz’s challenge, and will be writing a novel in five weeks.
Chaz is already ahead; he has 15K of an 80K novel written, and I have, um. Five or ten hand-written pages of a 60K novel written. More alarmingly, I have a Walker Papers proposal and a short story to do, both of which really need to be done before the novel. BUT I SHALL NOT DESPAIR.”
And because a) the write-a-thon taught me nothing and b) I can’t see a challenge go by without thinking “oooo, sounds like fun” I said “hey, can I play, too?
Apparently, I can. We start Monday.
*headdesks, makes more coffee*
I also have 15k words written, of a 70k novel. I s’pose I’m technically in the lead, when we start. This situation will not hold, I know those two. Plus, they’re six hours ahead of me. I’ll wake up and already be behind…
Edited to Add: Update on the Who and When. Short version: 60k in 5 weeks), and many of us are insane.
If this is relevant to your interests: Practical Meerkat’s 52 Bits of Useful Info for Young (and Old) Writers, week 31. In which Practical Meerkat discusses the idea of the long game, for writers.
I’m informed Mercury has gone retrograde, FUBARing our ability to communicate. I don’t believe in astrology, & yet after the past 24 hours…. yeah. I believe. Might be a good time to pull up the drawbridge and get some serious writing done. Of course, is there ever a BAD time for that?
This has been a week of moderate ups and significant downs, both work-wise and in the world around us. If I were less a jaded pro/practical meerkat, I’d probably be in a corner, whimpering. As it is…. All I can say is what I told fellow writers last night – you roll with it, and hope you don’t get rolled over.
And if you’ve got access to high-quality chocolate, now would be a good time to indulge.
Of course, there’s never a bad time for THAT, either.
And lo, two days before the official end of the write-a-thon, I came to the line that said “we’re done” (as opposed to the thing you thought was going to be the last line), and we have Achieved Draft.
A drafty, mangled, in dire need of rewriting draft, I admit. But I know what the story is about, now, and where it needs expanding and where it needs cutting, and what threads to pull forward and what threads to cut/tuck away. Which is what a draft is for, yes?
So, call it: 23,279 words of “Strong Earth,” in a little under six weeks. Yay!
And now, time to put this aside to settle, and back to the mystery I go. 14,100 / 70,000 words
[still no contract. Madame Agent is On It]
“A gripping adventure from start to finish, DRAGON VIRUS is highly recommended.” — Midwest Book Review
As some of y’all know, this project was a work of pure writer affection & determination – but I had NO idea what sort of reaction would greet it. So every positive review from reviewer or reader, just… yays me. Especially when the reader gets it, really hears what I was trying to say with these stories….