Thursday, December 31, 2009
* Fading Light -- reedited and resubmitted;
* Hunter's Honor -- reedited and submitted;
* Think Sideways -- final 3 lessons completed.
2009 was a very busy year. I learned that I can write when I often think I can't; I can work multiple projects (Balance!) though not quite simultaneously yet. I learned that people have more faith in my writing than I had realized, which is amazing.
What did I do? I survived the first year of my 2nd child's life. That alone is victory. Writing on top of that, aside from being insane, is wonderful.
While I didn't achieve all my goals, I came pretty damn close.
* Think Sideways 25/25
* Stalker novel planned/outlined
* Short Story Edits -- 5
* Short Story Submissions -- 7
* New Submissions -- 2
* Short Story Writing -- 1
* Crits -- 7
* Reading -- 4
* FM Workshops -- 1
* Rejections -- 6
* Publications -- 1
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Possibly one more night on this project.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
So, Hunter tonight.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I'm trimming my goals to show exactly the thing I want to get get done. If anything else happens to get done, then fine. But my time constraints aren't exactly promising right now.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Noted for my 2010 goals: no new projects for December, just cleanup and prep for the new year. :)
Friday, December 11, 2009
I have some research to do, but I know where I want to go with this.
AND at the same time, I figured out what (else) was wrong with Nighthunter's Bite.
I need some writing time this weekend. I need to work these out.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Right. What was I thinking?
So the worst case scenario is that I 'start' the class 4 weeks late. Chances are there will be a lesson or two that won't take all week to complete, so I'll catch up at some point. And if I don't, what consequence is there? I won't be the first person to complete the class? Hmmm. No, that won't kill me, or the novel. It can wait 3 more weeks.
I've grown up in the age of instant gratification. I seize opportunities. Sometimes they do need to be seized, but held onto for just a little while before indulging. :)
Saturday, December 5, 2009
On a positive note, I managed some writing while the kids were napping this afternoon and wrote a page for Nighthunter's Bite. I'm getting some better imagery on where the story is going, and this one has a dog in it for sure now... :)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Fading Light is on its way to the post office. My desk is clean. I still have 'Bite and Violas to work on this week, but I'm taking tonight to relax and saving these stories for Friday and Saturday.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
* Fading Light: edited and submitted twice
* Critiques: 2/2
* Novel Reading (con't Game of Thrones & Federations)
* Watering the Black Violas (edit in progress)
* Nighthunter's Bite (draft in progress)
* Registered and started a novel revision class HTRYN)
* Black Violas: edit
* Black Violas: to crit group
* Hunter's Honor: edit
* Hunter's Honor: submission
* New Short Stories: 0/4
* Crits: 0/2
* Complete HTTS 0/3
* Class HTRYN 0/4
The short stories goal is going to be the most challenging, but I'm hitting it hard in order to complete the goals I tasked myself with for 2009. The edits are important because I want to get my stories out into submission, one of my big goals for the year. And, I'm still going for the "balance". :)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Black Violas -- edit
Nighthunter's Bite -- write
Fading Light -- tweak & resubmit
I'd like to get Fading Light done tomorrow, and a quick edit pass for Violas on Monday, then I'll have the rest of the week to work on 'Bite and the remaining issues/analysis of Viola's further revision.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It just might take a while to get to, since I've got the family visit, the birthday party, and the vacation to deal with. And that trip to NY I've been hoping for may happen in early December, so... I need to hang onto these thoughts and hope I don't lose the feel for it before then.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
This is probably the third time I've read these chapters, and while I thought they were informative on the previous reads, they're downright perfect now. I'm discovering what's wrong with my story. Several things, and it's not even the writing; it goes deeper than that. And unfortunately, I think the theme I was writing the story for no longer applies.
I'm going to have to play with my options a bit and see where the heart of this story is. If the theme no longer applies, then I'll follow what does apply, and give this story the life it deserves. I have other ideas I can try for the parsec contest. At the very least, the contest itself led me to the path where I found this story, and that's no small thing.
Continuing with Think Sideways tonight and tomorrow, will get to the applicable assignments, and then we'll see what comes of this.
Thank you, Holly Lisle. :)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Still, I attempted to write and wasted a good two hours last night. I'd read what I wrote, make a change, start reading again and zone out. Each time that started, the zoning would happen sooner. There's something wrong with this story, and I have no idea what. So, I'm going back to the beginning, thinking about how I wrote this one, to see where I missed something.
And that's when I recalled that I used a modified version of Holly's Think Sideways methods for story creation. So I spent the next two hours pouring through class material, looking for the next step, a link from the writing to the revising that might trigger my internal editor to get back to work. I made it through five lessons, without neccessarily completing the assignments so much as writing notes "do this" in a notebook. I'm about to approach the revision sections, will probably get there tonight, and hopefully, get some answers.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I've learned a lot over the years, am still learning, but I want to share. In the interest of writing these posts for someone other than myself, please reply in comments if you'd like to read anything of this nature. If you have questions, post those too and I'll see if I can help.
Writing is hard. Writing alone is harder.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Writing has slipped to the background for a few days, and probably will for a few more, but Black Violas is awaiting my attention, as is Carter's crit. I'm not getting lost this time.
Friday, November 6, 2009
No writing done in the evening, no editing. I reviewed Black Violas, considering it for my next edit project, but I don't know if I'm ready. I'm reading it, I like it, there are obvious places where the writing itself needs to be fixed, but I don't know what to do about the story itself. I had a thought that first person would suit this one better, and since I had that many times while writing it, I think I need to try that route. I also had a thought of swapping the MC from the daughter to the mom. Their roles seem to be interchangeable as I have it now in the story. If I reverse their roles and the troubles they've experienced, it might come out more emotional. And I suddenly notice I've gravitated toward older characters in my writing.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
My copy of "Federations" arrived yesterday, and I finally got a chance to start reading it. The first story "Mazer in Prison" by Orson Scott Card sang to me. The story was wonderful, and I went to reread it --analytically-- and decided I really liked the character's voice, the way he told his story without telling even though he presented fact.
And I realized I was missing that. Connor was missing that. So I went back to Fading Light and dug back into Connor's problems and how he viewed the world and adjusted a few words here and there to shine a better light on things, and then something huge hit me about the ending. I totally missed this amazing thing he could do.
And now he's done it.
And the story is ready to go. For real.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
And no, I'm not doing NaNoWriMo, but for everyone who is: best of luck and have a blast!
* Fading Light: edited; submitted to crit group, re-edit in progress;
* Watering the Black Violas: first draft written
* Hunter's Honor: edited; submitted to crit group
* Critiques completed: 3
* POV Workshop: 4/4 segments complete
* Novel Reading: slowly working through Game of Thrones
* Market Research for Hunter & Fading Light
* Started planning 2010 writing goals: novel projects selected, submission-hopeful short stories selected (yes I am forever thinking ahead to my next projects)
* Fading Light: complete edit and submission
* Watering the Black Violas: edit
* Nighthunter's Bite: write 1st draft (and rename)
* Critiques: 2
* Novel Reading (con't Game of Thrones)
* Hunter's Honor: edit (tentative)
Friday, October 30, 2009
It won't be done in time for me to submit before month-end, but that was my own self-imposed goal to make sure I got it out the door. A few more days is fine.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
I have two stories out for critique right now. One came back with numerous and consisten comments on what worked and what didn't, with comments citing disapointment in the outcome compared to a promise in the beginning, paths in the story that didn't get addressed, some grammar issues. These were presented in a manner in which I digested them easily. They were learning-worthy. I love those kind of crits.
But my other story received a crit in a very different fashion: the kind that usually sends me running. With comments such as "poorly written" and "hated it" beginning the crit, it took me two hours of repeated attempts to get past such cold comments to get to the points this critiquer had made. One some counts, I agree with some of the issues, on others- I don't. But I fought with it. Grappled with it.
Unneccessarily, perhaps. Because in the end, it's feedback and I can do with it what I want. But that doesn't stop the sting of someone hating what I've created.
I have to remind myself that if I want a career as a writer, there will always be someone who hates what I create. Many someones.
This guy gave me feedback that I asked for, and while it isn't in the warm-fuzzy-learning-joy kind of critique, it's still a critique with points I can use to better my story. To the extent he wants? Probably not. It's my story. I'll pick. I'll choose. And I'll learn what I can.
What do YOU do with crits you struggle with, right or wrong?
Friday, October 23, 2009
I've also started market research for Hunter's Honor and am pleased it fits the criterea for JJA's Way of the Wizard anthology. It also fits my favorite fantasy zines, but I'm starting with JJA's antho.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
On that note, I'm taking the day off writing tomorrow. I might do some market research for Hunter. Oh yes, and the beast clocked in at 4650 words.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Title is still evading me. Something about honor. Looks like I have to fight for this...
Morning update: a few loose ends need to be tied together before I'm comfortable posting for crit, but I'm pleased at the changes. The story seems right. Title may be "Hunter's Honor". Will be working on this over lunch.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I've been encouraged to join the Muse Online Writing Conference (it's free). I haven't yet done it, and it's over this weekend, but I promise myself that I'll sign up for it next October. In fact, it's going on the family calendar (and my annual goals sheet) to remind myself.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday night lost to illness; good news is I'm back on my feet on Friday.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
New scenes are going in tonight, and then a full edit/cleanup pass.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The focus has changed, and Daymar is no longer the "Hunter, Hunted" but he's still a hunter, and while the tables have turned on him, his role, his task has become much more complicated than simply capturing an evil witch. Scenes need to be added, other bits need to be removed, and then everything smoothed and edited. I have faith in this story. I can't believe I wrote this over five years ago. I need to give it some life already.
Monday, October 12, 2009
This is the first new story I've completed in over a year. I'm quite pleased with the story, and can't wait to edit it. Well truthfully, I can wait, but I'm eager to see what I can do with it when the time is right.
Now it's time for bed.
This is a much better story than I thought it would be. :)
I also had a few ideas on how to slip some extra details into Fading Light that should liven up the surrounding world.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Writing agenda this week: Hopefully with the boy feeling better, I can get some regular writing time in. I need need need to finish this short story, and I need to crit for a guy in my group.
Friday, October 9, 2009
I'm almost done with the 3rd of 7 scenes, so definite progress. There is a lot of (fill-in-the-blank) type notes though, but that may clear up with the pov change.
I'm so excited to be moving again on this story. I'm just not thrilled with the bumpy-stumpy 1st draft sentences... can't wait for the edit. I don't think anyone is looking at this first draft.
As soon as this is done, I'll get back to Carter's crit. I've learned to balance multipe projects, but I can't seem to juggle 1st drafts with other tasks.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Slow, yes, but progress is good.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
posted: 7:47 PM, power loss 8:04 PM -- proof of Murphy's existance in my life
Monday, October 5, 2009
Worked a bit on the POV workshop Valerie Comer is running on FM.
Friends headed over for role playing tonight, so not much more for today.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
A full day with the kids is exhausting, yet I still pushed this evening. Did some science research for Black Violas, tried working on the first draft a bit, but failed at that. Science fiction is difficult for me, not impossible, just very difficult. It requires a lot of effort to understand concepts that do not come naturally to me, but yet I have the need to understand them to represent them properly in the story. I don't always understand the science I read in science fiction either, but I try. And for some reason I love reading it. Figure that one out.
I'm giving my brain some time to adjust to the science and am going to spend the rest of my writing time tonight review Hunter for those changes. I originally decided it would be a rewrite. I need to skim through the manuscript and select which passages will remain.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
September was a good month as I was able to pull myself back into the writing. I don't have a lot of completed work, but there are projects in progress that will continue into October. Family stuff may come up mid-month, but hopefully I can work around that. This is the final quarter of the year -- time to own up to those goals I made in January. At least, as best I can at this point.
submissions -- 1
acceptance -- 1
joined crit group
crits -- 2
short story edits -- 2 in progress
short story drafts -- 1 in progress
novel reading -- Game of Thrones, Martin (in progress)
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fading light edit
fading light to crit group
fading light final edit
fading light submission (dependent upon lvl of edit needed)
viola first draft
crits - 2+
fm pov workshop
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Onto the writing: I hit a breakthrough on the story I'm writing on for the parsec contest. I wrote the ending first and now I'm on the beginning which is weird for me but a change in routine is good for the brain. It confuses the muse, but she gets into the swing of it. I think it amuses her. The title is Watering the Black Violas, and it wound its way into science fiction. The original ending I wrote is already obsolete, but that's all right. It helped me find my path for this story which I can't wait to share.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The publication date for the Shadows & Light anthology has been moved up -- the updated date is October 2009.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
As for the parsec story, I've jotted down about a dozen ideas I could write. I'm going to pick my favorite and run with it. The contest allows up to four entries per writer, so I'll take it one story at a time, and just try to vary the use of the theme and genre to make them as different as possible. I started the first story over lunch, and it's a little creepy. I wrote the ending first actually, which is unusual for me, and the fate of these characters is kind of sickening but fascinating at least to me. I just need to keep writing it and see what it turns into or rather, starts with. :)
I really like the theme -- Color of Silence -- and I swear they must've picked it for me this year. Last year's theme was Dark Glass and I almost had a story for it, but just didn't commit to it. The prior year just stumped me (Metallic Feathers). I know I can write to a theme, and finally I've got one that just sings to me. I can't waste the opportunity. Hopefully the story will sing too.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday evening's writing time was spent with the hubby.
Wednesday evening is going to be serious-clean-up-the-house night. Grrr.
Monday, July 27, 2009
And I've been thinking about my outline, trying to fit my bad guy in, but I realize too that I know who my bad guy was up until the point he committed this particular crime, and he's angry now, losing control, but who is he when he isn't this criminal? And yes, this is important because he and his victim know each other. Poor Audrey can't look at this guys and say it's him because he looks and acts like a criminal. What fun would that be to read? Besides, even criminals have their own lives and schedules and likes and dislikes. It's not like they live for each moment they commit these crimes. They grocery shop. They go to the mall. They read the newspaper while sipping their coffee. Ooooh.. and there it is. Thanks for the help. ;-)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
So no words, but the outline is moving forward.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Stalker has some issues, namely its worldbuilding is far from satisfactory, and I'm uncomfortable with that. I understand Holly's lesson in overplanning, but I'm going to outline just a bit more tonight, on paper, and see where that takes me. Something is holding me back, and it isn't laziness. I'm missing something, and that something should be obvious to me.
My goal of writing 5 days a week might not be as realisitic as I thought with my principle goal of "Balance" in my life. Or, it might simply be I have not written in such a long time, especially on an intensive project like a novel, and I just need a week or two to get back into the swing of things. I also normally do not start novels in the middle of summer. That was brilliant (insert sarcasm here).
The balance thing may help though, as I did my workout over lunch and that extra walk in the evening and I slept better than I have in months... of course my head hit the pillow at 9:30 so I finally slept for almost 8 hours. What a difference. I feel awake, I feel conscious... and just maybe I'll get to some writing tonight. :)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I start my writing week on Sunday, so this is my first of two nights off the novel. I know, wonderful way to start the week. It'll balance out, and the writing tomorrow will be all the better for it.
Addendum: Read Think Sideways lesson number 10 before bed, but didn't hit Fading Light again.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
My goal is to work on the novel 5 days a week, an hour or two at a time. Fridays are probably impossible, so I'm planning on no writing Fridays unless I'm in the mood. Mondays will probably suck also, as they tend to be the toughest work day and by the time the kids are in ZZzz-land, my brains are friend, scrambled, poached. Done.
Stalker's opening: Audrey danced into the photography studio, her closing packet under one arm, and a grin to shame the Cheshire cat. The running ended today, ended about an hour ago when she purchased her rented home under her birth name, her real name, a name she hadn't used in seven years.
On other fronts... Treischan Strength is back in submissions again, sent out this evening via email. Fading Light and my favorite red pen are waiting for me, so now I'm off. Ta-ta!
Addendum: Fading Light - redlined 1 page for editing.
Friday, July 17, 2009
* selecting my short story project: Fading Light needs one more edit, then I'm pushing it out for submission.
* located orphan submission: Treischan Strength was supposed to be resubmitted to a new market, but somehow I missed it. I'll be setting that up this weekend.
* novel project associate with Think Sideways course has been renamed to Stalker, simply because Haven is not a very exciting title. The writing begins tonight.
Starting a new project is exciting and scary and I'm to the point of bouncing out of my seat with all my fidgeting at work today. I can't wait to get the kids to sleep, and the bills paid, and the laundry started tonight. Then it's Writing Time.
Updates will be forthcoming, they may not be exciting, but part of the purpose of this blog is to keep track of my writing.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
So far I've gotten three really cool novel ideas straight from the assignments and can't wait till the writing can begin. :)
Sunday, June 7, 2009
It looks like my brain was ready to start this up again. I just hope I can hold onto it this time!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Life's been crazed, but I can't ignore the muse. She's been quiet, yet I can feel her watching me. And when I picked up a Dean Koontz novel this weekend, the first fun reading I've done in a very long time, she grabbed me by the neck. "You can write like this," she told me, "you just need to make the time." And before she could strangle me, I promised her a half hour a night.
So I'm going to take another look at Holly's writing class. I'm also thinking about skipping the short story angle and diving into a novel. Something new, something different. If I'm going to start this off right, different could very well cement me into the committment.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Originally, my January goal went like this: "My January goal is to get myself and my family on a schedule to allow myself some writing time. Any writing time. "
I've specified some items to get done before the end of the month.
* Review coursework completed for my two writing classes
* Identify and reread my priority projects (short stories in progress and editing)
* Resubmit marketable short stories [DONE - Treischan Strength went out today!]