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