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A year’s worth in two months.

Michael Stackpole on Cory Doctorow (at least parts one and two):
Deconstructing Cory Doctorow’s “Experiment”
What is Cory Doing Right?

Also, Query Shark has some new posts.


I have a couple more days to work on Model Species before NaNoWriMo. Mostly, I need to eliminate the myriad of weak words that creep into my writing. Yesterday, it was the word “up.” My characters look up, stand up, take up, straighten up, sit up, gather up, glance up…and most of those can be removed and sentences improved. December will be used for the remainder of the polishing and for re-crafting a query letter.

And November is of course NaNo. I’m looking forward to it so much so that I’m not feeling any Halloween vibe. I haven’t decorated much and, considering that kids don’t trek up to my apartment, I probably won’t hand out candy. I might not carve a pumpkin.Tomorrow is our Halloween league game, and I don’t think I’m going to go in costume for the first time in a few years. I have Halloween socks, but it might not be sock-weather. More like pants-weather. Or long socks *and* pants-weather. We’ve had a cold snap: Highs in the low 60s.

I seem to be saving my energy for November. In addition to NaNo, I potentially have social engagements the first three Saturdays and in-laws in town for Thanksgiving as well as the usual stuff. And then there’s gearing up for the December holidays and a possible trip to California for an old friend’s wedding. For socially quiet me, this is like a whole year’s worth of work and play wrapped in a two-month package.