Seven rejections so far this year. Queries out at five other agents/agencies.
Put on the back burner in May in favor of polishing Divine Fire. I had started over and was about 4K in. Zeta Iota wasn’t quite working. As I had said, I wanted to love the project, but it wasn’t jiving with me.
Mostly took a look at this novel and said, "Yep, there’s lots of work to do." I started smoothing out the two romantic relationships. To be honest, I should have gotten a whole lot more done in two months.
Pas de Chat
Decided to give Pas de Chat away, chapter by chapter every Sunday and Wednesday. The first post was released early in conjunction with a blogfest. A couple weeks in PJ Kaiser and Tony Noland established #TuesdaySerial on Twitter and I switched to posting on Sundays only. I’ve received a few comments and seem to get 20-30 visitors every Sunday and Tuesday.
Luck for Hire
Last week (okay, maybe Saturday) Eric floated a new idea. We talked about it again this morning. At this point, it seems that it will be urban fantasy. The idea behind this novel is tasty to me, but will take some doing to pull off. I am cautiously excited. These are my very first words "on paper" about this project. It is also the first project that was titled before it was written (the validity of this statement may be in question).
- "Breakfast in the Garden" Polished up a short story that I wrote a few years back and had Crittered. So far, three rejections; submitted to two other markets.
- #FridayFlash (on Twitter) and 52/250 – Between these two venues I’ve posted six reworked pieces, six brand new pieces (including "Consequences" posted today), and one fragment that received a proper rewrite. Twitter has become a fairly large part of getting eyes on my work and seeing the work of others.
I’ve done a lot of "for me" writing and not done much work on bigger projects. I’ve also let non-writing things take priority (like this post, in fact).
At the end of March, my attitude toward writing was fairly grim. Eric and I had a pretty long conversation about the "work" aspect of writing and what motivates me to do this instead of some other job. When the work isn’t fun, It comes down to moments when the pieces click together and seeing that what I’ve/we’ve made is greater than its parts. (And I realize today that when that happens in bigger projects its much more satisfying than when it happens in 500 words of flash fiction.)
In April I had a dream while napping. I was sitting in a bar with Eric Reif (I think my dreaming brain munges Erics) and he asked me what I’d rather be writing since I was unhappy. "Horror," I said. On waking, I decided to do what I wanted in short pieces. Since then I’ve written very little horror, but quite a bit of humor. Apparently, my dreaming brain is also hard of hearing.
In May, Josie of safetycomfort posted about magnetic attraction analysis, which involved making a list of thing that I find particularly intriguing. Eric pointed out that those concepts (esp. something seeming like something else) are pretty obvious when looking at my flash pieces and every longer fiction project up to Zeta Iota. I hadn’t quite found those aspects in Zeta Iota, though they are there. I see them now. What makes Luck for Hire "tasty" to me is that is falls smack dab in the middle of those interests.
If I want to view the sloth of the past three months in a way that is favorable to me, I could say that it’s been a journey of becoming more self aware and that time has allowed other ideas to come to fruition. More to the truth, I’ve probably been waiting for the newest, bestest project to come along.