Monthly Archives: January 2011

RoW80 – January 30th Check In

The numbers:

Wednesday: 685
Thursday: 1196
Friday: 960
No cuts.

I made my second sub-goal (10K every fortnight), and rewarded myself with Skirt Chaser. That’s 20,324 written for RoW80 and 17,499 added to the manuscript. (Dang it, I should have written one more word! Alas, I finished up writing at 1am-ish on Saturday morning. I was tired.) I know that I’ve made the two-subgoals, but I’m really digging the "start-over" aspect of my plan. It’s nice to have the opportunity, every two weeks, to have my sins forgiven and start over. Or alternately, to pat myself on the back and then sit down to do it again.

And I might need the forgiveness after this next fortnight. Or, at least need the full two weeks to get everything done.  My calendar looked so quiet a couple weeks ago and now there’s league on Thursday, a birthday dinner for a friend on Friday *and* Chris in town. Although now that Chris has taken to playing Star Wars Galaxies, we haven’t actually "seen" him lately. Spent the weekend helping out at New Year Fest. I coned fields, sold discs and shirts, watch a couple frisbee games, and generally held down the Frisbee Central fort. Life, in this manner, is good.

Writing-wise, the novel is in its gangly middle phase. 25K-50K are a rough bunch of words. It’s the crunchy bit between the beginning and the end. The rest of RoW80 is going to be a pitched battle.

And occasionally I read stuff too…

Book #1 – Dust by Elizabeth Bear

I read this on suggestion of the Women of Science Fiction book club. I would not have read it otherwise.

I did not finish this book.

I tried. Honestly, I did. But at page 250, I just kept thinking to myself, "There are other books you could be reading. Why aren’t you reading those?"

Part of the reason I kept at this book as long as I did is that I can’t quite put my finger on what I dislike about it. Many of the problems I had earlier in the book (see post at Reading Notes) are pretty much answered as the world is revealed. And I have to give Bear props for that. I don’t expect that everything be utterly clear about a world that I’m being dropped into. Playing with medieval tropes in a science fiction setting is interesting as well, but kind of leaves me feeling like it tries too hard.   I guess my problem is that I’m not really interested in the world or the characters at all. I just haven’t figured out why I’m not interested.

Rather fond of Gavin the basilisk, though.

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Short stories:
"A Private Experience" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You In Reno” by Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed, June 2010)
Hope” by Michael A. Burstein (Destination:Future)

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While there’s been quite a bit of writing goodness this year, I haven’t done much reading.

Lined fields this morning (basically, walking with a paint sprayer and adding lines to soccer fields). Now I’m beat. Is this what getting old is? I don’t like it. I need a nap.

RoW80 – January 26th Check In

Oh, Wednesday. I love you, but it’s so hard to be productive. The afternoon whizzes by in a haze of ultimate frisbee, grocery shopping, and cooking.

Monday: 1023
Tuesday: 1219
Luck for Hire is at 25,731 words.

No cuts. Eric liked the last scene I was working on. 2841 to my Skirt Chaser hard goal. (It has been pointed out that my carrot is particularly carrot-y. I’m going to "reward" myself with running 3 miles.)

Nothing yet today. I need to have good evening. I’m going to have to set up teams and a schedule for VOTS league probably tomorrow. And I’ll probably have some NYF web stuff to do before the weekend too. And then NYF.

I’ve settled into a habit of writing late a night, starting at about 9pm and going to 1-3am. I suppose it’s working well enough, but if that’s my schedule, I need to take better advantage of my days to get other stuff done.

Sent one Model Species query out yesterday. No other writing and only a small bit of reading done.

Dust by Elizabeth Bear

Dust by Elizabeth Bear

I read this on suggestion of the Women of Science Fiction book club. I would not have read it otherwise.

I did not finish this book.

I tried. Honestly, I did. But at page 250, I just kept thinking to myself, “There are other books you could be reading. Why aren’t you reading those?”

Part of the reason I kept at this book as long as I did is that I can’t quite put my finger on what I dislike about it. Many of the problems I had earlier in the book (see below) are pretty much answered as the world is revealed. And I have to give Bear props for that. I don’t expect that everything be utterly clear about a world that I’m being dropped into. Playing with medieval tropes in a science fiction setting is interesting as well, but kind of leaves me feeling like it tries too hard.   I guess my problem is that I’m not really interested in the world or the characters at all. I just haven’t figured out why I’m not interested.

Rather fond of Gavin the basilisk, though.

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Short Stories #2 & #3

Hope” by Michael A. Burstein (Destination:Future)
It would seem that people in science fiction stories have never read science fiction stories because they are always dubious of time traveler. It might be nice to see someone really play with that trope.

I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You In Reno” by Vylar Kaftan (Lightspeed, June 2010)
This is 90% a relationship story with sci-fi trappings and 10% musing on the relationship problems that would actually be caused by relativistic travel.

via Jamie Todd Rubin

RoW30 – January 23rd Check In

After such a good Monday, the rest of the week was a struggle.

Wednesday: 507, cut 76
Thursday: 1164
Friday: 0
Saturday: 1104, cut 430

I semi-purposefully took Friday off even though I was behind where I wanted to be. I needed a day to mull on the lasted plot bits, and Chris was in town and wanting to game. I ended yesterday having written 4917 words, 4411 of them new. Luck for Hire is currently just shy of 23.5K words. Spent some time yesterday cleaning up a few things.

Next weekend is New Year Fest. Friday morning, Saturday, and some of Sunday are pretty much spoken for. Since I’ll be doing working Frisbee Central, I might take a notebook with me if I have to and work when there’s nothing better going on. My intention, though, is to have my 10K words (this two-week’s sub goal) written by end of day Friday. If I succeed, I’m going to treat myself to the Skirt Chaser race coming up in February (my soft goal/reward: if I manage to add 20K to the manuscript by Sunday night, I’ll buy the entry package that includes the skirt! I’m 7600 words from that–barring no other cuts. Probably not gonna happen, but that is a great skirt.)

Didn’t get any other writing done this week. Very little reading done either. Today, I plan on some reading, maybe a little gaming, *maybe* some writing after Eric and I talk.

RoW80 – January 19th Check In

I thought yesterday was the 19th. I am continually amazed that it isn’t March already. That seems to be my general mind-set lately.

Luck for Hire is going well. Eric had some great scene ideas Sunday night. I blew through Monday, writing 1188 and getting caught up on my Model Species submissions. Tuesday wasn’t quite as easy. I wrote 954 by midnight. Today, nothing yet. Wednesday days are activity heavy. Eric and I talked through several scenes. We’re still working out some plot aspects, but this is our process, more or less.

So, a couple of thousand words progress with no cutting. Nice! It won’t last.

This week has been much more low-key. Fewer hormones and computer disasters. League stuff got in the way yesterday. Men’s registration filled and needed to be closed. Now, things are mostly back on auto-pilot.

A note on goals: I don’t mind the trudge. Sub-goals are nice, they give a boost, but I’m in it for the long game. Well, as long as I can stop and do something a little different in three months. Which, with RoW80, I can. To me, "plugging along" means I’ve got a pace going, I’m making incremental progress, and I’m good. Merit Badger’s progress badge is a snail. And that works for me. Most of the time.