Monthly Archives: September 2011

3rd Quarter Summary

I really haven’t been very productive since the first half of the second quarter (May). Even with the best circumstances, summers are hard on me and this one was no exception.

Luck for Hire

Edited through over half of it. It’s needed more work than I thought it would.* We’ve changed the nature of several relationships as well as the tone of Luck’s luck. The manuscript is still hovering around 56K words.

Obviously, I need to finish this draft/editing pass.

* Statement of fact, not an excuse for lack of performance.

Lucinda at the Window

Tessa has created a cover. Other than that I have done no work on it, and criminally, no work for Tessa other than a base web page for her photography. To be fair, she said she was going to get a CD of images to me and hasn’t yet. I have a feeling she’s gotten as busy as I’ve gotten lazy.

Today, I did some research on ebooks. I’m digesting all the info and making up a list of what needs to be done. I’m shooting for a Hallowe’en-ish launch of both the book and Tessa’s webpage. (I still wonder if that’s a reasonable goal. RoW80 peeps, if you have some thoughts on that matter let me know.)


Five submissions of four short pieces. A couple markets I’m interested in are opening again in October, so I’ve been sitting a piece for a week or two.

Submitted Model Species to four agents. Again, I need to get back to averaging at least that many a month. It’s ’round about time to do some new research too.


Read two books and a few odd short stories. Luckily, I have Fall into Reading and Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon to get me closer to my 30-book goal.

RoW80, Round 4

I’m in, though at the moment my goals aren’t entirely concrete. I need to do more than just this editing pass on Luck for Hire, but I’m not sure what else. Eric and I will talk.

Also, I  have not been on Twitter much. I know that’s a valuable component, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll get back other than for auto-posts. It’s just to noisy for me for the moment. I will definitely make the effort to comment on posts. Lucky for me, Mr. Linky is Twitter agnostic.

Writing, Running, MMORPGing

Still working my way through Luck for Hire edits. This pass has been a combination of add-things-talked-about and a 10%-cut-edit. The action scenes that I thought were sharp have not been. I have a tendency to be very wordy when I write, and not in a good way. Prepositions must die.

Giving some thought to trying to get an electronic version of Lucinda at the Window available around the 26th of October…in time for Hallowe'en, since it's a ghost story and all. I have no idea if that's a reasonable goal. I don't know how much work it will be to give it a quick edit, attach the cover art, and ebook-ize it, or how long it would take to become available through various vendors.

It's a Dry Huck won our third game last night, a come-from-behind one-point win in hard cap. I had been feeling terrible since Sunday. My hands bugged me all of Sunday and Monday and Tuesday was a migraine day. By the end of the game though, I was feeling pretty good. Today, as well. While the quality of my play hasn't really improved since going back to playing, I'm at least not as gassed after a couple of cuts.

Probably a stupid idea, but I think I'm going to sign up for an Oktoberfest 5K. Running and beer. They go well together even if the running is in the early-ish morning and the beer is later.

Been spending too much time playing EverQuest2. Got Folly to 90th level troubadour on Sunday. Now she's working on city faction in order to buy her third house. Yes, my avatars live better than I do.

Now watch while I repeat steps 1-8!

Liz Writes Books posted “The Life Cycle of a Blog” which ridiculously seems to be what my 10-year journal has become. Well, not quite, but you get my drift.

To be fair, I’ve pulled back from a lot of social media. I haven’t tweeted, aside from auto-updates. I dipped my toes into Google +, but it really didn’t take. (I had a Twitter account for years before I really used it. I’m not exactly an early adopter.) The only place I’ve been is Facebook, where my closest circle of “real life” friends are. I am unruffled by the changes, though the ticker makes is a little noisy to me.

I don’t know if I’m going to do the next Round of Words in 80 Days. Writing seems like a slog to me lately. I’ve been having a hard time keeping the faith. Yet, I still can’t fathom anything I’d rather do.

In the writing category of “You’re not getting real work done, but you’re doing *that*?”: I did a series on horror comedies at Taming of the Queue. We are once again Netflix-less, so I’m going to have to change that blog. Due to the Netflix price increase, we were going to switch back and forth between DVDs and streaming, but Qwikster put an end to that plan. I wasn’t looking forward to juggling the change within one company; between two is out of the question.

We finished the third week of league. It’s a Dry Huck is undefeated in official games, though we took at pretty ugly loss in the pre-season. To be fair, for the first two points (and several others) during that game, Chris put “everyone with the least experience” on the field. On the other hand, many teams are missing some strong players due to club play. IaDH is not, so we might be seeing inflated success right now. On the other other hand, we also have a chance to fine tune our whole team before finals. We’ll see how it falls out, but for the moment, it’s a fun team and I’m slowly getting back into shape.

I’m happy the nights are finally longer than the days.

Fall into Reading? Yes, please!

Time to shake off my summer blues and get back to reading! Luckily, I have help.
Katrina at Callapidder Days is hosting the bookend to her Spring Reading Thing.

Below is my ambitious reading list for fall (and probably the rest of the year).

Fire & Ice Read-Along

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Will probably start A Clash of Kings by the end of the year.

Library Books

Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg
Doc by Mary Doria Russel
New X-Men, Ultimate Collection Book 2 by Grant Morrison
The Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman

Women of Science Fiction/Fantasy

Indigo Springs by A. M. Dellamonica
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Finish Jo’s Girls ed. by Christian McEwen
Finish Last Call by Tim Powers
The Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow

Edit, 9/24: And at least a dozen short stories from around the ‘net!

Check out other reading lists at Callapidder Days!

And to further speed me through, October 22nd is Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon!

#RoW80 – How do I do this again?

My energy and enthusiasm petered out pretty early last week. I over-did it, physically, on Tuesday and PMS kicked my but pretty hard otherwise.

I didn’t get a lot done. I was also surprised by Luck‘s sequence of scenes/events. I had added a few things during that last pass that I kind of forgot about. Here’s my list for this week:

  • Finish rewriting Call to Cardamom.
  • Rewrite second Call to Cardamom.
  • Read through “Business as Usual” & “Where the Evening…” scenes. (There’s probably some light editing that needs to be done to these, esp. the latter.)
  • Add to Dana’s morning in Massachusetts.
  • Rewrite Dana at the hospital.
  • Rewrite Dana/Barrowman, Luck/Howell scene.
  • Submit Model Species to two agents; get “Eaters of Dust” back out the door.
  • Blurb for Lucinda at the Window

I was thinking about shooting for the end of the round to finish this rewrite pass. That’s next Thursday. If I finish all of the above by this Friday, I would be on page 179/330, with most of the scenes that need polish yet to come. That’s probably not reasonable. The end of September, though, is a better goal.

Check in with my fellow RoW80-ers.

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#RoW80 – Sunday Update on Monday

Didn't do as much on Friday as I should have, but last week was fairly successful-ish.

I worked my way through about 40 pages of Luck for Hire last week. We're continuing to shift the nature of a few relationships and speed up the timeline to a faster "thriller" pace. This has resulted in changes throughout. Often, it's best to rewrite the scene and be done with it. Not many added words. The manuscript is sitting at about 56K.

Got a "no" on Model Species and on "Eaters of Dust."

I did not write a new blurb for Lucinda at the Window. I kind of, uh, forgot. That obviously gets carried over to this week.

  • Edit "Dana & Aleister's argument post-Columbia"
  • Edit "Dana the next day, realizing just what happened at Columbia"
  • Edit "A second meeting with Frick & Frack"
  • Edit "Aleister – All in a Day's Work"
  • Write a blurb for Lucinda at the Window
  • Submit Model Species to two agents.
  • Send "Eaters of Dust" to a new market.

If I do really, really well I'll start rewriting the second action scene by the end of the week.

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When the Days Last for Years

It's been a good week.

I worked on Luck for Hire every day this week which is, sadly, a more days worked in row than has happened in recent memory. Submitted Model Species and "Opportunity" to various agents/markets. One rejection this week on the former and also a rejection on a different short work. 'Tis the life.

I have watched much tennis. I am tickled that two Nebraska boys played each other this evening on the big New York stage. It's been a more entertaining match than the score suggests. Conversely, I was a little heart-broken at Venus Williams announcement. While I'm not a great fan of the Williams sisters, auto-immune diseases are rough. I'm a weenie came-to-it-late half-assed hobbyist athlete (hobbyist and athlete both are too strong of words) and it has been tough for me to compromise over what I want to do and what I can do. I can't imagine being a world-class athlete and having to deal with that.

I ran for twenty minutes today, covering 1.8 treadmill miles. My knees didn't appreciate it.

The days have been long and hot. I've been staying up until 3am and getting up at 8:30 or 9. I've been playing some EQ2 and crocheting as well. Sometimes, it's hard to remember what I did on what day. Each day seems long and full. I wish this for the entirety of September.

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