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Reminder: Deadline to submit a photo and win an ARC of The Stepsister Scheme [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy] is Friday the 28th. We're up to five entries so far, and I'm expecting at least one more. Details here.

Happy Book Stuff: The Mermaid's Madness has its first blurb! From the wonderful Diana Pharaoh Francis (difrancis): "The Mermaid's Madness belongs on your must-read list. It's an enthralling adventure that takes you back to the stories of your childhood and then folds, spindles and mutilates them--in the best possible way. One of the most entertaining stories I've read all year. You'll never watch the Little Mermaid the same way again." I am quite pleased.

Short Story Update: The short story was turned in on Monday. No idea when I'll hear back. This was rushed, so I expect it to be soon, but "soon" is a variable with a shockingly wide range. This was an anthology invite, but that's no guarantee the story will be accepted. I wrote a story for an anthology invite last year that got bounced. (Fortunately, the story then sold to Realms of Fantasy.) I wrote another one this year that didn't fit the anthology, but the editor was able to take it for another project she was doing. With an invite, you've got a pretty good shot, but nothing's set in stone. So I'm still anxiously checking my e-mail and spam filter, wondering if I'll end up having to wait until after the holidays for an answer. Whee... Literally as I was posting this, an e-mail popped up in my Inbox. "The Creature in Your Neighborhood" has been accepted for Strip Mauled, edited by Esther Friesner. Whoo hoo!

Book Update: With the revisions to Mermaid turned in and the short story complete, I finally turned my attention back to Red Hood's Revenge yesterday ... only to find that after a month and a half, I had no idea what was going on in the book or where I had left off, let alone where I was going with it all. Inertia my old foe, we meet again. It's not pretty, folks. So last night I printed out 40,000 words of incomplete draftage, and I'll be going through that, trying to decide whether to keep writing or start over from page one.

I doubt I'll be online much tomorrow, so Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. readers, and happy Thursday to the rest of you!


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Nov. 26th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Any word on that "review" we discussed at Windycon?
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
I started two ideas yesterday, then decided they both sucked. Currently looking for non-sucking ideas.

What's your deadline on this? (I seem to do so much better with deadlines.)
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Given reality, and the holidays. How about next Tuesday
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the sale!
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your sale.

I hope you don't have to start over on Red Hood. Try to let your inner editor see the good stuff as well as the bad stuff.

Nov. 26th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Even if I rewrite it, there's a lot I'll be able to reuse. But some of my initial outline now feels awfully forced. "This is my plot, ergo you will all do these things even though it makes no sense!"

I'm still in love with the very first scene, though :-)
Nov. 26th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Oh good, so I'm not the only plot driven writer who tends to make characters do something plot-ty and then wonders about the motivation, instead of the other way round. ;)

Congrats on the sale!
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Nov. 26th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Having to start over is incredibly frustrating, but most of the time the rewrite ends up being a stronger book. I'm trying very hard to look at this as a bright side as I work through my new outline :-)
Nov. 26th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the sale!

I hope you have a great weekend with your family.
Nov. 26th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Haha I'm having inertia problems with my own work right now =(

I like reading about the problems you have with your own writing because it feels really good to know that published authours have the same issues as I do.
Nov. 26th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I understand completely. One of the things that's been most helpful with the SF Novelists group is that I get to listen to much bigger names, people who are much further along in their careers, grumble about some of the same issues I'm struggling with :-)
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the sale!!!
Nov. 26th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
I need a green icon - I'm glad difrancis liked it, but now I want to read it too.

Congrats on the short story!

And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family.
Nov. 26th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
One book at a time! :-)

(Speaking of which, yours will be going out in the mail after work today.)

Thanks! Happy T-day to you and yours, too!
Nov. 26th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
Here, here for the selling of short stories! Now if only I can get mine done and get if off Friday or Saturday - and then sold!

Congrats on the sale - and I hope you don't have to trash too much on Red, as I've really liked what I read. It's a very twisted, and fresh, take on it. Though I'd not let the kiddies read it until they're much older, lol. ;>

Enjoy the holiday. :)
Nov. 26th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
Hey, congrats on the sale!
Nov. 26th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I meant to ask, did you make it to Windycon this year, or did I just miss you?
Nov. 26th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Well, you missed me, but it was because I wasn't there... :-) Hopefully we'll manage to stumble across each other at some other con!
Nov. 26th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the sale!
Nov. 26th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the good news, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 27th, 2008 12:06 am (UTC)
Congrats on the sale!

And I understand about the inertia. I have the same problem. If I take a break I have a really hard time getting back into the flow, if it even happens at all.
Nov. 27th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
congrats on the sale, and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
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Dec. 1st, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was a wonderful little holiday, but too short as always.
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