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Archive for November, 2007

Progress Report, in which I compare myself to Alexander the Great

Managed to get through another fifty pages of the Petra rewrite, so I’m still on schedule.

I believe I’m getting into the swing of the rewrite now.  In addition to re-reading the next chapter before working on it, I’ve taken to making notes on it–simply describing what happens in each scene.  This serves a couple of purposes:  first, it’s part of that “getting acquainted” process I discussed last week.  I don’t really outline, but with my previous two novels, I made little laundry lists of the events in each chapter.  I didn’t do that with Petra.  So now I’m doing it after the fact.  This helps give me a “thousand foot” view of the novel, a bit of perspective.

Secondly, it gives me an opportunity to ask myself why each scene is necessary, exactly how each one advances the story.  And if I can’t come up with a good enough answer, then I obviously have a problem.

It’s amazing to me how many of those problems can be solved the same way Alexander the Great solved the Gordian Knot . . . well, except maybe without the sword.  Deletion is now the first thing I try when I’m up against a difficult passage.  I have a separate document for any excised bits I might want to use later, so it’s become remarkably easy for me to cut stuff.  And a surprising amount of the time, that does the trick.

The holidays are looming, with all its attendant challenges to my schedule.  Sure, I have a good time with family and friends, as I hope you do, but still . . . you know how it is.

Write Club updates:

“What Really Happened That Night” has advanced to the second stage of consideration at Neo-opsis.  Said Assistant Editor Stephanie Ann Johanson, “You’ve made me cry again.”  Cool.

Sheila Williams at Asimov’s said that “Gone Black” was “very well done,” but she has a lot of stories on that subject at the moment.  She also said, “I very much look forward to seeing something new from you, though.”  Response time, about a month.

Moving on . . .

I’ve never seen the aurora . . .

. . . but this will do for now.

Canadian mag Neo-opsis has garnered an Aurora award for their 2006 issues.  Congrats to Karl and Stephanie Ann Johanson for their continued great work.  I’m proud that my story “Aces and Eights,” which appeared in issue #9, could be some small part of their success.

Nice one, Karl and Stephanie!

Writer’s Block: I Rock The Microphone

 Creedence’s “Midnight Special.”  I’ve gotten requests for it.  Seriously.