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Archive for August, 2008

Return of De Foosball

So here we are, less than an hour from kickoff.  2007 was a dreadful year for football for me, as both my Huskers and my Dolphins turned in abysmal performances.

But now both teams have new coaches, some new players, and renewed hope.  I’ll be expecting improvement from both my teams this year–although truth be told, they have nowhere to go but up.

And that’s about as far as I’ll go with the predictions.  Last year, I suggested my ‘Skers weren’t as good as advertised, and I had the misfortune of being right.  Not taking that chance again.

And already we’ve had some upsets, with Pitt going down to Bowling Green, and Virginia Tech losing to ECU.  And it looks like Michigan is facing another opening day loss.  At least this time, it’s to Utah.  But still . . . wow.  

Ah, college football.  Ain’t it grand?

Progress Report, in which I tread a fine line

Notched another 5100 words on Petra Released last week, bringing Magic Meter to here:

Looks like I’m finished, but nope.  Not quite.  The climax is passed; all that’s left is the denouement.

And even here, this late in the game, when I’m usually rushing to the end, even here, this novel is giving me fits.  The damned thing has kicked and screamed almost the entire way.  Just working out the blocking for the climactic confrontation took me half an afternoon.  I wound up modifying it a little from what I had been planning to do.  This pleased me, because it’s a little bit more surprising, and it ties together three separate plot threads a bit more neatly.

Not everything is sunshine and roses, though.  As I’m wrapping this novel up, I realize that I’m not at all happy with the resolution of a separate subplot.  Not.  At.  All.  I thought I had it all figured out, but now I see a fairly serious hole in it.  Fixing it will have to wait until the rewrite.  I don’t like leaving it in this shape; it feels like cheating.  But it’s a rough draft, and I still owe a few more pages, and at this point, I just want to get across the finish line.

I didn’t have these problems with Petra.  But then, Petra was a simpler, more straightforward novel.  This one, just by its nature, was bound to be more difficult.  I’m growing as a writer.  I’m stretching.  That’s what I tell myself, anyway.

Or maybe I’ve simply failed.  Who can say?  There’s a fine line between soaring like the eagle and falling flat on your face.

Whatever.  Another couple of days or so, and I’ll have a draft.

No updates for Write Club.

Bed now.

“The Multiplicity Has Arrived,” arriving soon at IGMS

Now it can be told:

Edmund Schubert at Intergalactic Medicine Show had called me just prior to WorldCon, asking for a (minor) rewrite of “The Multiplicity Has Arrived.”  This was the only actual writing work I managed while in Denver.  Looks like it paid off.  I got an email from Edmund today, and it’s a go.

I’m pretty proud of this story.  I struggled mightily with it in the writing, but finally managed to whip it into something resembling a coherent narrative.  Thanks to

for his crit of this one.  Much appreciated, Trent!

Look for “The Multiplicity Has Arrived” in issue 11, January 2009.