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Archive for April, 2009

Progress Report, in which spring fills the air

Finished another rewrite, got some more mss back into circulation, did a close read of "Wet Work," and made notes regarding same.

Please hold your applause.  It’s not as impressive as it sounds.

I’m not sure how to fix the problems I see with the opening of "Wet Work."  I’m also having a hard time separating this piece from the novel that will follow it.  It’s possible that this story will wind up as a chapter in that novel.

And I realize I’m quite antsy to get started on the next book.  It’s already the end of April.  Soon summer will be upon us, and con season, with all its attendant disruptions to my schedule.   And let’s face it: I ain’t gettin’ any younger, kids.  Gather ye rosebuds, and all that.  I’m oh-so-tempted to just set aside the rewrite of "Wet Work" and jump right into the novel.  That’s the way I’m leaning at the moment, anyway.  I don’t want to put it off even another week.

If I could be reasonably assured of getting the rewrite done in the next day or two, I might reconsider.  Maybe.  Or maybe not.  Seriously, I’m just that antsy.  Spring must be in the air, or something.

Some updates for Write Club:

Two tier one rejections from agents, for novel queries.

Nice personal rejection from Shimmer.  Response time, one day.

Movin’ on . . .

ConQuesT, anyone?

So, turns out con season will be starting in May for me.  I’ll be at ConQuesT in Kansas City over Memorial Day weekend.  Great guest list, including John Scalzi and Ellen Datlow.

I’ve been to this con once before, ages ago.  I’m looking forward to going again.  Hope to see a friendly face or two there.  Help a writer out, wouldya?

Progress Report, in which I smack myself upside the head

Meant to start my revision of "Wet Work" last week, but another rewrite project popped up, needing immediate attention.  And just as I finished that one, yet another rewrite project popped up.  I tell ya, they’ve been like dandelions in springtime here lately.

Not that I’m complaining, mind you.  I’m just sayin’.

The upshot is that work on the new novel will be delayed a bit more.  I can just see it standing in the corner of my mind, tapping its foot impatiently and checking its watch.  Hang in there, baby.  Soon, you’ll be seeing entirely too much of me.

Rewrites bring with them their own unique anxieties.  Chief among them for me is the fear that I’m not making the right fixes, that I’m fiddling too much with stuff that works, and ignoring the real problems.  Or sometimes the rewrite goes easier than I first supposed, which leads me to wonder if I’m being too lazy.  And sometimes I just overthink it.  (Overthink?  Moi?  Perish the thought.)

I had some of those moments last week.  At which point, I had to smack myself upside the head and recall that I’ve done this once or twice before–sometimes even successfully.  And then get back to work.

One update for Write Club:  a tier one rejection from an agent on a novel query.

And so, having re-disposed of the monster, exit our hero, stage right.