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ConStellation 9
Lincoln, NE
April 20-22

WorldCon 76
San Jose, CA
August 16-20

MileHiCon 50
Denver, CO
October 19-21

Watch this space for updates!

Progress Report, in which rewrites and coach seats don’t mix

Back from my trip to Hartford and NYC.  Fabulous times were had, and one important lesson was learned:  if you’re in the middle of a novel rewrite, and you’re flying coach, it’s physically impossible to revise your ms and refer to your handwritten revision notes at the same time.  Furthermore, if the person sitting in front of you has his/her seat reclined, you will be just barely able to open your aging laptop enough to read your monitor.  Attempts to be productive at such times will only result in making you look very, very silly. 

Something to keep in mind.

A whirlwind visit to the Big Apple is also not conducive to writing progress.  But you probably knew that one already.

On the plus side, it’s possible–just barely possible–that inspiration for my next novel has struck.  Gotta play around with this for a bit.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

No updates for Write Club.

Back to the grindstone . . .

5 Responses to “Progress Report, in which rewrites and coach seats don’t mix”

  • robinbailey says:

    We missed you at ConQuest. There was no representative at all from the Mathrew Rotundo School of Vocal Training, and the contestants were not happy.

    • admin says:

      Sorry I couldn’t be there. But on the other hand, my presence might have been unfair to the other contestants. Truly, I wouldn’t want to intimidate anyone.

      Coming to OSFest, by any chance?

  • Anonymous says:

    It was great seeing you and Tracy in NY, Matt. I hope you had a fun time. Did you end up going to the Met?

    Re. writing on planes, over many years and many trips home to Europe & back, I’ve kind of carved out a parameter space within which I can be productive. Not needing to refer to notes is key, as you’ve learned. And when the seat in front reclines, producing new text is often the only solution — too uncomfortable to read & edit. But that has its benefits too — I find that ‘typing blind’ I often have fewer inhibitions/my internal editor isn’t quite as vigilant.

    Good luck with the new novel concept!

    • admin says:

      Didn’t make it to the Met, unfortunately. The closest we got was a carriage ride through Central Park. Just too much to do.

      Enjoyed dinner very much, though. Thanks again!

  • Anonymous says:

    You’re more prolific than I am, so I probably shouldn’t be giving advice, but every time I suffer from this, it means that I’m not reading enough (or I need to be reading outside my comfort zone.)

    I suggest picking up the graphic novel Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. There’s enough meat in that to inspire anyone.

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