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Archive for May, 2010

Progress Report, in which I do the math

Finished my rewrite roadmap, and have just barely begun the rewrite proper of Wet Work.

I had hoped, thanks to all the prep work I’d done, to bull right through this thing, to bust out a chapter a day.  Yet I find myself tentative for some reason.  I’m thinking it’s just that I haven’t gotten into the rewrite groove yet, and when I do, things will start to rock and roll.

Either that, or I just don’t really feel like working.  Knowing me, I’d say it’s about a toss-up between them.

The sale of "Right Before Your Very Eyes" to IGMS also gave me occasion to do just a little basic math.  See, since I’ve committed to writing a novel a year, my short story output has, predictably, dropped.  Plummeted, actually.  I’ve written one short story in each of the past three years.  I’ve also been fortunate enough to make several sales over the same period.  I’m actually selling short stories at a faster rate than I’m producing them–which sounds pretty impressive until you realize just how low the numbers are.

That trend is unsustainable.  You’d think I would have figured this out before now, but as I might have mentioned previously, math was never my strong suit.  Just imagine my surprise.

So.  Need to figure out a way to up my short story output.  Check.  But at the moment, I have a novel to rewrite.

Write Club updates:

Tier one bounce from an agent on a novel query, and a nice note from Asimov’s.  Response times, just over a month and about a month and a half, respectively.

Gotta motor . . .

“Right Before Your Very Eyes,” appearing soon at IGMS

Word has reached me that Intergalactic Medicine Show is taking "Right Before Your Very Eyes," my tale of magicians, demons, and things that aren’t quite what they seem.  Edmund tells me it should appear in either the August or October issue.

My first sale of 2010!  This puts me well ahead of last year’s pace, when I didn’t sell a story until October.

The writer is pleased.

Progress Report, in which I contemplate the mysteries of the muse

Made notes on the second act of Wet Work last week, filling in more of the roadmap for the rewrite.  The going will be a little trickier than in the first act, but nothing I can’t handle (he said hubristically).  I’m beginning to feel like I can actually do this.  I might even be able to start the rewrite proper this week.  Clutch the pearls. 

Made a fun little discovery along the way.  I was wrangling with a plot problem ably pointed out by one of my beta readers (thanks, David!), and I found the solution in the last place I would think to look–right in front of me.  It just fit perfectly.  It’s one of those little things that others might assume I had planned all along, but which was in reality a happy accident.

Or was it?  (Cue eerie music . . . )

Such are the mysteries of the muse.  Comes with the territory.

Write Club updates:

A tier one bounce from an agent on a novel query, and tier one rejection from Clarkesworld.  Response time on the latter, three days.

Outta here . . .