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Archive for January 2nd, 2011

Progress Report, in which I paint myself into another corner

For the last week of 2010, I did another 4400 words on "From Earth I Have Arisen."  Magic Meter?


First draft = done.  Finally.

Gawd, but this was a hard story to write–one of the toughest nuts I’ve ever had to crack.  And the rewrite doesn’t promise to be much of a picnic, either.

Then there’s the length.  At just over 40K, it’s technically a novel, according to SFWA rules.  But the reality is that it’s less than half the length of a salable novel, and far too long for the vast majority of short fiction venues.  Which makes it pretty much unmarketable.  So even if I can whip this thing into shape in the rewrite, I’ll have nowhere to send it.

Nice little corner I’ve painted myself into, yes?  Remind me again why I do this to myself.

More to say about this story, and about 2010 in general, but it’ll have to wait for another post.

Here’s a final snippet, for your amusement: