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Archive for March, 2011

Progress Report, in which I take baby steps

Database has been updated and many mss have been shoved back out the door, some of them kicking and screaming–but out they went, anyway.  They’ve been collecting dust for too long.

Now, rewrites beckon.  But some thought must also be given to the next novel project.  I’m thinking that I might be able to do a little bit of both this week. 

Wait, what?  Did Rotundo just mention . . . multitasking?

Aye, and so he did.  But don’t be too impressed just yet.  I believe I’ll tackle the smallest of the rewrite projects–that wee essay on time travel I mentioned a few weeks back.  It shouldn’t take too long, and will leave me with an opportunity to do a bit of brainstorming.

Baby steps.

Write Club update:  Two and a half months and no response from an agent on a query.  I’m calling it.

Tottering on . . .

Progress Report, in which I get excited for no good reason

Found the last 2200 words of "Just a Game," bringing it to first draft status.  Here’s Magic Meter to make it official:


Boy, is this one too long.  And that title has to go.  And . . . and . . . and . . . let’s just say there’s lots more work to be done. Here I was thinking I’d been unhappy with From Earth I Have Arisen.  That one’s a masterpiece compared to this one.

Ah, but these are thoughts for later.

It occurs to me that I now have three first drafts in need of rewrites.  This is both good and bad.  Good, because it means I’ve been working, albeit more slowly than I would prefer.  Bad, because, you know–rewrites.  Not to mention that I need to start a new novel project, and would like to do so soon.

Yeah, well, as so often happens, what I’d like doesn’t really enter into the equation.

Am currently getting some mss back in circulation whilst pondering my next move.  Do I dive into the rewrite of From Earth I Have Arisen, or do I start making notes for the new novel?  I’m telling ya, the suspense is killing me.

Oh, and since I mentioned getting mss out, maybe now would be a good time to note that I’ve entered the next phase for marketing Petra.  I’ve pretty much exhausted the agent avenue, and am now submitting directly to publishers.  There was a time when I would have approached this move with the greatest trepidation.  But if I’ve learned anything about the publishing industry, it’s that there is no one path to success.  Sure, getting an agent would be ideal–but only if I get the right agent.  It does me no good to sign with a Big Name Agency that is too busy with its Big Name Authors to give my work more than cursory representation.  Nor does it help to go with a green agent who has nothing to offer but a boatload of good intentions.  I’ve seen both happen to friends of mine.  No, thanks.  If I have to go it alone, I’ll go it alone.  Wouldn’t be the first time.

Actually, I’m kind of excited about this development.  Not sure why, really.  The odds are not good here.  But excited I am.

And don’t get me wrong; I’m not giving up on agents entirely.  Still have plenty of them to contact about Wet Work.  So if you’re an agent and you haven’t gotten a query from me yet, just hang tight.  I’ll be with you shortly.

Write Club update:  Two and a half weeks to a tier one reject from Daily Science Fiction.

Truckin’ on . . .

“Right Before Your Very Eyes” Keeps Making Magic!

Ellen Datlow has posted her full list of Honorable Mentions for Volume 3 of Best Horror of the Year.  And what do you know?  "Right Before Your Very Eyes" is on it!

This is my first mention of any kind in a year’s best anthology.  I’m in some excellent company.  Color me very pleased.