Sat, Jan. 14th, 2017, 12:00 pm
- Fri, 15:29: Found a flash piece I began back in May. Have edited it into a semblance of not sucking. *squint* Not sure it's ready for prime time yet...
- Fri, 16:24: I've bashed this story into something that makes me laugh, but I'll sit on it a bit longer & maybe give it to my betas. No sense hurrying...
Fri, Jan. 13th, 2017, 12:00 pm
- Thu, 21:16: I have hit the Great Swampy Middle of this novel, and lo, it is Great, and it is Swampy. *bangs head on keyboard*
- Thu, 21:23: MS Tech Support scammer got my OS wrong, threatened to block my comp, & called me a "fucking bitch" & hung up. "Recorded call." SURE, honey.
Thu, Jan. 12th, 2017, 12:00 pm
- Wed, 12:40: Hoo. There's one inbox emptied. The other one, I'm just going to save this week's in a folder and wholesale delete the rest. #outofcontrol
Fri, Jan. 6th, 2017, 12:00 pm
- Thu, 21:34: Multitasking! I can win an eBay auction & get a fiction rejection all at once! I flipped that rejection to a higher paying market. Go, me.
- Thu, 22:29: I just used "frankensteined" as a verb. Because I can. :p
Thu, Jan. 5th, 2017, 12:00 pm
- Wed, 21:39: Okay, enough being distracted by things I cannot control, and by other things I cannot do right now. Time to write.
- Wed, 21:42: You guys, I found the most beautiful redwood plank to make a postal door bank with today. Which means previous plans are out the window.
- Wed, 22:05: I just accidentally complicated my plot. Since I'm 3/4 through my outline & only halfway through my wordcount, I guess that's good.
Wed, Jan. 4th, 2017, 12:00 pm
- Tue, 16:05: That moment when you realize that you had a reveal about seven scenes too early & debate fixing it, or integrating it. #amwriting
- Tue, 17:10: Well, there's yesterday's word count in the can, anyway. *headdesk* At least my characters are behaving again. #amwriting
- Wed, 10:10: 99-cent Bookbub promo of "Largely Deceased," a horror antho containing my #zombie story "Daddy's Little Girl." https://t.co/xr9giJQYGf
- Wed, 10:33: Friendly reminder to readers: Reviews are lifeblood on Amazon, and a single sentence is sufficient. Make an author's day!
When last we left me
, it hadn't been a super year other than the really obvious novel-publishing highlight. So, where are we for this year?
Short story writing continued to be... fairly dismal. I completed only five and a half, two of which were flash. One of them is so silly that I decided no one would buy it, and so I've created a brochure out of it to give away as a freebie. The other one is *cough*problematic
in today's political climate. (A police officer who is also a werewolf hunter pulls a guy over for a burned-out taillight, finds out that he's a werewolf, and, well, shoots him. Yeah. He doesn't die and she eventually lets him go, but.). I was going to lengthen that one and revise it significantly, but that plan went astray somewhere along the way.
Everything I did this year was werewolves. I did another in space, another in the Old West, and one in modern-day... England? I guess? None of them have gotten any traction anywhere, but, you know, they're werewolf stories. Editors apparently hate them.
The half story, I was invited by the handsome and hard-working Bryan Thomas Schmidt to collaborate on him with, and that one will be appearing in an anthology of stories set in Larry Correia's Monster Hunter universe. So, uh. I'm a Baen author now
! So thrilled, and the story was so much fun to write.
So, ha, remember that story I said wouldn't win Writers of the Future, this time last year? Well. IT DID. And I got to go to Hollywood, and it was amazing and fun and whirlwindy and like drinking from a fire hose. I really hope they invite me back. The story has gotten some really nice reviews, including from Tangent Online
. An Amazon reader called it "powerful, bizarre, and haunting." Not bad for something I didn't think had any chance whatsoever of even getting an Honorable Mention, let alone winning.
I sold a total of 15 stories this year, so not quite enough for the next bingo square. Nine of those were reprints, but getting paid twice (in some cases) for the same story is free money, so I'm not complaining. One of the publications that accepted a Ben story folded before publishing it *sob*.
Five of the sold stories have been published (links all go to Amazon):Cry Havoc
, in Writers of the Future 32.
Daddy's Little Girl, as a standalone short
, and then in an anthology
, by Digitial Fiction Publishing.Servile Spirits to Invent
, by Digital Fiction as a standalone.Serendi-bunny
, in the "Singular Irregularity" anthology.Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
, by Digital Fiction as a standalone.
Then there were stories sold in 2015 that saw publication in 2016:Meerkat Manners
, by in Jouth#2. The Cow and the Beanstalk
, an audiofic at Far Fetched Fables, and also in an anthology called 2nd and Starlight
.Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit
, also at Far Fetched Fables.
Raw numbers on the shorts:Submissions:
The big project this year, which I finally kicked myself into gear on, is the sequel to "Pack Dynamics." I ended the year with 40,000 words in it. If I do a NaNo push this month, I might be able to stick an END at the bottom of it before LTUE in February.
Plans for this year? Finish PD2. Start PD3 (which I don't have a plot for yet, but I'm noodling the notion of the sequel that crashed and burned and I vowed would never see the light of day being Book 3, massively revised, of course, but oh God that thing is so messed up, possibly breaks my universe, and I'm not sure I a. want to go there, and b. want to break Ben that hard. Yes, even I have my limits, try not to die of shock). Twelve shorts, dammit.
I should be able to average a short story a month even while working on a novel. I've proven I can bang out a 5000-word first draft in 24 hours if I have to (because doing so was part of the WotF workshop).
Thank you, once again, for coming along on this ride with me. May your 2017 be filled with wild success.
Sun, Jan. 1st, 2017, 12:00 pm
- Sat, 15:21: There's my thousand words. I thought today was the 30th, so not sure I'll end the year with 40K in the novel, but I'm pushing... #amwriting
- Sat, 19:37: Two thousand on my day. One thousand more to hit 40K. CAN I DO IT? Stay tuned! #amwriting #werewolf
- Sat, 21:01: OMG. Forty. Thousand. Words. Which means three thousand on my day, and I can collapse into a puddle of goo. #waswriting
Sat, Dec. 31st, 2016, 12:00 pm
- Sat, 00:13: And another thousand. I know my next three scenes. Might end the year with 40K in the novel; only 3K to go for the next two days. Doable!
Thu, Dec. 29th, 2016, 12:00 pm
- Wed, 15:01: I just love when a side character decides he needs his own arc, which I didn't plan for. It's the best thing ever. #amwriting
- Wed, 19:34: And there's my thousand. Now that I have that, maybe I should sit down and write this character arc for the side dude...
Wed, Dec. 28th, 2016, 12:00 pm
- Tue, 19:51: Criminy, why do men think it's a good idea to come on to my Facebook and call me names? When does that ever end well?
- Wed, 01:13: And there's my thousand words. Finally. Still a thousand ahead of where I want to be, but not sure what's next. Argh.
Tue, Dec. 27th, 2016, 12:00 pm
- Tue, 10:16: Oh, look, @LiveJournal is borked again. I cannot see comments while logged in, nor can I actually log out. Awesome.
- Tue, 11:30: Okay, 2016 can just fuck right off. No, seriously, go home, 2016, you are drunk off your ass and not fit to be out in public.
In a story today
about Trump's press room, the nation's
, oh, wait, I mean, "Newspaper of Record," the New York Times, said:
Mr. Trump’s unconventional, sometimes hostile, relationship with the news media and his penchant for communicating through unfiltered Twitter posts threaten to upend a decades-old Washington tradition that relies almost entirely on protocol. The result, reporters and editors say, could be a loss of transparency that would hinder the press’s role as a conduit for information to the people.
No, you idiots. The word you're looking for is not "transparency." Trump's unfiltered tweets are wholly
transparent. The word you're looking for is "spin." Or perhaps "control." Trump's "unfiltered tweets" are actually exactly transparent,
because there they are for everyone
to see. You're just mad because you can't twist his words, though I'm sure you'll still try to tell us what he really
The Times complains about not being allowed to come on the plane with Trump to meet President Obama. And about the infamous "dinner incident" where he went to have dinner with his family and *gasp* didn't invite them
, leaving them "scrambling for information," the poor lambs. Of course he didn't invite the press to dinner. Who wants a bunch of yapping purse dogs along when you're trying to eat?
Answer me this, New York Times, and all you other press outlets crying about all of this: Why the hell should he cater to you people?
You have been mocking, incredulous, hostile, fear-mongering name-callers since the day he announced he was running. Be happy he's giving you any
access. I hope he sticks you in the back of the room and puts Infowars, Breitbart, and WorldNetDaily on the front row, and only takes questions from Milo Yiannopoulos, since I can't have Milo as actual Press Secretary.
I said it before and I'll say it again: Everything should be turned upside down on occasion. It lets in air and light.
But press advocates say these traditions, even in the age of Twitter, ensure fundamental tenets of democracy: historical record and access to information.
Twitter is right there for everyone to see. Anything you post on the internet is forever
. You cannot get more "historical record" and "access to information" than that. You people see your power and prestige slipping away, even more than it already has been, and it scares you to death.
Some former press secretaries suggested that Mr. Trump’s administration should rethink the tradition of broadcasting press briefings on live television, which many say has led to posturing and performance.
And Ari Fleisher thinks they should take the press briefings off live television altogether. Oh. So that's a "protocol" and a "tradition" you're perfectly willing to jettison because it suits your agenda, meaning you really do want it to be less transparent. You are positively terrified that you won't be able to filter things your way, that the American people will be able to see for themselves the raw quotes, and make up their own minds.
Well. Good. We're tired of your fake news, and your spin, and your fatuous arrogance, and your oblivious disconnect. Those of us in flyover country haven't been buying what you've been selling for a long time now, and maybe this will be the final nail in your well-deserved coffin.
Seriously, do you people even listen to yourselves?
Sun, Dec. 25th, 2016, 12:00 pm
- Sat, 17:47: Got my 1000, plus 400 more before Christmas Eve service tonight. So far, so good. But it's another fight scene, so it's being difficult.
- Sat, 20:28: And that's TWO thousand on my day, putting me three thousand ahead on my month. WHEE! #amwriting
- Sat, 22:30: "Knights of Badassdom" is, as promised, both horrible & hilarious. They made this move for US, you guys. LOVED it. It was enhanced by booze.
- Sat, 23:40: Make that 2200 words on my day. But these introspective scenes are just as hard as the fight scenes, so I'm off to bed.
- Sun, 11:53: My Hubby is the BEST. He made me this bank for Christmas. https://t.co/DTp3QBlU0j
- Sun, 11:59: And he spent the last two months finding & restoring this after I made a stray remark about loving old typewriters… https://t.co/rfjY2vCEFA
Sat, Dec. 24th, 2016, 12:55 pm
- Fri, 20:39: Oh my GOD I hate these "directing traffic" scenes. #amwriting They take forever to do something basic. Bleh.
- Fri, 21:52: And that's my thousand for the day. Pulling teeth, yet again, but I ground on through. #amwriting #werewolf
- Fri, 21:54: That also gives me 25000 words on my month, which makes me super happy. 2000 ahead of schedule. \o/
- Sat, 12:00: Picked up "Knights of Badassdom," starring Summer Glau, Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, & Peter Dinklage. It looks both horrible and hilarious.
Tue, Dec. 20th, 2016, 12:00 pm
- Tue, 11:25: Soooo I'm writing from a woman's POV in this scene. NATURALLY it is like pulling teeth, because I do not female well, apparently. #amwriting
Mon, Dec. 19th, 2016, 11:35 pm
- Sun, 23:44: And SCENE, which actually gives me 2000 words on my day and a fresh template tomorrow, beginning 300 words ahead of a 1000-word goal. \o/
- Mon, 16:03: #amwriting goal for the day hit. Maybe I can do another thousand tonight!
- Mon, 22:06: 400 extra words on my day. Which actually puts me 1400 ahead. I hope I can do 1600 tomorrow. Timing was bad today. #amwriting #werewolf
Sat, Dec. 17th, 2016, 11:45 pm
- Sat, 00:18: FINALLY, there's my thousand words. Halfway through the month, and I'm right where I want to be. Started at 6000 & am now at 22000. 🖊️
- Sat, 20:49: IFA has 40-pound bales of compressed Timothy Hay for $14, and I'm also getting a half bale tomorrow.. I think I have piggeh food for awhile.
- Sat, 22:09: And there's my thousand. Words are coming more easily today. The more I do tonight, the less I have to do tomorrow... #amwriting #werewolf
- Sat, 22:44: And I finish the day 300 ahead. After yesterday's teeth-pulling session, feels good, man. :D