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June 17th, 2013

12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Sun, 18:58: Winding down from #WXR13. What a fantastic weekend. Now getting in some #amwriting before bed and going to the airport at 6am.
  • Sun, 20:46: Just cracked 5K on the AI/meerkat space opera. I hope I can finish it within 2K more. Less would be better. #amwriting
  • Sun, 20:49: If you put a bubble-gum repair on the mantle in the first act, it should malfunction later on. Maybe not the third act, but. #storytelling
  • Sun, 20:50: This is the second story in a row where I realized, "Oh, I mentioned that early. I should do something with it." #whatoutline
  • Sun, 21:17: And there's the "to 50K" count in the can. 500 or so more to the "1700 per day" count. #amwriting
  • Mon, 06:37: Welcome to Atlanta. Here's your ten-hour layover. Enjoy! Yeah, it's raining. Think I'ma camp out by an outlet & write after Christy goes.
  • Mon, 06:42: Meanwhile, I'll do math and find out where I need to be on the day, so I can wildly surpass it. #amwriting
  • Mon, 07:48: Camped out at D16 by an outlet in the ATL airport. Found a vending machine that dispenses ice cream. May find a bar later. Now, I #amwriting
  • Mon, 08:52: A couple of Atlanta Fire Rescue guys just went past down the concourse. On bicycles. So that was a little surreal.
  • Mon, 09:18: These chairs are incredibly uncomfortable. I cannot imagine sitting in one of them until friggin' 5:30. I may have to move my business soon.
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01:04 pm
And there's an END...

At the bottom of another short story. It came in at slightly under 7000 words, and puts me at 29,981 on the month so far. I am well pleased. This is my fourth on the project.

And now I get to decide what the fifth is. But I will do that after I've walked around for a bit and perhaps found a dessert or something.

Well. I guess I don't have a tag for this story. *makes one*

02:35 pm
I have a writing plan for the rest of the year.

Once I finish this ridiculous project, I will, of course, begin edits. This goes without saying.

However, thanks to the Writing Excuses Retreat, I think I may have a way of salvaging the new Ben & Janni story. Yes, that one, the one I vowed would never see the light of day. It may need to be split into two novels, but I will know more once I actually outline all the character arcs separately in the thing.

I'll be real honest here: I did not have the chops to write this story when I started writing it. There's good stuff here, but it's buried under the wreckage of its broken structure. But now, I think I might. I at least have the knowledge to know what I need to do to make it actually viable. This is a step in the right direction. I know now what I didn't know then.

And since I'll have at least thirteen shorts under my belt on the year at the end of June, I don't feel bad about working on something that may or not bear fruit. I really do love this novel, and I would love to be able to tell an agent, yes, I have this one and also am working very hard on this second one, and also look at all this bonus material! I have enough bonus material to fill its own antho.

And, of course, if any anthologies have a call for subs in the next few months, I'll totally write stories for those as well.

It feels good to be back on track with this stuff. Very, very good.