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September 25th, 2013

12:00 pm
My tweets

  • Tue, 14:54: I can haz @Iron_Man 3! Also a new t-shirt (because I needed yet another, amirite?). Also 2 things I've been waiting for in the mail.
  • Tue, 15:48: I can haz another personal rejection from one of the Big Three, though not from The Man Himself this time. I think they're rooting for me!
  • Tue, 18:33: I have now printed out forty business cards. And they came out pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself. And I do.
  • Tue, 18:34: Do I dare install my new-to-me Word 2003 software, or should I wait until after TV? It don't ever go smooth...
  • Tue, 19:05: @ABC_Publicity--Where my captions for @AgentsofSHIELD???
  • Tue, 20:03: *laughs like a loon* @clarkgregg I am so there for as long as this ride goes. @AgentsofSHIELD ROCKED (tho the CC didn't show until 1/2way).
  • Tue, 22:12: Installing Word 2003. Wish me luck... #ohgodpleasehelpme
  • Tue, 23:34: Word installed with no fuss. I am shocked. Now editing this story according to this here style sheet. Shoot me now. #morebeerthatwillhelp
  • Wed, 03:08: Subbed two stories. Three still sitting on my hard drive.
  • Wed, 03:09: Problem w/having 18 stories out is waiting to hear back from markets so I can send them something else. Markets = thin for the longer ones.
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01:07 pm
Yeeep. The Cyborg Werewolf story is broken like a big, broken Thing.

The problem with it is that my protagonist doesn't actually protag. He's swept along by events and doesn't actually make a decision until the final paragraph...

And neither beta who's gotten back to me so far are sure that's the right decision.

It's the decision I want him to make. So I guess I just have to explain his thinking better. Or come up with a better plot reason for what he does. I just thought of a Thing, and then rejected it (out of hand) because that's not him making a Decision (again), that's him being Carried Along By Events (again).

Writing is hard. Why do we do this again?

01:50 pm
I keep seeing this same STUPID complaint about Iron Man 3.

To wit: Those suits came apart like tissue paper! They're supposed to be these big powerful things, they stood up to Thor, they got creamed by the Helicarrier engine and still survived! How come these lava people could just tear them apart? Huh? HUH HUH HUH? BAD WRITING! PLOOOOOOOOOOOT HOOOOOOOOOOOOOLE.

Yeah, people do get frothy about it. It's kind of funny to watch, actually.

So, I came up with a metaphor.

Bear with me, because I'm a writer, and it just occurred to me what it would be like if I did something like Tony did, commensurate with my own skill set.

Tony built 35 suits in roughly six months. About one every five days. Once he finished one, he moved on to the next. Then the next, then the next.

Picture a writer. I'm going to go with a novelist, because that's the level of complexity we're talking about here. The average novel in my chosen genres runs 90,000-120,000 words. Let's go with 100,000 words just to be able to round our numbers nicely.

NaNoWriMo is a worldwide event wherein writers pledge to write 50,000 words in one month. It's considered a pretty onerous task, because that's a lot of words--about 1700 per day. I've succeeded once this year, and failed once this year (although "failed" is a relative term; I still got 40,000 words out of it, so I'm happy).

So, our novelist, if he's really dedicated, will take two NaNoWriMos in order to bang out the first draft of one novel. And that's just the first draft. First drafts suck. They suck a lot. They need to be polished, ripped apart, put back together, etc, etc. Putting the final touches on the thing can take longer than actually writing it.

But, if our novelist is Tony Stark in this situation, he's banging out that first draft in five days by scribbling twenty thousand words a day. That first draft? Is going to be positively riddled with errors. Does he go back and fix them? No, he does not. He opens a new Word doc, and starts the next novel. Five days later, he slaps an END at the bottom of it. And then he does it again. And again. And again.

Thirty-five times.

How good do you think those books are going to be?

Heck, I'm surprised the dang suits functioned at all.


I mean, I'm in awe of people who can consistently bang out a thousand words a day. Twenty thousand in one day, every day? For six months?

Hell, I'm surprised that Tony was functioning at all, at that point.

09:16 pm
Writers of the Future Honorable Mention!

AGAIN. For Unquiet Neighbors.

This would be my ninth. I just asked the contest coordinator if, if I get ten, do I get a commemorative mug or something. LOL

It's actually been a long dry spell for me from them, so this is good, I suppose. I sent them Janni's Story last night, which garnered a personal rejection from the editor at one of the Big Three, so I guess we'll see how it does.

And now I need to find a another market for this one. Won't that be fun. *blows out a breath*