November 3rd, 2007


Writing: October review, November plans

Summary: October was Viable Paradise and the recovery afterwards. November will be more writing, Orycon, and the beginning of prep for 2008 and "Til Hell Won't Have It"

The big, humongous, writing-life-altering event in October was my attendance at Viable Paradise XI. I've already blogged extensively on the con and the after effects, so I won't repeat things here. Let's just say it was a great experience, I learned a lot, and I'm still struggling to put those lessons into practice.

I did finish two stories in October: "Now and then, or Crow and Samoset" (1500 words) and "Real Enuf 4 U" (5000 words). Work and personal life were very busy, but I did hit my newly-avowed pace of two stories a month. I also joined thing_in_150, a group of ex-VPers vowing to write 500 words a day (which fits with my pace goals).

In November I'll write two more stories, due the 15th and the 30th. I've started on the first one, "Real Space" (which has the full, silly title "The Really Realest Real Space Of All"). I'm not sure what the second one will be. There are multiple candidates vying for brain space.

I'll revise "Crow" and "Real Enuf" fairly soon, as they both have places to be. "Crow" will go to matociquala because it incorporates the VP homework she assigned to me during our 1on1. "Real Enuf" will go to SacSpec for critique in our Monday, Nov 12 meeting.

I'm going to Orycon in mid-November. There, "Samsara" will finally receive a long-overdue professional critique from Lillian Saintcrow and David Goldman. I don't know anything about either of them, so I have some reading to do.

At Orycon, there are supposed to be "open reading and critique" sessions for writers to read work and receive audience and pro feedback. I'm planning on reading "Crow and Samoset" and maybe the first scene of "Real Space", depending on how big the demand is for spots.

Finally, kenscholes has agreed to give me some feedback on "Hunters" and I will happily buy him some beer in return. I might also try to see if jaylake has any thoughts on "Owl, Cat, Cigarette". I'll be interested in hearing what they both have to say.

And that's it! Perhaps I'll try to do some other revising, but it's already a full month. December will be the big revision month, because 2008 is going to be the year I fulfill the "Send It Out (to Paying Markets Only) Until Hell Won't Have It" part of the VP Oath. Woah, scary.