October 30th, 2008

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my own personal WriMo

I'm not a novelist (kenscholes, I can hear you snickering!). So NaNoWriMo didn't hold as much interest for me. I've thought about using it as a way to generate more new stories (NaStoWriMo?).

But I've known for a while that I have a lot of "desk stories" which need a good revision and should then go out into the world. I keep putting it off, as I have Fear Of Revision (cue Talking Heads music).

Well, no more. For me, November will be NaStoRevMo - National Story Revision Month. My goal is to get 50K words of story revised and out the door. That should end up being about 7-9 stories. I have a revision queue. In that queue are stories that have received good, positive feedback at cons and workshops.

Here's the queue, by title: "Breaking Through"; "Bringing the Boys Back Home"; "Sorting Through the Scrap"; "Walls of Stars, Like Eyes"; "This Is Your Life, Version 2.0"; "The Fishing Trip"; "The Straw That Shines Like The Sun", "Old Town, Old Man, New Man, New Town"; "The Game of Chase".

I still might try to do some story writing. I'd like to submit something to the latest Byzarium flash contest by Nov 15. I also have an intriguing idea for the Footprints anthology (edited by jaylake and Eric T. Reynolds), but it's something that would be a challenge to pull off. We'll see how those go.

But the core of November is revision. bogwitch64 challenged me a while back on the issue of "quality versus quantity" and asked if I was focusing too much on quantity. She made a good point, one that I've been thinking about since then. Thus, November will be Quality Month. Take the stories, work hard, make them as good as I can, and send them out. How very VP Oath of me.

So, to any NaNoWriMo folks out there: I'm with you in spirit, if not in actual result. Let's get cooking!
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 00:07 some more words on another story which demands to be written, and now it's night time. #
  • 00:09 well, it's been "night time" for a while. Let's try "sleep time". Tomorrow: weightlifting, work, math contest club, halloween decorating! #
  • 07:32 @egriffith now we're just in a panic about elections and ballot propositions #
  • 07:33 @JeremiahTolbert It's bittercon for me! But I do get to go to Orycon in 3 weeks... #
  • 07:33 it's morning time again. Hello Morning! #
  • 07:34 off to the gym for a workout. Then, a donut. #
  • 10:27 at work meetings, remember that apple fritter ... mmm ... #
  • 11:39 If you don't read the twitterings of MarsPhoenix, you should. It's having a bit of an existential crisis as winter approaches #
  • 11:39 Did an hour bike ride at the fitness center. If I was a tough guy, I would have done it outside. But I wanted to read WIRED. #
  • 11:40 I think it's lunchtime, which is good as I'm hungry! #
  • 12:09 It's 62 degrees in the house, less in the back bedroom / office. I'm chilly. Cap time! #
  • 12:15 for some reason, I have the Split Enz singing "Make Sense of It" running through my head. #
  • 12:15 @DianePatterson Intervals! I haven't done intervals in ages. I'll have to give it a shot. Thanks! #
  • 12:49 @JeremiahTolbert Be careful. Vanilla Ice knows how to PAR-TAY!!! Ice, Ice, Baby... #
  • 12:50 @egriffith Here you go. Ease the pain: tinyurl.com/2j2c8f #
  • 12:51 @egriffith Take two, they're small: tinyurl.com/j93a6 #
  • 12:51 time to go coach the math contest club! #
  • 17:38 @StoneTable Those aren't actually the notes, just the summary. Going to VP, you get the *full* experience. Go for it! #
  • 17:39 @gregvaneekhout They've been waiting for this moment, plotting, scheming, gathering numbers. And you let them know your defenses are down! #
  • 17:39 putting up Halloween decorations. It's getting spooky! #
  • 18:03 tiny drops of water are falling from the sky. It's the end of the world! #
  • 18:18 dinner time, and then a college night event at high school. who schedules things the night before Halloween??? #
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