December 2nd, 2008

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YuleTube: now that's just creepy/weird

When you're watching holiday specials that are close to 40 years old, you'll find scenes that were perfectly fine Way Back Then but that now are weird, or even creepy.

Case in point, two scenes/songs from _Santa Claus Is Coming To Town_. Two scenes that are usually cut when the special is broadcast these days.

Scene Number One: Kris giving toys to the kids, to the tune of "If you sit on my lap today, a kiss a toy is the price you'll pay". It's a danged catchy song but ... there's a guy in the town square having kids sit on his lap and kiss him. Someone call the cops! (Song runs from 2:30 to 4:00, but stick around and you get the BurgerMeister MeisterBurger "toys!" freakout followed by yo-yo-lovefest).

Scene Number Two: Jessica's song "My World Is Beginning Today". Wow. I know this was the 60s, but there must have been a *lot* of psychedelics in use in by the special effects department. Kudos to Jessica for being able to take definite action after all that LSD. (Song runs from 1:20 to 3:30).

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[writing] November 2008 results; December 2008 plans (subtitle: Wow That Sucked)

November Results
- 1 story finished (plan was 2-3)
- 1 story started (plan was 2)
- 2 stories revised (plan was 8)
- 1 story was sent out for critique (plan was 2)
- 3 stories were critiqued (plan was 2)
- 4+ critiques were done by me (plan was 8)
- 11 submissions were made, 1 new stories joined the "out" pool (plan was 5 subs with 5 new stories)
- 10 submission results: 10 "no"
- 718 new words written; 4508 words revision credit
- Race Points: 14 (plan was 20)

Wow. Worst month ever, in many ways. I knew this was happening, as the job turmoil was always foremost in my mind. Going to Orycon was fun and some writing was achieved on the trip, but I was also sick (in some form of cough, sniffles,or general blah-ness) for the last 10 days of the month.

All these things combined to produce a hideous amount of demotivation, something that's very depressing for a month that had started out with such promise. Best I can do is pick myself up, and get back to making time for writing. In the end, I need to learn how to continue to write even though a month as challenging at November was.

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December Plans
- Finish 1-2 stories
- Start 1-2 stories
- Revise 4 stories
- Send 2 stories out for critique
- Get 1 stories critiqued
- Critique 3 stories (3 for SacSpecFic)
- Submit 10 stories (4 of them new submissions)
- Race Points: get to 20 by end of month

As a result of November troubles and discussions at Orycon, I realize that my challenge is to work harder on my characters, on revealing character, and really "seeing through the character's eyes" in the manuscript. This will take both revision and new writing. The big deadlines are December 15 for the Norwescon Writers Workshop, and December 30 for WOTF.

It's going to be tough, as the job turmoil hasn't abated (and actually might be getting rougher) and I feel the powerful force of de-motivation trying to suck me down. But I have to learn to write through it. Because the only other alternative is to quit, and that just isn't going to fly. That way lies true madness and despair. Ain't gonna go there. One foot in front of the other, and all that. Onward.