Friday, November 30, 2001

1615 words and I finished out the chapter. The candy bar scene is coming up and I'm slapping my hands to keep from writing it. Did some brainstorming in chat tonight about a character that IS my series character. I have some more projects to clear out before I write it. Heh. I have more outlines on my hard drive than I know what to do with. Found out about DAW's new no unsolicited manuscripts policy. I'm not shopping the book yet, but this could become an issue in a couple months. Slightly discouraging, but I'll deal with it when the time comes. I think I'm afraid of agents. Agentophobia?

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

1851 tonight. I tied up some loose ends in another chapter and wrote a pretty kick-ass scene. The dynamic between Auvray and Reyna is really shaping up. I like them. Not as much as Melisana, but I think that has to do more with my preferences than with the likability of any of the characters. I was proud of the words tonight. It's amazing what a little conflict can do to make a scene a lot of fun to write.

Over at Holly Lisle's site (www.hollylisle.com), there is a discussion about goals and goal-setting and I thought I'd list some of mine here.

Daily Goal: 1500 words a day on the current project

Monthly Goal: At least 6 chapters or 6 short stories (or any combination of the two) written.

Somewhat short term goal: Get at least two short stories sold to pro-level publications. No, this does not mean those that are deemed so by the SFWA. I'm not really that concerned with a membership in the organization, so I'd rather have my work in a really fantastic magazine like Ideomancer or Strange Horizons even though these two markets aren't technically pro-paying publications yet.

Another somewhat short term goal: Finish the current novel. And finish the Keeper's Promise.

Long term goal: Get both this novel and the Keeper's Promise published. I'd really like to get them in at DAW...

Really, really long term goal: Write full time. Only work at Stop and Shop to glean character info from, not because I'll be thrown out of my house if I don't.

Anyhow, alot of that probably sounds like pipe dreaming, but those big goals are what keep me doing this. Well, that and the fact that I love writing. Though, I need to write alot more and keep those daily goals if I ever want to reach the long term ones.

Sunday, November 25, 2001

Well, I wrote on Friday night, only about 1000 words. Finished out the chapter and brought up some questions that I need to answer before I go on. I'm finding that the more I write, the more really good ideas I am coming up with that need to be retro-fitted into the previous chapters. Makes for slow, tedious work. This book is going to be huge. But then, I notice that I have a habit of writing big books. (Well, starting them. *snickers*) Perhaps I'm too verbose.

Anyhow, I didn't get much done on Saturday. I really don't know why. I just really, really couldn't write. Probably had something to do with work. Seems that more and more the place is just a hotbed of inter-cash register politics. I mean, come on! We are CASHIERS! We could all be replaced tomorrow. Maybe that's why I have a hard time relating to all the "situations" that pop up and start little wars at work. I don't think this job is important. At all. Not when compared with my writing. So, now the big question is, if I really do think my writing is more important than my job, then why do I let stress from job keep me from writing? I need to think on that. AND get some writing done tonight!