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That is the sound of my brain right now.

I’m exhausted. I’ve been awake since three this morning, had an exhausting journey halfway across the bloody country, but I’ve still managed to finish NaNoWriMo. With about sixty words to spare.

I will now proceed to do bugger all for the rest of the evening. Tomorrow is another day.


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Productivitivity (I can actually spell)

It’s snowing outside!

Usually I hate snow with a passion not quite fiery enough to make it go away, but this year I’m actually feeling pretty good about the snow. I think it helps that it pretty much forces me to stay indoors and work.

Have to read A Passage Through India, edit, finish that article for the Angler (life keeps getting in the way of that), and write an essay on symbolism in Poe. I’ve been awake since 7 this morning, and I’m almost done with the book. I’m hoping to get the article done in an hour or so, then finish the book, then carry on editing.

I also need to get a move on with NaNo. I haven’t written anything in over a week, and I think I’ve fallen behind. Still, I’ve got a week to write 15k, and I think I might be able to manage that. If not, well, it’s no big deal. I’ve still got half-a-novel, which is more than I had a month and a half ago.

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Alas, alack

Just got a personal rejection from Apex. For those of you not hip to the jive of publishing, that means it wasn’t rejected out-of-hand. The editor gave me some excellent constructive criticism, but I’m not going to dive straight into Reginald just yet. I’ve lost track of the amount of times I’ve given this story a complete overhaul, so I really can’t be done with it just yet.

But still, this is promising.

Oh, and 33,395 words written for NaNo so far.

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Sophomore slump

I’m currently at 38,600 words with the novel, 28,600 of which were written for NaNoWriMo. I’ve been stuck at roughly this many words for a few days now.

It’s the first turning point in the novel, and I’m not sure how to continue. I’m also antsy over the wonky pacing I’ve undoubtedly used for the first part.

I need to listen when I tell myself, “First drafts are allowed to suck.”

Also, I need to get some serious words in today, else Rakie Keig is going to catch up. I never thought I’d end up having word count wars with a real novelist.

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Time to update the hell out of this blog

I have been neglecting many things recently, and this blog is one of them. Time to get back into the blogging saddle and remedy this.

Right, I’ve been doing a lot of writing and writing-related things the past two weeks.

Reginald was sent off to Fantasy Magazine, and rejected promptly and politely. It is now… somewhere else I don’t quite remember. Ah, Apex. I have no idea if it’s scifi, but it’s got a robot, and it wasn’t what Fantasy Magazine was looking for, so I figured I may as well give it a go. There won’t be a place that it’s obviously right for, until Dickensian Steampunk with Lovecraftian Undertones Quarterly is established.

I wrote a story about two genderless telepathic aliens called George and Henry witnessing the end of sentient life in the universe for the Footprints anthology. I’ve never been so flippant about the end of the world before.

I’m finally writing the Susan and Mitchell novel. I had a number of novel ideas for these two, including my NaNo effort from a few years ago, Downstairs, which is essentially Alice in Wonderland meets The Shaver Mystery. I have combined that with the knife crime story and my crappy old short story Subscription to come up with what I’ve tentatively titled Stretchmarks. It’s currently at 31000 words, 21000 of which I’ve written for NaNo ’08.

I have been press-ganged by privateer Thom Brannan to serve on the good ship I’m Not Sure If I Should Mention This. It’s rad as hell, and I’m currently trying to find a way to contribute to this project without making an arse of myself and the material I’ve been given to work with.

I’m also trying to bring order to the chaos that is the Dickensian Steampunk with Lovecraftian Undertones time travel novel I’m working on with Matthew Baugh, who is awesome. (I am going to dominate this genre, let me tell you.) It’s difficult, and it’s taking way more time than I anticipated.

And, while all this is going on, I’m trying to find a way to get through college. I’ve sort of decided to take two years to complete the final year of my Bachelor’s course, because I want to do lots of extra subjects and get lots of excellent grades, so that I can get into any Master’s program I want. Although I’m 99.9% sure about this course of action, I still feel the need to do every damn thing that’s coming my way, which involves three presentations and five essays in about three or four weeks.

Oh, and I sent Prada and the Giant Sloth to GUD magazine. I forgot how much fun it isn’t to wait for submission replies.

Since the last update, my family has gained a new member! No, I haven’t squeezed one out. My parents got a cat. His name is Gimpy. Seeing as he’s the only one in our family who is completely healthy, we needed to gimpify him, if only in name. He’s wonderful. He also attacked my face this morning, so I’ve got a scratch on my nose. Unfortunately it is small, so I can’t make up a story about the badass way I gained said scratch.

Peace out, yo.


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