October 2006


I’ve officially decided to go to WisCon next year, and have bought a ticket.
Broad Universe usually has a rapid-fire reading at WisCon. If they do again, I’ll be there, reading something. I have until May to decide what, but if the reading was tomorrow it would probably be “Grandfather Paradox.”
I also plan to go to the Writer’s Respite.

The story I’m working on now? It feels so much like science fiction to write, but I’m pretty sure it reads as fantasy.
It’s an alternate history story where something supernatural happens, and I can’t get over how much it feels like science fiction to write despite all the supernatural stuff. It’s the way I’m trying to make the story conform to history, I suspect. “How should I handle this? I know, I’ll look it up!”
I’m really, really enjoying this story.

I wrote 818 words of the story that needed research tonight, and in my opinion, it’s fantasy. My brain suddenly gave me a main character and started spitting out words. There’s even a plot, which surprised me because I wasn’t sure what it was until I sat down to write it. I love when that happens.
I’m pretty sure people will figure out the cultural references. I’m not so sure about the historical references. We’ll see.
This is my pre-NaNoWriMo treat.

I’m thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to talking myself into going. Last time was much fun, and I was sad to not go since. And any excuse to see Jen is of the good. What may push me over the edge is the Broad Universe rapid-fire reading and the writer’s workshop.
Now I just have to talk myself into thinking I can afford it.

I’m outlining like the guy with the chalk at a kool-aid party.
I’m anxious about the NaNoWriMo thing and want to be prepared. I mean, really, really, hard-core serious prepared.
Right now I’m doing the infamous snowflake that They [TM] tout on the NaNoWriMo forums. It seems useful so far, but the month is still young and I still have time to use even more outline templates I find online. 😉
Got any URLs with outlining advice for the completely hopeless? I don’t outline my short fiction, so it’s a completely undeveloped skill.