January 2007


The first draft clocks in at 10,113 words, and it’s likely to expand in revision. For one thing, I think the end is a little abrupt (in fact, I may not be done after all), and for another, I don’t think there’s enough tech, and there are characters who disappear in the middle of the story. I do have the basic plot stuff done, though.
I’m getting critiques for “The Last Wasicu,” so maybe I should set the hurricane story aside until I finish the revisions for “Last Wasicu.” I’m already a little distracted as it is.
One story a month is going to be tough if I insist on doing stories that are over 10,000 words long. Maybe I should try to do something shorter for February. Having said that, I’ve probably cursed myself to write a tome.
I had a rough week at work. That didn’t help, either.

I’ve started getting notifications about screenwriting competitions, which means I need to decide which ones I’m going to pelt with screenplays.
I’m considering blowing off Austin this year–I won’t have anything new until Script Frenzy, and they’ve seen everything I’ve got. Maybe I’ll try Scriptapalooza this year. And the Final Draft people have already emailed me to let me know that it’s that time again. Looks like Final Draft offers more in the way of cash. I’m in it for the attention whoring industry attention rather than the cash, but the cash would be nice, too. Hmm.
Maybe this should be the year that I should get off my behind and send out script queries, like I should have been doing all along. I’m doing a good job marketing my short fiction. I’m doing a lousy job marketing my scripts.
I think part of the bad marketing is not knowing a lot of screenwriting people. Well, there’s Bill and Misha, but we don’t really talk screenwriting very often. Maybe I should go hang out on Max Adams’ board; they’re really friendly.
Part of it is that it’s hard. It’s easy to throw a short story into a slush pile. I’ll need to write query letters for my novels eventually, anyway. I might as well start now.

1533 words written today, for a total of 4582. That’s almost NaNoWriMo productive.
Note to self: Distraction=Evil.

I’m not sure what’s up with the story, but it’s at 3049 words and just doesn’t want to move at all. Maybe this is the equivalent of the NaNoWriMo week two, and I should try to plow forward. Maybe I should set an arbitrary wordcount and do it even if those words suck. Maybe I should try to skip to a more exciting part and fill in the other stuff later. Hmmm.
I think it’s a novella or novelette, by the way.
I see why this story has been lying around my hard drive for a year. Clearly, I need to get out and push somehow.

Last night, I added 200 words to a story I hadn’t touched in over a year. I really like the story, so I hope this means I’m going to finish it now. Of course, I’m also wibbling that I think you can tell where the join is, blah blah, but I should just cut that out. I mean, it’s 200 words, and that’s what rewrites are for.
This is an idea I had at Dragoncon 2005, by the way. I get a lot of ideas at Dragoncon. I’m not sure why, but there’s something about sitting in a panel talking about writing that causes me to get five or six totally unrelated story ideas. Maybe it’s just the writerly atmosphere or something.

May all y’all have a wonderful 2007.