February 2007


NaNoEdMo starts in two days. So why am I excited about Script Frenzy instead? I used to love editing and agonize over first drafts. I think NaNoWriMo cured me of the agonizing, so maybe that’s part of it.
I have no idea what I’m going to do for Script Frenzy, by the way. It’ll probably be genre so I can inflict it on Critters, but other than that… I suppose I have until June to figure it out. I’ll poke around my idea file and see if anything comes up, too.
NaNoEdMo will be cool. Fifty hours of editing in a month! I’m still not sure whether I’ll admit to this novel in public or not, though. I haven’t read it since November. I wanted to get some distance first.
Yes, I’m editing the NaNoWriMo novel. I expect it to grow in revisions.

From Jennifer Pelland, a discussion on the importance of having a writing cheerleader. I actually tried to do that with NaNoWriMo on a sikrit friends-only LJ, but no one commented, alas. Maybe I should have mentioned that was my plan. What, my friends aren’t all psychic?
Would anyone like to read my crappy first drafts and say what they like about them?
The world is plenty mean to writers. We need to surround ourselves with people who think we’re wonderful.

I just dropped the hurricane story into the Critters queue. Word count: 10,946. It’ll probably grow after Critters is done with it.
I also put a warning on the story for “content that may offend some readers and some *@(#&@% swearing.” We’ll see how upset people are by the names. ;)

So, hypothetically speaking, you know, I have this friend… Okay, no, I don’t have this friend.
Suppose I have this story, and my friend said it sucked last July, and I’d had it critiqued at a writing workshop in September and rewritten it so much that a unix diff on the files leaves me scratching my head and wondering where the untouched parts are and whether they exist, but there is the same premise and the same characters and all.
Is this a new story when I go to submit it?

  1. Yes, it’s a new story. Submit like the wind!
  2. No, it’s the same story. You’ve burned the story at the markets that saw the old version. Sucks to be you.
  3. It depends on the editor.

How embarrassed should I be that I don’t know the answer to this question?

  1. Extremely.
  2. A moderate amount.
  3. Mildly.
  4. Not at all.

If I submit like the wind, should I say something to the markets that saw the previous version? If so, what should I say?

  1. It’s rude to not mention it. Say something like this.
  2. It’s a new story. Don’t mention it.
  3. Tell them it’s a “reboot” of the other story.
  4. Do something else, which I will detail in comments.

Discuss.

The hurricane story is approaching a condition where it’s ready for Critters. It may be ready now, but Brian said he’d peek at it and tell me what he thought of the changes.
It behooves me to dawdle, because it’ll take about a month to get through the queue, and next month is NaNoEdMo. Getting a slew of critiques for one project while working on another is distracting. On the other hand, the puppy is 10,859 words, so it’s likely that I’ll get a trickle rather than a slew of critiques, but they’ll still be distracting. Especially since I’m expecting at least one, “Burn in hell/Move back to Russia, you commie!” critique for this story. So maybe I should just sit on it for another week.
In other news, the flash continues to get no love. Maybe I should nag. Or start emailing people.

My online critique group is oddly silent about my under 500 word flash fic. Perhaps they’re struck dumb by its brilliance. Or its badness. Heh.
For NaNoWriMo this year, I’m considering going Greek. I have an idea I’ve been kicking around for years–2001 at least, but the basic idea came from my classical literature class in 1988 or so, from feminist interpretations of the Iliad and Oresteion. The interesting thing is that “The Last Wasicu” is also strongly rooted in history, and I also have another idea based on Roman religion that I’m kicking around. It seems to be a trend, in other words. Hmm.

I accidentally printed out the wrong script to go to Scriptapalooza. (Yeah, I’ve had a hard month at work.) Maybe I should send it to Austin after all. It’s been rewritten since they saw it, after all.
Unless anyone can suggest someplace better. The floor is open! Where should I send “Double Feature”?

I think I just wrote 423 words of flash fic. That would certainly make up for the 10,231 word story (and still growing) I did last month.
Speaking of the hurricane story, I don’t think it’s ready for critique yet. There are still a couple of things I need to add to it. No sense in throwing it to the critiquers with known problems I know how to fix.

My Hollywood Creative Directory is on its way. I received one of my two first script queries back in the mail as undeliverable. D’oh! Short fiction markets are all over the Internet, but this is not the case for the places I want to send scripts. (The online version of the Hollywood Creative Directory is $250 a year. Ulp. Maybe if I start selling or win the lottery.)
I’m running a little behind on the short story a month plan, but not badly. I still think I can crank out nine this year if I try. (No short stories during NaNoWriMo, NaNoEdMo, or Script Frenzy.) I may write a play instead of a short story one month, or for Script Frenzy. Or not, but it’s an idea I’ve been vaguely contemplating for awhile. I just think it would be fun. I’ve improved the script reporting in my submissions tracker. I’m also not sure how I’m fitting Lizardfic into that plan, but I really need some short fiction. I don’t have enough in circulation.
After NaNoEdMo comes Critters for the NaNoWriMo novel, unless I decide I hate it. ;) If I don’t hate it, I’ll have to do something with it. I’ve updated my submissions tracker to handle novel queries and submissions. (Fear me! my Geek-Fu is powerful.)