NaNoWriMo is officially over… well, for me, at least!
The Vermillion Chamber came in at 50,414!
I’ll be editing and adding a bit to it over the next month. Then I may well go ahead and post part of it here. We’ll see. Until then, I’m going to go fall over now.
Doing NaNoWriMo this year under my pseudonym. You can find my user page here.
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Rather than make this blog be a continuing saga of rejection slips (which are inevitable at this point) I’m just going to babble about writing here;
One of my writer friends was discussing the fact that her dreams tend to have a narrative flow, starring characters other than herself and was wondering if this was endemic among writers only or if folk who didn’t write did that too.
I haven’t got an answer to that because I’m firmly in the narrative flow camp when it comes to my dreams. My most recent work was born of a dream – an insane mechanical island was attacking other islands and sending mecha down to kill everyone on board.
Now the fact that I’m a bit of an anime fan probably has a lot to do with the texture of that dream but somehow the concept of a sentient island stuck with me, to the point that I started playing with the idea, contemplating what life might be like on such an island and what kind of people the islands themselves would be.
So now I have a full length book sitting on my hard drive, with a human colony on a watery world where survival depends on the sanity of the AI’lands that support them.
Now to find a publisher.
I suspect that these posts are going to be rather boring for a while. The agent I tried most recently wasn’t prepared to take me on. She did send me a nice rejection slip and I have to wonder if it’s legit to thank her for her kind encouragement or not.
But, as I’m not planning on giving up any time soon, I’ve sent a query email off to the next potential agent. Her turnaround is faster so I may be headed off to the more traditional post office next week. I find myself with mixed feelings about the email query. Somehow it feels more real to send an envelope off in the mail. Yet at the same time, it’s true that a more paperless workplace is very useful.
Oh, and I begin to grow very nervous. Ellery Queen still hasn’t responded to me about the short story I sent. Does this mean they’re really thinking about it or that it simply didn’t arrive. I regret now not having put a delivery confirmation on it. Ah well. I suppose I’d best give them a bit more time.
Another step on the long hard road to being a writer. I’ve sent off a proposal to a potential agent. Based on her bio from the website for her agency, I think we might be a good match.
The story I’m proposing is “Crown of Ash”, one of the – many – Kardovian stories I’ve been contemplating. I dissuaded myself from sending the AI’land story at the same time, as it still needs some serious work before it’s remotely ready for prime time.
No word yet on the AI’land short story from Analog or the mystery short from Ellery Queen. But no news is good news, right?
Though not the one I want to be on. Another rejection notice from F&SF on Monday. It only takes them 11 days to respond but I’m not sure fast is all that good, since it sort of suggests fast read-thrus.
Oh well. Off to Analog with it today.
I mentioned earlier that I might try a rewrite of my Ancient Chinese Detective short: that’s what I ended up doing. I also wrote a short story associated with my AI’lands novel. So – one story to Ellery Queen, one to Fantasy & Science Fiction.
As always, wish ’em luck.
Published works: Zero
Rejection notices: 1
Also, I apparently cannot reply to comments and I haven’t got it set up to notify me of them. So I obviously need to start checking. *sigh*
I sent my first submission off to Fantasy and Science Fiction today. I decided to aim high from the start and work my way down, so we’ll see what that leads me to. This one is a ghost story, but not (I think) properly horror. That might end up killing it for some, but I can’t stand modern horror.
I need to start working on another short story. Maybe I’ll work on that Chinese Mystery series I was wanting to do. The first time I sent that one out it failed but I didn’t work as hard on it as I ought to have.
I knew when I chose the domain name that I was probably mangling Latin and, indeed, I have. Apparently if I wanted the sub-line to be correct it ought to be Sum Ergo Scribo, as scriptum apparently means a written work in progress.
However, not being inclined to try and figure out how to fix it and with the recognition that – gee, yeah – I am a work in progress, so it shall remain.
So, be warned, captious critics. I know it’s wrong. It still works.