Thursday, November 06, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014

I'm not doing it.

Having won it three times, with actual finished more than 50,000 word manuscripts. I have at least seven other novels lying around waiting to be edited, and probably 30 not unreasonably awful short stories, worth tidying u.First drafts are not the problem for me. I have them.

Second drafts, not so much.

This November, I commit myself to reading WWS all the way through, marking up along the way. I'd better get started, considering I've frittered away five days already.

Oh and apparently I say it wrong. This was the least thing I learned at Queensway Chapters, where Scott Westerfeld spoke and signed. Ed and the boy came with me, and thought he did a surprisingly good show. It really made the boy want to read "Afterworlds" to get the dirt on the other YA authors he's read. I'm halfway through, so he'll get it soon.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

What I read -- October 2014

“Jhereg” by Steven Brust. Yet another book I probably read because of Marie Brennan. It’s a caper, and very fast. The plotting reminded me of Diana Wynne Jones. The boy read the back (the scene were Vlad gets the jhereg egg) and thought it wasn’t a real bargain, but it’s one of the questions that kept me reading – what are the circumstances that make the little dragon want to make such a deal?

“Yendi” by Steven Brust. Having bought the omnibus, it only seemed logical to keep going and read the next novel. I always feel weird counting books separately when they’re in the same volume, but what do you do? I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the meaning of the title.

“Teckla” by Steven Brust. Book 3. Ed wanted to read the volume when I was done, so I guessed I should finish. I could see why he said in the intro that this would be a poor place to start. I found it rather stressful to read. In fact, I almost didn’t finish in fact. I really wanted one character in particular to just die already. I might have only finished because it was short. Which won’t necessarily preclude me from reading the next one. The ending was awesome, and the plotting as usual brilliant.

Monday, November 03, 2014

In process -- October 2014

First Draft
Limering”. Around 96,000 words? Seems like a lot.


“As light as a bird”. (short story) Finished and shipped. I only did that because Cath Schaff-Stump sent out a request for VP13 to do a 5-year update, and I needed to say I’d done something. On my final draft I thought I had done pretty much everything, and I was just copy editing, and I wound up deleting about half of the stuff I’d put in the last couple of drafts, which was odd.

“Selkie Girls are Easy”. Having seen seals in the wild, I did a draft where I bolstered the scenes and setting. I read this and looked at how she handled time passage and transitions because it’s something I think I could work on. Then a couple of days later she tweeted that she sucked at writing transitions (probably not her exact words), which I thought was funny because it’s all relative. Hers seem better than mine. Though this whole concept of marking where my scenes start and end is really helpful in finding what sections of the story are absolute crap.

You know, the previous draft of this story was from Nov 2013. That’s way too long to let something sit almost finished. I may work a lot on these stories, but I don’t finish nearly enough of them. Anyway, I let Ed read this one, and he liked it. I’ll do a final proofread and send it out. 

Sent my VP13 5-year update to Cath. 


“Ceremonial Armour” (Kaffe Fassett, knit from a photo). Finished first sleeve, started second. 
“St. Anthony’s Ribbon” (self-designed). Did maybe half a row of the body (a row is 1.25 inches). 
Rick socks from Sock Innovation. Finished.
Reversible cable cuff socks (Lily Chin’s “Power Cables”). Finished.
Knotty but Nice Hat (knitty Winter 2009). Finished.
Socks. Started.

Friday, October 17, 2014

My peeps

One of my fellow Viable Paradise XIII people put together an update.

Monday, October 06, 2014

What I read -- September 2014

“The Last Command” by Timothy Zahn. Book three of the Thrawn trilogy.

“The Goblin Emperor” by Katherine Addison. I’ve read a couple of other books by her under her previous name. She did a risky thing here, I think. There are tons and tons of characters, political systems, geography, that weren’t ever really explained. But the main character, Maia, didn’t really understand them either. So it was quite immersive to spend so much time trying to figure out who was who (they seemed to have tons of names also, like a Russian novel). Maia was a delight. As a victim of abuse, he rose above it, and his otherness, both from me as a non-goblin, and from the elves in the story, worked really well.

“The Atrocity Archives” by Steven Brust. I didn’t even remember requesting this, but I’m sure it’s because of Marie Brennan’s reading list from August. It was fast and fun. I loved the science mingled with the fantasy, but I kind of wished Bob did more IT.

“The Land Across” by Gene Wolfe. This is probably because of Marie Brennan’s August reading list, too. My fantasy literature course in University that had the first two of the Book of the New Sun books, so I of course read the other two, because who reads half a series? Book of the New Sun was really memorable. I might have also read a collection of short stories. Anyway. The voice was unmistakable. The ending was so tidy! Everything wrapped up. And two books in a row that featured a hand of glory! Weird.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

In Process September 2014

First Draft
Limering”. Around 86,000 words. Would like to work on something else now, please. 

“As light as a bird”. (short story) Finished the fourth draft.  I didn’t think it would, but this whole “writing in scenes” thing made it easier to bring the story closer to the story that exists in my mind.


“Ceremonial Armour” (Kaffe Fassett, knit from a photo). Did about two rows.  
“St. Anthony’s Ribbon” (self-designed). Less than two more rounds to the sleeves. Unfortunately rounds take about 4 hours each. 
Rick socks from Sock Innovation. Finished first sock.
Maybe I'll start something else. It's been a day.