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.