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:: looks around at all the dust that has collected ::

Ahem.

Greetings, Gentle Readers (all n-1 of you)!

It has been Far Too Long since I've posted something here; The Novel, Real Life™, and trolling participating in civil, reasoned discussion on Facebook have kept me away.

Sorry excuses all, to be sure.

The Novel has been shopped to a few agents now, but no bites so far; I'm getting responses to the effect of "It's very well-written, but I don't think I can sell it." There is a bit of revising going on in an attempt to add a bit MOAR PERIL for our Plucky Young Heroine to deal with, and we'll see how things proceed from there.

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Greetings, Gentle Readers (all n-1 of you)!

Well, after taking the plunge and actually submitting a manuscript to publisher, that publisher has now gotten back to me.

The publisher said "No, thank you." This response was fully expected by Yours Truly, as that is what publishers say to most of what comes through the door; that's just how the game is played.

However, the editor who was tasked with looking at the MS was most generous and sent back three pages of excellent comments, expanding the rejection to "No thank you, and here's why."

None of the problems are insurmountable, so rewriting won't be a problem; the story itself can remain essentially the same. At the same time, the publisher has asked that I not resubmit it; it really isn't what this particular publisher is looking for.

So now begins the task of fixing the problems and seeing if I can interest somebody else in this little space adventure...

Current Location: My Inner Sanctum (no, the other one!)
Current Mood: contemplative contemplative
Current Music: An air filter

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Greetings, Gentle Readers (all n-1 of you)!

Late last month, to much ballyhoo, I announced that I had finished the manuscript for The Novel. That manuscript has been in the hands of a publisher for about a month now.

The publisher asked that I send the manuscript directly, and by doing so this means that I have vaulted over the dreaded Slush Pile, that hellish place where unsolicited manuscripts go to die.

I was attending a science fiction convention last weekend and encountered a senior editor who works for said publisher, and I told the editor that the publisher has my manuscript. He countered with "No, I have it. It's in works now, so don't ask."

After removing my jaw from the floor, I inferred from that statement that I had cleared one hurdle: the publisher had not thrown it back at me, but had passed it down the chain. Now it's somebody else's turn.

That's all I know at the moment, so now it's a waiting game, and to pass the time I'm hard at work on Book Two.

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Current Location: my Inner Sanctum (no, the other one!)
Current Mood: anxious anxious
Current Music: an electric heater

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Greetings, Gentle Readers (all n-1 of you)!

It has been ages since I updated this, so now it's one more rooftop for me to crow from:

COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO!!!!!

I FINALLY FINISHED MY NOVEL!!!!!

I am now in second-draft editing and tweaking, and I am putting together a cover letter for the publisher.

After all this time it is finally happening!

I'm still tired.

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Current Location: My cozy attic office
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: An electric heater

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Ah-CHOO!!!

Greetings, Gentle Readers (all n-1 of you)!

It's been more than a year since I came by, so I decided to bring the ol' dustrag and clean up a bit...and keep LJ from thinking this account is dead...

So, here's life so far: I've finished grad school in May, Wifey and I set up our own consulting business...and The Novel™ is still not finished, dammit.

It is, however up to 95,000 words (it had gone higher, but I had to rewrite a scene that had gotten out of control), and will likely go slightly over 100,000.

It's slow going, folks, but I'm getting there.

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Current Location: My Inner Sanctum (no, the OTHER one!)
Current Mood: creative

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Greetings, Gentle Readers (all n-1 of you)!

The Novel still isn't finished, dammit, but it's closer to being so than it was previously.

The previous post was attracting anonymous spam comments, so I decided to put up a new one, for all the good that will do.

The Master's Degree isn't finished either, but like The Novel it too is closer to done than before, so there's that. I'm currently in a course I'm not enjoying under a professor I strongly dislike; I figured it had to happen sooner or later. Ah well, I soldier on.

So, how has everybody else been?

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Current Location: My Inner Sanctum (yes, that one!)
Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: An electric fan

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Greetings, Gentle Readers (all n-1 of you)!

A number of the folks on my f-list are writers (surprise!), and they have been amusing themselves with this bit of silliness.

I ran the first chapter of my WIP through this writing analyzer and it came back with:


I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Now, that's a bit of a head-scratcher, because not once in the entire chapter do I use words like "rugose" or "ululation" or even "YOG-SOTHOTH!" (DO NOT click if you value your sanity...).

My Inner Incorrigible Skeptic thinks that the analyzer does nothing more than assign names at random...

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Current Mood: confused confused
Current Music: Rain on the roof

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Wifey and I went to a 10:30 p.m. show, the better to avoid screaming younglings.

To say this movie knocked our socks off is the epitome of understatement.

There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

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Greetings, Gentle readers (all n-1 of you)!

It's been almost a year since I posted here last!

And no, the manuscript still isn't finished...but it's getting closer, so that's an improvement.

My primary purpose for this entry is to replace the Silly Tale of the Invading Bat.  I finally got tired of looking at it.

:: goes back to working on the manuscript ::

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Current Location: The attic (where else?)
Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: mouse clicks and keyboard

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:: cue Neal Hefti theme music ::

I have just spent the last couple of hours chasing a brown bat around my attic; such is the price I pay for having a wooded area less than twenty feet from the back door.

The attic is semi-finished, insulated with foil-covered foam sheeting; the critter came in from behind one of the sheets, out the hole-in-the-wall where we store luggage and proceeded to introduce himself.

"HELLO!  I'M A BAT, AND I'LL FLY AROUND THE ROOM AND MAKE EVERYBODY FREAK OUT!!!!"

We tried to herd him with a broom and a wet towel (and heavy gloves!), but he was a quick little bugger (actually, he was pretty big, with a body about 4 inches long and a wingspan of about a foot.); at the moment, he appears to have escaped through a gep in the insulation in one of the dormers, which is a Good Thing, because he'll be able to find his way back outside, and for all I know, that's how he got in to begin with.

Bats are Profoundly Cool when they're outside doing bat-things, but when they come inside they're a major annoyance.

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