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01 December 2009 @ 01:06 pm
It's not all about me  
Word count: 11740 | Since last entry: 2849

Finished the first draft of... um, this thing I'm working on. Which definitely isn't a short story, at almost 12,000 words, but I don't think really deserves to be a novelette... it's not a novelette-sized plot. I think it must have a lot of stuff that can be removed. But it isn't really meant to be an independent story anyway, it's meant to be a chapter of a novel, or to be more accurate a story in a book that's a collection of stories about the same characters. (This is all new to me and I'm still figuring it out.) It's probably too long for a chapter anyway. I'll see what I can do about editing it today.

I don't think this is the first story/chapter in the book, either. Nor do I have even a vague idea what I'm going to write next. Whee!

Also: celebrated the Endeavour Award win by buying myself a new MacBook Pro. Shiny! I now have an iBook G4, in great shape, for sale at a reasonable price.

In other news...

  • Applications open today for next summer's Taos Toolbox workshop, a two-week master class for SF/F writers taught by Walter Jon Williams, Nancy Kress, and Carrie Vaughn.
  • Applications are already open for next summer's Clarion West workshop, an intensive six-week workshop for SF/F writers taught by Michael Bishop, Maureen McHugh, Nnedi Okorafor, Graham Joyce, Ellen Datlow, and Ian McDonald.
  • The current Wild Cards trilogy wraps up with Suicide Kings, the concluding volume of the Committee Triad, which will be released on December 22. To celebrate, Pat's Fantasy Hotlist is having a contest to win copies of the first two volumes. (I'm not in this trilogy, but Wild Cards is too cool not to blog about.)
ext_97430 on December 1st, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Great choice of self-congratulatory gadget. I hope it brings you joy and productivity!

Maybe you're working on a "shnovel"? It's a term I hear was invented by Pam Houston, and which has been very useful to me. It's a book of linked short stories that together do the work of a novel. (Or, alternatively, a novel where each chapter is a stand-alone short story.) I love this word and am trying to spread its use :P

David D. Levinedavidlevine on December 1st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Stuff
"Shnovel." I like it!
scarlettinascarlettina on December 2nd, 2009 01:51 am (UTC)
Ooooh! New machine! Excellent choice, and tax deductible, too! :-)
kathrynmicekathrynmice on December 2nd, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Are you enjoying yourself?
and the strange journey you have embarked on? I always think the journey is the point and the fun. I hope you are enjoying this whole experiment.

mind you, something like 30 years later all the bits I have been working on for all my life suddenly wove themselves together into a really compelling (at least I hope others find it so) plot. who knew.

Rosceline (oh, Kat might be more familiar to you)
Intelligentrix: Chickweed intelligentrix on December 4th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Don't know if you've already sold it (I'm just catching up on several days worth of LJ reading), but I'd like to inquire about the reasonably priced iBook. Feel free to email me if you prefer not to clog up your comments. lafemmecognito at yahoo dot com.

[edit] Oh, yeah, and I've heard that sort of book referred to as a mosaic novel (i.e. E. Bear's New Amsterdam).

Edited at 2009-12-04 04:39 pm (UTC)