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Two poems and a story out the door so far this weekend. Next on the list is to try and turn these characters and snippets of dialogue into an actual story.

It looks like my laptop may be beginning its decline. It's started randomly ignoring key-presses, like the first letter of email addresses, and the @ sign when I try to log into my emails. I could really do without the expense of replacing it - I've got this year's Swanwick Writers' Summer School to pay for, and also want to save up for a Kindle once that expense is out the way.

Also this weekend, I started a new blog over at Blogger. It's for all my jewellery-making endeavours and projects. I found I wanted to blog about it, but wasn't comfortable with doing so on here. So, a new blog. There are infinite hours in the day, right?
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Four submissions out the door today, so I'm feeling productive. Although I have inadvertently submitted a story called "Eleven" on 11/11/11.

All of this productivity is merely procrastination from my novella project. I've fallen out of love with it so quickly it's not even funny. There may have to be a coffee shop session tomorrow while I regroup.
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I sent another reprint submission to AnthologyBuilder today. Someone a little while ago ([ profile] tchernabyelo , I think) said they weren't sure it was worth it as with the ability to put reprints up on the Kindle etc it seems like there's too much competition. I'm not sure that's true as AnthologyBuilder caters to a different section of the market (those who prefer print books) to places like Amazon and Smashwords. I think the issue may be one of exposure - I don't get the feeling that AnthologyBuilder is very widely known, for all that the goal of having a pick-and-mix archive of stories is great.

Not only that, but I like the fact I can send them a standard manuscript and then I'm done. I've thought about looking at reprints as e-books, but decided not to go that way simply because it seems to be a massive time sink. There's preparing the books for all the different formats, designing a cover, checking each different type for formatting errors, getting it up on all the different sites, marketing, monitoring take-up and tweaking where necessary..... That seems to be massively labour and time intensive. All the hours I spend on that are hours I don't spend writing - and I've got precious little time for that at the moment.

So it's something I might look at at a later date (if I lose my job, for example, and suddenly find myself with a lot of time on my hands), but for now I'm happy to let others blaze that trail.

What about the rest of you? Have you tried self-publishing reprints as e-books? If so was it a success, or did it turn out ot be a lot of work for nothing? For those of you who haven't tried it, why not - is it too time consuming, too technical, or do you love paper too much to go over to the dark side?
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It's been a long week, including getting my thumb shut in a car door and two 200 mile round trips to work's disaster recovery office. And somehow I still managed to get a story edited and out the door. Obviously I need vast amounts of stress and not enough sleep to function.

I was planning to take part in the Short Story Challenge over at Liberty Hall this weekend, but that's not going to happen. The lack of time combined with trying to hit an anthology deadline means the story has hit the back burner for the time being. Maybe next time.

And anyway, the plan for the weekend is for the BF and I to hit the two-player campaign on Hunted: The Demon's Forge. We had a go last night, to figure out the controls, and I doubt we'll be doing much else.....

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My brain: Check your emails.

Me: Why?

My brain: Because you sent out a load of submissions at the weekend and there might be a response.

Me: But I checked ten minutes ago.

My brain: So? Just think how many form rejections can be sent out in ten minutes!

Me: But I’m trying to write about righteous-vampire-pirate-android-puppies.

My brain: I don’t care! Check!

Me: *checks* See? No email. They’re probably not even awake where the publishers are.

My brain: (Reluctant) Okay then.

(Ten minutes later)

My brain: Check your emails.

Me: But I just checked! And everyone in America’s in bed right now!

My brain: They might be early risers.

Me: But...

My brain: Check! The puppies can wait!

Me: *sigh*


ETA: And there’s that rejection. Oh, the irony.

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A little while back, [ profile] bondo_ba  wrote that because an average story is around 4000 words, by definition a submission must be worth 4000 words of writing. If that's the case, then I've just chalked up a 26,000 word weekend - 2000 words written, one query, and six submissions out. It also puts me at eight stories submitted, up from the paltry two it's been for I don't know how long. My goal is to keep it at ten.

The bf and I went to another concert at the weekend. There were some good moments (the double-bass player was amazing), but on the whole it was a disappointment. So much so, I'm not sure I can be bothered to write about it. Maybe later. For now, there's writing to do!

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Things a writer should never have to say #4: "You know, I think I forgot to attach my story to that submission email."

Yes, I am that stupid.

To be fair, it was submitted in the middle of organising the house move and my faculties were somewhat strained. What makes it the absolute worst, though, is that I've only just noticed because I was about to query - and it was subbed in October.


Somewhat amusingly, I've noticed I seem to be having what I like to call The Pariah Effect on some of my former colleagues. My new job is on the same business park as, and only a short distance from, my old job - the one that let me go while I was temping. This means that I get the same bus, and frequent the same coffee shop, as the people I used to work with. Apart from the ones I knew before I started working there, everyone I meet seems to be trying to avoid me. They try to avoid eye contact, or where they do make eye contact I get a nod or a "hi" before they find something else to be incredibly interested in, whereas before we might have - gasp! - a conversation. It's like they feel my bad luck is contagious. Six months ago this would have bothered me. Now I just think it's funny.

A story I've been trying to write for months twith no success has finally started talking to me, and telling me why it wasn't working. The pov character and structure have now changed, and although I've got plenty of ideas for scenes and the like, I think I might actually have to outline this one. Perhaps the suddenly-imminent deadline is the reason for it - I always work better under pressure. Which is fine as a motivator, except for all those fallow periods between deadlines.
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Cranked out a few hundred more words on Reunion yesterday. Unfortunately one of my "sleeper projects" - the ones that sit in the back of my mind and bubble until they reach the front of the queue - raised its head this morning and demanded to know what was taking so long. It's entirely my own fault: I tend to have songs attach themselves to stories, and this morning I listened to one that's attached itself to this particular project. It's great for keeping me in the mood if I'm focusing on a single piece of work (for example Reunion is mostly fuelled by Rammestein and Depeche Mode - don't ask me why, because it's not as dark as either of them!) but it's not so good if I want to listen to things that are attached to other projects.

Other news I forgot to post up is that in the last couple of weeks I managed to make my 30th submission of the year (my original goal was 12), and got myself up to 10 submissions out at once. And now I have nothing left in my inventory so I really should get writing!
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I now have an ending for my frog-like new idea. So far I'm mostly absent of middle though. The speculative content is also notably absent, although I'm fairly sure there's some in there somewhere. At the  moment it's a bit like doing a jigsaw without looking at the picture on the box.

I've just done the flash challenge over at LH, although getting into it was a struggle as it took ages to get anything from the trigger. I'm too stubborn to give up though, because I just know that if I walk away I'll have a brilliant idea too late to do anything about it. 

In a fit of displacemt activity, today I made pikelets for breakfast and then cleaned the grill and the oven. Then I finished rereading The Light Fantastic. There are several things I should be working on, but they've ganged up on me a bit. At the very least I should be working on something for submission. This time last month I'd made a start on my quota!

In other news: the mystery of the disappearing chocolate has been solved. My office has nocturnal visitors of the rodent kind.
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Today I submitted "When the Harlequin Dances" to Strange Horizons, so I now have something out in the world again. It's weird how little time it's taken for me to not feel right if I don't have something submitted!

I've also put up chapter 7 of Reunion at Notebored. I'm not happy with it, but then I don't think I'm likely to be, and there's only so much tweaking I can do without getting an outside opinion. I hope people aren't too disappointed....

Unfortunately I've also found a new project - trying to get SCUMMVM to run the Money Island games on my PC. So far there's no music, which is far far better than nothing.
What am I saying, unfortunately?! Long live Guybrush Threepwood!

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