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Things a writer should never have to say #7: "Wow, where did all that ink come from? Wait a minute, my pen's exploded!"
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Things a writer should never have to say #6: "That flash I've been struggling for months to find a home for would have fitted perfectly with the theme of that ezine I was struggling to write for. If only I'd made the connection before the issue deadline."

D'oh, d'oh, and thrice d'oh.
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Things a writer should never have to say #5: "Wow, Find/Replace didn't replace any of the instances of that minor character's surname except the first one, and didn't find any of them when I went looking either. How many times has that MS been rejected now...?"


The answer you're looking for is twice in this incarnation. I didn't find it odd that it didn't find them because I wasn't honestly sure I'd mentioned it more than once. Today I discovered that I did.

And the moral of the story is, Never trust Word to do anything.
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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.

D'oh.


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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Things a writer should never have to say #3: "Stop eating my notes!"

Lucifer appears to not only have a taste for paper, but an especial taste for paper with ink on it. Stoopid kitteh.

Got that chapter of Reunion finished today. Tomorrow's project is probably catch up on the crits I owe. I meant to do them over Easter, but it's difficult to concentrate when people are dismantling your bathroom.
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Things a writer should never have to say #2:
"I'm pretty sure a USB drive shouldn't bend like that."


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Things a writer should never have to say #1:
"Paper is not cat food!"

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