mmerriam: (Default)
Despite becoming ill and still being that way, the weekend was full of fun.

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mmerriam: (Default)
Despite becoming ill and still being that way, the weekend was full of fun.

Details Behind the Cut )

Roundup

Jun. 17th, 2008 02:24 pm
mmerriam: (Default)
It had been somewhat busy here at Merriam Manor of late. The run down is thus:

Sooper Sekrit Publishing Project has fallen through. To be honest, I'm a little relieved, because if there is one thing I am learning, it is exactly how hard and time consuming it is to produce a professional quality book on a shoestring budget. Also, considering the slush pile I would have needed to deal with, well, maybe it's for the best. Especially when it comes to keeping my own writing career--such as it is--on track.

And speaking of how hard it is to produce and publish a professional quality book, Shimmers & Shadows is so close to being ready, we can almost taste it over here at Merriam Manor. Keep your fingers crossed.

[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I are getting ready to attend 4th Street Fantasy Convention this weekend and CONvergence the weekend after next. I am listed as a probably panelist for 4th Street Fantasy, though I have no idea which, if any, panels it will be. I do have my list from CONvergence, which I will post next Monday.

Between all of the above and a variety of other personal things, the writing has suffered considerably this month. That said, I think I am finally clear on what direction the novel is heading at this point. I wrote a fair chunk today and made an outline of the next sequence of events.

Dark Water Blues


The cable guy came and replaced my broken DVR. We lost everything we had recorded on it, which on the one hand is frustrating and on the other liberating.

We have also been economically stimulated by Uncle Sam. As for what we will be spending the money on, see above convention schedule.

The Reverend Selena remains very fuzzy.

There's your update. I might be able to blog from 4th Street Fantasy, since the hotel has wireless throughout the building.

Roundup

Jun. 17th, 2008 02:24 pm
mmerriam: (Default)
It had been somewhat busy here at Merriam Manor of late. The run down is thus:

Sooper Sekrit Publishing Project has fallen through. To be honest, I'm a little relieved, because if there is one thing I am learning, it is exactly how hard and time consuming it is to produce a professional quality book on a shoestring budget. Also, considering the slush pile I would have needed to deal with, well, maybe it's for the best. Especially when it comes to keeping my own writing career--such as it is--on track.

And speaking of how hard it is to produce and publish a professional quality book, Shimmers & Shadows is so close to being ready, we can almost taste it over here at Merriam Manor. Keep your fingers crossed.

[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I are getting ready to attend 4th Street Fantasy Convention this weekend and CONvergence the weekend after next. I am listed as a probably panelist for 4th Street Fantasy, though I have no idea which, if any, panels it will be. I do have my list from CONvergence, which I will post next Monday.

Between all of the above and a variety of other personal things, the writing has suffered considerably this month. That said, I think I am finally clear on what direction the novel is heading at this point. I wrote a fair chunk today and made an outline of the next sequence of events.

Dark Water Blues


The cable guy came and replaced my broken DVR. We lost everything we had recorded on it, which on the one hand is frustrating and on the other liberating.

We have also been economically stimulated by Uncle Sam. As for what we will be spending the money on, see above convention schedule.

The Reverend Selena remains very fuzzy.

There's your update. I might be able to blog from 4th Street Fantasy, since the hotel has wireless throughout the building.

Updatery

May. 14th, 2008 01:52 pm
mmerriam: (Dark Water)
Dark Water Blues


1660+ words. Not a bad little run. Now to get some housework and job hunting done, assuming the cat ever gets off of my lap.

Updatery

May. 14th, 2008 01:52 pm
mmerriam: (Dark Water)
Dark Water Blues


1660+ words. Not a bad little run. Now to get some housework and job hunting done, assuming the cat ever gets off of my lap.

A New Plan

Feb. 1st, 2008 04:56 am
mmerriam: (Default)
I've started getting out of bed at around four in the morning again. [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I talked about how since we've lived in the townhouse, I've been trying to sleep the same hours she does, and how for the last year and a half I've been constantly tired, cranky too often, and not writing as much as I need to stay sane. So instead of tying to sleep the seven to nine hours [livejournal.com profile] careswen needs, I've gone back to sleeping four to five hours a night.

The difference in the last couple of weeks has been remarkable.

I'm more awake during the day, less likely to get upset or tense of stupid stuff, and I have an extra few hours for things like, well, writing.

January Stats
Submissions Made: 5
Sales: 2
Rejections: 2
Other: 0
Publications: 0
Crits Given: 0
Approx Word Count: 5043
Stories Circulating: 10

Four-fifths of the word count happened in the last five days of the month. I can only hope this means my plan is starting to work.

A New Plan

Feb. 1st, 2008 04:56 am
mmerriam: (Default)
I've started getting out of bed at around four in the morning again. [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I talked about how since we've lived in the townhouse, I've been trying to sleep the same hours she does, and how for the last year and a half I've been constantly tired, cranky too often, and not writing as much as I need to stay sane. So instead of tying to sleep the seven to nine hours [livejournal.com profile] careswen needs, I've gone back to sleeping four to five hours a night.

The difference in the last couple of weeks has been remarkable.

I'm more awake during the day, less likely to get upset or tense of stupid stuff, and I have an extra few hours for things like, well, writing.

January Stats
Submissions Made: 5
Sales: 2
Rejections: 2
Other: 0
Publications: 0
Crits Given: 0
Approx Word Count: 5043
Stories Circulating: 10

Four-fifths of the word count happened in the last five days of the month. I can only hope this means my plan is starting to work.
mmerriam: (Streetcar)
The Dark Urban Fantasy Relationship Driven Paranormal Romance Revenge and Redemption Supernatural Horror Novel with Fairy Tale and Mythological Overtones and Lesbian Protagonists--aka, Last Car to Annwn Station,--is complete in final draft at a reasonable 85,000 words.

Technically, it still needs another pass with a red pen by someone better educated than I am in the ways of grammar, but I am done restructuring and writing on this novel until an agent (who has taken me on as a client) or an editor (who is offering me money) tells me to rewrite it again. Which is exactly what I hope happens.

Next up: Write a synopsis, create a submission packet, and start flogging it around. Also, finish the next book (Into This Land), since I've already had an editor at a small press publisher express interest in it, and find idiots--I mean brave souls--to read Old Blood's Fate.

I also want to finish four short stories I've been poking at (A Cold Hand to Hold, Brother Mine By Moonlight, Steadfast, and Fourth Dimensional Ponies in the Concourse of the Lost), then the next two novels, Move Along Home and Dark Water Blues.

There you go! You're updated!
mmerriam: (Streetcar)
The Dark Urban Fantasy Relationship Driven Paranormal Romance Revenge and Redemption Supernatural Horror Novel with Fairy Tale and Mythological Overtones and Lesbian Protagonists--aka, Last Car to Annwn Station,--is complete in final draft at a reasonable 85,000 words.

Technically, it still needs another pass with a red pen by someone better educated than I am in the ways of grammar, but I am done restructuring and writing on this novel until an agent (who has taken me on as a client) or an editor (who is offering me money) tells me to rewrite it again. Which is exactly what I hope happens.

Next up: Write a synopsis, create a submission packet, and start flogging it around. Also, finish the next book (Into This Land), since I've already had an editor at a small press publisher express interest in it, and find idiots--I mean brave souls--to read Old Blood's Fate.

I also want to finish four short stories I've been poking at (A Cold Hand to Hold, Brother Mine By Moonlight, Steadfast, and Fourth Dimensional Ponies in the Concourse of the Lost), then the next two novels, Move Along Home and Dark Water Blues.

There you go! You're updated!
mmerriam: (Type)
I know, I haven't been posting as much as I usually do. Here's the writing news, for those of you playing the home game:

Short Story Collection: It now has a title, Shimmers & Shadows. I have approved the cover art sketches that [livejournal.com profile] tiny_wings came up with. I have received blurbs from [livejournal.com profile] hatfield13, [livejournal.com profile] hilarymoonmurph, and [livejournal.com profile] wordswoman. The stories are selected, but the actual order they will appear has not been decided.

Last Car to Annwn Station: Needs a little bit of stuff concerning the antagonists added in the diary entries Fay writes on the walls of her room. Then it will need a copy edit pass and a synopsis. I expect to begin submitting it in late March or early April.

Old Blood's Fate: The broken first novel is probably going to go out to readers. I think it is broken beyond repair, but I am cognizant of the fact that I am also a terrible judge of my own work.

The Next Novel Project: The editor at a small press magazine I've worked with in the past is now publishing books, and has asked me for a full novel (on spec, no guarantees) concerning a character of mine that has appeared in his magazine. It's just as well I was planning to write Into This Land next.

Short Story Projects: I realized that I don't actually have to finish any of the short stories I have in various states of disarray right now. I can go ahead and get to work on another novel if I want. That said, I'm pretty excited about three pieces I'm working on right now, two of which seem to be psychopomp stories. The other is an urban fantasy/hard-boiled detective story that's threatening to go off and be another novel.

Other Novels I have one at the one-third point, another mostly outlined, and a third in the vague concept stage.

I have plenty of projects to keep me busy for the next couple of years.
mmerriam: (Type)
I know, I haven't been posting as much as I usually do. Here's the writing news, for those of you playing the home game:

Short Story Collection: It now has a title, Shimmers & Shadows. I have approved the cover art sketches that [livejournal.com profile] tiny_wings came up with. I have received blurbs from [livejournal.com profile] hatfield13, [livejournal.com profile] hilarymoonmurph, and [livejournal.com profile] wordswoman. The stories are selected, but the actual order they will appear has not been decided.

Last Car to Annwn Station: Needs a little bit of stuff concerning the antagonists added in the diary entries Fay writes on the walls of her room. Then it will need a copy edit pass and a synopsis. I expect to begin submitting it in late March or early April.

Old Blood's Fate: The broken first novel is probably going to go out to readers. I think it is broken beyond repair, but I am cognizant of the fact that I am also a terrible judge of my own work.

The Next Novel Project: The editor at a small press magazine I've worked with in the past is now publishing books, and has asked me for a full novel (on spec, no guarantees) concerning a character of mine that has appeared in his magazine. It's just as well I was planning to write Into This Land next.

Short Story Projects: I realized that I don't actually have to finish any of the short stories I have in various states of disarray right now. I can go ahead and get to work on another novel if I want. That said, I'm pretty excited about three pieces I'm working on right now, two of which seem to be psychopomp stories. The other is an urban fantasy/hard-boiled detective story that's threatening to go off and be another novel.

Other Novels I have one at the one-third point, another mostly outlined, and a third in the vague concept stage.

I have plenty of projects to keep me busy for the next couple of years.
mmerriam: (Default)
The Weather: Snow! How I love the snow! More please. I don't even mind shoveling. We spent yesterday lounging around the house in our pajamas, drinking hot cocoa and watching the snow fall.

The Latest SFWA Dust Up: I don't have a dog in this fight, but I can't help but wonder why SFWA would do something so stupid. Mr. President, you have made a mistake in allowing Mr. Burt to head this committee. That said, I've made up my mind about SFWA (and SFWA has made up its mind about writers like me), so I suppose my opinion doesn't matter.

Flag That Journal! Chris McKitterick talks about it here: http://mckitterick.livejournal.com/471201.html

During my last visit to the doctor I discovered that the 20 pounds I have lost by January of 2007 had returned. Ah, well, maybe I can try writing by talking into the micro-cassette recorder while walking on the treadmill.

I'm reading a friend's first novel. It has some shiny stuff!

According to my user page, this is my 999th post. I suppose that means I should do something, I don’t know, special, different, or profound for post 1000. I suppose.

November Stats:
Submissions Made: 0
Sales: 0
Rejections: 3
Other: 0
Publications: 0
Crits Given: 12
Approx Word Count: 5631
Stories Circulating: 8

Kind of a disaster, truth be told. No sales, no publications, low word count.
mmerriam: (Default)
The Weather: Snow! How I love the snow! More please. I don't even mind shoveling. We spent yesterday lounging around the house in our pajamas, drinking hot cocoa and watching the snow fall.

The Latest SFWA Dust Up: I don't have a dog in this fight, but I can't help but wonder why SFWA would do something so stupid. Mr. President, you have made a mistake in allowing Mr. Burt to head this committee. That said, I've made up my mind about SFWA (and SFWA has made up its mind about writers like me), so I suppose my opinion doesn't matter.

Flag That Journal! Chris McKitterick talks about it here: http://mckitterick.livejournal.com/471201.html

During my last visit to the doctor I discovered that the 20 pounds I have lost by January of 2007 had returned. Ah, well, maybe I can try writing by talking into the micro-cassette recorder while walking on the treadmill.

I'm reading a friend's first novel. It has some shiny stuff!

According to my user page, this is my 999th post. I suppose that means I should do something, I don’t know, special, different, or profound for post 1000. I suppose.

November Stats:
Submissions Made: 0
Sales: 0
Rejections: 3
Other: 0
Publications: 0
Crits Given: 12
Approx Word Count: 5631
Stories Circulating: 8

Kind of a disaster, truth be told. No sales, no publications, low word count.
mmerriam: (Milk Maid)
I made a successful foray into both Downtown Hopkins and Downtown Minneapolis. The juxtaposition of that is a bit strange.

It was very cold, but the snow was very pretty.

I sent out a couple of resumes. If something doesn't shake loose in the next few day I'll have to change the parameters of my search.

There were too many things cutting into my writing time today. Housework, out of the house errands, shopping, and general exhaustion (I've slept poorly the last three night running) has made today a struggle from a writing point of view.

751 words on Into this Land (And we shall call it..... This Land) and a couple of chapters from the Phantom Streetcars Novel broken down scene by scene in rewrite preparation.

January Stats
Submissions Made: 9
Sales: 2
Rejections: 1
Other: 1
Publications: 4
Crits Given: 2
Approx Word Count: 36797
Stories Circulating: 16

Current Projects:

Into this Land (Begun 16 January, 2007)


~~~~~
Pirate Short Story


~~~~~
Revision of Phantom Streetcars Novel. Substitute chapters for words:

mmerriam: (Milk Maid)
I made a successful foray into both Downtown Hopkins and Downtown Minneapolis. The juxtaposition of that is a bit strange.

It was very cold, but the snow was very pretty.

I sent out a couple of resumes. If something doesn't shake loose in the next few day I'll have to change the parameters of my search.

There were too many things cutting into my writing time today. Housework, out of the house errands, shopping, and general exhaustion (I've slept poorly the last three night running) has made today a struggle from a writing point of view.

751 words on Into this Land (And we shall call it..... This Land) and a couple of chapters from the Phantom Streetcars Novel broken down scene by scene in rewrite preparation.

January Stats
Submissions Made: 9
Sales: 2
Rejections: 1
Other: 1
Publications: 4
Crits Given: 2
Approx Word Count: 36797
Stories Circulating: 16

Current Projects:

Into this Land (Begun 16 January, 2007)


~~~~~
Pirate Short Story


~~~~~
Revision of Phantom Streetcars Novel. Substitute chapters for words:

mmerriam: (Type)
805 new words on Into this Land.

334 new words on the untitled pirate short story space opera thingy

6 more chapters of the Phantom Streetcar Novel broken down scene-by scene in rewrite prep

Sold "Poor Mesk" to Worlds of Wonder. Does anyone know what $10 Canadian exchanges to in U.S. dollars? As long as it's enough to buy a turtle mocha down at Dunn Bros Coffee, I'm happy.

ETA: Looks like it after exchange and fees it will buy a couple of large turtle mochas down at Dunn Bros. Looks like [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I will be having drinks.

Current Projects:

Into this Land (Begun 16 January, 2007)


~~~~~
Pirate Short Story


~~~~~
Revision of Phantom Streetcars Novel. Substitute chapters for words:

mmerriam: (Type)
805 new words on Into this Land.

334 new words on the untitled pirate short story space opera thingy

6 more chapters of the Phantom Streetcar Novel broken down scene-by scene in rewrite prep

Sold "Poor Mesk" to Worlds of Wonder. Does anyone know what $10 Canadian exchanges to in U.S. dollars? As long as it's enough to buy a turtle mocha down at Dunn Bros Coffee, I'm happy.

ETA: Looks like it after exchange and fees it will buy a couple of large turtle mochas down at Dunn Bros. Looks like [livejournal.com profile] careswen and I will be having drinks.

Current Projects:

Into this Land (Begun 16 January, 2007)


~~~~~
Pirate Short Story


~~~~~
Revision of Phantom Streetcars Novel. Substitute chapters for words:

mmerriam: (Milk Maid)
[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I used the fireplace for the first time. It went well. I'm looking forward to many an evening sitting by the fireplace reading, writing, and snuggling.

I beat the laundry into submission, vacuumed the house, and set up the treadmill. Two loads of dishes have been washed. I made baked fish with pasta and garlic bread for dinner. Minicon progress report came in the mail today.

846 new words on the Not a Milkmaid of Destiny novel. 481 words on the pirate story. I went through the first two chapters of the Phantom Streetcar Novel, outlining and making revision notes while tightening sentences. I also sent out some short story submissions.

Current Projects:

Not A Milkmaid of Destiny Novel (Begun 16 January, 2007)


~~~~~
Pirate Short Story



~~~~~
Revision of Phantom Streetcars Novel. Substitute chapters for words:

mmerriam: (Milk Maid)
[livejournal.com profile] careswen and I used the fireplace for the first time. It went well. I'm looking forward to many an evening sitting by the fireplace reading, writing, and snuggling.

I beat the laundry into submission, vacuumed the house, and set up the treadmill. Two loads of dishes have been washed. I made baked fish with pasta and garlic bread for dinner. Minicon progress report came in the mail today.

846 new words on the Not a Milkmaid of Destiny novel. 481 words on the pirate story. I went through the first two chapters of the Phantom Streetcar Novel, outlining and making revision notes while tightening sentences. I also sent out some short story submissions.

Current Projects:

Not A Milkmaid of Destiny Novel (Begun 16 January, 2007)


~~~~~
Pirate Short Story



~~~~~
Revision of Phantom Streetcars Novel. Substitute chapters for words:

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