Saturday, December 15, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I was a basket case yesterday. Having to deal with building crap at 9 in the morning completely knocked me off my game for Earth Bride, which enraged me, but I couldn’t get back into it. My creative energy was completely destroyed.

I managed to apply for a job, send off an invoice, get some stuff posted, and troll the job sites. They were depressing as hell.

On a happier note, I have a shot at inclusion in another anthology with an editor for whom I’ve previously worked. I’ll have to do some research next week to pitch potential essay topics, but if we can find something that works for us – I’ll be in another anthology! That would be fun. If it works out, I’ll let you know.

Started printing a manuscript I promised to critique for a colleague. I have a feeling the material from LA won’t get here until early next week, so I’ll work on my colleague’s piece and have that done before the other material is here. And I’ve got two articles to write this weekend, too.

Maybe I’ll finally get those damned cards written! 😉

Good afternoon’s work on Hex Breaker. It’s moving in the right direction.

In fact, I thought about Hex Breaker nearly all night. There are a few images that came to me so strongly. I’m holding on to them as best I can (with some notes), as they come later in the story. And I figured out the key to taking the story to the next level. From something that’s right now a fairly interesting read to something far more enthralling.

I think I might have to break one of my own rules and rewrite what I’ve done on it so far. Because the changes make it different enough that I can’t just pretend they are already in there. The beginning has to be entirely restructured and rewritten to support the rest of the story. Poor Billy keeps getting shoved farther and farther back into the story – and yet, that might be a key to it, too. I have some decisions to make on it. And it hurt to be away from it last night, although the show was fine, I had a perfectly good time with everyone, and it ran smoothly.

However, it’s horrid getting in and out of the city. Everyone’s cranky and miserable and there’s an abnormally high quotient of rude and stupid tourists who treat the city like their own personal trash heap. On top of that, companies are having their holiday parties, so one has to ride home with the yuppie drunks. Alcohol brings out the worst in unhappy suburbanites.

Tough to get going this morning on Earth Bride. I wanted to dive back into Hex Breaker, but I don’t want Earth Bride to dangle and keep getting shuffled farther and farther back in the queue, so I have to balance them. Once I got into it, it was fine, and Niki discovered the betrayal by her husband-to-be. Tomorrow, I start Chapter 40 and the third disk for this draft.


Earth Bride –105,210 words out of est. 120,000

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105 / 120

Hex Breaker – 7,703 words out of est. 25,000

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7 / 25

Devon’s Bookstore:

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.

Full Circle: An Ars Concordia Anthology
. Edited by Colin Galbraith. This is a collection of short stories, poems, and other pieces by a writers’ group of which I am a member. My story is “Pauvre Bob”, set at Arlington Race Track in Illinois. You can download it free here:

Published in: on December 15, 2007 at 9:39 am  Comments (2)  


  1. Sorry to hear you became so angry yesterday. I hope that today is much better for you. Don’t worry so much about the cards and good thoughts and prayers are being sent your way.

  2. I think it’s ashame that you have to deal with building crap so early in the morning.

    Sending you :::positive vibes::: for all that you have to deal with.

    That’s great news re: being included in an anthology.

    How much snow/rain/sleet did you get by you? We got rain and sleet.

    I hope the rest of your weekend is a good one.

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