Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy and cool

I was hired to write two short articles by a new-to-me publication yesterday, so that will be fun.

Worked on the exercises for the Dialogue Workshop. I’m creating them from scratch this year so they’re different from last year’s, although there will be some overlap.

I have four definite N3s. I said I’d mentor only 3-5 this year (unlike 34 last year), so I feel like I’m set. I’m really excited about this trio. I feel as though they’re committed and really want to get the most they can out of Nano.

PJ, I doubt you’ll find “N3” on Google. It’s my term for “Nano Newbies for November.”

I worked on The Big Project off and on, making notes for some non-sequential stuff, and I outlined the first third of another project. No idea where that will fit into the roster, but it’s something that’s fun and saleable, so I’d like to get it started before the end of this year.

I’d figured out an intense sequence for The Big Project, and decided to rearrange a bunch of sequencing. But, when I went to write it this morning, I realized the sequencing didn’t make sense, so I had to go back to my original plan.

Live and learn, right?

The live chat was sparsely attended, but Costume Imp was there, helping to drive it, and we had a good time. This morning, I discovered that a chat announcement had been sent out stating the time was 7 PM EST – the time we had originally agreed to, but then it was changed to 9 PM, I agreed to roll with that, but another announcement was sent out stating it was back to 7 PM – only no one bothered to let me know. Part of me is annoyed at the disorganization. Part of me shrugs and goes, “typical Mercury retrograde.”

The really cool part of the chat was that, not only did Costume Imp and I have a blast, we created a rough outline for a new Jain Lazarus adventure, which might end up being Book 4 instead of what I planned as book 4, which means there will be six Jain Lazarus adventures instead of five.

And, of course, this one will be dedicated to Costume Imp!

I had a bit of brain fatigue yesterday. I’m pushing myself hard on the writing front, but hey, there are bills to pay. I can’t afford, in any sense of the word, to let up right now. And a lot of the longer projects take more time, more thought, which means a longer time until I see a financial return.

Devon

Angel Hunt — 110,361words out of est. 125,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
110 / 125
(88.0%)

The Big Project – 10,810 words out of est. 75,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
10 / 75
(13.3%)

Devon’s Bookstore:


Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.


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:

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6 Comments

  1. Ah – that makes sense. 3 sounds much better than 34 🙂

  2. Actually, I wondered what N3 meant also. 🙂

  3. You mentored 34 people? That sentence alone made my spleen go “EEK!”

  4. Okay that just made me dizzy.

    Just remember to make some “you” time–even if it’s a 15-minute stroll outside. You need to recharge and get a good dose of sunlight. Then you can get back to being “imbedded in the trenches of writing.”

    Although I bet it’s not such a bad place to be, with the Muse there to keep you company! 😉

  5. PLease be careful not to over-do so much you become ill. Treat yourself, even if it’s something small. Sorry to hear your chat wasn’t well attended. But, sounds as though something good came from it as well!

    Congratulations on the 2 short pieces.

    Have a pleasant day!

  6. You do seem to be pushing yourself exceptionally hard! Take care won’t you?

    Well done on being hired for your two articles. And good luck with your writing.


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