Jan. 2, 2013: Racing into 2013!

The winter doormat

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Waning Moon
Sunny and cold

2013 and here we are! Yippee!

Since I’m rather fond of anything with the number “13” in it, I’m a happy camper about the coming year.

First of all, today is the last day “First Feet”, the Jain Lazarus tie-in story, is available. So download it before the link is cut. 😉

If you didn’t get a chance to read my first recommendation of a book for the new year, Shirley Wells’s DYING ART, please hop over to A Biblio Paradise and check it out.

The GDRS are up — the answers to my questions (and those were hard to answer both honestly and compassionately) are here and my To-Do list for January is here. I’ve even managed to knock a few things off the list!

I worked more than I expected to yesterday — I meant to just hop on “for a minute”, but then got tied up in stuff. Which is fine; it needed to get done.

Both “When Words Align” and “Sensory Perceptions” start today, along with a private student, so I’ll have my hands full for the next chunk of time. I’m almost finished with the wacky proposal for my agent, I’ve been working on the next assignment from Confidential Job #1, I got a few pitches out yesterday, and am still working on the Twelve Days of Christmas stories. Glad I didn’t commit to writing, editing, and POSTING them for this cycle! I like the challenge of doing them, but some need to be circled back to for some additional work.

I need to spend time on the Astronomy assignments today — I’m falling farther and farther behind. The lectures are long — there are about 15 of them per week, instead of the usual 6-8 I had in other classes, and a lot of them are double the length. However, I’m not holding anyone else up, since I’m auditing, and I’ll just keep working. The next science class starts on Monday, so I don’t want to fall too far behind on this one.

Of course, I’ve got a bunch of other work to do today, too, trying to secure some income-generating work immediately for the New Year! Lots to do, but I’m excited for the New Year!

Baked scones this morning (test driving the recipe for Sunday). It’s fine. Not brilliant, but it will work. Wrote my 1K on MURDER’S INTOLERANCE.

And off we go!


Monday, January 3, 2010 — Power of Words

Iris and Violet await Costume Imp’s visit

Monday, January 3, 2011
Dark Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Who knows the weather?

Costume Imp and I are on the road today, so while we’re travelling, here’s my to-do list for January.

Additionally, I have a few things to say about writing and the power of words.

Words have power.

There’s a saying, “Sticks and stone may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”

That’s simply not true. We’ve all experienced hurt or at least annoyance when someone said something annoying or downright mean. We’ve all experienced the glow of praise on a job well-done, or an unexpected compliment.

Words have the power to hurt, to heal, to incite, to inspire, to destroy, to unite.

Anyone who’s ever fallen into a book and not looked up until hours later knows that is true. Words can transport. Even the lightest piece of writing can make a reader see or experience something in a new way. Every piece of writing is a potential door to a fascinating new world.

Advertising is built on it. So is novel writing.

We wouldn’t be writers if we didn’t believe that words have power. That’s why we do what we do. Even if the goal is to be rich and famous, with everything htting the bestseller list and selling to film, none of that will happen unless those words have the power to excite and engage the readers (and the agents and the publishers and the editors . . .)

If you’re having trouble getting successfully published or sustaining a career as a writer with a living wage, look inside. Unless you believe, to the core of your being, that words have POWER, you writing won’t contain the power or passion you need to sustain a career.


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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Saturday, January 2, 2010
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Cloudy, cold, icy

My January To-Do list is up on the GDR site. Come play with us!

Excellent, excellent writing day. I did the first chapter of Universal Principles, which came in at just over 2600 words.

I took a short break, then got to work on the steampunk novella. I did a first chapter of 1, 889 words. I took a break, and then realized that I needed to open with more of a punch and THEN get into the bulk of the material I currently had as my first chapter, so I rewrote it and nailed the first two chapters or just over 4K. It’s going to be hard to keep this at 30K, but necessary for the word limit. It’s fast, it’s funny, it’s got elements of romance and Victoriana and invention and social justice and all sorts of things in it. I’m stoked. Of course, I still need a title, but . . .

I wrote the third chapter of the Steampunk this morning, coming in at just over 2700 words.

THIS is the type of writing I need to keep up all year, and I’ll actually get something done!

I’m on my way to Trader Joe’s to get cat food and run a few more errands, and then get back to the page.

Elsa is hanging in there. Fingers crossed she’ll be okay until the vet appointment on Tuesday, and that the vet can help her.


Steampunk Novella: 6,747 words out of est. 30,000 (22.49%)

Universal Principles: 2,692 words out of est. 90,000 (2.9%)

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