Monday, November 3, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Cloudy and cold

I forgot to post the link to my Breeders’ Cup article. It’s here:

I loved having that extra writing time yesterday. By 9:40 in the morning, I’d gotten more done than I usually get done in a full eight-hour day!

I got out the requested full manuscript, so that’s all taken care of. I’m kind of shrugging about the whole thing and not stressing. Either they like it or they don’t. The whole “you’re-rejected-oops-you’re-not” makes me wonder. We’ll see. I’ve heard some good things about them; if it works out, great; if not, oh well, and it’s off to the next publisher on the list. I’ve got way too much on my plate to worry.

And then I tossed of a question to another publisher about another project, not expecting an answer for days, but they responded in less than an hour . . .and asked for a partial. So I had to put that together, go over everything again, make last-minute tweaks, as one does. It’s complete, but it needed the final polish, and, when a publisher asks for something and you start vamping because it’s not ready, you show the publisher you’re an amateur and unreliable, so why should they offer you a contract?

Intense weekend. But it will be worth it, if one or both of these projects hits.

My plate keeps getting fuller, and I celebrate. Now, if some of these late checks would just turn up . . .we’d be all set.

Decent morning’s work on the Nano mystery. I’m hitting my daily quota, but not getting as far ahead as I’d like. The natural rhythm of this book is slower than I expected. I have to trust it, but sometimes, it still gets frustrated.

The bulk of my N3s are great and reliable, but there are a few who are not stepping up to the plate. I’m hardlining this year and dropping them if they can’t cut it. “Culling the herd” so to speak. I’m tired of stressing and carrying people who lied about their commitment and pull the whole experience down. Next year, if I mentor again, I’m going to make them sign a contract.

I have to make up for the writing that didn’t get done this weekend, as I polished the requested manuscripts, so . . .back to the page.

Have a great week, everyone!

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 8,032 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
8 / 50
(16.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 8,032 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
8 / 75
(10.7%)

Devon’s Bookstore:

NEW!Sensory Perceptions: Techniques to Improve Your Writing Through the Six Senses by Devon Ellington. Use the six senses to take your writing to the next level via a series of sense-specific exercises. By the end of seven weeks, you complete seven short stories!. $1.29 USD. Here.

Free limited download
“The Possession of Nattie Filmore: A Jain Lazarus Adventure” by Devon Ellington. If you loved HEX BREAKER, you’ll love spending time with Jain and Wyatt as they try to solve a haunted house mystery. Read an excerpt of the story and download it free here


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.

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30 Tips for 30 Days: Kick Start Your Novel and Get Out of Your Own Way. A Nano Handbook by Devon Ellington. FREE!
If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you could survive National Novel Writing Month, this is the handbook for you! Ideas on preparations, setting goals, overcoming blocks, pushing yourself, tips for each day of the process, and ideas for going beyond, this handbook by veteran Nano-er Devon Ellington will help you survive. Best of all, it’s free! Download it here.
Limited time offer


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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November 2, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and cool

Kudos to everyone running the NYC marathon! You’ve got a wonderful day for it, and all of you rock!

I was out of sorts yesterday, mostly because I’m not feeling well. It’s not a cold; it’s not a flu. I’m just off, slightly achy, head hurts, stomach not quite right. It’s more icky-ness than genuine sickness; I’m just OFF.

I’m well enough to be cranky, so I’m not all that sick!

The Nano site was frustrating, I wasted far too much time trying to get on it, and then one of my N3s hasn’t added me properly to his email account, so it bounces back, and I lost an additional 45 minutes trying to contact him, which just enraged me. I don’t have an hour and fifteen minutes to waste on other people’s carelessness, and I went OFF. It’s incredibly disrespectful to ask questions and then have your settings done in a way THAT THE PERSON CAN’T RESPOND. I went off on a couple of people at the Muse conference who did the same thing – it’s inexcusable and incredibly disrespectful.

Did an enormous grocery shopping trip. Followed the wild goose chase to the Greenwich Library, where none of the librarians could figure out where these particular research materials were kept! I couldn’t believe it, they couldn’t believe it. Something that should have taken 5-10 minutes dragged out to an hour and a half of unsatisfied searching. Very frustrating.

Got some interesting books off the discard shelf, though, some novels and some interesting cookbooks.

Got some writing done on a project that’s pulling at me very hard – this character’s voice is very unique and so is her situation.

Got out some stuff for BookMooch.

Started reading a biography of the Mitford Sisters.

Had a good morning’s work on the mystery today. The word count is a bit lower than yesterday, but I completed another full chapter, and I know where I’m going from here. It was easier to drop back into this world today, and I enjoyed it more. I’m getting a stronger sense of the community of this book, and one of the underlying themes, along with the themes that support the mystery portion, is community (Gayle, I know you’ll be loving that one).

Odd experience: A manuscript that was rejected by the submissions person of a company was just requested in full by the publisher/head of the company.

Okay, I’ll roll with it. I’ll get that out later today.

Whatever!

Have a great Sunday! I love it when the clocks change and we “fall back”. I didn’t sleep for an extra hour – I was up before 6 AM and WROTE for an extra hour!

Devon

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 5,384 words out of 50,000 (Nano goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
5 / 50
(10.0%)

Untitled Helena Francis Mystery – 5,384 words out of est. 75,000 (total goal)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
5 / 75
(6.7%)
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Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant
Samhain/Halloween

I can’t believe it’s the end of October already! My goodness.

And tomorrow, Nano begins.

I may already give the boot to one of the N3s, who seemed to fit the criteria at the beginning, and suddenly is non-responsive. I sent a last-chance mail today – I’ve got a waiting list for slots, and if this one’s not going to meet the requirements of the group (write every day, don’t whine, and communicate), I’ve got a whole long waiting list of those who will. Next!

Hey, the kind of mentoring this group gets usually goes for $100/hour in this neck of the woods, and, considering how much time I devote to them gratis in November, they’re getting between $700-$1000/week worth of mentoring. So when I ask for a response on something, they can give it!

Yesterday was reasonably productive. I spent a lot of time working on the Helena Francis mystery outline. I think it’s in pretty decent shape. There were some huge holes when I started; I think I’ve come up with some solution. I do think, however, that I’ll end up cutting a good portion of the first draft and rewriting with more exciting scenes. But I need to set it all out chronologically, step-by-step, before I know where to tweak. The first two thirds and the end are pretty strong; it’s the part leading up to the end that needs work, and I hope it will strengthen as I keep working.

I completed the work for Confidential Job #1, and I posted some writing services ads on Craigslist – we’ll see how those work. Probably the silliest thing I could do is post ads going into Nano, but I’d like to pick up some quick turnaround, decently paying assignments (which I doubt I can cull from Craigslist) during Nano. We’ll see, though. Maybe I’ll get a pleasant surprise.

I have to dash into the city for a few hours. Hopefully, it will be a quick turnaround. I’ve got a good bit of writing to get done, and I have to prepare for tonight!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Devon

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Waxing Moon
Neptune Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and pleasant

Don’t forget: Live chat tonight, 9 PM EST on the FireDrakes Weyr site. Enter the site and click on “Conference room.”

I had no idea that my post “Life Experience Enhances Writing” was up at Mystic-Lit, but it is. So hop on over and check it out.

Hey, Colby, the wordcounter I use is Zokutu Word meter. It crashes pretty often, but I can’t get anything from Writertopia to work for me, I’m too technologically impaired.

I worked on ANGEL HUNT. I did a lovely, fast-paced chunk of it and then realized I had it in the wrong chapter. I had to move it to a different chapter and put something else into the chapter in which I worked. Argh. Oh, well, better to figure it out now than when it’s at the galley stage, right? But boy, did it flow, and I hated to leave it when I wrote myself out. The final chapters are spinning in my head, both simpler and more complex than I originally envisioned. It’s a much more layered novel than it was as a serial. I’m passionate and excited about it.

I didn’t get any work done on the western, although one of the research books I’d requested via BookMooch arrived: THE FRONTIER WORLD OF DOC HOLLIDAY, which I can’t wait to read.

I did, however, write two short stories. I wanted to write more – I need to write six – but I ran out of steam after two.

I had a good morning’s work on The Big Project today. I have to remember that it’s a big project, and I can unspool some elements a little bit more slowly than, say, in the western.

I’ve definitely got one N3 for the Nano process, and someone else has approached me. This second person sounds like a good match, too, but I have some concerns, so we’re going to talk more in depth. So even if I don’t do a traditional Nano, I’ll do some mentoring. I have to say, I’ve met some really cool people this year in the area to which I plan to relocate, just by happenstance, which to me, means the Universe is taking a hand in it all. Now I just have to figure out what those opportunities are that are being offered, and take action. Because the Universe doesn’t like it when you slap away an opportunity offered, especially if it was what you asked for, or if you just sit there and dither instead of grabbing it and seeing where it leads.

Back to the page. I love these unstructured days. The writing truly is like working and strengthening muscles – the more I write, the easier it becomes to write more. Think about that when you claim you want to write but “don’t have time” or are “too tired” and then wonder why it’s so hard to get back in the groove. If you keep writing in spurts, or just when you “feel like it”, you can’t sustain a career and you’ll always be someone who write on the side rather than a full time writer. So you have to make a conscious choice if you want this to be your passionate vocation or your hobby. And, trust me, there’s nothing wrong with loving your job, especially if you’re a writer.

Devon

Angel Hunt – 107,787 words out of est. 125,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
108 / 125
(86.2%)

The Big Project – 8,964 words out of est. 75,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
8 / 75
(10.7%)

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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