Archive | January 2006

Quickie

Just a quick post before I head to bed to say that I’ve finished and submitted Things Between. I still feel it could use more work (so what else is new) but a deadline is a dealine. Hopefully, if it gets accepted, I’ll get a chance to turn in a better version.

So, I made submissions to 2 of the 4 anthologies I had my eye on – that’s three submissions so far for this year. Not bad, I say, not bad at all.

And get this, I’ve literally typed holes in my fingers. Don’t know where they really came from but suddenly there are thse little pin wounds on both middle fingers and they hurt like hell.

I am on my third glass of wine, so I may read over this tomorrow and duck in shame (and/or press delete) so off to bed now.

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Old Stories, New Horizons

I found another place to send Stella And The Silver Stilettos, so all may not be lost on that front. I’m really glad about that since I really did like the finished product and felt kind of bad that no one would ever see it. And even still, we’ll have to see how far it goes.

I’ve made more progress on Things Between (formerly known as Story #1), and I’ve set aside some time this week to make sure I get this one and the others wrapped up by/before Sunday.

I have a dozen things floating around in my head that I want to start, work on, finish, but I’m working really hard on doing one thing at a time, going at one particular thing and not stopping until I get that thing done. No more bouncing here and there doing this and that because somehow with that approach, it never, ever gets done.

I’ve aso resolved to eat better and exercise more… okay, yes, I did that a long time ago, but today I actually started a food journal. Though I may give updates on my progress now and then, this won’t turn into a weight loss blog, I promise.

So, in keeping with the theme of “getting it done,” I’m off to work!

Company

I currently have eight people living in my head… six women, two men, all characters for four stories that I’m working on. They appeared rather suddenly, when I wasn’t even sure I’d spark an idea for one, but I am grateful that they’ve arrived. I guess the trick is now to keep writing.

I thought I’d be able to take it one story at a time, but I’m quickly figuring out that it won’t be so. Now here I am jotting notes here, writing sentences there. I now have something for all, but the bulk of it has come for the… well, I don’t have a title for it yet so we’ll call it Story #1. For this story I decided to use characters from my favorite story, Dressing Desire, the story that will also be featured in the anthology, Glamour Girls, released this summer.

Since the clothing in Dressing Desire played such an important role and Story #1 also revolves around clothing, it only made sense. It also doesn’t hurt that these characters make it so easy for me to write. I’m eager to tell more of their story.

The other six characters are brand new and, boy, are they impatient. So, rather than continuing to talk about it, I’d better get to the writing, eh?

Progressing Nicely

It was very sad reading/hearing about what happened to those miners. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families.

I did a quick revision of Her Mama’s House with added dialogue, more direct scenes and interactions as requested by the director so that she could see how it’s going to go once it goes to script form. Husband showed me how to use the scriptwriting software he downloaded. It’s pretty easy to use and made me really excited about moving forward. I also sent her the character sketch to use for casting.

I sent out two queries, missed out on one project but the other sounds promising.

I started on two of the four stories I want to write over the next two weeks (ambitious, aren’t I?). It’s going surprisingly well… I hope this isn’t a fluke.

The Right Foot

So here’s my belated first post of the year:

I finally, finally, finally finished Cling today and sent it in to the editor. And it only took five months, two different versions and umpteen drafts. I can’t tell you how it felt to finally be rid of that thing. Even if it doesn’t get accepted, I completed it and I have some type of closure.

Now I feel completely free to move on to other projects and there are many waiting. I have a lot of calls with a Jan 15 deadline, so some of those will be neglected but I want to make sure I have a shot at at least a few.

I printed out Her Mama’s House to prepare it for the change over to script format. I’m going to need to add more dialogue, but otherwise it shouldn’t be too difficult.

I’ve been working on my list of goals for the year and I’ll post them here as soon as I’m done.

Also, I see The Scruffy Dog Review premiered today. Check it out.

Happy New Year, everyone!

This Year, This Blog

I had been holding off on my final post for the year as, depending at which point during the day I had posted, it could have been either upbeat and happy or just damned depressing.

I’m looking forward to 2006, I am. I know that good things are ahead but every few hours or so today, I got pretty weepy, reflecting on this year’s regrets and disappointments, wondering if next year is just going to be 2005, The Sequel.

I don’t want it to be. All I keep thinking to myself is I don’t want to be doing next year what I’m doing right now. Then I thought about what I was doing last year. I had stopped posting to this blog in October, had stopped writing altogether for nearly six months. But this year I’m here and though the writing isn’t where I want it to be, I’m in a better place than I was last year this time.

Yes, this year there were some disappointments… stories weren’t written, deadlines didn’t get made, writing was rejected. But some really great things happened as well, I sold a story to a mainstream marketed anthology. I sold my first piece of literary fiction. I got an exciting offer for one of stories to be turned into a short film, I started my second novel, and the most recent of exciting things… I now have my own website.

So, what am I weeping about? It was a good year, wasn’t it? And for the times that weren’t so great… wipe the slate clean, eh?