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Monthly round up (November 2006)

Well, NaNoWriMo is over for another year, and at 25,998 total words, I am not a winner. But, heh, I'm not a loser either :-). I really did get what I wanted out of the effort: it forced me to establish some better writing habits and learn to make use of little dribs of time.

Regarding my putative historical-fantasy novel, it's going to take place in at least two different eras (possibly three), so at least I now have a definite handle on what I want to do with one of those eras (characters, scenes, and what details I *have* to research to make my scenes work).

Out of force of habit, I kept working on it this morning *big grin*

In other news...

The only change from last month is that "The Resurrection Men" came back from Horror Library 2. Their note makes it sound as if they gave it serious consideration, but maybe they were just being polite. I'm not sure where to send it next. At 5,500 words, there aren't that many markets left that I haven't tried yet. Call me defeatist or curmudgeonly, but I can't be bothered with subbing to Weird Tales or Cemetery Dance (even though I enjoy reading both these publications). I'm just out of patience with waiting for six months plus for no response at all. So I'm thinking maybe Talebones or Potter's Field Two.

My goals for this month are to whip "The Oracle of Building 42" into shape and send it out, and to look serious at spinning off a short story from my NaNo ramblings. There seem to be several age of sail/pirates themed anthologies seeking subs at the moment, which dovetail nicely with what I've been working on.

And that's it for now! New "Dr. Who" and "Battlestar Galactica" tonight -- woo hoo!

Comments

Congrats on meeting your NaNo goal - and I agree, the habits re-established are the best part of NaNo. It IS amazing what can be accomplished in fifteen or twenty minutes of time when you're On a tale.

You ARE sooooo a winner!
Thanks, and go you--you nanoing machine thing, you ;->
Been almost a month since your last updated. How are things? Did you make progress on "The Oracle of Bulding 42"?

Speaking of Wierd Tales, I got two rejection letters from them on the same day earlier this month. One was for a story I submitted in March. After six months I figured that they had lost it (I think they moved offices in the interim), so I sent them a different story in October. Got the October story rejected along with the March!

So... nine months on one story, one and a half on the other.

I got another quarter finalist in WotF, too.
Thanks for prodding me!

I've had family visiting for the holidays (just left this morning), so I've hardly had time to get on the computer. Now I'm trying to catch up on everything I've been neglecting (which is hopeless). Pathetically, I've done no writing, revising, or critiquing. Hopefully the New Year resolution thing will help me get back on track!

There must be a reason why they call it Weird Tales! I like reading it, but haven't had great experiences subbing there.

Congrats on the WotF quarter final!