Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Making sure you're really ready

So, every time #PitMad happens, I miss it. I only occasionally find out about it ahead of time (I did this last week) but invariably, I miss it.

Really, it's good that I missed it this last time. It's good that I've missed it every time. My novels aren't ready yet. Learn to Howl might be. However, I'm fairly confident that the query letter for it, at present, is shit. I also want to have the subsequent two novels of the trilogy at least outlined (the sequel is a book I'm going to be working on presently, I feel. Still not sure what Official Next Project™ is) The Last Song might be ready, and I don't feel the query letter is shit, actually. Which is kind of a surprise, actually, but a nice surprise.

In addition to the novels not quite being ready (I really need to hear Reader Opinions on The Last Song, and I do want to start querying it in the new year. February, if not January), I also don't have a 140 character pitch. If I have a hard time with a query letter, how am I going to whittle it down further? It's possible, obviously. Many people do it, many of them very well.

I don't know when the next one is, nor how one becomes part of that whisper-network with its fingertips dangling in the publishing currents via twitter. But maybe I'll be ready then.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Collecting my thoughts

Took kind of a break there. It's typically needed, after NaNoWriMo. After running a library program for NaNoWriMo (today was the last day for that). The decompression is good. Perhaps a bit of self congratulation for writing every day (pretty much) for the month. After a month of submitting stories every day.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014: done!

Please excuse my absence. The news is NaNoWriMo has been completed, though the novel has not. I'm still thinking about it, which is unusual. So far as my NaNoWriMo track record goes, I wrote the first two to "The End" during the span of November, didn't finish the third, failed the fourth, and since then haven't finished a novel during the time. In at least one notable instance (Zombie Safari) I came to loathe the novel and was bored out of my skull; I took what was a short story, tried to make it into a novel, and made it a mess with my steampunk. So, best forgotten largely, though I could/should probably finish the short.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Is that a comet I hear?

This is what Comet 67P/Churyumov/Gerasmenko sounds like, if it's tinkered with a bit so the sound is in a range humans can hear:

Pretty cool, I thought. It's easy, on the Internet, to click through things super fast without taking a moment to consider what you're doing. I mean, stop and listen to that. Listen to the whole thing.

This is a rock flying through space, which no human has set foot on. Remotely, we've put a spacecraft near it, and from that spacecraft landed another craft on it to study it. The guy at The Oatmeal illustrated an amusing comparison in some peoples' abilities with regards to this.

But wait, there's more. Some of these were recorded by a space probe in 2001. Again, the pulses or whatever are not in an audible range for the human ear, and so they had to be tinkered with.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Some submission updates

NaNoWriMo or not, I guess it's best to at least give you updates on my October Madness submissions.

I got a personal rejection on Saturday

Additionally, I got three rejections on Monday, two form one personalized. The personalized one kind of stung, because it was on a story which had been held for further consideration. The other two....well, I say they're form, because that's my rule of thumb. If I'm confused at all, it must be form. Some forms just seem nicer and less "canned" than others.

Truth be told, though rejection sucks, I'm glad I know now. One of those form rejections was from a story I submitted long before October Madness, back in August! Of course, lots of magazines take even longer than that. The slush pile (though mostly electronic by now, and not actually a literal toppling pile of mail) can be very deep indeed in other well-known magazines I'm waiting to hear from, like Tin House, or Agni, or Asimov's Science Fiction.

I do have one more story I've been notified has been held for further consideration, so fingers still crossed on that one. The others, I'm trying to be more relaxed about. I'll hear when I hear...though obviously I hope for it to be sooner rather than later!