Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How many hours?

Right before my writing workshop began on Saturday, I mentioned that (at the time) I was honing in on 50k words for my work in progress. (while 50k is my "official" on the Camp NaNoWriMo site goal, I'd really like to write to "the end", which seems like it'll be more like 60-75k and I don't know if I can get there by Friday but I want to try, so I haven't validated yet but I have ordered my t-shirt. I'm at 56,550 words as of this blog post)

The person I was talking to expressed his surprise/support/admiration/whatever and then posed a question I was somehow unable to answer: "How many hours a day do you write?" he asked, innocently.

Well.

When I'm writing, I'm never just writing, is the problem. I'm scrolling through Imgur. I'm checking my email when I notice I have a new one. I'm researching minutia, a fractured fragment of which actually ends up in the story. I'm taking the dog out, making dinner, etc. etc. etc.  Sometimes I'm also watching something online or on Netflix, and that can become a sticky wicket, because sometimes I want to watch anime, and I do not speak Japanese (other than exclamations like "nando" and queries like "nani"? [which I probably didn't even spell right]), so I have to pay attention to the subtitles. (Knights if Sidonia is very good, by the by. Attack on Titan is as well, though I haven't finished it yet).

So how many hours? A day? A week? I don't know. I know I can, uninterrupted and synapses firing, get down a thousand words very quickly. But then I need to know when the last day fireworks are in the summer at the shore. Then I need to know if October for the bad thing that happened is the right month for the story or not. Earlier? Later? Then I need to consider just how many more references I intend on layering in, and whether I should write the study guide for the high school classes which will curse my name in the decades to follow when my works are required reading. (fun to think about, right?)


How many hours?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My flash story "Adventuring" in Episode 65 of Far-Fetched Fables

So who's got two thumbs and has a story in a podcast with a story by Aliette de Bodard? THIS GUY!

That's right, episode 65 of Far-Fetched Fables contains my flash fiction story, "Adventuring", which first appeared in Daily Science Fiction a few months back.

I'm at work, so haven't listened to the podcast yet, but I'm sure it'll rock your socks! I've loved everything I've read by Aliette de Bodard (she's won two Nebula awards and a Locus, amont others), and of course I'm pretty fond of my story too.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On Waking Up

I'm sure you've all see this. The book, the story, that starts with the main character waking up. It's just one of Those Things™.

You've probably also seen literary agents (and/or editors) talking about how much they'd prefer writers to avoid said trope. And I get it. I really do. But I'm a contrarian by nature (or a know-it-all, whatever) and so of course I know of good examples of this as well. Or at least one.