• Fiction,  Writing

    The Shape of My Writing to Come

    by I’ve found myself thinking lately, trying to decide whether or not to revise my writing intentions, not just for the remainder of the year, but overhauling the three-year plan altogether. At this moment, I’m not exactly sure how far I am into the second book of the God must. Something in excess of 30,000 words, certainly. But I have a lot of audio still to process and turn into text. It’s entirely possible the actual total might be as much as 40,000, though that seems a little bit much. 35,000 is more likely, I think. I’m must still be enjoying the story. Because at 35-40,000 words added to the…

  • Writing

    Rise of the Undead

    by So I’m big on writing updates and word counts lately, and I’m not sure why. I’ve gone through phases on the whole “monthly writing repot” idea over the past few years, I do like it as publicly posting my progress tends to have a slight focusing effect on my work and we can all use all the focus we can get. I’ve actually toyed with the idea of doing a weekly one, but I think the only person who cares at that level is me. Besides, I just did the report for February a couple of days ago. Instead of something else very numbers intensive, I’m going to write…

  • Writing

    Rejection Letters

    by So I’ve recently begun to submit my short stories again after a long period where, for a variety of reasons, I wasn’t. Some quick stats: Since October 1st, I’ve put 36 stories in the e-mail to a variety of magazines and anthologies. Eight of them have come back as a rejections already. I’m not alarmed; writers need a thick skin. Three of those rejections were personalized and had the phrase “well written” somewhere in the text. The other five were form letters. Form letters don’t offend me. A lot of markets have an acceptance rate of far less than 1%. There’s only so much time in everyone’s day. But…