agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
So, the first Ben story I wrote after Pack Dynamics, "The Monster Without" (also known as Hitman Ben around these parts), has found a home at StoryHack.

Not only that, but they were super-prompt with a very author-friendly contract, and the story should see print around July or so, or maybe even earlier.

I am so excited, you guys. I know I say this a lot, but this is one of my favorite stories, and I'm so glad it found a home.

DO THE DANCE OF JOY WITH ME.

(Also, reading the entries from when I was writing this thing is making me laugh at myself.)
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
What with all the taxes I did. But it's done. Go, me. I hope I didn't screw it up too badly, like I did last year.

Since the day couldn't get any worse, I decided to print out Hitman!Ben for a snail mail sub, because that's always fun. But I'm out of ink. So that's awesome.

Actually, I take that back. Today was a mix of awesome and awful. On the awful side, there were the aforementioned taxes (and three hours of my life I will never get back). I've had a cold for the past three days and am coughing my head off. Also, you'd think there'd be some kind of conservation of mass going on with all this goop in my sinuses, but I think a white hole has taken up residence inside them and is just... spewing mucus. It's gross, for the record. And my intestines have decided that they are also unhappy with the current turn of events. What fun, right?

On the plus side, we got paid today, so I got to put money in my anteater for MisCon, which I always enjoy doing. One more paycheck will have me fully funded for that. We ate at Famous Dave's, and it was delicious. And I picked up book 4 in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series, which I am enjoying immensely. I also picked up the Iron Man 3 Prelude comic after deciding not to blow ten bucks on Empire Magazine, whose cover story this issue is (you guessed it) Iron Man 3.

I got no writing or editing done. My head hurts and I'm tired and not real think-y right now. I may take a desultory poke at something tonight, but. . . I doubt it, honestly.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
So, yeah, I've been staring at the damn steampunk werewolf western for two solid days now, going "durrrr." My preacher and my protag have about done all that's productive with this conversation, and so I need to get the plot moving again.

And the only thing I can think of is siccing a posse on him.

Okay, maybe not a whole posse. Maybe just the hunter dude that made him jump off the train to begin with. That actually makes more sense. This way the complications are contained, because Lord knows I do not need more complications in this Thing. I'm 7700 words in and halfway into my "outline" (such as it is), and so moving to the second pinch point is a must here.

I still hate it, by the way.

In other news, I finally got a rejection for hitman!Ben, so it went off to the next market. And I've about run out of pro markets for it. *sigh* We should be hearing from Writers of the Future any day now. I'm mentally preparing myself for bad news on that front (anything other than Finalist would be bad news for me on this one), and to gin up a sub packet for it for other places. This is a hugely discouraging business.

My mother, bless her heart, has been kind of busting my chops for RPing instead of "writing things I can get paid for." Considering the fact that the last time I actually got paid for anything was four years ago (notwithstanding my recent sale for a story I wrote two years ago), I just... laugh.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
I'm 6500 words into the steampunk werewolf western, and it has come to a screeching halt. I thought I had a place for this scene to go, and I neglected to write it down, and it is gone like the proverbial wind.

Let this be a lesson to you. If you don't write it down, it never happened.

I did get to introduce my good-guy preacher dude in my last spate of writing, so that's cool. I'm going to be That Werewolf Writer Who Also Writes Religious People As Heroes, Sometimes In The Same Story. Do I care? No, I think that would be awesome, actually. The "religious figure as bad guy" trope is overdone and old, and I will buck against it every chance I get.

Still no news on won his soul or hitman!Ben. Pins and needles. I am on them. No news is good news, I guess. I get a sinking feeling every time I get that "INCOMING MESSAGE" .wav from gmail. Maybe I'll find a .wav that just says "INCOMING!" and change it to that.

Also, the damn election cannot come soon enough. We've already donated a ridiculous amount. You can't have anymore. Stop friggin' calling me. Especially stop with the gorram robocalls. You don't make any friends with those, people, and the sooner you learn that lesson, the better off everyone will be. GOD.

Hm.

Aug. 21st, 2010 04:37 pm
agilebrit: (That which does not kill me)
Well, I've spent a lot of this day looking for a snippet to post instead of writing. Which is really, really stupid. I will use the excuse that I'm still noodling ideas. Yeah. That's it. Noodling.

Anyway. Have a taste of hitman!Ben, cut because it mentions rape. )

Hm.

Aug. 21st, 2010 04:37 pm
agilebrit: (That which does not kill me)
Well, I've spent a lot of this day looking for a snippet to post instead of writing. Which is really, really stupid. I will use the excuse that I'm still noodling ideas. Yeah. That's it. Noodling.

Anyway. Have a taste of hitman!Ben, cut because it mentions rape. )
agilebrit: (That which does not kill me)
I spent some time at Borders today, going through it again, and this time all I did was minor minor tweaking.

Therefore, fly, be free, little story that turned out twice as long as it should have. It's off to its first market.

That makes three shorts I've finished this year. Which makes me 3/4 of the way I wanted to be, on that front. And which means I should start the next one. I kind of know the one I want to do, but I've been in kind of a werewolf rut for awhile and would like to get out of it.
agilebrit: (That which does not kill me)
I spent some time at Borders today, going through it again, and this time all I did was minor minor tweaking.

Therefore, fly, be free, little story that turned out twice as long as it should have. It's off to its first market.

That makes three shorts I've finished this year. Which makes me 3/4 of the way I wanted to be, on that front. And which means I should start the next one. I kind of know the one I want to do, but I've been in kind of a werewolf rut for awhile and would like to get out of it.

I think.

Jul. 11th, 2010 08:37 pm
agilebrit: (werewolf)
I think.

I think it's done. I even have a title that I somewhat like. The climax is repaired (as much as I can).

I think. I think I really like this story.

I wonder where I should send it first.

And what I should write next.

I think.

Jul. 11th, 2010 08:37 pm
agilebrit: (werewolf)
I think.

I think it's done. I even have a title that I somewhat like. The climax is repaired (as much as I can).

I think. I think I really like this story.

I wonder where I should send it first.

And what I should write next.

AHAHA.

Jul. 9th, 2010 09:43 pm
agilebrit: (Mine is an evil laugh)
THERE it is.

You know what I've said before, about us being more afraid of what a good-guy character pushed to the brink of his endurance will do, rather than being afraid of what bad, scary thing will happen to them?

Yeah. Those of you who've read the short story "The Warrior," by Jim Butcher, in the Mean Streets collection, you know what I'm talking about. That's the one where Michael Carpenter's daughter is kidnapped.

And this right here is what I think I've just accomplished. The previous version, I allowed Ben to be talked down way too easily. The new version is far, far better, and I think I'm finally happy with it.

Of course, it still needs a title...

AHAHA.

Jul. 9th, 2010 09:43 pm
agilebrit: (Mine is an evil laugh)
THERE it is.

You know what I've said before, about us being more afraid of what a good-guy character pushed to the brink of his endurance will do, rather than being afraid of what bad, scary thing will happen to them?

Yeah. Those of you who've read the short story "The Warrior," by Jim Butcher, in the Mean Streets collection, you know what I'm talking about. That's the one where Michael Carpenter's daughter is kidnapped.

And this right here is what I think I've just accomplished. The previous version, I allowed Ben to be talked down way too easily. The new version is far, far better, and I think I'm finally happy with it.

Of course, it still needs a title...
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
And it's better. The personal stakes for Ben are stated much more clearly, and they're higher than "you'll go to jail and break Janni's heart."

I'm still not sure it's "there," yet, but it's "closer," anyway.

And I still don't have a title. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
And it's better. The personal stakes for Ben are stated much more clearly, and they're higher than "you'll go to jail and break Janni's heart."

I'm still not sure it's "there," yet, but it's "closer," anyway.

And I still don't have a title. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
A person asks: How do you write your first draft of your story?

And I answer:
1. Remind myself that the first draft is allowed to suck. Nay, is GOING to suck.

2. Attempt to come up with a pithy first line to get the writerly juices flowing. Figure out what the opening scene needs to do.

3. Tear my hair out as my characters (a) refuse to cut to the chase, and then (b) refuse to do what I need them to do for my PLOT. Such as it is at this stage. Outline? What outline?

4. Work around that. Okay, my protag is not the kind of guy who will just walk up to someone and kill them in cold blood. What would he do instead?

5. Post something whiny on my LJ about the plot not coming together. At which point I get an idea about bringing the plot together, and the post becomes moot.

6. Realize that the story I originally intended to come in at 5,000 words is probably going to be twice as long. Tear my hair out some more. I'm getting a bald spot. Hey, booze!

7. Realize my villain has no motivation, other than He's an Abusive Bastard. This works in real life. Fiction, not so much. Gah. More hair pulling. More booze, less mixer.

8. Realize that I don't actually WANT my protag to kill my villain and thus sully himself. Figure out a workaround for THAT, which involves manipulating someone ELSE into killing the guy, who really does need killing. I'LL DO THAT. Drinking the booze directly from the bottle now.

9. Roar to a conclusion. Realize that I put a loaded werewolf on the mantle in Act One and then DIDN'T have him go fangs and fur in Act Three. This is a problem. But, hey, I have an "end."

10. Realize that the story is irretrievably broken. Cry. Drink some more. Whine to my Writing Buddy, who offers me a very nifty solution! HOPE IS RENEWED.

11. Dive into the second draft.

*reads that over* Man, it's like making sausage. You really don't want to know.


Process? I'm supposed to have a process?

In other news, I read hitman!Ben to the Hubby yesterday, and he still thinks there's something missing but can't put his finger on it. And I tend to agree with him, but can't put my finger on it either...

Oh, wait. There it is. Maybe. I've got about 50 words to play with here. Let's see if I can pull it off in less than that.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
A person asks: How do you write your first draft of your story?

And I answer:
1. Remind myself that the first draft is allowed to suck. Nay, is GOING to suck.

2. Attempt to come up with a pithy first line to get the writerly juices flowing. Figure out what the opening scene needs to do.

3. Tear my hair out as my characters (a) refuse to cut to the chase, and then (b) refuse to do what I need them to do for my PLOT. Such as it is at this stage. Outline? What outline?

4. Work around that. Okay, my protag is not the kind of guy who will just walk up to someone and kill them in cold blood. What would he do instead?

5. Post something whiny on my LJ about the plot not coming together. At which point I get an idea about bringing the plot together, and the post becomes moot.

6. Realize that the story I originally intended to come in at 5,000 words is probably going to be twice as long. Tear my hair out some more. I'm getting a bald spot. Hey, booze!

7. Realize my villain has no motivation, other than He's an Abusive Bastard. This works in real life. Fiction, not so much. Gah. More hair pulling. More booze, less mixer.

8. Realize that I don't actually WANT my protag to kill my villain and thus sully himself. Figure out a workaround for THAT, which involves manipulating someone ELSE into killing the guy, who really does need killing. I'LL DO THAT. Drinking the booze directly from the bottle now.

9. Roar to a conclusion. Realize that I put a loaded werewolf on the mantle in Act One and then DIDN'T have him go fangs and fur in Act Three. This is a problem. But, hey, I have an "end."

10. Realize that the story is irretrievably broken. Cry. Drink some more. Whine to my Writing Buddy, who offers me a very nifty solution! HOPE IS RENEWED.

11. Dive into the second draft.

*reads that over* Man, it's like making sausage. You really don't want to know.


Process? I'm supposed to have a process?

In other news, I read hitman!Ben to the Hubby yesterday, and he still thinks there's something missing but can't put his finger on it. And I tend to agree with him, but can't put my finger on it either...

Oh, wait. There it is. Maybe. I've got about 50 words to play with here. Let's see if I can pull it off in less than that.
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
I got the Sold Soul story shipped off to the next market. Twenty minutes in line at the post office. Gah.

And I'm just about ready to call the hitman!Ben story done. If I could figure out the title.
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
I got the Sold Soul story shipped off to the next market. Twenty minutes in line at the post office. Gah.

And I'm just about ready to call the hitman!Ben story done. If I could figure out the title.
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
*dies* It's nice to go away. And it's nicer to come home.

I think I'm going to take one or two more editing passes through Hitman!Ben and call it done. I may post it up for The Usual Suspects (again). We'll see. It's just about as good as I can get it, I think, and I'm pleased with it.
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
*dies* It's nice to go away. And it's nicer to come home.

I think I'm going to take one or two more editing passes through Hitman!Ben and call it done. I may post it up for The Usual Suspects (again). We'll see. It's just about as good as I can get it, I think, and I'm pleased with it.

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