agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
In this case, I got to cross off "edit UFO story." It is edited, finished, and out the door.

I also crossed off "write Fearful Symmetries" and "edit Fearful Symmetries," because I decided to send them CatFeet instead. And thus the Addiction Vamp outline got moved to the NaNo folder, and I also got to cross off "outline #4 for NaNo."

So, now, I need three more outlines for NaNo, and a blurb for not!Iron Man. I have ideas for two of those outlines, and the blurb won't really be that difficult, although I should sit down and re-read Not!Iron Man just to refresh my memory on it. This will not be a hardship, as I love that story to itty-bitty pieces.

It's nice to see more items crossed off than items I still need to do on that list. I'm not feeling quite so overwhelmed anymore.
agilebrit: (Write Dammit)
And that means I need to gin up five outlines for the June NaNo push, plus the outline for the Fearful Symmetries antho.

I do at least have notions for two of those outlines. One will be for the Salt City Steam Writer's Challenge, and the other will be (yet another) story in the sprawling 'verse that encompasses Ben and Alex. That one will be about Alex's butler, who is a mysterious figure and could use some illumination, I think.

I wouldn't mind doing another casefic for Ben, and something about the Moab Monsters that I've played around with in both fanfic and in the second Ben novel (which will never see the light of day, but which I'm also perfectly willing to cannibalize for ideas).

I have a blurb to write for not!Iron Man, too.

So, apparently once you get serious about this writing thing, it never ends.
agilebrit: (werewolf)
So, I sent not!IronMan to one of the premier markets. They kindly said it "wasn't right" for them, but:

It's one of the best titles they've seen all year. (Clearly, its actual title is not "Not!IronMan.")

And they invited me to sub again.

So, that's... encouraging. I guess. Maybe I got someone's attention there, anyway. And I know exactly which story I'm sending them next. The timing is actually stellar on that, because I'll see the publisher where Won His Soul is during LTUE this weekend, and I can inquire about the status.

Today: More editing. I think I'll look over the new Janni story and see if I like it.
agilebrit: (werewolf)
I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to make me feel sorry for your serial killer. But DAMN.

Well done. *claps* That poor son of a bitch.

Also, I'm reading the fourth Cal Leandros book by Rob Thurman ([livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella), and she's done something here that you don't get to see in published fiction very often--she's got two first person POV characters alternating chapters.

Have I mentioned my first-person squee-age here? Maybe? I love first person. If I could get away with first person POV in all my fiction, I'd so use it, all the time.

In fact...

I just had a thought, about the not!Iron Man. Seeing as how the length makes it nearly unpublishable as-is, maybe I'll play with POV in that. Because I have alternating POV scenes in it, and I love love love the idea. I've done it before with success in fanfic...
agilebrit: (werewolf)
I'm pretty sure you're not supposed to make me feel sorry for your serial killer. But DAMN.

Well done. *claps* That poor son of a bitch.

Also, I'm reading the fourth Cal Leandros book by Rob Thurman ([livejournal.com profile] robgoodfella), and she's done something here that you don't get to see in published fiction very often--she's got two first person POV characters alternating chapters.

Have I mentioned my first-person squee-age here? Maybe? I love first person. If I could get away with first person POV in all my fiction, I'd so use it, all the time.

In fact...

I just had a thought, about the not!Iron Man. Seeing as how the length makes it nearly unpublishable as-is, maybe I'll play with POV in that. Because I have alternating POV scenes in it, and I love love love the idea. I've done it before with success in fanfic...

So. Yeah.

Nov. 13th, 2009 02:17 pm
agilebrit: (werewolf)
I think, for the moment, that the not!Iron Man is going to be in limbo for a bit. The submission guidelines for places that publish such lengthy works are esoteric at best and a pain in the ass at worst (seriously: pick a consistent format for all you publishing people and stick with it. I am not a typesetter, and if you're not even going to pay me for the thing, then why make it such a convoluted process?). I am not so desperate to be published that I'm going to jump through innumerable and ridiculous-to-me hoops to do so--I'll put it up here with a tip jar first, dammit. Probably make more money that way, to be honest.

What I'm going to do instead is work my hiney off on the query for the novelthing, and mention in the letter that I have a novella sequel of sorts that resolves the issue of Alex and Megan's relationship (while whumping Alex, because, hey, why should Ben have all the fun, right?).

Anyway. This day can pretty much die in a fire too, as far as I'm concerned. Nothing overtly horrid has happened yet, but the day is young, right?

*eyes icon* I really should add some blood and bruises to that. Because, yes, that's Alex and Megan. EDIT: is done, and here's the original for your perusal:

So. Yeah.

Nov. 13th, 2009 02:17 pm
agilebrit: (werewolf)
I think, for the moment, that the not!Iron Man is going to be in limbo for a bit. The submission guidelines for places that publish such lengthy works are esoteric at best and a pain in the ass at worst (seriously: pick a consistent format for all you publishing people and stick with it. I am not a typesetter, and if you're not even going to pay me for the thing, then why make it such a convoluted process?). I am not so desperate to be published that I'm going to jump through innumerable and ridiculous-to-me hoops to do so--I'll put it up here with a tip jar first, dammit. Probably make more money that way, to be honest.

What I'm going to do instead is work my hiney off on the query for the novelthing, and mention in the letter that I have a novella sequel of sorts that resolves the issue of Alex and Megan's relationship (while whumping Alex, because, hey, why should Ben have all the fun, right?).

Anyway. This day can pretty much die in a fire too, as far as I'm concerned. Nothing overtly horrid has happened yet, but the day is young, right?

*eyes icon* I really should add some blood and bruises to that. Because, yes, that's Alex and Megan. EDIT: is done, and here's the original for your perusal:

agilebrit: (Hit you for no reason)
For a plethora of reasons.

It is entirely possible that I've run out of paying markets for the not!Iron Man story, having received (yet another) rejection for that one today (a nice rejection, but a rejection nonetheless) and discovered that the next market I was going to ship it off to has closed to subs permanently. And then I spent an ungodly amount of time wrestling with OpenOffice over taking a header off the first page, only to look over the guidelines of the market I was VERY SPECIALLY FORMATTING it for (seriously, some of these formatting requirements are whackadoo. I wouldn't mind formatting it after they accepted the damned thing, more than happy to do that, but I wish these markets would pick a format and stick with it. Preferably Standard Manuscript Format) and discover that they don't pay an advance at all, just a royalty. Which... yeah. Is fine and good if they were a major publisher, but...they're not. Also, they want me to come up with my own marketing plan. Because I know all about that, right? Aren't they the professionals? Feh. I mean, I'd be more than happy to do a local tour with signings and readings at bookstores and libraries and possibly high schools, and all that fun stuff, but an actual "marketing plan" is a little beyond my skill set.

Hell, I even chaptered the thing for them. It may or may not be better with chapters, crap if I know at this point. I just want someone to buy it so people will get to read it. This is the second story I've about decided will go up here with a tip jar, Miss Manners and her attitude toward "beggary" notwithstanding. My situation is a bit different (although I am also appallingly bad with money, but I have an excellent money manager in the Hubby) as I'd be providing content for said tips, and I view that more as a street musician playing with an open instrument case on the ground in front of me for people to drop a bill or some coins in if they so desire.

So, there was that. There's also the fact that I don't think I got any new words in the new!Ben&Janni story today (I edited some old ones, which doesn't count). And then I was going to console myself with a Carl's Jr $6 guacamole-bacon burger...and the Carl's I went to was closed for remodeling. The next closest one was at least fifteen minutes away (depending on traffic and how I hit the lights), and television was starting in... twenty-five minutes. I did not get my burger-y goodness.

I nearly decided to drown my sorrows in Diet Dew and Southern Comfort after Da Boy went to bed, but decided that drinking alone without the excuse of "unleashing my creativity" (because the Muse has apparently Gone Walkabout again) was a bad idea. So, here I sit. Comfort-less.

Also, the engine light in the CruiserBerry is on and has been for about a week. This is Bad.

Just...screw this day, y'know? Sideways, with a rusty cactus.

I know, I know, cry moar, boo-frakking-hoo, there's people out there worse off than I am. It...is entirely possible that I am hormonal. Which, you know what? Screw that too. *hates uterus*

Also, I miss the Gray Cat.

At least TV was good tonight. OH GOD THE PREVIEW FOR NEXT WEEK'S MENTALIST. *kermitflail*
agilebrit: (Hit you for no reason)
For a plethora of reasons.

It is entirely possible that I've run out of paying markets for the not!Iron Man story, having received (yet another) rejection for that one today (a nice rejection, but a rejection nonetheless) and discovered that the next market I was going to ship it off to has closed to subs permanently. And then I spent an ungodly amount of time wrestling with OpenOffice over taking a header off the first page, only to look over the guidelines of the market I was VERY SPECIALLY FORMATTING it for (seriously, some of these formatting requirements are whackadoo. I wouldn't mind formatting it after they accepted the damned thing, more than happy to do that, but I wish these markets would pick a format and stick with it. Preferably Standard Manuscript Format) and discover that they don't pay an advance at all, just a royalty. Which... yeah. Is fine and good if they were a major publisher, but...they're not. Also, they want me to come up with my own marketing plan. Because I know all about that, right? Aren't they the professionals? Feh. I mean, I'd be more than happy to do a local tour with signings and readings at bookstores and libraries and possibly high schools, and all that fun stuff, but an actual "marketing plan" is a little beyond my skill set.

Hell, I even chaptered the thing for them. It may or may not be better with chapters, crap if I know at this point. I just want someone to buy it so people will get to read it. This is the second story I've about decided will go up here with a tip jar, Miss Manners and her attitude toward "beggary" notwithstanding. My situation is a bit different (although I am also appallingly bad with money, but I have an excellent money manager in the Hubby) as I'd be providing content for said tips, and I view that more as a street musician playing with an open instrument case on the ground in front of me for people to drop a bill or some coins in if they so desire.

So, there was that. There's also the fact that I don't think I got any new words in the new!Ben&Janni story today (I edited some old ones, which doesn't count). And then I was going to console myself with a Carl's Jr $6 guacamole-bacon burger...and the Carl's I went to was closed for remodeling. The next closest one was at least fifteen minutes away (depending on traffic and how I hit the lights), and television was starting in... twenty-five minutes. I did not get my burger-y goodness.

I nearly decided to drown my sorrows in Diet Dew and Southern Comfort after Da Boy went to bed, but decided that drinking alone without the excuse of "unleashing my creativity" (because the Muse has apparently Gone Walkabout again) was a bad idea. So, here I sit. Comfort-less.

Also, the engine light in the CruiserBerry is on and has been for about a week. This is Bad.

Just...screw this day, y'know? Sideways, with a rusty cactus.

I know, I know, cry moar, boo-frakking-hoo, there's people out there worse off than I am. It...is entirely possible that I am hormonal. Which, you know what? Screw that too. *hates uterus*

Also, I miss the Gray Cat.

At least TV was good tonight. OH GOD THE PREVIEW FOR NEXT WEEK'S MENTALIST. *kermitflail*
agilebrit: (Default)
Here we go.

First order of business: Print out the not!Iron Man story to send to F&SF. (in progress--76 pages will take awhile) Done. I need a bigger envelope. Whee.

Next order of business: Go over my spreadsheet and figure out what else needs to go where. Also, somewhere in there, I need to start hunting reprint markets for the DragonFic, because it's been quite long enough and it's one of my favorite stories and I'd really like to get paid for it again.
  • BeagleFic off to IGMS
  • ArtFic
  • CatFeet
  • Abducted!Werewolf (note to self: change main character's name)
  • BearFic
  • Giant Bugs
  • Bunny From Hell
  • Gargoyles -- inquiry sent
  • not!Iron Man off to F&SF

    Next: Figure out if I sent the ArtFic to Analog or not. I swear I did, but I could be mistaken, because it's not on my spreadsheet, so I'm going to dive into the Pile o' Doom and see what I can dig out of it. I have dug into the Pile o' Doom and don't see anything in there. I may hold off on that one in any case, because the Pile o' Doom needs to be dug into more thoroughly (hey, there, pair of library DVDs I thought I'd lost and paid for!).

    Also: Poke through my gmail account and see if I heard from these two markets on two stories that are (supposedly) still out, and either update my spreadsheet or make inquiries. One inquiry made, one story rejected that didn't make it onto the spreadsheet.

    Organized? Moi? 'Tis but an illusion.

    In between all that, I have to do laundry DONE!, vacuum, bike, make food for my hungry brood, do school with Da Boy, run the dishwasher, hit the comic book store and the post office, re-write my cover letter, crit the thing my Writing Buddy gave me last week, print out the new scene I wrote this week...

    AUGH.

    However, you know what's nice to see on that spreadsheet? Four green bars, indicating stories that I sold. Yeah. That's nice.
  • agilebrit: (Default)
    Here we go.

    First order of business: Print out the not!Iron Man story to send to F&SF. (in progress--76 pages will take awhile) Done. I need a bigger envelope. Whee.

    Next order of business: Go over my spreadsheet and figure out what else needs to go where. Also, somewhere in there, I need to start hunting reprint markets for the DragonFic, because it's been quite long enough and it's one of my favorite stories and I'd really like to get paid for it again.
  • BeagleFic off to IGMS
  • ArtFic
  • CatFeet
  • Abducted!Werewolf (note to self: change main character's name)
  • BearFic
  • Giant Bugs
  • Bunny From Hell
  • Gargoyles -- inquiry sent
  • not!Iron Man off to F&SF

    Next: Figure out if I sent the ArtFic to Analog or not. I swear I did, but I could be mistaken, because it's not on my spreadsheet, so I'm going to dive into the Pile o' Doom and see what I can dig out of it. I have dug into the Pile o' Doom and don't see anything in there. I may hold off on that one in any case, because the Pile o' Doom needs to be dug into more thoroughly (hey, there, pair of library DVDs I thought I'd lost and paid for!).

    Also: Poke through my gmail account and see if I heard from these two markets on two stories that are (supposedly) still out, and either update my spreadsheet or make inquiries. One inquiry made, one story rejected that didn't make it onto the spreadsheet.

    Organized? Moi? 'Tis but an illusion.

    In between all that, I have to do laundry DONE!, vacuum, bike, make food for my hungry brood, do school with Da Boy, run the dishwasher, hit the comic book store and the post office, re-write my cover letter, crit the thing my Writing Buddy gave me last week, print out the new scene I wrote this week...

    AUGH.

    However, you know what's nice to see on that spreadsheet? Four green bars, indicating stories that I sold. Yeah. That's nice.
  • agilebrit: (Tony Stark--Anteaters)
    YET AGAIN.

    Because when I added headers, my paragraphs went wonky. AGAIN.

    So much hate for Word right now. *beats it*

    I'm still sad that I lost out on the "it would be just like him to die in her arms because he loved theatrical gestures" line, but ah well. I'm kind of diggin' the "afraid he won't wake up" scenario too.

    I'm going to go through it one final time and search for more wonky paragraphs. And then I shall print out all 76 pages and ship it off to F&SF, tomorrow. I wonder if I should use a box. And where I would get such a thing.

    Time to get back on the submitting horse, y'all. Because, seriously, I've got stuff sitting on my hard drive that hasn't gone out since August, and that's bad. I hear Baen's may be opening up for subs again soon. Wonder if I have anything I can dust off for them...

    In other news, we bought a new sofa and...sofa...thing (with a center console! Yay for not losing all six of our remotes anymore!) for the family room today. Because the old couch is old and ugly and wearing out, and we found new and shiny ones that were actually comfortable and on sale. This is us, not participating in the recession.
    agilebrit: (Tony Stark--Anteaters)
    YET AGAIN.

    Because when I added headers, my paragraphs went wonky. AGAIN.

    So much hate for Word right now. *beats it*

    I'm still sad that I lost out on the "it would be just like him to die in her arms because he loved theatrical gestures" line, but ah well. I'm kind of diggin' the "afraid he won't wake up" scenario too.

    I'm going to go through it one final time and search for more wonky paragraphs. And then I shall print out all 76 pages and ship it off to F&SF, tomorrow. I wonder if I should use a box. And where I would get such a thing.

    Time to get back on the submitting horse, y'all. Because, seriously, I've got stuff sitting on my hard drive that hasn't gone out since August, and that's bad. I hear Baen's may be opening up for subs again soon. Wonder if I have anything I can dust off for them...

    In other news, we bought a new sofa and...sofa...thing (with a center console! Yay for not losing all six of our remotes anymore!) for the family room today. Because the old couch is old and ugly and wearing out, and we found new and shiny ones that were actually comfortable and on sale. This is us, not participating in the recession.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    Thanks to everyone for your congrats on my last post. *smishes you all HARD* I'd respond individually, but I'd be here all day and I have work to do. It means a lot that you're all rooting for me.

    I've now edited the not!Iron Man to be more consistent with the not!kkbb/im novelthing. Not!Tony's mental monologue is slightly different after not!Pepper's Big Reveal about her...condition, now. And I've added the OC!Doc and the nanotech, with the additional information that the tech works on soft tissue damage and not broken bones, and so when he can't sleep, guess where he goes? Yep, down to the lab to work on bone-knitting nanotech or Megan's little problem.

    Now I have to print it out and ship it off. All 76 pages...

    Except my header is being...uncooperative. DAMMIT. I miss Wordperfect. Word sucks. Why the hell is it sticking part of it on the NEXT LINE??? I want it right-aligned. This shouldn't be this hard. ARGH.

    Nevermind. It's fixed.

    But, really. It shouldn't be this hard to jump between word processors. I had to go through it paragraph by paragraph and stick tabs in. But not ALL of them, oh, no. Just some of them. And I'm betting the ones I didn't have to insert are auto-tabs rather than manual tabs because Word sucks that much.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    Thanks to everyone for your congrats on my last post. *smishes you all HARD* I'd respond individually, but I'd be here all day and I have work to do. It means a lot that you're all rooting for me.

    I've now edited the not!Iron Man to be more consistent with the not!kkbb/im novelthing. Not!Tony's mental monologue is slightly different after not!Pepper's Big Reveal about her...condition, now. And I've added the OC!Doc and the nanotech, with the additional information that the tech works on soft tissue damage and not broken bones, and so when he can't sleep, guess where he goes? Yep, down to the lab to work on bone-knitting nanotech or Megan's little problem.

    Now I have to print it out and ship it off. All 76 pages...

    Except my header is being...uncooperative. DAMMIT. I miss Wordperfect. Word sucks. Why the hell is it sticking part of it on the NEXT LINE??? I want it right-aligned. This shouldn't be this hard. ARGH.

    Nevermind. It's fixed.

    But, really. It shouldn't be this hard to jump between word processors. I had to go through it paragraph by paragraph and stick tabs in. But not ALL of them, oh, no. Just some of them. And I'm betting the ones I didn't have to insert are auto-tabs rather than manual tabs because Word sucks that much.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    So, I've got 16,700 words in the not!Iron Man thing. I've got about 11,500 words and counting in the not!KKBB/IM thing set in the same 'verse, and it's not even close to done yet.

    And I'm womanfully refraining from using the n-word.

    No, no, not that one. I wouldn't have to "womanfully refrain" from using that one, I would never ever use that one. You guys know me enough to know that.

    This n-word: novel

    I'm afraid if I say it too loudly, it'll run away. So, shhhh.

    In other news, we had breakfast with a guy from Hillsdale College this morning. It was interesting and informative and I feel a whole lot smarter now. I'm very inclined to send Da Boy there when the time comes.

    And in other other news, my body hates me and I hate it right back. So I guess we're even. A three-week cycle is not cool. *smacks uterus around* Also, I'm coming down with the cold Da Boy had last week. And I'm slightly sleep-deprived.

    All this bodes ill for my characters. I have a bad tendency to take out feeling like this on them.

    However, the scale is still my bitch. So there. 123.6 this morning. HAH.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    So, I've got 16,700 words in the not!Iron Man thing. I've got about 11,500 words and counting in the not!KKBB/IM thing set in the same 'verse, and it's not even close to done yet.

    And I'm womanfully refraining from using the n-word.

    No, no, not that one. I wouldn't have to "womanfully refrain" from using that one, I would never ever use that one. You guys know me enough to know that.

    This n-word: novel

    I'm afraid if I say it too loudly, it'll run away. So, shhhh.

    In other news, we had breakfast with a guy from Hillsdale College this morning. It was interesting and informative and I feel a whole lot smarter now. I'm very inclined to send Da Boy there when the time comes.

    And in other other news, my body hates me and I hate it right back. So I guess we're even. A three-week cycle is not cool. *smacks uterus around* Also, I'm coming down with the cold Da Boy had last week. And I'm slightly sleep-deprived.

    All this bodes ill for my characters. I have a bad tendency to take out feeling like this on them.

    However, the scale is still my bitch. So there. 123.6 this morning. HAH.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    I love this story. There's SO MUCH GOLD HERE.

    I hate this story. It's not giving me a frakking clue as to where it's going. And now it's stalled completely.

    I've figured out how to implement the nanotech so it makes some sense. I'm going to make it so that it works faster on soft-tissue damage than on broken bones and such, but still accelerates the healing on those, and this is why he's made such a remarkable recovery in just two weeks in the other story. And if the place it's at doesn't want it, then I'll plug that into the actual plot before I sub it to the next place. Because I can. So, HAH.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    I love this story. There's SO MUCH GOLD HERE.

    I hate this story. It's not giving me a frakking clue as to where it's going. And now it's stalled completely.

    I've figured out how to implement the nanotech so it makes some sense. I'm going to make it so that it works faster on soft-tissue damage than on broken bones and such, but still accelerates the healing on those, and this is why he's made such a remarkable recovery in just two weeks in the other story. And if the place it's at doesn't want it, then I'll plug that into the actual plot before I sub it to the next place. Because I can. So, HAH.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    Hotel wireless does not suck as much as before. Or at least, I'm not noticing it sucking (as much), although it still drops me occasionally. Just not...every five minutes. Yay.

    Celeb Watch: Joe Haldeman, Stan Schmidt, Brandon Sanderson, Elizabeth Moon, Patrick Rothfuss, and Carrie Vaughn.

    Panels:
    Bleeding Heart Liberals and Miltary SF: Just basically talking about how it's not just conservatives who like military SF, but there's also things for liberals to like about it: the integrity of the characters, consequences, etc. There was discussion of the many flavors of military SF, and the fact that blowing shit up is great. Discussion of "cooties."

    Going to the Dogs: Dogs in SF. Not enough of them! Can you imagine a city without dogs? We take our pets everywhere with us, and space will be no exception. There are jobs that dogs do exceptionally well, and we may expand on that in the future.

    Other stuff:
    Got stuff signed today. Kaffeeklatches with Stan Schmidt and Carrie Vaughn, which were very very cool. Basically, it's eight-on-one time with famous people. I was signed up for one with Connie Willis as well, but I skipped it (don't hurt me!) in favor of going back to the dealer's room, which was closing in a half hour. Ran into Howard and Sandra Tayler, who introduced me to their friends Peter Steve Jackson (not the director one, the gaming guy--Gurps? I don't know, I don't game) and his SO Monica Stephens. Then we all went out to dinner at this yummy yummy out-of-the-way place (whose name escapes me), which was quiet enough that we could hold an actual conversation. I had venison, which I'd never had before, and it was delish. Spent some time after that wandering about the room parties, which were actually kind of meh (too hot, too loud), then headed down to the Con Suite and had some terrific conversation with some Utah peeps--Eric Swedin and Chris Cook. Alas, I'd left my purse with my wallet in Howard and Sandra's room, so I was unable to indulge in an adult beverage, but this was rectified when we headed back up there so Howard could go to bed. Rum and coke for me! Just one.

    I also noticed that the not!Iron Man fic had some rather glaring (to me) typos in the formatted edition, so I managed to go through it today and yesterday and fix them. Yayness. I've scribbled another whole paragraph in the KKBB/IM fic. F-bombs dropped: Three. This equals the number of f-bombs I've dropped in all my fiction ever. *sigh* Premise: Still thin.

    I have a piece of paper I hang on my puter when working which says: Writer at Work. Please disturb before I beat my Muse to death. Seriously." And a bad drawing of an anteater with fangs. So far, no one's taken me up on it. Woe.

    Succeeded in carrying out the 5/2/1 rule. Five hours of sleep (barely), two meals, and one shower. Go, me.

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