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"Magic comes from what is inside you. It is part of you. You can't weave together a spell you don't believe in." - Jim Butcher

Friday, July 29, 2005

Miserable

Well, as you can see, neither of my bars have moved up since Monday. Monday I was doing fine. I might not have been able to work on Daina, but I had finished a scene in the short story I was working on, and I finished critiquing a friend's story.

Then the week fell apart. I've been in a bit of a mood, which some people might call depression. Sometimes I don't know what's wrong with me. Yesterday was the most horrendous day. Just having bad luck all around (including a rejection for one of my stories from Cemetery Dance - for the life of me, I'm not sure where to send that story anymore, although I love it and want it published).

Okay, I don't want to depress anyone else. I did read Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince this past week (no spoilers ahead, don't worry). Actually, I read the 652 page book in two days. She needs to strike the word very from her vocabulary, but I stick to her being an excellent storyteller. I know there are some people that sneer at her success. They say she's not a good writer, etc. Yes, she has flaws, but doesn't every writer? We should be happy for her success. She wouldn't be as popular as she is if she didn't have something. Me, I think that something is excellent storytelling ability and her willingness to torture her characters. Every writer should know that torturing (emotionally at least) is a must when writing popular fiction. Key in fantasy. I know our characters are our babies, but it gets dull after a while if you don't heap the conflict on them.

Well, I guess I'm going to attempt to raise my word count meters. I should clean this house, but my husband and I can live in the squalor for a little while... I should pay bills too (urk). Here's hoping nothing bad comes in the mail today. Hope everybody else's week has been better than mine.

5 comments:

  1. Get to work! ~whip whip~ Heeyah!

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  2. Have you thought of trying to publish on some of the ebook sites the Cerridwen Press? I have not been brave enough to try them myself but several of the ladies I have sent there have with immediate success.

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  3. I thank you for your recommendation Steph, and I have heard of that particular press, but I prefer to go the more traditional route (long and hard as it may be). One of the ways I see it is that I can't read e-books to begin with, I wouldn't want my novel to be an e-book. I need to hold a book in my hands (not printed out from my printer). Not to mention when I read fiction on the comp, it's always for critiquing, so that's the mode I shift into.

    I want that traditional publication with an advance (I know, I know, those advances aren't that much)! Long hard road ahead of me...

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  4. You should also take this time to warn anyone from vanity presses.

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  5. I did not do the vanity press warning because Cerridwen is not a vanity press. It is just an e-book press. They do not expect their writers to pay anything, and the writers earn royalties (just no advance).

    But yes, I highly discourage anybody publishing their novels with companies that expect the writer to pay some money in. Money ALWAYS flows toward the writer. :)

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