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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

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Odds and Ends - Have I Used This Title Before?

To answer my own question, I think I have, but I think the title fits the post because my mind has been all over the last couple days, and so likely will be this post/rant/whatever-the-heck-you-want-to-call-it.

Well, I'm back to querying. My partial was rejected rather quickly. Guess the sooner the better, but I think it would have been nice to live in wonder for another two weeks. :D So, three more queries went out yesterday, and probably another three more in two weeks. This Friday was supposed to be the start of that vacation with my husband in New Orleans, so I don't want to deal with Queasy Queries next week. I think spacing them out every other week is a good plan anyhow.

On another topic - see my word count bar actually has something in it this week? Yay. No, I am not working on the short story I've been working on (that I know I just need to finish, so I can send it out for critiquing). I started something else. Bad me, right, I know. The problem is, I had this idea for an anthology that's currently accepting submissions. I needed to start it at least, especially since it might end up being novella length. Not sure. But I do know I will have at least two main POV characters. I'll finish that short story eventually, really I will. I should write at least 2.5k a week though on that novella though, just so I pace myself and make sure I get it done in time to be critiqued and revised before the submissions deadline.

So, when I updated my word meter today, they had a link with something to do with NaNoWriMo. This made me remember how close November is approaching. I really want to do it again this year, and I want to win! Okay, but I have some issues. First, I have SO many projects started that I need to finish. Daina novel, short story, novella, second Mind novel, revising some stories so I can actually submit them somewhere. This means I'm going to feel guilty as hell doing NaNo, since I need to start fresh. Then I think, what AM I going to do for NaNo? I could work on Shepherd of Dreams. Although, I already have a chapter of that written - I'd have to cheat a little and just start from where I ended (no, I wouldn't count the word count on what I already have written - it was a short chapter anyway, maybe only 2k words). Yet, I feel driven to work on my other things. I'm only 14k into the second Mind novel, and I know I have 50k more in me for that, but that would be just stupid doing the same novel two years in a row. I don't think I have a fresh 50k left in Daina. See my dilemma? And if I don't want to "cheat" a bit with Shepherd, then I'm not sure what else I should do. Yes, I have other novel ideas (most have a chapter or scene written already), but do I really want to do another full rough draft of an idea that isn't fully formulated yet when I have more formulated ideas that need to be completed first? Oy, what a mouthful. I'm not sure what to do for NaNoWriMo right now. I guess that's what all this blather comes down to. Although, I'm very excited about it (that didn't come through in all that, did it? I am really excited!).

And what if I get a full-time day job? Yikes. NaNo might be a dream then. Well, Judi is planning on doing it, and I guess if she can do it when she has to work 40+ hours a week (heavy on the plus), then I guess so can I if I'm working...and give up Everquest for the entire month of November. :p

I guess I should stop complaining and start working on things on my weekly list. I need to make a Writing List, too. Been intending to do that for ages. Then maybe I'll at least feel more organized if I can look at a list and say, okay, this is where I am in the process with this idea. Lists are my life - heh.

As I said, scattered post. Odds and ends - mostly just odd, but anyone who has read my blog for a while and continues to read it knows that I am far from normal. Happy writing!

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