Novels, Jealousy, and a New Short

The best thing about having completed and shipped a novel some place, in my semi-humble opinion, is that it takes away the nagging desire to tinker and clears the way for other work.  But the beast is off my desk now, and suddenly two days later I find myself nearing the end of a short […]

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Okay…10 Pages

All right, the goal was 80 pages over the weekend, and I didn’t quite make it.  Instead, I’m looking at ten pages to go sitting here on Monday afternoon.  Not bad, really.  If I still have any brain power left this evening, I might even get them done before the true deadline.  (I started this […]

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80 Pages?

So I’ve been working on this novel again. When I started, I projected that it would be finished by the end of this weekend. It looks like it’s going to be close, as I’m down to the last 60 pages or so and the heavy work is clearly done. Yeah, I know. I said the […]

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Catching up

So, among other things, I’ve been trying to increase my reading lately. In the past month I’ve gone back and read Bruce Sterling’s Holy Fire, and now I’m a couple hundred pages into Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon–which, of course, means that I’ve got about 25 gazillion pages to go. I’ve also read a bunch of short […]

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Officially Back

So I completed a story this morning. At 12,500 words it’s another novelette, of course. I think I’m now pathologically incapable of telling a story under 10,000 words. (That’s wrong, of course. One of my last four has been an honest-to-goodness short story, but let’s not bring truth or data into it.) I’ve titled it […]

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Changes

My writing is changing. By this I mean both my method and my output. I started thinking about this a few weeks ago because I’m finding that I’m often uncomfortable when I sit down to write these days, and I admit I don’t like this. In the “old days” I was rarely uncomfortable. In the […]

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Daily Teds Finished

Well, the weird opening resulted in a short story that I’ve titled “Daily Teds.” It was one of those gift stories. Lisa will be working all day tomorrow, so I think I’ll challenge myself to write a story in its entirety in a day. Should be fun. Thinking about it, I’ll make this game interesting […]

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