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Things I'm doing, things I'm not doing

Hey there! How are ya?

I've been mostly writing lately, working on a story that is due at the end of this month. I wanted to turn it in earlier, but I needed to work through a couple of versions of my idea for it before I found one that pleased me. I experienced some mild panic over the way the other ideas weren't working, but now I'm in the editing stages of the correct idea, so that's all right. The difficulties taught me that yes, it is good to persist when writing a story, and to strive toward completing what I start, but also yes, it is good to recognize when a story isn't working, and be willing to try something different. Persistence and flexibility. Learning to recognize flaws earlier in the process would be fantastic, and I like to think that will happen more readily with more writing practice.

Other than that, I think it's safe to say that in the last year I've read more short stories than I read in all of the previous years of my life combined. Between the slush, the anthologies, the collections, and the magazines, it's been a lot. I used to read novels almost exclusively, and now I almost always read stories. It's weird for me. As it is now, if a story continues beyond the 4,000-word limit that I can now sense intuitively as a result of my Clarkesworld reading, I'm surprised. Balance will come someday, I hope.

I'm also looking forward to three conventions: Context, in Columbus, Ohio (end of this month); SteamCon, in Seattle, WA (late October); and World Fantasy, in San Jose, CA (even later October).

Oh, and there's the parenting of three spirited boys; I'm doing a lot of that.

Things I'm not doing? Pretty much everything else.

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jongibbs
Aug. 19th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
But it's all good fun, right? :)
nayad
Aug. 19th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
It really is fun. :)
bzdchris
Aug. 20th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
Steamcon looks amazing. I'd love to see what you're wearing to it. (I know, that sounds a little creepy but I'm really interested in the fashion.)
nayad
Aug. 20th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Not creepy! I'm planning to post pictures once I have my stuff assembled, so watch for updates on it in October. My top hat should be arriving soon. :)
bzdchris
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Does the top hat collapse so you can pop it open? That would be too cool.
nayad
Aug. 25th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
No, it's a non-collapsing top hat. Still cool!
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nayad
Aug. 25th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
I think the most useful idea I've heard about getting around anxiety is the one about writing at the same time each day, and finishing a set amount of words or pages no matter what the quality. It gets the mind used to producing something at that time, and then you end up with words to edit later.
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