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The personal has been consumed.

The time for me to write personal posts has been consumed, anyway. I can squeeze out a couple of hours to write things, most days, and between fiction and email, that time is overbooked and then some.

This will have to serve as an update on my life:

1. I still live in the wilds of Oregon, WI.

2. My three sons continue to grow as they should. Zane is 6, Innes will be 4 in August, and Felix is 1. (I know, nicolle, pictures are overdue!) Two of the three boys are way too sassy, and those would be the ones who are using words, but I'm told that the sass phase will begin to taper off when they're around 40.

3. I'm working on five "short" stories at the same time. The quote-unquoteness comes from the fact that I seem to have trouble with keeping the stories under 5,000 words, which I hear is not so good for the sales, so there will be editing in my future. The reason I'm thinking of myself as working on so many stories is that I'm alternating between writing new fiction and revising previous drafts of other fiction; having time off from a story seems to help me see what to do next, when I return to it. Two of the five are in pre-writing development, too. The ideas are flowing more quickly than the drafts, but I'm keeping notes. Writing every day is THE WAY. IMNSHO.

4. I joined a gym; it's all happening now. I've worked out three times this week, and I'm going again tomorrow morning. I think that the lingering post-baby weight will be leaving my premises much more quickly. Walks around the neighborhood were not doing the job.

5. My house is a full-on robo-mess, which I hope to purge of egregious contents as time permits.*

6. Um, why did I not know about Locus magazine until this week? Sweet Zombie Jesus. Is it possible to live under a rock without knowing it?

7. If I stick with my schedule, I'll be able to read my Braunbeck and Waggoner books before going to Context this fall, and maybe fit in a re-read of Stress of Her Regard, by Tim Powers.

8. Striving for a social life, too.

*"As time permits." Aren't I funny?



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Jul. 12th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
I've recently had that realization that a 30 year old's metabolism is not the same as a 20 year old's and that walks around the neighborhood aren't gonna cut it anymore - I can't imagine baby weight on top of that! Good for you for joining the gym (and going!).
Jul. 12th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've seen your posts about going to yoga, so good for you, too! :)
Jul. 12th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
I love your kids' names. Fabulous choices!

I work that way to--in a kind of rotation, which I think lets things marinate for more richness. Yay projects!! :D
Jul. 12th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) I'm a name geek, so I put a lot of thought into *exactly* the kind of names I wanted. If Felix had been a girl, we would have gone with Violet.

Jul. 12th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, that would have been such a pretty name. I think all baby girls should be named after flowers.
Jul. 12th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Quote, etc.
I think Phyllis Diller said it best, "Trying to clean house while the kids are growing up is like trying to shovel the walk while it's still snowing."

Tell me more about Locus Magazine and Context, please.
Jul. 12th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Quote, etc.
Locus is, as it says on its cover, "The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field." It has interviews with authors, lots of book and short fiction reviews, and information about awards and things that are going on with the magazines and publishing houses. I find it fascinating. :)

Context SF is a convention that will be in Columbus, Ohio at the end of September. I signed up for it because my longtime favorite author, Tim Powers, is the guest of honor, and he's giving a workshop on plotting, whee! I also signed up for other writing workshops, and that's why I want to familiarize myself with some of the work of people who will be teaching those.
Jul. 12th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Tim Powers on plotting?!! Please, post notes from it, if you can.
Jul. 13th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I plan to lovingly copy every idea I can get from Mr. Powers, and I will share. Watch for the notes in October. :)
Jul. 12th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Ah ha ha ha ha... you know me too well... I *started* reading number 2 and was like 'damn, woman, where are the pictures'... and then kept reading and realized you beat me to the punch!

Too funny.
Jul. 14th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Bravo on doing what you do!

Regarding the story lengths. I'm no pro but seems like I've heard that the stories are largely what they are and that trying to constrain (or expand) them unnaturally may generate undesirable outcomes. If you think too commercially you may spoil the brew. Trust yourself.

Regarding magazines. I hope you're aware of the SFWA Bulletin that non-pros can subscribe to for a modest fee. I gave up on Locus in part because I only tend to read the interviews and the news blurbs and the other part because the local library has a sub to it.

Hopefully you're getting Ansible via e-mail.


A social life is good. Do tell me about it if you get one.

Gyms. I've literally dove in to the local gym scene the last week or so. Started with a free pass at the local private establishment but for the last five days have been using the free week trial of the downtown YMCA. It's way cheaper but a lot harder to get to.

None of the three Ys are really close but I take the bus downtown and so that works out there. Unfortunately, it's also a bit on the old and funky side compared to the other Ys. Still the people are nice and that works for me.

Keep on keepin' on!
Jul. 14th, 2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the nice reply. I do get the Bulletin, and am signed up for the LJ feed of Ansible, but I haven't seen anything from it yet.

As for story lengths, I wouldn't cut a story back to the point where it was harmed, simply for the sake of making it an easier-to-sell length, but IMO, if a story can be told well in fewer words, it will be more satisfying than one that rambles on. Therefore, I aim for 4,000 to 5,000 words first, but end up with whatever length the story needs, whether it's longer or (rarely, in my case) shorter.
Jul. 14th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, editing certainly has it's purposes as you rightly note.

Unfortunately, the more impressive (and self-impressed) the writer, it seems they are immune (rightly or wrongly) from editing (at least of the external kind). That and the cost of good editors has made for a lot of sloppy publications in recent years, imo.
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