Friday, November 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to everyone

Okay, it's after Thanksgiving. I can start wishing people a Merry Christmas.  And It's Alright To Say Merry Christmas. Most people celebrate some form of Christmas in the US and many other countries so there's a very good chance I will say it to some one that celebrates Christmas. If they don't... may they have a good day on the 25th anyway. It's Christmas Day whether they celebrate it or not.

And time to start breaking out my Christmas music. Most are Mannheim Steamroller, but I have Third Day, and Chris Tomlin and Casting Crowns.  Need to get Mercy Me. Actually, I thought I had it but its not with the rest of me Christmas music if I do.

I may be putting up my yearly anti-PC Christmas story. It's a SF setting but it's what I would say.

Kinda of update

Okay, got a rejection finally from Fantastic Stories. An anthology by Warren Lapine. I forget if I have mentioned sending in the story to him but I got the rejection today.

He- or more likely his secretary- spelled my first name wrong. And even though he has a check list like  Dean Wesley Smith with the SNW contest the only thing marked was "not for us" It has seventeen boxes, the very last item on the list would have been a good thing to know if you're going to get a rejection. "Close, very close"  but the second to the last would not be good to see check; "What were you thinking?"

I've have been working on only one short story this month and today since I have it off, I thought I might type out a couple of the stories that I hand wrote out but even though I gathered all my pieces of paper, I don't have time to do any. I'm too far behind on NaNo novel. Some of the stories are only a few hundred words long but still too far behind even for that.

But I need to print out three stories and mail them Saturday.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

NaNo update

Haven't been here a while because of Nano but thought I would give an update.

Over thirty thousand words now and I get tomorrow off and may have more time on Saturday to write then usual. Or we may put up more Christmas decorations. 

It's flowing pretty good. I just finished chapter three, and almost done with Four. 

I know what to do after four but not sure where to take it after three. Probably five would be back at the palace.

Yeah, I seem to be in the same trap as last year. Not sure if it really is a trap but I have Looong chapters even though one is only 5,700 words. And so far none over 10 thousand. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Another follower maybe

I say it that way because the number keeps changing. It goes from four to five and back to four, I even checked his name but now it's back to four.  I wonder if that is because he just become a follower a few minutes ago and  therefore it will straighten out in a day.

If it's true Thanks I appreciate it.

Even though I've been here three times since this post and it's been a month or so since he joined that number is still jumping from four to five.  Maybe Indeed two more followers.  :)

Better yet five more.

Friday, November 11, 2011

NaNo update and...

Okay, I've broken the 10,000 word level. Still behind.

Almost done with my story I was writing when Nov began.  One problem I'm not sure how to end it. I might go with the MC starting a new business with what he was able to do, just leave him as is, keep going and have him learn another lesson, let people know what he did but not really start a business. There could be more.

Still need to spend time to send out stories, has a new market, and there is a deadline next week at another. It's hard to remember when I have a moment.

Been playing too much lately... not good.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WotF update


As in total rejection. They changed the E-mail and I think its colder sounding. Joni said that they are trying to speed things up so that we will feel like entering the next quarter sooner.  Not working and most probably won't.

This one hit me a bit harder, probably partly because I was just starting to feel like they were taking longer and I might get another HM but of course not. It's my writing even with the help I received.

I know better than to feel that way but I can't help it when a market takes a while and especially when it looks like they are taking longer.  Like Fantastic Stories Anthology by Warren Lapine. He is taking his time but it's probably because he is busy or waiting for enough manuscripts to come in to have a reading party.

I haven't said it for a while but I've forgotten how to write. One short surge a few years ago and nothing since. And obviously I'm not relearning whatever I forgot.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNo update already

I started my novel. I don't know the exact word count but I believe it's over a thousand. 500 + to 800+ at work, some earlier tonight and later 180 some.  Thought I could do more but my wife needed some help and ended up using the kitchen table to do her crafts at the same time I wanted to use my laptop. So I started Chapter two on my desk top.  

So I started my first palace adventure in chapt two.

Wanted to put the number up on the Nano site but don't have time.