The last week has felt a little nuts. Here’s assorted updates and notes.
Amazon had said when they entered my venue into their system that it could take 1-3 days before it appeared on their site. And it took closer to three. But it did show up and I was able to use it.
The Goodreads giveaway worked out very well, I think. The person who won the book looks like she is inclined to enjoy SF/F. I was a little worried, since it seemed like there were a lot of people signing up for it that just wanted something free, but were otherwise interested in stuff like James Patterson. So, I think it’s going to a good home. I’m totally doing this again in the future when I have something in print.
I finally touched bases with my mom, and Clarion/Clarion West is not even theoretically in the cards. I opened the box, and Schrodinger’s cat is dead. She felt, quite reasonably, that Clarion was a bit big to go at straight off. But she was willing to fund another workshop. I’m going to try and get an application in to Jim Gunn’s SF Writer’s Workshop in Kansas. Work is not pleased with me trying to take two weeks off in July. My alternate plan is Viable Paradise, which work favors more. VP seems a bit more expensive, but it’s also shorter and I could conceivably use vacation for it. Hergh.
I’ve been shuffling around my writing plans for the next few weeks, in part because of this. I’ve decided that I want to polish up “With Fans Like These, Who Needs Enemies?” for the PNWA literary contest. Which is changing horses midstream. But the other story I had planned for it was also something I was originally working up for Crossed Genres. So, I’m shelving that story for a couple weeks while I cram to get my novel and short story submission in shape for the contest.
Into this I also need to write something for class. I could recycle something, but I’d like to start fresh. I had hoped that one of the upcoming genres for Crossed Genre’s tickled my fancy. And they even added a couple more months into their forecasted genres. But I’m not feeling it. I’m thinking about sending off “Snowflake War Journal” for their “Invasion” issue. But I’m not feeling the love for either “Coming of Age” or “Lies.”
I need to start brainstorming short story ideas. I want to try and get more short stories cranked out, so I’m hoping that after class is over in 8 weeks I’ll be able to really produce. I also need to try and beat some sense into one of my novels.
Okay. I’ve dilly-dallied enough. I need to go write.