Busy lately?

So here’s the deal:  We moved. This move culminates a series of (wonderful) events that have taken up the better part of the last two years.  Now that the move is over the unpacking has begun and this takes time and meanwhile, the house is in a fair amount of disarray.  I don’t work too […]

Where do you get those ideas?

At some point, every science fiction writer gets asked, “Where do you get your ideas?”  I got asked the question this past weekend and I thought I’d answer it here.  This is a question that has been answered and blogged about by writers, perhaps more often than any other.  But it is also different for […]

Final draft complete!

I wrapped up the final draft of the February story this evening.  The last pass through stood at 6,300 words and in doing line-edits tonight, I managed to cut it back to 5,500–more than 10% of the whole.  It’s going through a final review by some critical eyes before I send it off, but overall, […]

Deleted scenes

I did a little bit of work on the March story last night.  As I see it, there are 13 scenes in the story.  I rewrote the opening scene, cutting it from 1,300 down to around 1,000 words, but I think it is still too long.  If I learned one thing in the Gunn workshop […]

Writing today

 I did nearly 1,400 words of a new story, "Funeral Days" this evening.  It represents the first scene of the story, but it is way to long as a first scene and needs some severe cutting and tightening.  But at least it’s on paper and I’m happy to say that I know where the restof the story […]

Thursday writing

I finished the second draft of "Depression Baby".  It took me 90 minutes to rewrite the last 660 words or so.  The story now stands at 6,200 words, longer than I was intending, but I think it works.  I’ve got some cleanup to do, but I think I might be able to get it out in the mail […]

Wednesday writing

I just added another 400 words or so to "Depression Baby".  Half of that was in a scene added to the beginning of the story which I think better sets up part of the conflict in the story (and thanks go out to mabfan  for his suggestions on that point).  The rest was scatterings throughout the story to tie in […]

Monday writing

Just completed more revisions on the second draft of "Depression" baby.  The edits totaled about 300 words.  I’d guess I’m about 75% of the way done and it’s possible I could finish up this draft tomorrow evening.  Still likely to be close to 5,000 words when all is said and done. 

Sunday writing

Just finished about 700 words on the rewrite (second draft) of "Depression Baby".  Some of the time was spent cleaning up the first couple of scenes, which actually read better than I remembered them.  I’m breaking the longer scenes down into smaller segments because I think it helps with the pacing of the story.  Regardless, the story […]

Protected: Upcoming reading list and writing plan (so I don’t forget)

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If they asked me, I could write a book…

I started the rewrite of "Homecoming" this evening.  In two sessions totaling 1.3 hours, I did 903 words.  The rewrite will likely be longer than the original because I’m trying to bring forward more of the setting, which helps to set up some motivation for the activities of the protagonist in the story.  Even so, I managed […]

Back to school

Well, I made it through the day yesterday without feeling overly tired.  I was up at 4 AM and we headed off to bed at 9 PM (after watching Tivo’d episodes of Big Love and Battlestar Galactica).  I didn’t sleep great last night, but my body is still adjusting to the new schedule.  Busy day in the office.  I was […]