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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-04-03 06:40
Subject: If this is Tuesday, this must be, um, Tuesday
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Tags:books, dreams, mainspring, personal, photos, process, writing
Another day in paradise here at Rancho Lake. The state of working on a novel has become so pervasive for me that being between books feels very odd. I've still got about four short stories to write, then I'm off on Black Tulip. I find my head jumping a lot creatively right now. This is probably due to a lack of deliberate focus. In the last two days I've read the most recent of Cherryh's Foreigner books, and Laumer's collection Retief of the CDT.

Reading. Goodness. What a concept.

Last night I dreamt matociquala and I were rearranging my bookshelves, except for some reason my Dad was around, and he thought she and I were having a violent, noisy date. It was just like being in a sitcom!

The Fireside writers are meeting tonight. I'll probably be doing marketing, writing the cover letters for one last big round of Mainspring Powell's | Amazon ] ARC sendouts and some short story sendouts. Sometimes I think I need another hobby, like knitting, then I think, where would I fit it in?

Time to go on some photographic walking tours, methinks.

If you write novels on a regular schedule, what do you do between projects?

If you don't write novels on a regular schedule, why not?
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User: ex_paulskem
Date: 2007-04-03 13:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"If you write novels on a regular schedule, what do you do between projects?"

I understand your feeling. I recently blogged about my own case of boredom between books. It's always been that way. Typically, I take a few days after completing the novel to do more or less nothing. I usually follow that with a short story or two that is not in the same setting as the novel, as a bit of a palate-clearing exercise. Then, head clear and batteries recharged, I turn to the next novel.

Seems to work pretty well.
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Brian Dolton
User: tchernabyelo
Date: 2007-04-03 13:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've been attempting to write novels of one sort or another pretty much solidly for the last fifteen years, and actually started another twenty before that. Only in the last two years have I devoted much mroe of my writing to short stories instead. Even if I give up on trying to get anything published, I suspect I shall still write novels just for the "fun" of it up until I die.
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hoosier_red: lady writing
User: hoosier_red
Date: 2007-04-03 13:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lady writing
If I'm not writing, I'm quilting. Of course, when I'm quilting I'm usually plotting the next story.
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Amy Sterling Casil
User: asterling
Date: 2007-04-03 13:59 (UTC)
Subject: Will it Blend?
Jay, I'm just doing this to see if my new picture shows.

About knitting . . . see my blog! I have decided to tell this story.
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Jay Lake: jay-1976
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-03 22:35 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Will it Blend?
Keyword:jay-1976
Looks like you!
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Amy Sterling Casil
User: asterling
Date: 2007-04-04 14:36 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Will it Blend?
I want to borrow this pic of you, Jay, and say it is me. I consider it one of the finest I have ever seen. Are you sure you weren't that little dweeby kid I beat up (suffering eternal guilt to this day)?
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Jay Lake: jay-1976
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-04 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Will it Blend?
Keyword:jay-1976
Heh. Yeah, it was probably you making my life a living hell. How can anyone in fifth grade already be a tough broad?
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Amy Sterling Casil
User: asterling
Date: 2007-04-05 14:51 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Will it Blend?
Jay, I think you actually do resemble "Jimmy," the unfortunate child I beat up.

http://asterling.typepad.com/incipit_vita_nova/2007/04/fifth_grade_ter.html
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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2007-04-03 14:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Schedule? What is this thing you call schedule? Is it something that happens when one's life is organized for once?

What time y'all going to be at the fireside? Dave's got an RPG thing so I might swing by.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-03 14:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Someone or another of us will be there 4-9, I think.
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Amy Sterling Casil
User: asterling
Date: 2007-04-03 14:17 (UTC)
Subject: You'll put your eye out
This is it, Jay - I have figured out the moral - and the reason why you should not take up knitting.

http://asterling.typepad.com/incipit_vita_nova/writing/index.html
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Nayad Monroe
User: nayad
Date: 2007-04-03 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you don't write novels on a regular schedule, why not?

i haven't started yet. my plan is to write short stories during the next few years, while my wee children mostly command my time, and work on novels after that. if i can fit in writing daily while laboring under my current life conditions, i can guarantee that i'll be an astonishing font of productivity when they're all in school.

capital letters even appear in my fiction writing! in the correct places! that's how serious i am. ;)
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russ
User: goulo
Date: 2007-04-03 14:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't write novels on a regular schedule because I am too distracted by too many other interests and by the general chaos of life.
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Renee Babcock
User: renegade500
Date: 2007-04-03 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I highly recommend knitting, or actually crocheting (my fiber art of choice) - it's quite a common sight now at cons to see folks in the audience engaging in fiber therapy. It's very meditative, and think of all the neat scarves you could send out to your friends.
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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2007-04-03 14:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you write novels on a regular schedule, what do you do between projects?

Fret. Pace. Clean. Annoy/feed my agent and anyone else in the area. Wonder if this is normal behavior. Breathe a sigh of relief when the enforced 'downtime' (usually five days or so) is over.

I'm in day two of five, right now.
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Ramblin_Phyl: plotbunnies grabbed shaken and killed
User: ramblin_phyl
Date: 2007-04-03 14:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:plotbunnies grabbed shaken and killed
I mostly write only novels. Short fiction on ivite only cause I don't think short.

Therefore I always have at least one--usually 3--novels in the queue. Finish one. Take a few days to clean house, take long walks, run errands, play with unsold projects and proposals, then dive back in to the next work, or the next draft of a finished work (usually 4 drafts before submitting).

Of course I don't do the marathon of write a book in 2 months and then fall back exhausted. 7-10 pages a day, 5-6 days a week. Plod along and get it done.
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kellymccullough
User: kellymccullough
Date: 2007-04-03 15:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Depends on what you mean by a regular schedule. If you're talking about what I do between contract novels, then I write spec novels in other genres (YA at the moment). If you're talking about spending x number of months writing a novel, then taking a break from that and doing something else, I don't write on a regular schedule. I tend to write fast, turn in early* and work on a spec book in the time between that and the official turn in date.

*I don't do this with any expectation of getting paid early or nudging my editor for an early acceptance. I just prefer to have the book done and at the place where it can do the most good if she turns out to have extra time**.

**yes, I know. An editor with extra time is as rare as a zombie unicorn eating flan at my local Mexican restaurant.
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mevennen
User: mevennen
Date: 2007-04-03 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I write short stories and do all the other stuff I have to do.

Re: the sitcom. I sometimes fantasise, in a sick, weird way, about how it would be if the members of the SF community were all as famous as C-list celebrities - being papped, being plastered all over the covers of tabloid gossip magazines in the supermarket, being chastised by fat coked-up hacks every time one of us gained weight or drank too much...

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tim_pratt
User: tim_pratt
Date: 2007-04-03 16:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, I have a regular schedule insofar as I'm usually writing a novel... and I know what you mean about feeling strange between projects. I've been reluctant to dive into a new book this year because I've had three novels to revise (and copyedits are coming on one today), and I like having a little uninterrupted momentum when I first start a new book. Plus, the novel I *want* to write next is book three in a series, and said book hasn't been contracted for yet, and I'm a bit hesitant to expend that much effort on a book that might not even sell. (I mean, I *think* they'll buy it, but I don't know for sure.) So, yeah, I've been a wee bit adrift. I've written a few short stories, and my day-to-day is full of revising, but I'm feeling that urge to construct a large project again.

I medicate that urge by going into the living room and playing some God of War for a while. It's a cure-all!
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Amy Sterling Casil
User: asterling
Date: 2007-04-03 21:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Durr! I was so obsessed with the knitting that I forgot - uh - I wasn't going to write any more short fiction. But I have changed my mind, so when I finish this current book in 3 weeks or so, there are two stories that I want to write. So, between novels, short fiction very different from the book, I think. Except one is "related."

Bye for now! Does anyone know anybody who'd be willing to adopt a homeless little Chihuahua? His name is Taz.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-04-03 22:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
He isn't living under a little Chihuahua bridge, is he...?
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Amy Sterling Casil
User: asterling
Date: 2007-04-04 14:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, he's real - he's staying at our house, for two weeks now. For a lot of reasons, he shouldn't go back to his family. We are looking for a good home for him now. He was so chubby he could barely walk when I brought him home, and had breathing problems. His toenails hadn't been clipped and were curling under his paws. Now he's in much better shape and is a really sweet little guy.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2007-04-04 02:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, geez, Jay, I'm trying.....

Then again, the last six months have been the most productive I've been in writing world, so we'll see. Maybe I'll sell it, maybe not.

Short stories aren't selling yet. I'm shipping them out, and I keep getting those good rejections which make me realize that someday it's going to happen. I try to work in the short stuff when I'm not working on the novels.

Right now my goal is to get the current novel finished, and write at least one more this year. I have two more in mind at the moment. I think I'm a natural novel writer rather than a short story writer.

But we'll see what summer brings.
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