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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-04-01 18:14
Subject: [writing] The quarter just ended
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Tags:awards, beast, books, calendula, endurance, fiction, pinion, process, stories, trial, writing
First quarter of 2009 has been interesting from a writing perspective.

Sold three solo stories (one flash, one short, one novella) and two co-authored with calendula_witch (one short, one novelette). Ten short fiction rejections.

Sold three stories in reprint, along with Polish rights to Trial of Flowers.

40,900 words of new short fiction (one novella, one novelette, three short stories).

Revised Pinion and delivered it to Tor for editorial review.

Delivered The Sky That Wraps to Subterranean for pre-production.

Extended The Heart of the Beast from jeffvandermeer's outline and partial, including 50,100 new words. Back to him for revision.

Outlined Endurance from scratch, twice.

Wrote the foreword for camillealexa's Push of the Sky.

Made the Hugo ballot, sort of, as an explanatory note to the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form nomination for METAtropolis.

Plus a bunch of blog posts, twittering, miscellanous blurbage, nonfiction writing and Ghu knows what else.

How was your writing year so far?

Originally published at jlake.com.

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ad_guzman
User: ad_guzman
Date: 2009-04-02 02:38 (UTC)
Subject: my writing year so far
Congratulations! That is quite a number of accomplishments and only a few months into the year. This has been an interesting start for me as well--my best writing year ever so far! I sold my very first story to you and Eric Reynolds for the Footprints anthology with Hadley Rille Books. I've had so many great ideas I only have time to jot them down so I can work on them when I get the time. And I've got several completed stories I'm sending out. My novel length works are coming along well, places I've been stuck are finally coming unstuck. All in all, great first part of the year and I hope it's a sign that the rest of it will be just as good if not better. Best to you as well!

;-)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-04-02 12:52 (UTC)
Subject: Re: my writing year so far
And yay you for Footprints. First sale, huh? Thats awesome. Keep rocking.
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selfavowedgeek: Berry B&W
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2009-04-02 02:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Berry B&W
For some strange reason, Jay, I read that post and thought, "But that's just so *normal* for him." ;)

So far, so good. This year I've gotten the first two installments of a steampunk serial at Membra Disjecta. The robot short story went live at Clarkesworld. A story at Farrago's Wainscot. My PKD homage is in the current issue of Star*Line. Poem up at Southern Fried Weirdness Online. Those funky Thaumatrope micros. Got my second acceptance from Fantasy Magazine. Took on monkeyboy slush reader status at Farrago's a month gone. Added a couple twenty thousand words to my Southern magreal novel.

Other than that? Well, family and teaching and self-defense/martial arts training again.

Ya know--routine stuff.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-04-02 12:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I swear, that's secret to life. Make your dreams part of your routine. Amazing what happens.
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selfavowedgeek: LOLPadawans
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2009-04-02 20:25 (UTC)
Subject: "Follow your bliss." Joseph Campbell
Keyword:LOLPadawans
I'd hasten not to conflate routine with mundane. For me, a routine emerges from self-discipline and persistence.

Agreed, though. It's amazing the glimmers and nuggets and "Aha!" moments that sometimes follow.
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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-04-02 03:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Good, thanks for asking. Although you continue to leave me awestruck. Wrote my second short story and sent it off. Fingers crossed. Got a rejection from The New Yorker on my first short story, must figure out someplace else to send it. Got about 50,000 more words in my already way too long sequeal (pun intended), and am finishing up my agent's next level of desired line edits on The Seventy (oh gods will the edits -ever- be done? Can I find no other word but "brought" to use?) but I am eternally grateful for her close reading. I am learning a tonne.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-04-02 12:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You got a rejection from The New Yorker. That is some serious mojo. Brought it on.
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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2009-04-02 13:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sounds better than it is. We can ALL get rejected by the New Yorker. Just send them something. They'll rejected. But hey, there's always a chance they might, just might, take it. I'm willing to score a few rejections on the chance, and work my way on through it.
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carmiel
User: carmiel
Date: 2009-04-02 05:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not anywhere as productive as you, but I'm still a newbie.

I finished one novel (approx 56,000 words) wrote one flash fic (300 words-sent to editor), two short stories (which will stay in my possession) and have started my next novel(approx 9,500 words as of today).

Compared to you, I'm such a laze-a-bout.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-04-02 12:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Compared to me, I am such a laze-a-bout. I figure it's my role in life to serve as an example to others. Good on you for the ongoing progress. That's what counts.
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manmela
User: manmela
Date: 2009-04-02 06:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nowhere near the same level but:

Co-Written Non-Fiction SF Art Book published in UK and US (I was author #6 out of 7 but a published book is a published book!)

Short story featuring a little known historical character published in village magazine where he is buried as a way to drum up support for restoration of his grave (Note: people found the story online and contacted me to ask if it could go in the magazine)

1 Short Story completed - 7000 words - unimaginatively titled The End of the World

1 Short Story makes it to round 3 of ASIM. Not yet rejected, but this is highest quantifiable success of a short story so far.

9 Short Story Rejections

Minor written work done on Novel. Whilst little writing (and the target was to finish draft #1 in Q1) there's been a lot of insight which means that writing has only really started this past week or so.

Edited at 2009-04-02 06:48 am (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-04-02 12:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dude, we need to talk about titles. And insight is part of writing, absolutely.
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manmela
User: manmela
Date: 2009-04-02 14:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Titles are a major major weakness of mine

When I used to do magazine articles I had the same problem. I think it stems from years of web-based articles where the subject name can affect how well it's indexed by Google. Hence I tend to be practical rather than creative.

Generally I tend to play safe with fiction titles and go for 1-3 word practical titles, but I need to do a lot of unlearning to start coming up with some more imaginative titles

"The End of the World" is a sucky title though, even by my standards! I am full of title fail!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-04-02 12:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
About 300 rejections before my first sale, over 1,200 rejections since my first sale. Wear those as a badge of honor, and keep writing!
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