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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-12-22 04:35
Subject: [personal] Updatery of various sorts
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Tags:books, cancer, health, personal, stories, sunspin, writing
First of all, I want to give a big shout out to whatever idiot with the Arizona area code called me at 2 am. I never did get back to sleep. This is going to make for a long day today.

I managed a prodigious amount of writing time yesterday at the Fireside Writers. (Plus we enjoyed a nice Mexican dinner after. Mmm.) It was mostly revisions on various short fiction manuscripts, along with writing related program activities. One piece of WRPA was a draft of a 2010 year in review requested by a 'zine. Which is to say, my personal year.

Great Ghu was that sobering to write. I revisited all that has gone on in my medical and personal life, and I tracked through my writing accomplishments. Which would have been worthy in a normal year, and are jarring in the context of the year I've had. It's been a damned intense twelve months.

I'll be making a year-in-review blog post here around New Year's, which will recap much of what I just pulled out, but, yeah. I'm more than a little astonished at myself.

Next up is revisions to "The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future", the recent Sunspin novella. Then I'll get cracking on a full (but not final) version of the endless outline for the books themselves.

What are you working on? Or are you taking a holiday break?

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Autopope
User: autopope
Date: 2010-12-22 12:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What are you working on? Or are you taking a holiday break?

Just wrote (and sold within 24 hours) my first short story in over a year.

For Newtonmass and Hogmanay, I have the copy edits on "Rule 34" to check. My publishers love me and want me to have a busy, memorable holiday!
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selfavowedgeek: Ernest Hemingway
User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2010-12-22 13:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Ernest Hemingway
re: "What are you working on? Or are you taking a holiday break?"

Writing poetry and revising some current short fiction inventory.

Need to get back on the third draft of my novel.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-12-22 13:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What am I doing? Revising and polishing that damn ballet review, revising and polishing what I hope will be a guest blog about horses, shipping out rejected short story MSs, revising and polishing a novel in preparation to sending out in January (including related synopses), and preparing to revise and polish yet another novel.

Need to be doing worldbuilding on another novel as well. And somewhere in there I need to tame down a wild idea which, as calendula_witch commented, sounds like a mainstream disaster novel instead of a short story idea. I need it to be a short story, not a novel. Back to the drawing board.

And well, Fitnessathon Part Two.
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Eposia
User: eposia
Date: 2010-12-22 14:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Had an out-of-state-travel break from writing for the last 1.5 weeks; though I'm getting fairly good about writing consistently (averaging 5-6 days a week), major disruptions in routine like that are still difficult for me to squeeze writing time out of. (The fact it was a super-stressful custody court and visitation trip probably didn't help. Nor the fact that it was the third such trip in a ridiculously crazy year.)

Still working on finishing a readable draft of my novel. Have several rejected stories I've gotten behind on sending back out that I need to catch up on. Then probably more short stories, and drafting the second novel. And I'll have my own version of 2010 in review after the first of the year. Being taken out back and shot is too good for 2010 in my book...
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kellymccullough
User: kellymccullough
Date: 2010-12-22 16:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thinking about the book is the order of the day. Need to solve futzy plot problems so that I can write in the right direction. Looks like frenetic exercise alternating with goofing off instead of work. Kind of feels like it too. At least I'll get to go play with the white German shepherds a bit.
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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-12-22 17:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Will you be around this evening? I know you wanted to talk about the novella....
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-12-22 17:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I believe so, yes. After 7?
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scarlettina: Book love
User: scarlettina
Date: 2010-12-22 20:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Book love
After 7--sure.
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Kevin Roche
User: kproche
Date: 2010-12-22 17:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What am I working on?

Thinking ahead to the January issue of Yipe!, having just finished 2400 words for the December issue (plus editing other contributions)

My Secret Project TDK costume build for the Gallifrey One Masquerade in February. Thanks to January calendar craziness, TDK needs to be pretty much finished by NYE. Fortunately, I have next week off.
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barbarienne
User: barbarienne
Date: 2010-12-22 17:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, I don't think it's any secret in the SF/F community that you are the Superman of productivity. Even when you're not battling cancer. :-)


What are you working on? Or are you taking a holiday break?

-->Holiday break. January will begin the revisions on my recently completed 78K-word 0th draft to turn it into a 1st draft I can show people. Those things need to sit for a month or more anyway, right?

Edited at 2010-12-22 05:50 pm (UTC)
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dionysus1999
User: dionysus1999
Date: 2010-12-22 19:59 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nothing can stop Jay Lake from writing! NOTHING!

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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-12-22 20:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
organizing papers for my Cuz in response to a 6 page questionaire (and supported by detailed copies of everything) from Social Security that MUST BE ANSWERED IN 20 DAYS! or they will crush his benefits that they havent given him yet for his cognative stroke.
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smoking catnip and chasing my tail: brains
User: jettcat
Date: 2010-12-22 21:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:brains
I'm literally resting my brain. It will soon be chirping with facts about art and long dead millionaires.
Our 10 hour days whilst giving tours to the public in a freezing monsoon have lost their charms after the first dozen or so.
I have lots of shiny things to play with, but no energy or inclination to do so while watching Ghost Hunters International.


...there's a certain 213 phone number that keeps calling and never says anything or leaves a message. One of these days I'm going to figure out how to block a phone number on my cell phone!
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Keikaimalu
User: keikaimalu
Date: 2010-12-22 21:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm working on a novel that I really believe in, and that I got stuck in about a year and a half ago. Quite pleased that I've gotten a little momentum going again.

And in part, I have your link to the Penmonkey's Paean to thank. :)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-12-22 22:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And in part, I have your link to the Penmonkey's Paean to thank. :)

Once again, I have Used My Powers For Good.
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e_bourne
User: e_bourne
Date: 2010-12-23 06:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mulling over a story based in Red Star, Arkansas.
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Bibbit
User: bridget_coila
Date: 2010-12-24 14:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll be writing and turning in some nonfiction articles this week (of the "I do this because they pay me real money that pays rent and food" variety) but I'm also trying to finish a piece of flash fiction for a local contest sponsored by the Global Times in Beijing. The contest ends tomorrow (Christmas day.)
I feel like I've neglected fiction as of late and need to do more of it.
Sort of an early New Years resolution.
(Which works out quite well here because if I don't succeed I can make it a "Chinese New Year" resolution and start over in February)

B
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User: jove13
Date: 2010-12-24 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: new years resolutions
I love it. Making New Year's resolutions for Jan 1st, then getting a second chance in February to cull out the ones you didn't really mean. :)
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