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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-01-31 20:44
Subject: January Report
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Tags:child, process, publishing, stemwinder, trial, writing
What a weird month. Here's what I can account for having accomplished:

  • Received 18 short fiction rejections

  • Sent out 19 short fiction submissions

  • Sold four short stories and a novelette, to Clarkesworld, Lone Star Stories, Mammoth Book of Monsters, New Ceres and Weird Tales

  • Sold "The Big Ice" (with specficrider) to the Dozois YBSF, plus a reprint to The New Weird, ed. Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

  • Wrote four new short stories and and a novelette, totalling 26,000 words in first draft

  • Banged out next month's IROSF article with specficrider

  • Revised Stemwinder

  • Signed the Czech rights contract for Trial of Flowers Clarkesworld | Amazon ]

  • Did a bunch of market planning

Not to mention the day job, the_child, an extended trip to Omaha, and my efforts to have a better social life.

So why do I feel like I didn't get enough done?

I blame my developing novelist brain. There's a part of my writer's consciousness which knows that I can crank out 2,500 words a day, so it wants to know where the 75,000 words for January are. Couple that with my extremely deep-seated sense that I'm never doing enough anyway -- a big motivator for me, frankly -- and you have the above output/action items in the hands of a slightly puzzled me.

I'd say I need to have my head examined, except I'd be afraid I might break something important in the process. So I muddy onward, confident in my ability to only make major mistakes once, twice at the most.
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User: catsparx
Date: 2007-02-01 05:15 (UTC)
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Jay, darl, by my reckoning, to have achieved all this you'd need to be either a robot or a freak. Come on now, fess up. Which is it? I know where *my* money's going...
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Paul Weimer
User: princejvstin
Date: 2007-02-01 10:44 (UTC)
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Trial of Flowers made Locus' recommended reading list for 2006.

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User: mroctober
Date: 2007-02-01 13:12 (UTC)
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Well, I'm impressed.

blackholly and I were chatting on the phone last night and trying to figure out if there's some way we can write faster. You were mentioned as a not a benchmark but a zenith.
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