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Apr. 11th, 2016

Daily life: Writing productivity! Publishing productivity! (Tons of work.) | #amwriting #writerslife

"If quitting Twitter and ditching the iPhone was relatively easy, Facebook made it as hard as possible, tugging on all the virtual heartstrings they could dredge up from their data. Having selected 'deactivate account' from my settings, I was faced with a gallery of family and friends who I was told would miss me. Fortunately, as someone had tagged the contents of a barbecue grill with my friends' names, this was less of an emotional strain than was intended ('Andrew will miss you,' pleaded a photo of a forlorn and slightly singed chicken drumstick)."

--Mark Hooper: Back to reality: giving up the Internet.



My professional work last month )
Thoughts on the state of my writing and publishing )

Feb. 1st, 2016

Daily life: Venturing into YA fiction; parental control restrictions

"This is where someone in the back of the room grouses about how when he was a young reader they didn't have young adult books and he read whatever he could get his hands on, by gum and by golly — he read the Bible and Tolkien and Stephen King and Henry Miller and Penthouse and he did it backwards, in the snow, besieged by ice tigers. 'In my day we didn't need teenage books! We took what books we had and liked it! I once read a soup can for days!'"

--Chuck Wending.

(As a teenager, I was once stuck in a country cottage in England that had no books. For days, I read the telephone directory.)


My professional work last month )
I'm going to publish my young adult fiction )
Little snippets, professional and personal )
Progress with my Internet addiction, or yay parental control restrictions )

Daily life: Venturing into YA fiction; parental control restrictions

"This is where someone in the back of the room grouses about how when he was a young reader they didn't have young adult books and he read whatever he could get his hands on, by gum and by golly — he read the Bible and Tolkien and Stephen King and Henry Miller and Penthouse and he did it backwards, in the snow, besieged by ice tigers. 'In my day we didn't need teenage books! We took what books we had and liked it! I once read a soup can for days!'"

--Chuck Wending.

(As a teenager, I was once stuck in a country cottage in England that had no books. For days, I read the telephone directory.)


My professional work last month )
I'm going to publish my young adult fiction )
Little snippets, professional and personal )
Progress with my Internet addiction, or yay parental restrictions )

Dec. 14th, 2015

Daily life: E-book publishing plans for next year; decluttering galore, plus bangs on the head

"The other advice [for how to be a successful indie author] isn't anywhere near as sexy. It's also the most obvious. Write. And then write some more. You know what's easier than selling 10,000 books? Selling 5,000 copies of two books. And far easier than that is to sell 3,500 copies of three books."

--David Dalglish.


My professional work last month )
My professional goals for 2016 )
A small sample of what my November was like )

Nov. 3rd, 2015

Daily life: Waterman series order, character ages, subgenre labels, Cecil County MD, & decluttering

"Day after day, do your work as if you were in business. Handle the customers that come in with dispatch and courtesy. Then think up some work for yourself to do. And do it.

"The [works] you write are your inventory. . . . Back in my fledgling days, I compared myself to a man who had opened a new five-and-ten-cent store. I thought of what he must keep in mind, as he put his inventory on the shelf and waited for customers. No matter how few customers came in to buy, at first, each one was a prospect, each one could buy something, if the commodity was right, if the price was right, and if the need was right. . . .

"Every time I was disappointed [by sales], I thought of the young fellow who opened the five-and-dime store, and how disappointed he must have been whenever people walked through, looked over his inventory, and then ambled on, not even trying to shoplift any of it! . . .

"Fortunately, worrying about theft of material is not a frequent part of the writer's management task. The important, and essential, part of his management job is to keep himself writing."

--Larston D. Farrar: How to Make $18,000 a Year Free-lance Writing (1957).


My professional work last month )
Timelines and characters' ages )
Publishing decisions: subgenre labels and publication frequency )
A visit to North East, Maryland, in Cecil County )
Scheduling decluttering )

Daily life: Waterman series order, character ages, subgenre labels, Cecil County MD, & decluttering

"Day after day, do your work as if you were in business. Handle the customers that come in with dispatch and courtesy. Then think up some work for yourself to do. And do it.

"The [works] you write are your inventory. . . . Back in my fledgling days, I compared myself to a man who had opened a new five-and-ten-cent store. I thought of what he must keep in mind, as he put his inventory on the shelf and waited for customers. No matter how few customers came in to buy, at first, each one was a prospect, each one could buy something, if the commodity was right, if the price was right, and if the need was right. . . .

"Every time I was disappointed [by sales], I thought of the young fellow who opened the five-and-dime store, and how disappointed he must have been whenever people walked through, looked over his inventory, and then ambled on, not even trying to shoplift any of it! . . .

"Fortunately, worrying about theft of material is not a frequent part of the writer's management task. The important, and essential, part of his management job is to keep himself writing."

--Larston D. Farrar: How to Make $18,000 a Year Free-lance Writing (1957).


My professional work last month )
Timelines and characters' ages )
Publishing decisions: subgenre labels and publication frequency )
A visit to North East, Maryland, in Cecil County )
Scheduling decluttering )

Oct. 14th, 2015

Daily life: Series bible, trivets, ebook covers, decluttering books, & a book recommendation

"So, yeah, I'm thinking fanfic is a younger person's game - it's for people who can scan their Twitter, scroll through their Tumblr, bash out a Facebook status without looking, take a quick gander at their RSS feed, do an LJ update crossposted to their Dreamjournal, edit a fanvid and watch the next ep/installment of fill-in-the-blank before it airs anywhere, while doing whatever they do for a living and having a life. All at the same time."

--Heartofslash.


My professional work last month )
Series bible )
Covers and props; or, The Trouble with Trivets )
The final total after three months of decluttering books )
A book that passed my test for 'Gosh, I Must Buy This *Now*' )

Daily life: Series bible, trivets, ebook covers, decluttering books, & a book recommendation

"So, yeah, I'm thinking fanfic is a younger person's game - it's for people who can scan their Twitter, scroll through their Tumblr, bash out a Facebook status without looking, take a quick gander at their RSS feed, do an LJ update crossposted to their Dreamjournal, edit a fanvid and watch the next ep/installment of fill-in-the-blank before it airs anywhere, while doing whatever they do for a living and having a life. All at the same time."

--Heartofslash.


My professional work last month )
Series bible )
Covers and props; or, The Trouble with Trivets )
The final totals after three months of decluttering books )
A book that passed my test for 'Gosh, I Must Buy This *Now*' )

Sep. 1st, 2015

Daily life: Ebook publishing, online fiction posting, antique shops, book decluttering, & story recs

"The thing about reading fanfic (and original slash fic) is that you get used to that particular writing/reading culture after a while. You get used to the frank discussions of sexuality and kink, the close attention to diversity and social justice issues in the text, the unrestrained creativity when it comes to plot. The most amazing, creative, engaging stories I've ever read have almost all been fanfiction, and I think part of that is because there’s no limitations placed on the authors. They’re writing purely out of joy and love for the world and its characters, with no concerns about selling the finished product. The only limit is their imagination.

"Next to that, most mainstream fiction starts tasting like Wonder Bread, you know?"

--Cordelia Kingsbridge.


My professional work last month )
A few factoids about my latest Eternal Dungeon novel, 'Checkmate' )
Posting online fic again! Man, that feels good )
Prop-shopping at antique stores )
My decluttering of books last month )
My web addiction last month )
My family and leisure time last month )
A banner month for good reading )

Jul. 3rd, 2015

Daily life: Wow, busy. Eternal Dungeon, submissions, web addiction, trips, introversion, & clutter.

"She will still talk to people, but it will be in a withdrawn way."

--A priest discussing a new Scottish hermit, as quoted by The Press and Journal.


My professional work last month )
On 'The Eternal Dungeon' )
Writing in the fresh outdoors, research trips, and a rant about heavy furniture) )
Professional trips (mainly Waterman research) and personal trips last month )
Getting a handle on my introversion )
The inauspicious anniversary of my web addiction )

REPLY TO BLOG COMMENTS

As some of you will have noticed, I've been a little backed up in responding to comments to this blog. Unfortunately, I lost all my e-mails prior to April 2014 (yes, that's how backed up I am), but here's my replies to the rest. I hope I didn't miss anyone - if I did, let me know.


Reply to Catana on e-book covers and productivity )
Reply to Dianna Kay on my e-books and the m/m readership )
Reply to Musicman on narratives )
Reply to Angie Fiedler Sutton on Scribe Mozell )

Jun. 3rd, 2015

Daily life: Website layout, e-book covers, and hoarding

"Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion."

--The Talmud


My professional work last month )
Redoing my website )
Redoing my covers )
My reading last month )
My decluttering and homemaking last month )
My personal life last month )
My web addiction last month; plus, hoarding )

Daily life: Web layout, e-book covers, and hoarding

"Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion."

--The Talmud


My professional work last month )
Redoing my website )
Redoing my covers )
My reading last month )
My decluttering and homemaking last month )
My personal life last month )
My web addiction last month; plus, hoarding )

Daily life: Web layout, e-book covers, and hoarding

"Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion."

--The Talmud


My professional work last month )
Redoing my website )
Redoing my covers )
My reading last month )
My decluttering and homemaking last month )
My personal life last month )
My web addiction last month; plus, hoarding )

Daily life: Web layout, e-book covers, and hoarding

"Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion."

--The Talmud


My professional work last month )
Redoing my website )
Redoing my covers )
My reading last month )
My decluttering and homemaking last month )
My personal life last month )
My web addiction last month; plus, hoarding )

Daily life: Web layout, e-book covers, and hoarding

"Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion."

--The Talmud


My professional work last month )
Redoing my website )
Redoing my covers )
My reading last month )
My decluttering and homemaking last month )
My personal life last month )
My web addiction last month; plus, hoarding )

Mar. 2nd, 2015

Daily life: Oh, my. There actually *is* a life offline.

"Housewives were the people who put Trick or Treat for UNICEF boxes in millions of small hands. They were, of course, thrifty (thrift is the signal virtue of the housewife), but many of them were also high-minded, convinced that people ought to help one another out. George Harrison may have held a Concert for Bangladesh, but it was the mothers on my block who sat down and wrote little checks—ten dollars, fifteen dollars—to CARE. Many housewives shared a belief in the power of boycotts, which could so easily be conducted while grocery shopping. I remember hearing my mother's half of a long, complicated telephone discussion about whether it would or would not undermine the housewives' beef strike of 1973 if the caller defrosted and cooked meat bought prior to the strike. Tucked into the aforementioned copy of The Settlement Cook Book, along with handwritten recipes for Chocolate Diamonds and Oma's German Cheesecake, is a small card that reads FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR J.P. STEVENS WORKERS. The organizers of that long-ago boycott understood two things: first, that if you were going to cripple a supplier of household goods (J.P. Stevens manufactured table linens and hosiery and blankets), you had to enlist housewives; and second, that you stood a better chance of catching their attention if you printed your slogan on the reverse of a card that contained a table of common metric equivalents, a handy, useful reminder that 1 liter = 1 quart and also that the makers of Finesse hosiery exploited their workers."

--Caitlin Flanagan: Housewife Confidential: A tribute to the old-fashioned housewife, and to Erma Bombeck, her champion and guide.


A note to my readers: If you sent me email before April 2014, please resend it. Due to a computer mishap, I've lost all my email between 2008 and April 2014.

If you sent email after April 2014, and I haven't replied to it yet, feel free to resend it. It should be in my inbox, which I'm still plowing through, but there's no reason you should have to wait any longer than you already have.


My professional work this month )
My reading this month )
My decluttering and homemaking this month )
My personal life this month )

I've saved the best news for last:

I stayed mostly offline in February.

Let me repeat that: I STAYED MOSTLY OFFLINE. If you don't understand the full import of that, let me repeat what I wrote in my last journal entry:

o--o--o


It's the web that's the problem. And it was a very serious problem by the time that I pulled the plug in mid-January - against my will; my body went into a state of collapse, and I ended up with the flu.

Before that happened, do you know how long I'd been online? Five days. I got nine hours of sleep during that time.

So I've now officially moved "web usage" from "medical problem" to "medical emergency."

o--o--o


So hurrah, yes, major progress in having an offline life. Which is why I actually have accomplishments to list in this blog entry.

Jan. 4th, 2015

Daily life: My professional life, 2014 and 2015

"Author's note: Oh God, I don't know what came over me. I'll go iron my hands now."

--Maculategiraffe.


This post is divided into parts, the first part aimed at my readers, the second part aimed at my fellow writers. Those of you who are both can read both parts.


For my readers: What I did right and wrong in 2014 )
For my readers: What I plan to do in 2015 )
For my colleagues: What I did right and wrong in 2014 )
For my colleagues: What I plan to do in 2015 )


In order to achieve all of the above plans, I'm going to have to tackle my web addiction and my schedule. I'll write more about that in my next post, about my personal life last year and this year.

Daily life: My professional life, 2014 and 2015

"Author's note: Oh God, I don't know what came over me. I'll go iron my hands now."

--Maculategiraffe.


This post is divided into parts, the first part aimed at my readers, the second part aimed at my fellow writers. Those of you who are both can read both parts.


For my readers: What I did right and wrong in 2014 )
For my readers: What I plan to do in 2015 )
For my colleagues: What I did right and wrong in 2014 )
For my colleagues: What I plan to do in 2015 )

In order to achieve all of the above plans, I'm going to have to tackle my web addiction and my schedule. I'll write more about that in my next post, about my personal life last year and this year.

Daily life: My professional life, 2014 and 2015

"Author's note: Oh God, I don't know what came over me. I'll go iron my hands now."

--Maculategiraffe.


This post is divided into parts, the first part aimed at my readers, the second part aimed at my fellow writers. Those of you who are both can read both parts.


For my readers: What I did right and wrong in 2014 )
For my readers: What I plan to do in 2015 )
For my colleagues: What I did right and wrong in 2014 )
For my colleagues: What I plan to do in 2015 )
In order to achieve all of the above plans, I'm going to have to tackle my web addiction and my schedule. I'll write more about that in my next post, about my personal life last year and this year.

Daily life: My professional life, 2014 and 2015

"Author's note: Oh God, I don't know what came over me. I'll go iron my hands now."

--Maculategiraffe.


This post is divided into parts, the first part aimed at my readers, the second part aimed at my fellow writers. Those of you who are both can read both parts.


For my readers: What I did right and wrong in 2014 )
Read more... )
For my colleagues: What I did right and wrong in 2014 )
Read more... )In order to achieve all of the above plans, I'm going to have to tackle my web addiction and my schedule. I'll write more about that in my next post, about my personal life last year and this year.

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