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Archon afterglow

October 21, 2012

I was still recovering last Sunday from this year’s Archon, a fine collection of aficionados of things science fictional and/or fantastic. Good panels on exobiology and space medicine, both of which I wanted to listen to for the SF/F project I’m working on. Panels on editing and writers’ groups provided an opportunity to chat with panelists (and in one case plug AutoCrit, a fave, as anyone who’s followed me knows).

Saturday night’s a bit sketchy. I’ll leave it at that.

Anyway, speaking of the SF/F project, it’s over 10k, which generally means it’s going somewhere. I haven’t done a hard synopsis for it yet. I could. I might. I don’t feel the strong need, though–the initial portions of the story are well developed in my mind. I did a chapter or so yesterday with some fun, fun writing in it. Difficult at times, but still fun. We’ll see what WUTA thinks in a few weeks, after I finish running the newer bits of the faerie novel through.

The beta reads are coming back on that now, and I like the feedback I’m getting–it’s exactly what I needed. As I told people, when I’ve had my head this far into a story for this long (the first draft dates back…oh my…to 2008?) seeing rough seams between old and new material is nigh-impossible for me. The beta readers are seeing what I can’t any more, and I am ENJOYING doing the last bits of revision to fix them.

Oh, I started on a putative cold open for the revised second faerie story, mostly to see what it felt like. I may have to do a little research to see how to handle one where…hmmm…how to say this? A person does bad things, and that person’s identity can’t be revealed. Doing that and keeping it believable will be a challenge.

Ahhh other than that–queued up a couple of more markets for the one short I’ve got in circulation. They don’t take simultaneous submissions (don’t get me started) so I have to put them in order of average quickest response (thanks, Duotrope!).

On the home front, this was the last week for the fall lacrosse program. Kian executed some basics well during the second half of the scrimmage, which was enough encouragement for me to broach the subject of a indoor winter program…in Dellwood. At 5 in the afternoon. At least it’s not Chesterfield or Collinsville or Concord Village.

Why do all the far-off sports places start with C, anyway?

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