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[Scotch Challenge] – That Pesky Novel

In retrospect, this challenge was a stupid thing to do.

I think, given a normal month, this wouldn’t have been quite as dire. As it was, I was trying to churn out 2000 words a day while buying a house, moving, unpacking my life, spending three days at a con, Thanksgiving and working working working.

The writing itself has swung wildly from inspiration to sludge to outright falling on my face. I think there’s some good stuff in here, but I’m not letting another person see this till I give it another rewrite … and I’m taking at least a month break from the damn thing.

Anyway, that said, I’m pretty sure I’m not buying Rob, Bill and Eden scotch this month.

I have about two scenes left before “THE END” (and some loose ends here and there.) Somewhere in the next 2000 to 6000 words I think I can reasonably call this a book. (In related news, I’m all moved and the house is starting to come together.)

I wont be able to say for sure that it’s done-done (done done done) till I get those words done (done done done done,) but I’ll let you know in the next few days.

… and more importantly, Rob, Bill, Eden, baring some sort of sabotage, I intend to deny you your scotch in the next two days.

*evil laugh … which disintegrates into coughing … and snoring*

[Scotch Challenge] – Halfway

Orycon was cool. Maybe I’ll write a separate post about that, but right now I’m stressing about how much writing I did at the con. (hint: none.)

Whew. I have somewhere around 30K done on the book (it’s hard to say perfectly, because I still have to transcribe some of the stuff I dictated.) I’m probably about halfway through.

This is all a bit dire, since I only have 15 days left, and one of them is Thanksgiving, and another is me closing on my house and moving, and then there’s all the working in between.

I think I’ve started dreaming about scotch.

In the dream, Rob Ziegler and Bill Shunn point at $1000 bottles of scotch and moths fly out of my wallet. In another one, Eden Robins tells me to just relax and not work so hard … no wait, that was in real life. Damn you, Eden Robins.

I beginning to see a very real possibility of … not being awesome.

Anyway, I’m sitting in a cafe right now, so I’m going to stop writing this and write on my novel instead.

*weakly* onward.

[Scotch Challenge] – Check in three

Whew.

Long couple of days there. The novel is … well, it’s acting slightly novel-like. I’ve put on another 7000 or so words. Mostly by bopping around from middle to end to start to middle, etc etc etc.

I got a big chunk done dictating into my phone while driving to and from Portland. That worked so well, I’m thinking about doing it some more even when I’m not driving. Maybe I should try jogging and writing?

Anyway, Orycon is in a few days, so … expect a lull in the writing … and more running around cons.

Onward.

Grá finder – Orycon 2011

Hey all,

I’ll be at Orycon (November 11th through 13th at the Portland Doubletree Hotel.)

I’ll be reading and you should TOTALLY COME. (seriously, there may be cookies.)

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Saturday – Nov 12 – 5:30pm
Grá Linnaea Reads from his own work
Room: Grant

But you can also see my purple-haired nonsensical self on panels:

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Friday – Nov 11 – 2:00pm – Drowning in slush – Room: Idaho
The best and worst of slush. How does slush reading work and who does it? What makes a story stand out from the slush pile? Is there any way around the pile? Are agents now the new slush readers, and how is that working out for the publishing industry?
Leslie What, (*)Grá Linnaea, Lizzy Shannon, Wendy Wagner

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Friday – Nov 11 – 4:00:pm – Theme – Room: Hawthorne
What is theme? How do you develop theme in your writing, or should you even try? For the sake of future graduate students studying your brilliant prose, learn about this often-neglected aspect of storytelling.
Karen Azinger, Bill Johnson, (*)Grá Linnaea, Richard A. Lovett

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Saturday – Nov 12 – 12:00:pm – Science Fiction as a Tool for Social Change – Room: Idaho
Many writers have put their ideals into their writing. Some have even tried to get people to follow those ideas.
(*)Rhiannon Louve, Brenda Cooper, Grá Linnaea, Edward Morris, G. David Nordley

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Saturday – Nov 12 – 2:00:pm – But I thought it was perfect! – Room: Hawthorne
The pain and pleasure of giving and receiving critiques, and how to employ feedback while honoring your muse.
(*)Mary Rosenblum/Mary Freeman, Grá Linnaea, Bill Johnson, Joan Gaustad, Richard A. Lovett

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Saturday – Nov 12 – 3:00:pm – Writers of the Future – Room: Roosevelt
Much more than a contest, this can be a stepping stone to a published career. Come find out about this contest, what it takes, and what it can do for you.
(*)Ken Scholes, Aimee C. Amodio, Stoney Compton, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Grá Linnaea

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Sunday – Nov 13 – 12:00:pm – Publishing Ethics – Room: Hamilton
When does a long response time become unprofessional or even insulting? How does an editor or publisher offer suggestions to a struggling author without offending them? Should they? This panel discusses where in the field of publishing the line is drawn (or should be drawn) between ethical decisions and business decisions.
Guy Letourneau, (*)Grá Linnaea, Claude Lalumière, Bruce Taylor

If you’re at the con, come check it out!