Happy June!

Jun. 1st, 2017 11:50 pm
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Can you believe five months of the year are gone already? They are just flying by!

Words written today: 1,008
Words written this month: 1,008
Words written 2017: 127,450
Average words/day 2017: 838
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: 11

I have a freelance deadline, so I’m putting the work first. That means the words stay on the low side because I’m doing them at the end of the day when my body’s telling me I should have been asleep two hours ago. However, I wanted to start this month with more words than I’d averaged last month (which involved staying up later). Hooray, a thousand words!

weed in bloom

This picture is a weed that’s growing at my daughter’s bus stop. It’s almost as tall as I am, but after next week, I won’t see it again (at least not up close) for a few months (and hopefully, it’ll get cut down before then).

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Today, our daughter’s school had their annual field day, and I volunteered to help out. I ran the water balloon toss and the ball relay. It was a great deal of fun, but also fairly tiring standing in the sun that long, so I don’t think I’ll be doing Beach Day on Friday. Part of me would like to, despite having so much work to do, but it’s wiser if I do not.

Also copyedited, wrote back cover copy, and added 108 words to Siren Circle today. All in all, a very good day.

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In Ursula Vernon’s Hamster Princess books, Harriet Hamsterbone loves to go cliff-diving. In the first book, she is invincible, so why not jump off cliffs when you know you will always survive?

For the rest of us, it’s a riskier proposition. In this case, the cliff I’m facing is the “30-day cliff” for publication at Amazon, as today is the 30th day since I published Ghost Garages, and Siren Circle is not yet ready. I should survive this cliff, although my ratings will take a hit. And then we’ll see how book 3 goes. (I’m beginning to suspect 6 weeks rather than 4 may be a good estimate for me.)

Words written today: 582
Words written this month: 29,402
Words written 2017: 126,334
Average words/day 2017: 842
Books completed 2017: 1 (plus 1 novella)
Pages read today: 4 chapters (finished third Menagerie book w/daughter)
Books read 2017: 11

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We had no real plans for the day — Memorial Day doesn’t always go well — but our friends e-mailed to say they had a new game, and did we want to come play? Of course we did!

The game is called Bang!, and it’s a spaghetti Western card game. We played twice, and I was an outlaw both times. In the second game, I was the last person the sheriff took out. Lots of fun.

Other than that, I made a pass at cover copy for Siren Circle, and I wrote 166 words.

Also took a picture of the current physical TBR pile, many of which I got at the Nebula Conference. (Not pictured is Todd Lockwood’s Summer Dragon, which the boy is reading.)

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Actually, I got up earlier today than I did yesterday, but I didn’t focus much through the day. Watched my husband game, talked to our daughter, read a bit of a novella …

Remembered a weird thing about my reading habits. Sometimes, in a lovely, lushly described work if I care for the characters, I stop reading early, especially if I can see how very much the characters have to lose. I don’t want to be torn apart inside as they go through hell. So I tend more toward light, escapist reading than heart-wrenching, award-quality reading. More true for longer fiction than short. (This is problematic for award nominations and voting, yes.)

Anyway, eventually eked out 656 words.

And wow, it’s late! I must to bed.

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I slept in this morning, then spent the day between writing, reading a novella, and watching my husband game.

A good day, and one I might mostly repeat tomorrow, except with some time for the kids as well.

Today’s word count: 2,032

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It rained yesterday. It rained last night — I woke up a couple of times and heard it on the roof. By the time I got, just after 6, however, sun was pouring through the living room windows, and it promised to be a balmy day. And what I saw of it was nice.

Wrote 2,030 words today. Happy about that. Tomorrow, I’ll get back to the stat block. Tonight, I’m too tired.

Was supposed to finalize back-cover copy for Siren Circle today but did not. Rather unhappy with myself about that.

Anyway, off to bed now.
tea cup

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Fine lines

May. 25th, 2017 09:41 pm
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When I start something that’s new to me, I have choices about how to proceed: I can read up on how things are done, I can ask questions, or I can bluff and act like I’m positive I know what I’m doing. (Or some combination of these)Read the rest of this entry  )

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In the last day or so, I’ve mentioned to both my kids that I have too many things to do and not enough time to do them in. My daughter’s advice was that I need a schedule. I laughed at this, because it doesn’t solve the underlying problem.

My son told me I need to prioritize and not try to do everything at once. He also suggested a Time-Turner. I told him I’d be fine if, say, I could do a week’s worth of work in a day. (This led to a lovely digression on day lengths on other planets.Pluto’s day length is closest to a week, for those who are wondering.)

What they don’t teach you in school is that prioritize doesn’t just mean decide what order you’re going to do things in; it also means decide what you’re not going to do. Some types of housework are an easy cut, as is clearing off my desk. Another very helpful thing is that at the Nebula Conference this last weekend, some things I thought I would be responsible for were taken off my plate. But my pared-down list is still busy: novella reading I’ve committed to with other writers (they’re reading mine, too), an academic press copyediting deadline, and a novel I’m trying to finish. (This is all on top of family and SFWA stuff.)

So up next (before I go to bed) is roughing out a plan for the next couple of weeks. We’ll see how it goes.

Words today: 325 words

Maybe tomorrow I’ll talk about the other major thing on my mind, the line between vulnerability and helplessness.

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Working on getting back into the groove still. Didn’t help that some had three-hour delay yesterday and today — throws off my internal clock in the morning. On the other hand, I did get to sleep in a little, so I can’t complain about that.

Today was paying work and reading a novella and getting some more words (276). Still a number of things on my “to catch up” list, but I’m getting there!

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Mostly spent the day on sorting e-mail and running errands. Did manage to get the newsletter out and to write 108 words.

Another robot photo from the Nebula banquet:

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A lovely final half day at the conference, breakfast for volunteers, conversation with others, and a great neuroscience talk by Ben Kinney.

And then escaping the area before the hockey fans arrived, the beginning of a long drive home, wherein I’m sure I annoyed the Google Maps lady by ignoring her instructions to take the turnpike. (Turn here to take 476. Okay, take the next exit to intersect with 476. Okay, the next one? No? Fine, take Pennsylvania 33, then. See if I care!)

Anyway, it’s been a wonderful break, and tomorrow is all about catch-up. But I did get 104 words!

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An absolutely fantastic day! We started with the SFWA business meeting, wherein the results of the election were announced. I was not unanimously acclaimed for Director-at-Large, though there were 292 (I think) aye votes. There were also nays and write-ins. Of course, I’m now Vice President, but the overwhelming positive vote was nice. When it was my turn to speak, I thanked those who voted for me as Direvtor, then paused and said, “Surprise!”

The highlight of my day, though, had to be sitting down to talk to Jane Yolen about her time as SFWA President!

The Nebula banquet and Awards were fun, too.

Each table had a lovely robot centerpiece created by Don Jones.Art robot centerpiece

Sadly, most of my photos of the actual ceremony are blurry and not worth sharing.

There were a number of alternate universe acceptance speeches after the awards by nominees who did not win.alternate universe. ebula Award winners

And I got my picture taken with Jane Yolen, who said, “You make me feel tall!”Erin with Jane Yolen

And after I got up to my room, I wrote 115 words and this post, and now I am going to sleep!

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Okay, yes, so far the new streak is only one day, with 257 words written, but it will grow.

Here are pictures from today at the Nebula Conference.

Audience at panel discussion Audience for morning panel on money management

Conversation between Sheila Williams and SFWA’s newest Grand Master, Jane Yolen

Afternoon panel on dealing with discouragement: Barbara Krasnoff, Shanna Swendson, Bishop O’Connell, Siena Leslie, and Trevor Quachri

Cobb salad presentation at Crafted, the hotel’s restaurant

Nitrogen ice cream! (i might be a tad envious of their mixer.)

Jeffe Kennedy and Lawrence Schoen show off their panache and their hats at the mass autographing

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This morning, I followed the usual routine — get up, make kids’ lunches, get them off to school. Then I made sure I was ready, and about 10, I set off on the drive. Took longer than Google expected, possibly because I took more pit stops, there was construction, and there was at least one accident. Eventually, though, I got to Pittsburgh.

The Nebula Conference is one of those marvelous conferences that gives out a bag of swag, mostly books. So my first activity upon arriving was to spend around 3 hours assembling bags of books. (Before my arrival, they’d already spent 2 hours getting all these books unpacked and set up like this!

Tables piled high with books
I’ve already met wonderful people whom I’d only known online before (including Dawn Bonanno! We’ve been friends online for like fifteen years!), and had a good dinner. Came back to the room, unwound a bit, wrote 219 words, and now I’m ready to sleep.

Requisite view from hotel window:
View from window

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Up waaaay too late because I wanted to make sure everything is ready to head off to Pittsburgh in the morning. (Still need to check audiobooks or music!)

Did squeeze in 116 words.

That’s all from me today.

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Edited my novella for the contest today. Which means all of 77 words added, I think. Eh, it’s something.

I also worked on straightening out the final bit of outline for Siren Circle, so the writing there should flow more smoothly now.

And started doing some prep work for the Nebula Conference like picking out clothes and doing what was supposed to be a touch-up to my hair that wound up being much more vivid than that! It’s lighter or darker, depending on the light, but it’s definitely not the “rich auburn” proclaimed on the box.

How’s your Monday been?

New hair color

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Very excited about the upcoming Nebula Conference. I leave Wednesday morning!

Meanwhile, life continues at home as it ever does — some cleaning, gaming with friends (Yay! New haunt in Betrayal!), and words sneaked in at the end of day. Only 342 words, so much less than yesterday, but still words. I’ll take it.

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Trees silhouetted against aurora.

Image downloaded from Unsplash. Taken by Vincent Guth.


I finished the first draft of my novella today! I know at least one thing I have to go back and add details about, but it’s going to wait. Tomorrow, or Monday. Not tonight.

And I can get back to focusing on the next novel, Siren Circle! (That’s what you want to hear, anyway, right? More Pepper?)

Words written today: 4,601
Words written this month: 21,966
Words written 2017: 118,898
Average words/day 2017: 894
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: 9

Looking at those words written this month and this year, part of me wants to push one of those up to the next round number. Not happening, though. I’m going to sleep.

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Yep, up too late again. I spent a chunk of the day on SFWA stuff (trying to make sure I have everything ready for the Board meeting at Nebula Conference next week), and then there was taking our daughter to her Brownie sleepover, and my skin itching like mad … with one thing and another, I didn’t get to the writing, really, until after dinner. And then I was only going to do 1k. And then a friend got online and got some more while talking to her. And another friend. And then I was so close to my daily goal anyway, I kept going even though everyone else was being sensible and going to sleep.

Words written today: 2,201
Words written this month: 17,365
Words written 2017: 114,297
Average words/day 2017: 866
Books completed 2017: 1
Pages read today: 0
Books read 2017: 9

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