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December 2021



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told me i could be the chosen one if i took one for the team

1302, and I am calling it a day. I'm at the climax, and I am, alas, also at a point where apparently I need to stop and think about how the conflicts I've established play off against one another. Frustrating, because I really have one scene and the denouement to write, and at this point in time all I want is to write that last two thousand words and have done with the story. But six pages is a respectable count for a day, and sometimes wisdom is knowing when to back off and let your brain work for a bit, rather than forcing yourself to write something you're just going to have to tear out later.

Also, the alleged stort story has turned itself into a novelette. *Sigh.* It's at 8100 words and bound to get a bit longer. I hope Bill's not too mad at me.

The deadline pressure is starting to mount up on me again, even though I'm making progress. I keep thinking about those looming novels.

In other news, the audio-anthology METAtropolis is currently available for pre-order, which means the list of readers is also out. Here's the ToC:

1. “In the Forests of the Night” by Jay Lake, read by Michael Hogan (Col. Tigh on BSG)

2. “Stochasti-city” by Tobias Buckell, read by Scott Brick (2008 Audie Award winner, for Dune)

3. “The Red in the Sky is Our Blood” by Elizabeth Bear, read by Kandyse McClure ( Anastasia “Dee” Dualla on BSG)

4. “Utere Nihil Non Extra Quiritationem Suis” by John Scalzi, read by Alessandro Juliani (Lt. Felix Gaeta on BSG)

5. “To Hie From Far Cilenia” by Karl Schroeder, read by Stefan Rudnicki (reader of the Ender’s Game series)

Pretty cool, huh? I'm very geeked by Audible's choice to use Ms. McClure, who is a perfect choice for my novella.

The anthology will be released on the 21st, and if you pre-order now through Audible, they will give you Jay's story as a teaser.


One of my favourite pastimes (for certain values of 'favourite') is to glare at an 8000-word story and hack out words, sentences, scenes, etc, until it's a 5500-word story. It's generally a heck of a lot better by then too.

Wouldn't work nearly so well for authors who naturally write short, though I suppose they could try turning theirs into a novel. And there's typically a limit to how much I can cut before it's an entirely different story anyway.