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March 2017



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i'm a book-keeper's son. i don't wanna shoot no one.

Five things make a post!

1) I will be guest-blogging at Charlie's Diary (Charlie Stross's blog) next week. It will probably be more formal than my natterings here.

2) Sometime between now and midnight tomorrow, The Unicorn Evils goes live over at Shadow Unit. Even I don't know exactly when. It depends on the web ghoul's schedule and how fast Duane gets that copyedit done. This season, we will also (hopefully) be publishing a .pdf document along with the .html one. Watch this space!

3) I need to get out from under the cat and go for a run.

4) I think I'm taking the weekend off. And spending tomorrow pretending to be snowed in. Right now, I'm going to go for a run, and then I'm going to eat something, and then I'm going to buy caving gear because apparently I am going caving again on the 20th and I am not wading through snowmelt without neoprene booties.

4.1) Then I'm going to a Brazilian barbecue with some friends, where I will perforce eat a hell of a lot of dead cow.

4.2) I will not be attending Boskone. However, I have plans to make a flyby of the con on the 13th or 14th and hold down a table in the bar for a few hours, and I would love to see any friends or acquaintances who might be hanging around the con.

5) I did a little spreadsheet magic last night and realized that for the last four years, I have averaged--averaged--772 words of new draft a day. That's all. Three pages and a bit.

*looks at bookshelf*

See, when I say I'm not a fast writer, I mean it. But persistence is worth something: It adds up, guys.

And on that note, right, run.


Three pages and a bit.

That seems to me to be a hell of a lot of new draft for every single day. 0.o

I'll have to ask my local writer friends, but I doubt they're too likely to disagree.

About 1200 pages a year.

Nut yanno, I know people who sit down and knock out a book draft in a couple of weeks. I am a tortoise by comparison.
Well, yes, but I know some hare-type writers and they sprint for a few weeks or a couple of months max, then do nothing for a while. Your averages are probably pretty similar.
The Information Services department where I work has ruined my plans to spend my entire work day on Monday reading Shadow Unit by instituting new monitoring software. Curses!
But, hey, at least I was warned ahead of time....
Thanks for letting us know about the guest-blogging next week.
Thank you for being interested! I plan to talk about web models of publication, and futurism....
1) I will be guest-blogging at Charlie's Diary (Charlie Stross's blog) next week. It will probably be more formal than my natterings here.

Has Charlie used up the non-formal quota with "Vegemite vs Marmite - I like them both!!!"? That was a month ago!
yay on guest-blogging. Amusing since I read both of your ljs, but of course it isn't like any of us are in particularly disconnected communities. You guys have a bit more intimate of an industry of course... :)

and yeah, amazing how applying yourself every day means over time you've made a bunch of stuff. Holds true to other things, rock climbing is just a few routes a week and all of a sudden you are good, theoretically if I had actually kept trying all last year I'd actually have some conversational Thai by now, etc. :)
well, there is slow/steady pace and then there's starve to death pace. Also, I did the maths, that's over a million words. Seems like a good steady pace to me :) (I'm just now catching up on all the books I got via your last sale, btw... loving New Amsterdam).

Mmm... so much work and reading to do this week. Must resist spending all night reading Shadow Unit. I will probably fail my saving throw on this. Sigh.
Are you excited about the caving? Or more sort of leery? For the record, I am just hella jealous. :D
I nearly died last time. We'll see how it goes.
Um, shall I cross fingers that does not happen this time? I shall, unless told to Knock It Off. On general principles.
I'm sure you've probably heard this, but it's worth repeating on the small chance someone reading this hasn't - Fred Pohl produced all of his books and stories by writing exactly 4 pages a day, every single day, no exceptions, no excuses.