February 3rd, 2004

bear by san

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I've decided that the proper technique with Bridge--which is, after all, The Option Novel, and which Does Not Have To Be Done Any Time Soon But Was Mostly A Time-Filling Endeavor Until I Could Start Working On The SF Trilogy Again (Because, You Know, Get Stuff Done Before It's Due)--is to sneak up on it while pretending I'm looking in the other direction.Once, of course, my enforced vacation is up and I'm allowed to even look at it again. *g*

To that end, I'm printing the half-revised manuscript out (In all its quadricolor glory--gotta use up that color cartridge somehow, right?) and sticking it in a manuscript box on the corner table in the living room, where I can poke at it in odd moments in a low-stress sort of fashion. Meanwhile, Stratford Man has been bugging me again, and I'd really like to have a second draft of that (which will be considerably less work than the fifth draft of Bridge in any case, if only because I'm not nauseatingly sick of every word and because it doesn't need two complete subplots added) , so the MS is coming out of its box under the book-case and onto the corner of my desk.

Also, I might start my reading for Worldwired, because it suddenly seems interesting to me.

And yes, I'm still reading Moonwise. I'm just slow on fiction reading these days--possibly because I do such much betaing and critique, and my fiction urge gets scratched somewhat there. And also because I analyze too much. *g*
  • Current Music
    Hugh Blumenfeld - Shoot the Moon
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Prioritizing: (Dull Brain-organizing Ahead)

I've realized that part of the reason I'm stressed and fluttery is that I have entirely too many projects going at once. Things currently on my desk making goo goo eyes at me for attention:

The Stratford Man, complete rough draft MS, approximately 290,000 words, awaiting second draft revisions which shouldn't be too very bad, because i think I more or less got close the first time through.

Hammered, complete polished MS, approximately 105,000 words, awaiting final revisions pursuant to editorial letter.

Scardown, complete MS, approximately 115,000 words, ready for submission.


Bridge of Blood & Iron, was complete MS at 120,000 words, now at 137,000 words and likely to top out around 160,000 after extensive revisions and rewrites that are half-completed.

One-Eyed Jack incomplete rough draft at about 20,000 words currently.

Worldwired, final novel in the SF not-a-trilogy comprised of Hammered and Scardown, still in the ideawrangling stage.

Oh, and The Cobbler's Boy, which is about a 45,000-word YA novel that's out making the rounds, and which if it sells will be More Work, Again. (But good work, mind you. We like working on things that are paid for.)

I'm panicking quietly because there are so many things on my To Do list, and it's paralyzing me. So I'm going to use the old technique of weeding out the easy ones first: I'm going to find out if I can send Scardown in before I do the Hammered revisions, and I'm going to see if I can get the second draft of Stratford Man put to bed in a couple of weeks so I can call that closed file.

That'll be two piles gone.

Then if I can get the delivery draft of Hammered done I will have everything off my desk except Jack, Worldwired, and Bridge (and potentially The Cobbler's Boy and/or sequels).

And that's a much more manageable pile, and one less likely to make me feel short of breath when I contemplate it.

I do have a tendency to get spread out all over the place, don't I? Bad bear. Calm down. Focus.
  • Current Music
    Jann Arden - Could I Be Your Girl
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--aaand

Scardown is gone. Bye bye Scardown. Write if you get work, little story.

And preliminary reports indicate that the rewriting on Hammered will probably be very light indeed. Wow.

I feel six zillion pounds lighter already.
  • Current Music
    Jann Arden - I Would Die For You