it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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Down at the mainspring, listen to the tick-tock.

N.B: A life in the entertainment industries is not significantly different in any particular from other forms of living by one's wits.

All right. I heard from Anne-my-editor today, and the revisions to Undertow were acceptable. Which means, as soon as I hear back from truepenny, I can put the final soft-cloth polish on the manuscript and hand it in. I have a more or less working draft of "Hobnoblin Blues," as "Upon Deaf Ears" has decided it wants to be called.

Which means my to-do list between now and next November* looks like this:

The Stratford Man / The Journeyman Devil: whatever revisions are deemed necessary. Sorry, guys, it looks like we're going to have to split the duology on a cliffhanger because of the length constraints on each volume. I apologize in advance.

Dust proposal. And possible a retitle, as it's a bit close to the Pellegrino book, though his has a subtitle.
Dust draft

redraft All the Windwracked Stars
write those last two scenes that need to go in By the Mountain Bound
revise The Sea thy Mistress

write "Chatoyant"
write "Lumière"
write nameless gonzo space opera novella
write "1796"
write "Babylon & On"
write "Black is the Color"
write "King Pole Gallows Pole Bottle Tree"
write "On Safari in R'lyeh & Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
write "Orm the Beautiful"
write "Smile"
write "Periastron"
write "The Death of Terrestrial Radio"
write "Wehrwolf"

Whiskey & Water
galley proofs
Undertow galley proofs
A Companion to Wolves copy-edited manuscript
A Companion to Wolves galley proofs
New Amsterdam copy-edited manuscript
New Amsterdam galley proofs

Piece of cake.

I'm giving myself the rest of October to work on short stories, I think. First up on the batting stand, "Orm the Beautiful." Next one after that, "Babylon and On."

* If you dream of being a freelance writer, get used to the idea of to-do lists measured in years. Sorry.

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