Month: February 2006

Nickels and Dimes

In between all the craziness of this month, I’m still plugging away at Not Flesh Nor Feathers. It is my fervent hope that I’ll crest maybe 25,000 words on it before getting to Seattle; I think it’s going to be important to the overall feel of the thing. I need to be here to get it underway. I need for it to be flavored with this place, before I leave for the west coast.

I also – in my perfect dream world where I’m super-productive – want to get a healthy start on The Wreck of the Mary Byrd before I go. It’ll only be 30K words or so total, which I could hypothetically write in a week or two (if it came to that, and if I had nothing else to do). I’m looking forward to it, almost as a little bit of creative dessert.

While I love the Eden books and I’m very excited by NFNF, I’m also pleased by the prospect of writing about something else for awhile. I haven’t tried to take on a full-length project unrelated to Eden in several years, so this will prove to be an entertaining change of pace. I can escape from first person narration (fun, but taxing); I can indulge a new mythos. I can talk about different places and other people for a bit. Really, I’m extremely grateful to Bill Shafer over at Subterranean for the opportunity.

TWOTMB will be the last project I take from Tennessee.

Of course, if you’ve just surfed into this page via the back of Four and Twenty Blackbirds, then you probably have no idea what the heck I’m talking about. If this is the case, and if you’d like to be filled in on all the life-altering dirt, you’d be better off reading my silly little LiveJournal than this blog. I love this page, but I mostly use it as a place to post professional progress.

Like this – a progress report on NFNF:

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16,388 / 100,000

For more general personal stuff, my LJ is where it’s at.
I guess I ought to go update that one now, too.

meter abuse

At the risk of abusing this little meter thingy, I am forced to say “huzzah.” It’s a half-hearted little “huzzah,” as 3000 words isn’t such a hot total for the better part of a week. I just haven’t had the time, you know? There’s always something. I might still get a bit more done on Not Flesh Nor Feathers tonight, but there’s no telling.

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14,735 / 100,000


I fussed a bit over on my LJ because hey – if that’s not what LJ’s for, then I just don’t know what is. Yeah. Things are a mess right now.

But as I mentioned a long time ago over there, the one thing I’m not worried about is the writing. I can keep that ball rolling. Hell – I’ll ignore the dirty dishes, forget about needing milk, turn a blind eye to the cat-hair tumbleweeds, and turn off my phone … so long as I can crawl into bed with my laptop at the end of the day.

I’m not sure really what it says – that right now, even after spending all day on a computer at work, I still view home plus laptop time to be refreshing and recreational. Usually I consider it just one more form of hard (if rewarding) work. The rest of my life must really be reaching Hades-In-A-Louis-Vuitton status.

But in the interest of keeping this from being too depressing … hey look! A good review over at Tangent. It’s in reference to this collection of flash pieces over on Lone Star Stories. Heck. I’ll take it.

And also, because I am besotted with the cute little graphic – here’s progress on Not Flesh Nor Feathers.

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11,266 / 100,000