9/30/2007

Thirty Makes Two

Just finished revising two short stories for submission to an anthology and feeling /good/. Just a tad nervousness batching them out via email, but they're gone now, my little children, off to make there way in the world. Hopefully they won't both come back with skinned knees and bruises from the journey.

What was best about it is that I got a chance to practice endings and middles, as well as just get back into the routine of writing toward a finish.

I'm finding that I work best in 30 day chunks, likely a carry over from NaNo last year. I won't be doing NaNo this year, not until I finish the novel I wrote last year for submission and I'm several weeks, if not months from /that/ goal.

I'm looking forward to October, though, as I switch gears from fiction to poetry/painting. I just need to find the special paper I had bought a couple of weeks ago for the project, the paper I'm sure I've buried in a box that's now packed in storage **rolls eyes**. Tidying up and rearranging the house has certain hazards to writing.

It's rainy here, and for a few hours tonight, we had lost power. Likely a tree went down somewhere nearby. We need to resupply ourselves with batteries and candles for the winter. I'm glad Fall is here, though, all wet and gold leafy and cool.

I get my best writing done this time of year.

9/17/2007

Every Once in a While

I've been reading Charles de Lint books since my hubby introduced me to Moonheart in the mid-90s. A mythic fictionist, deLint blends the present with the past, moves archtypical characters into complex spaces, and just plain writes a terrific yarn.

He's one of those authors who keeps producing and his pubs list tops over 60 books. He speaks at SFCons all over the world and has one of the most faithful readership you'll find anywhere. He also plays music every week at pub local to him in Ottawa, and he creates stories with the craft of a composer, each rising action softened with pauses, each introspective moment punctuated with action.

He's one of those authors you imagine from a distance as being as cool and as nifty as his work, but someone you're unlikely to meet in person. After all, he lives in Canada, plays to packed audiences at Cons and... did I mention 60 books published?

But every once in awhile you get lucky, and you read something in a fan newsletter. Something about a workshop at a lit colony not two hours away. And you ping your husband who says yes, and you race to the phone, credit card in hand, and you patiently wait as the receptionist fields call after call as she processes your reservation for the class, and you buy a membership for good luck, and you find out maybe, maybe you're in the workshop, one of fifteen, but she can't be sure. You have to wait another week for the registrar to return from vacation to confirm, and finally he calls and he say Yes, you're are in.

In.

What a wonderful, belonging word. In.

Then seven hours of workshop bliss where you work not only with your favorite author but with 15 other people just as in love with myth as you are, just as frustrated with getting a story right as you are, just as amazed as you that there are so many ways to tell and retell myths - everything from fiction, to memoir, to animated scripts.

**grin**

de Lint was generous with his insights, tender in his critiques, and ever encouraging of all the students. We talked everything from writing process/discipline to publication to eRights management. But most of all he reminded me of the basics:

Write everyday
Finish
Be consistent
Be respectful
Do thorough research

I had my inner fangrll *squee* moments too, when he signed my books, when he responded positively to my ideas, and especially when he expressed interest in reading more of my work.

Every once in a while it all comes together and it's veryvery good.

9/12/2007

Goodbye and Good Riddance

Japan's Prime Minister Resigns

"TOKYO, Sept. 12 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned abruptly on Wednesday after a year in power, has for weeks been a walking political corpse...

"His judgment in picking a cabinet had proven faulty in the extreme, as scandals and ineptitude had pushed four ministers to resign and one to kill himself.
...

"Contrary to studies of the "comfort women" issue by the Japanese government, which disclosed more than 100 documents showing Japanese military involvement in the building of brothels and recruitment of women, Abe insisted there was no documentation proving that the military coerced Asian women into prostitution."

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Abe ducked the apology demanded by the US through the efforts of Laban for Lolas, but he's resigned and that's progress to me.

The Lolas' stories still need to be told, still need to be answered, but for today, I am happy for this victory.