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2014 Q2

At the beginning of the year, I posted a preliminary list of things I wanted to get done. (http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/2014/) My main goal has been to finish things. 3 months later, I’d like to look at how I’m doing.

Here’s the essential list, copied from the earlier post:

Project 1 is the Dreamscapes revision. I started it; I’ll finish it; I’ll publish it.
Project 2 is either The Edge or The Way. These have each been declared done a dozen times. It’s time to give each one last read-through, one more turn at the wheel, a final breath.
Project 3 is the other one.
Project 4 is a new story.

Project 1 is complete. Dreamscapes is up on Smashwords. It has 38 views and one purchase. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/406665

Project 2 is complete. The Edge is finished and submitted to Analog Science Fiction and Fact.

Project 3 is stalled out; The Way is going nowhere.

Project 4 is complete, or nearly so. It’s not really a new story, but an old one I had given up on and forgotten about, which was actually quite close to just fine. I finished it and will be taking it to my writers’ group for input. I plan to submit it after I hear back about The Edge.

In addition I wrote three and a half new pieces of fan fiction, posting two of them as well as an old piece that isn’t quite finished. (http://archiveofourown.org/users/Elwyne/pseuds/Elwyne) I wrote hundreds of words on The Way. I wrote 3 different versions of part 2 of that unfinished fic. I wrote hundreds of words chasing miscellaneous creative tails. I wrote a half-dozen blog posts. I have finished things. Not everything; but I have finished things. I have a half-dozen things I could do next. I have three out of four things done and it isn’t even time for Camp Nanowrimo yet.

So now what?

Q2, Project 1: I’d really like to finish The Way. I’m not going to force it, though. Leave it here and see what happens.

Project 2: I’d like to do something with this weird little fic I wrote in January. (http://elisabethflaum.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/work-in-progress-2/) Possibly two somethings. It has potential.

Project 3: I’d like to come up with a decent ending for the Doctor’s daughter fic I posted last month.

Project 4: Something new I haven’t thought of yet! :)

That should get me through the summer at least.

Allons-y!

 

I suck at this.

Doing what I planned to do, that is.

Now, with three projects open and pending, I instead watched all of Broadchurch in two days and wrote an epilogue. I’m sorry. You probably shouldn’t read it.

You definitely shouldn’t read it if you haven’t watched Broadchurch. It won’t make sense and it’ll spoil the ending. Instead, go watch Broadchurch. Assuming you have the next 7 hours free and clear, that is; otherwise, you might want to wait until you do.

https://yarny.me/share/99dbbc

 

ETA I did submit The Edge. I should know in 6-8 weeks.

Oops.

Well didn’t I just get sidetracked.

Since setting aside The Edge as complete some weeks ago, I’ve been working on The Way. As I said at the beginning of the year, my intent has been to finish things before moving on to something else. Funny how that doesn’t always work.

In spite of helpful input from my writers’ group, and in spite of how much I love the characters, I’ve been really stuck on The Way. I’ve been – horrors! – bored with it. I’m not sure I’m telling the right story. I’m tired of working on the same scenes over and over again. So, while bored and stuck, I went through my Yarny file in search of amusement.

First, I reread The Edge and declared it complete. I’ll be submitting it shortly.

Second, I found two things. One is an incomplete short fic (The Doctor’s daughter) that was startlingly much better than I remembered. I posted it on whofic (http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=54298) and already have encouragement to finish it. The other is a nearly-complete original story. I was really surprised by how not-sucky it was, considering I gave up on it so long ago I didn’t remember it at all. I’m going to pull it together – it doesn’t need much – and maybe submit that too.

So in spite of my intention to finish The Way once and for all, I may be finishing some other things first. With luck, I’ll have fresh eyes for The Way afterwards. I really do want to finish it; I love the characters, I want to tell the story, and it’s so close! But maybe it just needs more space.

Urg

Warning: Mild profanity ahead.

From time to time, one comes to a place of questioning. The question is, what the fuck am I doing?

It’s a common question among ‘artists,’ or ‘creative types,’ or even ‘slackers,’ however we define ourselves. I’m working on this project (story, piece, whatev) and then I hit a wall. I suppose some might call it writer’s block. Others, existential angst. Or occupational futility.

Art, writing, creation, all this is necessary. At the same time, it is inherently self-indulgent and useless. It accomplishes nothing (material). It serves no (obvious) purpose. It’s just making stuff because you want to. No one else cares.

Hence, the question.

I finished Dreamscapes. I came back to it, hated it, took it apart, put it back together, threw up my hands in frustration, gave up, started over – and then suddenly had something I was really happy with. I did the same thing, more or less, with The Edge. Now I’m in the middle of the process with The Way (I fucking hate that title but I don’t yet have a better one). Everything looks familiar about it; I know I just have to keep going and all will be well on the other side. In the moment, however, everything sucks and what the fuck am I doing.

That’s all. Nothing has changed; we ebb and flow and back up and erupt and ebb and flow again. But the backed-up part really kind of stinks.

The Long Night

Fix-it fic for The Long Earth, in which comfortable middle-class families abandon their children without a second thought.

https://yarny.me/share/h4dbbc

 

Two down, part two

I took The Edge to my writers’ group and read the ending. Not too many notes, but useful. I applied them.

Now I think I’ll wait and give it another pass in a couple of weeks. I forgot I had planned to submit it to Analog, so that will be the next step. Of course if it gets bought I’ll have to write two new stories instead of one before putting out a new book, but I think the payoff, financial and otherwise, would be worth it.

In the meantime, I’ll move on to The Way, which needs a new title among other things.

Once more into the breech…

Two down?

I think The Edge may be finished.

I read through it yesterday, smoothed over a couple of rough spots. I had planned to continue reading it in my writers’ group, as the critique I received made such a difference in the early scenes. However, I think it’s pretty darn good as it is. It doesn’t need to be pulled apart any more.

I’m not sure what to do with it just now. I don’t want to put it on Smashwords so soon on the heels of Dreamscapes. I can’t put it in a print book until I have two more stories to go with it. I think I’ll leave it for now, and revisit the question after I’ve spent some time on something else.

On second thought, maybe I’ll read them the ending. I’m not sure how well it will work, since they’ll have missed 10k words of middle, but it’s worth a try. It’s a scene that could use some input.

to be continued…

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