tcastleb: (Gecko)
( Apr. 24th, 2007 09:20 pm)
Played with the layout of my journal . . . and now I have "The Tiki Room" stuck in my head.

Orossy is trucking along. I'm about over the hump of the middle, except I'm not totally satisfied with the scenes there, which is why a couple of them aren't quite done. It's Feisal takes Orossy home and Feisal meets Rossa, and the timing feels off. Everything there is taking place in a span of two days, where it used to take longer, which might be all right, but it's just odd at the moment. Oh well. I'll get to the end soon and maybe figure out what should have happened there and when. Good news is, I cut some scenes from the last version.

Walked to Goodwill, which is eight blocks away, for the heck of it, and didn't spend money, although I was mighty tempted by a Robin Hobb book I haven't read, and a Melissa Scott book. They'll likely still be there for a while if I change my mind . . . Then I went to Target and spent money. -sigh- legitimately, some was food, some was cat stuff (who wants to haul the thirty-one pounds of cat litter up two flights of stairs for me?) and they had bags of sticky lizards for $1. Promotional materials, ya know.

Still no title for the lizard story. Help me out, I'll send you a bag of lizards. :>)
Loose Id wants my lizard story! Yaaaaay! Well, novella, since it's 35,000 words or so.

Still have a few things to fix . . . like make it a little happier, and come up with a title. I still don't have a title. -sigh- I'm taking ideas. :>) Boy meets boy. Boy loses boy. Boy falls in love with lizard and lives happily ever after.

But . . . yaaaay!
tcastleb: (Turnip 2)
( Mar. 29th, 2007 08:25 pm)
Wheee! Just got back from going to see one of my Clarion teachers, Cory Doctorow, read and sign over at Mysterious Galaxy. That was cool, and he's always fun to see. Met a Clarionite-to-be, and one Clarion hopeful who hasn't heard anything yet. So, yaaay!

I sent the lizard story to Ellora's Cave for the hell of it. I didn't think they would take it, and they didn't, but they did say, ". . . while we found the writing good and story line very well done, we feel that this story is not right for us." So that's something, and about a three week response. Still waiting to hear back from Loose Id on it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Um. That's about all. Cleaned out the spare room, mostly. Just have a pile of boxes to dump in the recycle bin. Would've put more out there, but the yard guys put the fallen leaves and flowers in it, which is a big no-no (says so right on the can in Spanish and English, but oh well) so I had to scoop all those out. Fun.

Yeah. We'll see if any novel writing gets done tonight. Must get something done.
tcastleb: (Lizard)
( Mar. 13th, 2007 12:28 am)
Haven't had much to report lately . . . been working on the lizard story, trying to work some more romantic elements in there, and got some great tips from the SHU folks on the boards. Yaaay!

Have some vague ideas on where to go next in the novel. Well, more than vague, but I think I'm letting them settle a bit before I plunge ahead. Hence the tangent for the lizard story, which shouldn't take that long to fix up. Thought of a couple small things I need to go back and fix in the part I already have done. Goal is to get it done by residency in June, so I can save myself the postage of having to mail the darn manuscript for my mentors to read. I can do it. :>)

Today's my Friday. Yaaay! Going to see 300 tomorrow with a friend from work, which should be fun.

Oh, and it's nice and warm here. In the 80's. Time to dig out the shorts. Yaaay! I like hot weather. And I can finally wander around my house without shivering.

Anyhoo. Back to the writing thing.
tcastleb: (Lizard)
( Feb. 4th, 2007 12:49 am)
Finished the lizard story, at a short (for me) 36,300 words or so. Fourteen chapters, and the alternating bits worked out well if I made them about two scenes each. Sent it off to the Loose Id editor who wanted it, so it's hurry up and wait to see what they say. I like it, overall, and think it turned out well. So, we'll see. :>) I even left an obvious possible thread for a related story.

Now, what shall I work on next . . . something for SHU's Eye Contact, deadline on the 16th, would be good. So would a pirate story, if I could think of one. Finish the last couple scenes in my book, of course, and either pull out one of my older series books to work on, or work on another newer one that's an expanding Clarion story. Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.
tcastleb: (Lizard)
( Feb. 3rd, 2007 10:29 pm)
The lizard story has an ending. Yaaay! Now I just have to fill in a few spots, and put the alternating chapters back, and it'll be done. Right about 40,000 words. Done soon, and off it goes.

Sort of figured out an ending for my other book. I think it works; have to look at it a bit more, and likely add at least one more scene, but it'll be done soon too.

And, for the heck of it, and which is somehow oddly appropriate:

I am:
Samuel R. "Chip" Delany
Few have had such broad commercial success with aggressively experimental prose techniques.

Which science fiction writer are you?

tcastleb: (Lizard)
( Feb. 1st, 2007 10:43 pm)
Good day. Finally managed to catch up with my friend [profile] stardust1110 who was here for the past few days on a business trip and I took her to my #1 tourist spot--the beach behind the Hotel Del on Coronado island. The difference? It was dark this time, but we managed to find some shells anyway. Went to dinner at a pub called McP's, then--silly girl--she just HAD to see the football stadium. So I drove her past the stadium, then stopped by my house so she could meet the kitties. Fun night.

Got a bit of writing done. Took the lizard story apart. Rather, separated the two time lines so I could work on them chronologically before I put them back in alternating chapters. It seems to work. I think. It'll be done soon; I'm sort of figuring out more personality quirks that'll make the climax (I mean that in the literary sense as well as the mind-in-the-gutter sense) more worth getting to.

And I finally got all my tax forms so I can do my taxes now. Yaaaaay! I want my money.
tcastleb: (Fear no love)
( Jan. 16th, 2007 11:34 pm)
So, I just picked up my mail today and got my Hugo ballot. I intend to use it. So, if'n y'all would like to send me suggestions of who I might vote for, go for it, 'cause I'm not necessarily aware of all the good stuff that's eligible.

Posted a couple more reviews over as [profile] sff_sandcastle Just finished books #6 and #7, a couple of YA books by Canadian author Dennis Foon. I liked them. :>)

Worked on the lizard story. I'm worried that this one is going to be a bit short; naaaah. I always write long. Right now I'm just trying to figure out how to pin down the form; there's two storylines, the past and the present (or before lizard and with lizard) which alternate chapters, and I'm thinking the storylines ought to be somewhat parallel, or at least resonate with each other at the alternation points. If that makes sense. And I changed main characters because the original guy was a total damsel in distress, as my former mentor would say. Total wimp. So I switched.

And in other happy news, I found all of Season 2 of the L-Word at the library. Yaaaay!

And I finished up a short synopsis of my recent book, thinking I'd send it off to the Taos novel workshop--until I read that it had to be paid in full within three weeks of acceptance, and I don't have that kind of cash. :>(

And I still owe my new mentor a handful of scenes--too bad the lizard story is more fun to write at the moment. -sigh-


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