June 07, 2003
recap

This has been the week from hell. By the time I left work on Thursday, I'd already put in a good 43 or so hours this week. It was a bloody long week, and exhausting.

This weekend I'm in Boston, for the N4 planning meeting. Went to one session. Sent Kevin off on facilities tours (since he's working facilities). And right now, the kids are napping.

So I'm finally getting to do what I really want to do. Spend some time with me and the internet and quiet and writing.

It's a really good feeling.

I'm going to try to do the SoD contest. However, in order to do it, I need to have things that are ready to submit. I'm not sure I like *any* of the shorts I have ready just now, so I'm revising and revising and revising so I can get some things out the door.

I've got about 10 stories that are in some stage of near completion. Although one is erotica, so I'm not so sure it counts.

"Amber Eyes" needs serious revision. I'm about a fifth or so of the way through those revisions, and then it'll be ready to go. I think it's a semi-pro sort of story. I don't have a lot of faith in it, but I also still love it and want to see it in print.

"Choices" I like, but it needs it's revisions and I have no idea where to send it. It's a vampire story, sort of. And it falls into the deal with the devil category. And I'm not sure I do enough new with it. And it's TOO LONG. But I can't figure out where to chop things out to trim it down to a decent length. I do know I can shift the cockroaches to be a non-descript bug, however, which will make it simpler in the ending.

"Fade" is too short and too... juvenile. I look at it and I like it but I hate it. All at once. I'm not sure it's worth sending anywhere.

"For You" and "The Ring" are both flash. They'll be the easiest to send out (and get back) relatively quickly.

"Glimmer" is my current favorite. I just finished the first rev on paper and need to type it in. Then I need to go over the opening and closing again because they are the two weakest parts. And I need the opening to really sock it to'em and hold the editor so they can't put it down and can roll right on through it. Because it's got that sort of rolling dialog that just kinda pulls you into it (I think). It's the one that's got the best shot of someone taking it. *fingers crossed* I'm really proud of this one.

"In the Flickering Light" falls into the same category as Fade. I like it, I hate it, and I have no idea where to send it.

"Lamenita" I did wrong. It needs revision and I think those revisions are beyond me just now. I think what it REALLY needs is to be torn apart and rewritten in a new style. Which is hovering there somewhere inside my head and I'll find it eventually.

"Metamorphosis" is erotic horror, and the last place I sent it to said it wasn't horrific enough. *shrugs* No clue.

And "To the Moon" is just wrong. Cute, and boring.

Obviously I need to write more. Or at least, find more inside me that's good. Because what I've got hanging around isn't. Or at least, I'm losing my faith in myself. Which might be something altogether different.

Posted by Deb Atwood at June 07, 2003 04:33 PM | TrackBack
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