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Writing Ruminations

Writing is such an internal process. Why not make those private ruminations public? This is how stories take shape and grow.

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Location: Happy Valley, Oregon, United States

I've been supporting myself as a writer for many years and am watching the changes in the publishing world with fascination. For me, sharing the craft, teaching, is as creatively satisfying as the writing process itself.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Coming Up for Air

Well...I guess I'm no better at journaling online than I ever was when I got those lovely diaries as birthday presents and dutifully started filling out those crisp pages. Generally I kept 'em going for a few days, maybe even a few weeks... Well, I'll have to make a bigger effort here. :-)

Mostly, I fell into story. Finished several, they're out, am nearly finished with a 10,000 word novelette for a big YA fantasy anthology...with a November deadline, so I'm not feeling too much pressure yet, although I just dumped the ending, sigh. In between I have been working in my woodlot, which my dogs love, and teaching my dog DJ to move sheep around neatly. Well, I have been learning to teach DJ to move sheep around neatly and believe me, he learns faster than I do. But we're making progress. Going to have to do a mystery set at a sheepdog trial, for sure. Now I just need a good reason to murder someone there... :-)

Amazon.com has a new feature: Amazon Shorts. If you have a book for sale on amazon.com, you can now offer a short piece of original work for the whopping fee of 49 cents. That way, you can try before you buy, if you're unfamiliar with the author. It was fun. I had to come up with a story in about three weeks to make the deadline (although the launch was then delayed...that's publishing). Hide and Seek in the Science Fiction and Fantasy section is set in the same universe as my recent story in Fantasy and Science Fiction: Gypsy Tailwind. It's set just a bit farther into the future from my upcoming orbital novel from Tor. It'll be interesting to see how this feature works, but for writers like myself with more transitory short fiction out there than published novels, it's a nice advertising boon. And it's a good story, if I do say so myself. Not just something I tossed off. :-)

Well, I think I'm back in civilization again after my orby of words and woodlot. I'll see if I can't hang around here more regularly! (She says sheepishly).


Blogger Jean said...

Too funny! My blog has collected about an inch of dust since I last posted. I've decided to do better though. Of course, the follow through is the hardest.


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