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Status Update

I finished the revision of the story from 2001. I plan to post it here, though it's long. It's about 9,000 words.

I also finished the story I started last week and I submitted it to an online magazine. We'll see how that goes :)

I started a story Sunday, but I just couldn't get a handle on it. Maybe I'll go back and try to flesh it out. That's the problem with ideas I get from dreams. In the dream, the idea seems so wonderful. Then I wake up and realize it's the silliest premise ever thought of :)



What I've been doing for the last two hours is reading online articles about scam businesses. I'm reading some very, very bad things. It's so disheartening, it makes me just want to throw all of my writing up on my website and say "have at it". I know it's important for me to be aware of these scams. One bad judgment on my part and my novel could be chained up for seven or more years. After that, it would be damaged goods, and the only thing I could do is throw it up on my website. If I got the rights back.

So, I'm going to do that and research agents for a little bit longer today.

I haven't finished re-editing that story I talked about last weekend. One of the many drawbacks to having a full-time job. I started another story, though. It was inspired by a dream I had. I would like to finish it this weekend!


The plan for the day

I've been thinking about this since I really woke up at 7 a.m. Then I went back to sleep and dreamt that I was on a short cruise and I left my cell phone on the boat. Then when I woke up again, I decided to get up and do it.

Most of the marketing articles I read stated that it's best to put your novel away while you're marketing it and start working on something else. I didn't want to do that because I'm not good at splitting my focus. I'm good at honing in on one thing, completing it, and then moving on.

However, I've come to accept that this marketing thing might take a year...or longer. I may be all Emily Dickinson and some estate representative will market my work. So, the point is, I realized that I need to supplement this time with other writing. 

So, I'm going to revisit a novella I wrote in 2001. It's called "Superheroine of New York". I'd submitted it to one online magazine, and when it was rejected, I'd hidden it away forever, convinced of my failure as a writer. Now, though, I've accepted a little more that all writers have been rejected. I got super-depressed the other day when I found out that one of my favorite writers, Jasper Fforde, was rejected 76 times.

It's time to get that story out of mothballs. I'm going to try to work on the beginning because I never quite liked the way it started.

Edited to add:

Oh. I did take it out of mothballs in 2007. The versions I found all say 2007. When I try to open these 2007 .rtf documents in 2010 Wordpad, Word Starter or Open Office, I get gobbly-gook.

I think I might watch a storm chaser show now.

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