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[personal profile] lycomingst pinged me yesterday to inquire after my continued existence--very kind!--and caused me to face the ridiculously wide gap in my posting history around here.



I continue to exist. My long absence is the result of a constellation of non-catastrophic things: diligent, daily writing on Novel A and Novel B; guilt over the unfaceable backlog of friendslist reading; and that ever more encroaching bugaboo of multiple social platforms (Twitter, mostly--it's quick).

Also: a dying computer and a comedy of errors in getting it replaced, and some obsessively self-soothing SPN rewatching.

Novel A is Restraint 2.0: The Non-Fanfic Version. My first comprehensive revision didn't meet with pro-editor favor, and the computer-replacement fiasco ate up the funds for further paid editorial help. But both paid-for and free comments I've solicited agree that significant restructuring is necessary if Baby is to be marketable. It's emotionally and intellectually hard work. But I'm doing it.

Novel B is nothing but research (I'm reading a fascinating new biography of Aleister Crowley) and character sketches so far.

The setting is roughly 1910; maybe Glasgow, maybe Southern California, probably both. It's about a Golden-Dawn-like secret society, belief in magic, actual magic, lost-wax casting, mind-rape, actual asexuality, steamship travel, hypnotism, the Arts and Crafts movement, architecture...

...well, as you can see, it's still pretty loosely defined. The central working idea is to take one character's statement, "I no longer believe that the magic ever happened," and let the story change that character's mind. The main character is a silversmith called Eleanora Burne, and she's making me cry. Mostly because she's me. You know. Kind of a Eusyram. (Eventually I'll file that off, too.)



So, yes. Still existing. Chipping away at this thing called life. How's everyone doing?

Date: 2014-07-30 11:26 pm (UTC)
ranunculus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ranunculus
Very glad to hear from you.
Sounds like you are really plugging away at the writing, and as far as I can see that is what it takes to succeed.

Date: 2014-07-31 12:53 am (UTC)
ranunculus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ranunculus
I'm ok.
Knee is still slowing me down..
Lots of stress over the fact that one sister wants to be bought out of her share of part of the Ranch and I don't have 400K just hanging around to buy her out. Working on a solution seems to have mired me in molasses. Still, like you, I'm plugging away and there is some murkey dimness at in sight.
Had a good trip to Alaska, gotta post some pics.
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Date: 2014-07-30 11:32 pm (UTC)
dine: (skybluepink - lanning)
From: [personal profile] dine
it's awesome to learn you still exist!

it sounds like you're busy, but with interesting projects - if you ever feel like socializing, give a holler, it's been a long time since we hung out; I was thinking of you just last week

Date: 2014-08-01 06:28 pm (UTC)
dine: (short stack - ink_stain)
From: [personal profile] dine
it would be great to catch up - I'm a little tired of the Thai place (it's so convenient for lunch, I eat there pretty often some months) but was wondering if you'd be up for breakfast some weekend? I'd love to introduce you to Delta Cafe, though as it's on Woodstock, it's pretty far for you to bike. but possibly Milo's on Broadway? we could meet earlyish and hopefully not have to wait for a table.

Date: 2014-08-01 07:55 pm (UTC)
dine: (me - coffee & laptop)
From: [personal profile] dine
Milo's sounds great to me - what day might work best for you? and what time would be tolerable - could you make 9:00 or so, given the shorter commute?

Date: 2014-08-02 08:47 pm (UTC)
dine: (coffee girl)
From: [personal profile] dine
sadly, next weekend is pretty up in the air for me - there are plans afoot, but nothing's settled yet. would the following work for you? I should be free either day and would love a chance to catch up!

Date: 2014-08-03 03:30 am (UTC)
dine: (medieval - pearl_o)
From: [personal profile] dine
like I said, plans for that that weekend are still being discussed, so I don't know if I'd be free that day. do you want to try for the 16th or 17th? at this point, either should work for me

Date: 2014-07-31 03:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greghatcher
Absolutely it's about the plugging away.... glad to hear it.

I always try to keep Elmore Leonard's rule in mind: "Do a draft, and then do a revision where you take all the boring parts out."

Date: 2014-07-31 05:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Oh, dying computers are such a pain!

Novel B sounds deeply fascinating.


My little fish is headed off to college very shortly. I am delighted for her. Work continues to present me with interesting problems.

Date: 2014-07-31 10:16 am (UTC)
azurelunatic: A glittery black pin badge with a blue holographic star in the middle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
I hope the new one is up and running quickly! I had to replace my 3-year-old laptop unexpectedly last month. I'd been hoping to upgrade, but I got essentially the same thing from a different manufacturer due to the suddenness. Three years newer, though.

Fishie has been planning this for ages. She has friends there already, she's been doing smart things with financial aid, and she's getting out from under her mother's thumb. That last is the big one. I've been keeping an eye on her these past five years, and she's done amazing things. I can't wait to see what she'll do now that she's seized the chance to be more than her mother's proxy (and hopefully never speak to the controlling harpy again). (I may have formed opinions of her mother.)

Date: 2014-07-31 11:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hunningham
Hi, nice to hear from you again, and it sounds as if your life is busy and happy, which is great. I was talking to a RL friend t'other day - she is just about to finish work FOREVER and she's so excited.

Date: 2014-08-01 06:44 am (UTC)
hunningham: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hunningham
Will do. I certainly want to introduce her to the phrase "work-liberated"

Date: 2014-08-02 03:08 pm (UTC)
tehomet: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tehomet
Hello, hello! :)

Ack, dying computers.

Novel B sounds fascinating.

I'm good, thanks for asking, and I hope you are too.

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