(reblog) Monday Morning Open Thread and WIP


Hey all,

Finally back from my travels. 3 trips, 4 time zones, 8 states, 15 days. I’ll write up a trip a trip/meeting/con report in a couple of days including cool stuff and a Smart car on the road report. In the meantime, what’s everyone doing?

On the writing front: I’m still in the limbo between turning the last book in and hearing back from my editor/proposing the next book. So I’m thinking about writing a new first 3 chapters to my 2nd book (silly fantasy ala Pratchett) so I can move it from basement storage to agent and active submission. I’m also thinking about pulling out the opening chapters of what would have been my 4th book (high fantasy) if I hadn’t shifted to short stories, and seeing if I can’t turn it into a book proposal that Jack might be able to sell. I’m feeling a little under-productive after a month off writing and that would give me 8 series out under submission as well as soaking up some of this downtime between Ace projects. Oh, and I have to get the final polish on Eye of Horus but that’s only got one pass left to make so it’ll only eat 2-3 days.

For the rest of life: The house needs to be restored to it’s pre-July state. The gardens have weeds. I’ve gained back 4 of the pounds I’d lost, which means I’ve now 15 to go in getting back to my high school weight of 185. Originally it was 35 so I’m still doing all right, but it would have been nice to not have gained any at all during the trip season. The cats are in need of much reassurance as to their position at the center of the universe. I have about a million emails to deal with and I’m sure there’s other house stuff that I’ve forgotten about beyond simple restoration.

(Originally published on the Wyrdsmiths blog Aug 3 2009, and original comments may be found there. Reposted and reedited as part of the reblogging project)