[personal] Updatery of various sorts

First of all, I want to give a big shout out to whatever idiot with the Arizona area code called me at 2 am. I never did get back to sleep. This is going to make for a long day today.

I managed a prodigious amount of writing time yesterday at the Fireside Writers. (Plus we enjoyed a nice Mexican dinner after. Mmm.) It was mostly revisions on various short fiction manuscripts, along with writing related program activities. One piece of WRPA was a draft of a 2010 year in review requested by a ‘zine. Which is to say, my personal year.

Great Ghu was that sobering to write. I revisited all that has gone on in my medical and personal life, and I tracked through my writing accomplishments. Which would have been worthy in a normal year, and are jarring in the context of the year I’ve had. It’s been a damned intense twelve months.

I’ll be making a year-in-review blog post here around New Year’s, which will recap much of what I just pulled out, but, yeah. I’m more than a little astonished at myself.

Next up is revisions to “The Weight of History, the Lightness of the Future”, the recent Sunspin novella. Then I’ll get cracking on a full (but not final) version of the endless outline for the books themselves.

What are you working on? Or are you taking a holiday break?

8 thoughts on “[personal] Updatery of various sorts

  1. Laurie Mann says:

    I’m writing bits of clean-up technical documentation as I finish up a long-term contract. Doing something similar for a fannish project. Not traveling! Hope to go see The King’s Speech this weekend.

  2. Cora says:

    I’m working on the novel and the PhD as well as whipping some short stories into submission readiness.

    Holidays and particularly the Christmas to New Year stretch are great for writing, because you don’t have to work and half the internet is asleep. All you have to do is ditch your family for a while.

  3. Alex J. Kane says:

    Currently about halfway through my Q1 2011 Writers of the Future entry, which I’m aiming to be about 7,000 words for the sake of marketability.

    By far, I’d venture to say, the best thing I’ve written. Taking the time to develop my characters and outline as much as possible beforehand, and then taking my time on the first draft, has really proven to be the best path toward a quality manuscript.

  4. Griffin says:

    Blogging, reading the blogs of others, and generally procrastinating the lunch hour away.

    Writing the second in a series and waiting on word from the editors on the first book, fingers crossed. Hammering a short out when I’ve the time and the novel is being particularly cantankerous.

    Tonight, dinner out with family. Holidays with same.

    Not a bad life.

  5. Break from the day job, which has been intense and difficult in the midst of a difficult year. Having a few work days off means time to finish reading MAYAN DECEMBER out loud to the dogs in front of the Christmas Tree and clean up every single damned line. Then I can start in on the antho stories dues and a few new ones.
    Almost ready for holidays – so it should be nice.
    So happiness, actually. Mostly.

  6. I’m set to read the last tale in King’s FULL DARK, NO STARS, in the deluxe CD edition. I held back on the last tale just for the experience.

    I’ll also reread Pat Rothfuss’ THE NAME OF THE WIND, as I have an ARC of the sequel, and intend to get to it.

    Work reading dominates my life these days, as we expand. It’s my aim to take a bit more time for the personal stuff.



    PS. Griffin — Your Favorite Band Sucks.

    1. Griffin says:

      Sorry Jay, it appears Bill posted just to slip me an insult.

      Look at me, I’m being oppressed.

      Bill- Good thing you make a living with books, and not music. Of course my favorite band favorite sucks, it’s still better than you deserve!

      Merry Christmas, all.

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