May 4th, 2007

A Pocket Full of Murder

I am officially letting myself off the hook...

It's good to know that I can outline and pre-plan a story without completely losing interest in it, and great to know that I could actually write 2/3rds of a first draft in a month... if I'm willing to accept a cruddy first draft.

I am not so sure about that last one, however. With a little less than 1/3rd of Touching Indigo to write, I feel as though the strain of cranking out words I don't really feel proud of has finally gotten to me, and killed my enjoyment of writing the book altogether. I also feel that the ideas for this last bit of the book need a bit more time to percolate: I know where I'm going and roughly what has to happen to get there, but the fine details are clogging up my brain at the moment.

So I am officially giving myself permission, as of right now, to do ANYTHING I WANT related to writing during my writing time, instead of pushing for those 2000 new words every day. I can work on hooks, write queries, do writing exercises, make research notes, polish existing text... or maybe write some of those new words, who knows? But one way or the other, I've got to give myself a break and rediscover the things I loved about writing before I'll be ready to carry on and finish that first draft.


*takes a long, deep breath*

Ahhh... that feels better already.

In other news, I sent out two e-queries today, to the agents referred to me by the lovely and gracious Agent M. (whose clients are indeed blessed to have her). We'll see what comes of that.
A Pocket Full of Murder

Baked beans are off! or the dubious joys of spam filtering

I've been meaning to post this for some time, but kept forgetting...

My spam filter is really tyrannical, and although I try to check it on a regular basis, I'm sure I've missed stuff along the way. So if you sent me an e-mail at some point in the last few months and expected me to reply but I didn't, please leave a comment here and I'll make arrangements for us to try again, OK? I'd hate anybody to think I was just plain ignoring them.
Talk Talk - Colour of Spring

*jaw drops*

Okay, I had no idea horses were even CAPABLE of doing this kind of footwork. Seriously, you need to watch this -- and watch all of it, because just when you think you've seen everything, it gets better:

Incredible Dressage Video (6 min.)

I'm not even into horses and this blew my mind. Thanks to Brian Scott over in rec.arts.sf.composition for the tip.