I think the subject says it all. I’m sick of editing things. I haven’t actually written anything wholly new for a few weeks now, though I think being sick/in hospital combined with trying to keep up with submissions and school work is partially a good excuse.
Edited Delilah today, so whenever it gets rejected I’ll at least have a new better faster stronger draft to send out. I actually kind of hope it does get rejected, because I like this version better. I figure best case senario though, they buy the story and I can offer them this draft as a “hey! this is like totally way better, want this version?” since the draft isn’t that different from the original. I removed a couple scenes and added a couple, so the length is about the same and I think the character development/motivation is hopefully more clear now as well.
I really should edit Blade Bearer, but I think I’ll wait on that until the peeps at NorWesCon tear into it. I’m being workshopped by such awesome pros as Cat Rambo, Lizzy Shannon, Brenda Cooper, and Jeff Carlson. It’s pretty darn cool they’re giving time out to do critiques, as much as I’m super nervous that I’ll get the nice version of “don’t quit your day job” (and then have to explain I already quit my day job…).
This week though I think I’ll start writing again, new stuff. I’d like to have a rough draft of Chwedl by April. Spring break is coming up (I think I’m done with class in about a week from Wed) and that should give me plenty of time to finish up whatever I don’t get to in the next two weeks. 15k words a week should do it. I’m not sure how Aine is going to solve the problem in front of her, but I’m sure something will come out while I’m writing (and if my solution sucks, it would be a fairly easy rewrite given the structure).
They’ve started calling people about Clarion West. No word yet either way for me. I’m trying to just keep my head down and work and not stress over whether or not I got in, but damn it’s hard. I really like the story I submitted, but I can see where it might get a mixed reception, so we’ll see. Hopefully they’ll think I have promise and give me a shot. I think it would be an amazing experience, at the least, and a step I’m ready for. I’m keeping my game face (mostly) on and thinking “next year!” if I don’t make it this one. But I really want to make it this year. The line up this year looks amazing. (Ok, it pretty much always does every year, but still…)
No word on Space Bones or Delilah either. I hate wait.