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First Sale of 2011: Beneath the Silent Bell, the Autumn Sky Turns to Spring

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Woohoo! I just heard from the fabulous Jennifer Brozek that she’s buying my “Kiyohime” story–now titled “Beneath the Silent Bell, the Autumn Sky Turns to Spring”–for the DAW anthology Human for a Day.

First story sale of 2011!

I love deadlines. I wrote most of this one back in November, and then ended up stuck on a plot point. Meant to finish it over the holidays but I never get anything done then. (I don’t know why I keep thinking I will.) Next thing I knew, it’s the new year, the deadline’s snorting steam down my neck and striking fear in my heart, and poof, I stopped being stuck. I hadn’t worked my plot issue out, but I just started putting words down because I knew I had to, and miraculously, what I’d been spinning my gears on resolved itself. La.

Deadlines stress the heck out of me and wreak holy havoc on my sleep, but I am never so productive as when I’m sweating to meet a deadline.

 

Originally published at EugieFoster.com. You can comment here or there.

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On January 11th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC), jean_roberta commented:
Congratulations! You have the most consistently unusual story titles of any writer I know. :) No likelihood of confusion (e.g. 2 distinctly different novels by writers here on LJ named "Personal Demons," stories by me & various other folks named "Communion"). I would like to know whether you ever get stuck on a title, come up with it before a plot, after or somewhere in the midst.
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On January 11th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC), eugie replied:
"Congratulations! You have the most consistently unusual story titles of any writer I know."

Thanks! And I do? Yay!

As far as whether I get stuck on a title: yes, all the time! I've spent hours waffling on a story title before--only to discard all my brainstormed ideas and go with my working title. And the ones that I don't end up agonizing about crop up at all stages of story creation: at the beginning, in-progress, and at the end...often after I've had an epiphany about the nature of the theme.

My creative process is consistent only in its inconsistency :p.

Edited at 2011-01-11 01:00 am (UTC)
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On January 11th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC), matthewsrotundo commented:
Woo-hoo! Congrats!
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On January 11th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, Matt!
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On January 11th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC), marshallpayne1 commented:
Congrats, Eugie! :-)
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On January 11th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC), melissajm replied:
congratulations!
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On January 11th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On January 11th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, Marshall!
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On January 11th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On January 11th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC), horace_hamster commented:
Congrats!
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On January 11th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks!
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On January 11th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC), mouseferatu commented:
Woot! Congrats, Eugie. I'm insanely envious, but there are few people I'm happier to be envious of. ;-)
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On January 11th, 2011 02:33 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Aw, you know your envy always fills me with warm fuzzies, Ari!
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On January 11th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC), jmward14 commented:
Congratulations! Can't wait to read it. :D
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On January 11th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you, sweetie!
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On January 11th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
Congratulations, Eugie! I just finished 'Returning My Sister's Face' yesterday and enjoyed each and every story *so* much! Your writing is so lyrical and lovely, and I truly loved the beautiful spirituality that wove gently through the book. Bravo! :D
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On January 11th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Aw, shucks Maggie, thank you for your very kind words; they mean a lot to me. I'm really delighted you enjoyed Returning My Sister's Face.
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On January 11th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC), threeoutside commented:
Yay, you! Congratulations!
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On January 11th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie!
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