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Birthday recap and writing resolution

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Had a great birthday yesterday. Did our traditional year-end giving bonanza to our favorite tax deductible charities: The Humane Society, ASPCA, Atlanta Humane Society, and PETA. (The ACLU is also on our list of favorites, but they're not tax deductible so tend to get money from us during months other than December.)

And on the receiving side, I opened many prezzies. Matthew got me many pretty things to wear, and this fabulous corset purse:


This is now my official "convention" accessory. dude_the gave me a giant Flu bug (Orthomyoxvirus) to go with the giant Bread & Beer Yeast microbe:


And teflaime gave me Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee. A book on plotting! That's exactly what I need. Plot is my weakness.

Ate a lot of cake and then went to see The Incredibles again. I love that movie. We're definitely getting it when it comes out on DVD. Got to wear my new skunk earrings from Matthew:


And now I'm lounging around in my new jammies wearing my toe puppet socks:


A very good end of 2004.


Writing Stuff:

Writing Resolution:

I was pretty happy with the amount I accomplished this year. I want to focus on productivity more for 2005 so, my resolution:

- Write 500 words a day, every day, barring weekends and holidays, to total 115K words (or more) for the year.

That's it. I decided not to worry about the number of stories I finish, as I've been writing longer works of late. I'd like to focus on word count and establishing a daily writing habit.

Looking back, my resolutions from 2004:

- Write and finish at least fifteen short stories.
Check. I actually completed seventeen.

- Finish the novel.
I didn't, but I did write and complete a novella-length middle-grade book which is currently on my Cricket editor's desk.

- Make more pro-level sales.
I did quite well here, making sales to Realms of Fantasy (2), The Third Alternative, H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, and Cricket (4) this year.
I'm feeling:
awake awake
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On December 31st, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
500 words or two pages a day is my goal too. Not a lot but it gets the job done.

~Maggie :)
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On December 31st, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Two pages a day adds up fast. To 2005 and many words on the page! *clinks champagne glasses*
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On December 31st, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC), reudaly commented:
Congrats on sticking with the progress this year. I wish you luck on the resolution for next year. I like idea of word count rather than completion - seems like it helps with ability to actually achieve the goal.
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On December 31st, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! *raises a glass of champagne* Here's to a productive 2005 for the both of us!
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On January 1st, 2005 01:20 am (UTC), reudaly replied:
Here's to a shared TOC before too long!
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On January 1st, 2005 03:14 am (UTC), eugie replied:
*CLINK*
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On December 31st, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC), fever_dreams commented:
I got the ROF with your story in it yesterday!

And I shrieked in joy!

Thought you should know.

Congratulations!

(Purse! Earrings! Too cool!)
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On December 31st, 2004 08:40 pm (UTC), naamah_darling replied:
Please pardon my alternate account.

*headdesk*
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On December 31st, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I figured out who you were, really I did!

"I got the ROF with your story in it yesterday!
And I shrieked in joy!
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Me too! (The shrieking with joy when I got it part.) I hope you enjoy it!
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On January 1st, 2005 05:19 am (UTC), mtfay commented:
Glad the present got there in time. While it says it's a screenwriting book, it's really about story and the expectations of story structure, and much of it can be applied to fiction as well as screenplays...Also, if you want another book on plot, Ansen Dibble's Plot has been the standard in the instruction of plot since I was in college.
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On January 1st, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks for the book, sweetie! I'm looking forward to diving into it. Hope you had a wonderful switch-from-old-to-new-year last night. Happy 2005!
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