March 9th, 2006

nian on the run

Free floating anxiety

I have this nagging feeling that I've forgotten to do something. It's vague and unsettling. I keep checking my calendar and Things to Do list, and while I've certainly got plenty on my plate that needs my attention, I keep thinking I'm missing something. If any of y'all are waiting on something from me, you might want to drop me a line.

Also, Yahoo accounts keep bouncing my emails back with a "Permanent Failure: Other address status" error. That's not good. I've got several Tangent reviewers who have yahoo.com addresses. Hope they fix that soon.

   

Writing Stuff

After I saw jaylake's submission counts post, I became curious about my own (after I finished being slack-jawed at his numbers). Total number of submissions isn't one of the things I tracked in my various marketing spreadsheets--of which I have many--but it's a fairly easy formula to tack on to everything else. So I did a bit of fiddling in Excel and discovered that currently I've made 689 story submissions since I started writing seriously in 2000. That number includes 77 sales, 548 rejections, and 54 submissions currently out (there's a bunch of reprints in that figure), with the remainder being markets that folded before responding, a few withdrawals, and other oddball cases.

I think I'm going to throw a party when I hit 1000 submissions, and another really big party when (if) I hit 100 sales.


New Words:
1400 on the new Japanese fantasy now tentatively titled "A Thread of Silk." I'm thinking this might be longer than the 3-4K I initially figured since I just completed the first scene. It's admittedly a key and important scene, but it went significantly longer than I'd expected. This one's fight-heavy; I don't do a lot of pitched combat scenes and I'd forgotten how much space they can take up.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
1,869 / 4,500
(41.5%)


Received:
Word from my agent that the editor I'm waiting on rewrite notes from dropped him a line letting him know that the reason we haven't heard back is 'cause she's currently swamped working on a couple novels, but that she'll get me stuff next week. Whew. I was beginning to get scared she'd changed her mind.

So now I need to finish this Japanese fantasy and my Aberrant Dreams story rewrite before next week. I can do that.

Club 100 For Writers
      1
I skipped several days in there while doing research and lost count anyway, so I'll just start over again. Sigh.

500/day
      9

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