This temporary lull has provided my muse with some slack in the choke hold rein I've had clamped on her. I figured that during session, I simply wouldn't have the time (or energy) to crank out fiction, so I've been trying to table all the ideas and suppress the must-write compulsion until I had the leisure to write again.
Well, that didn't work. A story has been hammering and hammering at me all week. I finally gave in and started it. Gah!
I expect I've got this weekend to finish it. Word around the office is that the legislators are scheduled for beaucoup meetings all next week, which probably means beaucoup work for us editors and no time for writing. And they reconvene the week after that, which throws us back into busy-busy-busy-die mode.
How stupid am I to have started a new story? Argh!
- Contract from Mirrorstone Books for "Princess Bufo marinus, I Call Her Amy."
- A note from someone who's read my chapbook vampire stories: "Ascendancy of Blood," "Inspirations End," and "Still My Beating Heart" and wanted to read "The Few, the Proud, the Leech Corps." Yay! Except "Leech Corps" was published in an issue of Oceans of the Mind, which has ceased publication, and that story hasn't been reprinted in anything (yet). So I said I'd email him a PDF of the story for $1. He agreed and paid, I sent him the PDF, and woohoo, everyone's happy.
Although it felt a little weird selling my fiction directly to a reader rather than to an editor or publisher. But it got me thinking that I might want to make more of my out-of-print works available like this. I wouldn't sell anything which is currently in print, as I sure as heck wouldn't want to compete with the wonderful editors and publishers who've bought my stuff. But the out-of-print stuff is another matter, assuming there's actually a market for it and this wasn't a one-and-only occurrence--which it may very well be.
- Got the interview answers back from the Highlights for Children editor for my Writing for Young Readers column, formatted it, and sent it off to ye olde editor. Huzzah!
- 900 words on the new story, tentatively titled, "Princess Fireheart." I'm aiming for no more than 3K on this one, and I might be able to keep it at 2Kish. Assuming I have the time to finish it, that is. Stupid muse.