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Released from Jury Duty and Novel First Draft (Almost)

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So I was not selected for a trial yesterday. Thank Jeebus. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to be when they asked if I had State Farm insurance or any other affiliation with State Farm. I figure eleven years working at their corporate headquarters would qualify as an “affiliation” and was crossing my fingers that it would put me out of the running. Looks like it did.

Now I’m curious what the case is about but really, really glad I wasn’t selected for it. The only thing more boring than insurance law is tax law, and I will see plenty of both in just a couple months. I absolutely don’t need a jump start.

In other news, I got Matthew’s feedback on Demon Queller. He liked it! Whew. Yeah, yeah, family opinion and all, but I know he’ll be honest with me if something sucks, and I trust his instincts. It’s why he’s my eternal first reader. Also, he’s legally obligated to keep speaking to me regardless of how bad a manuscript might be that I force him to read.

Got some tweaks, minor edits, and a little rewriting to do based on his crit, and then it’ll be officially at first draft and ready to send to critiquers.

Also started on a short story, the one I’m writing for the DAW anthology. 800 words. Working title, “Kiyohime.”


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On November 9th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC), mouseferatu commented:
Also started on a short story, the one I’m writing for the DAW anthology. 800 words. Working title, “Kiyohime.”

800 words?

Eight-hundred words?!?! =8-O

I can't clear my throat in 800 words...
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On November 9th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! To clarify: The finished story isn't 800 words, that's how many I put down yesterday on it! It'll probably end up around 4-5K.
On November 9th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC), mouseferatu replied:
Oh. Oh! That makes a lot more sense. :-}

Ari am slow today.
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On November 9th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
*pat pat pat*

Actually, I have written a few 1,000-words-or-shorter stories. Not recently, though. It's a painfully hard length to cram a story into.
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On November 9th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC), yukinooruoni commented:
hrm ... Affiliation. That could be problematic.

I quite like the idea of serving on a jury, but because of who I work for, we have "affiliations" with pretty much every major company in the US, and almost certainly GA.


I wonder if "yes, they're one of my clients/customers" would disqualify me *sniffs*
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On November 10th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Well, the company affiliations would only be pertinent in a case involving those particular companies. For the most part, trial cases are against individuals as most of those are criminal cases.
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