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.
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.
"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)
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