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Halfway there

About halfway finished with the novella "Bellingham Girl". I'm very pleased with it so far, despite the low daily word count. A few days ago I was looking at old wordcount spreadsheets for my novel, and I was shocked to see that I'd been writing close to 3000 words a night. Gah - how the hell did I do that? But I have to keep telling myself that it's ok to be slow with the smaller stuff. Besides, I think high word counts are a given for your first novel - because it's new and you're excited about doing it for the first time, and you're more interested in getting it done at all than getting it right... hmm. Sort of like some other live-changing first-time experience I can think of. ;D At any rate, I'm on schedule as planned to finish by the first of February, so that's what counts.

However, my plans to serialize the novella on LJ may not happen, if I can get Ruthie's Club (a paying site for erotic fiction - link is not work safe, due to the illustrations) to buy and serialize it. They have a pretty good pay rate (an actual paid-in-advance three-figure rate for long fiction, instead of royalty-only), so it's worth trying. However, if they say no, I'll create a new livejournal and slap it up there.

In the meantime, I've decided that tomorrow I'm going to post a small section of "At the Edge of Ellensburg" on my website - you Clarionites will recognize it as the smut-free section I read at our first reading last summer during workshop. Sales for Short and Sweet have been very steady (according to what I see in BookScan), and I might as well do my best to keep it that way.

And, in the other meantime, I keep waiting on slushpiles and editors. And waiting, and waiting, and waiting....


Marine Autumn

I owe you marine autumn
With dankness at its roots
and fog like a grape
and the graceful sun of the country;
and the silent space
in which sorrows lose themselves
and only the bright crown
of joy comes to the surface.

--Pablo Neruda.

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