July 16th, 2006

Book Lover

Sunday Update

Dream, the morning of 07/16/06: I dreamed about the characters from His Majesty's Dragon, but it starred the actors from Pirates of the Caribbean, most notably Beckett and the Governor. Will Laurence, however, was my pirate character William Rathleigh. I do think the guy who plays Beckett in Pirates would make a passable Captain Rankin, and Governor Swan is a somewhat better-tempered Earl of Allendale than the one in the book. (g)

In the dream, Captain Rankin was trying to drag Will back to England from his father's Caribbean plantation, and the Earl was having none of it. Will was primarily trying to run interference between the two.

Gaming: For our tabletop game, it has been suggested that our next adventure be carried out by a group of mercenaries with no particular religious affiliations, who are just in it for the money. *snicker* Serenity, here we come! Hehehe...

Writing: I will be working on my short story "The Devil's Due" today. I want to see if I can get it published. Members of Imperial Secrets might remember this one from one of the Queen's Jousts we had.

For those of you not in IMS, this was a writing contest that we had each spring, as long as the game existed. Members would write a story. The best authors from the first round would be asked to submit a story for the second round. The best authors from the second round would be invited to submit a story for the third round, and a winner was selected from the third round stories. You could write either three separate stories, or you could write a story that took place over three stories.

I miss the Queen's Joust. It was always so much fun to prepare for!

Friends: Ack. I just found out my friend Viv has had a concussion and is in the hospital. :( Probably just for observation, but it's still worrying.

An Eye-Opener

Writing: I bought a copy of Self-Editing for Fiction Writers today from Amazon after I bought my copy of the Novel and Short Story Writers Market.

I suppose I must just be the most naive amateur writer in the world, because I thought that at least some editing of books went on at professional publishers. I knew that very successful authors don't get edited as much anymore--as witness Anne McCaffrey's lates few books and the horrible first chapter of Halfblood Prince. Somebody should have taken a stick to J. K. Rowling for the awful technique stuff in that first chapter, but it's pretty clear that they published what she sent them.

Now, from looking at the reviews of this book and some excerpts from it, it appears that, by and large, the only editing your book is likely to get is the editing you do on it yourself. I don't know that this is true across the board, but it is apparently true for many.

I'm pretty horrified. On the one hand, editing your book yourself can only teach you to become a better writer. The idea that there might be no one at the publishing house who would look your book over aside from your agent is a bit scary, though. It helps to have a pair of fresh eyes look at your book--fresh eyes of people who aren't your beta-readers or yorr friens or family, people who can tell you, "This needs to go," or "This needs to be changed."

I will be very interested to read this book when it arrives.
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Writing Work - "The Devil's Due"

Writing: I worked on "The Devil's Due" today, and I believe it's about ready to send out. I want to go through an editing process, have it beta=read, and see which would be the best places to send it to. It is 3,550 words long.

*sigh* It's too bad Sword & Sorceress is now defunct. I'd have liked to have submitted it there. Bradley always said she wanted to get more light-hearted stories.

Edit: Above should be 'MZB's fantasy magazine,' not 'S&S,' which is still being published.

Next on the agenda is "In the Soup." Yes, the Aerden and Yrdani story that I never got off my ass and wrote for Out of the Blue. *smiles fondly*
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