kiya: (writing)
( Dec. 23rd, 2016 11:34 pm)
Just hit 'send' on submitting a short story in response to an SFWA-qualifying anthology CFS.

I hope they like it.

For, um. The values of the word "like" that are appropriate for that story, which is... not about things one likes.
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kiya: (writing)
( Nov. 30th, 2016 04:23 pm)
I didn't journal about it because brains, what are they? But the official wordcount is now at 50037 on the manuscript, which is named "Cracked Pots" and which I am expecting will come in around 110Kwords when actually finished.

(I also wrote several poems, my monthly article for Patheos, miscellaneous bloggery, and so on.)

Cracked Pots is named off an E. B. White quote: "Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one." It is a steampunk fantasy which turned out to be rather more politically relevant than I intended when I started it, and also at about 30K in I figured out what was going on.

I need to get my calendars for next year up on the shop, but I will work on the other 60 or so estimated kilowords as well.
I wrote 3399 words today.

I don't know how the next chapter starts though. :} Sleep on it. Do the last 633 I need tomorrow.
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kiya: (writing)
( Nov. 3rd, 2016 06:43 pm)
So I got a bunny for a story on 30 October, and I have no idea what's going on, which is why I'm doing Nano.

Yes, I'm quite mad.

I'm also ahead of the curve. Official wordcount is currently 6051, and I'd need 5K to be on pace....
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I think that fanfic would probably have been better had I finished it closer to July 2009ish, which is when I started writing it.

On the other hand, it's the first bit of writing I've managed to actually do in a dog's age, and it is in first-draft form now. Perhaps I will watch the movie again before we send it back to Netflix, to do tweaking and see if I missed anything that needs in there.

But still. Five pages of new!Trek fanfic, about three and a half of those pages written today, I think. First fanfic I've written in like fifteen years, even.

Perhaps this will prime the pump so I can do other things.
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kiya: (egypt)
( Sep. 2nd, 2010 07:29 pm)
49,306.

Second draft done.
POV character to telepathic dog, who is looking upset about something: "What's the matter?"
Telepathic dog, to POV character: "Is Timmy in the well?"


1252 words is Part 4, Chapter 13.
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kiya: (writing)
( Feb. 10th, 2008 03:44 am)
1241 words is 4.9 in its entirety, despite me having a toweringly cranky kind of day.

I also fail at going to bed on time despite saying on #rasfc that i was going to.


Meanwhile, fun with first reader:

Brooks pages: So just how long have you been saving this pleasant parallelism
between her walking between the worlds of her Spanish-speaking home and the
English-speaking outer world, and her walking between the mundane and fairy
worlds, waiting for me to notice? :)
From afar, Brooks, having a sudden realization.
You paged Brooks with 'You seem to have barked your shin on one of the major
themes of the book.'.
From afar, Brooks grins.
kiya: (writing)
( Feb. 9th, 2008 03:59 am)
949 words finishes 4.8, traumatises one character severely and another one moderately, and scatters a few clues around.

Moderately entertained by the usefulness of experience with 24/7 d/s in writing the interactions between a mystical dog and his girl.

Assisted [livejournal.com profile] zeborahnz with something, too, so a useful day all around, even if I am up this far past bedtime.
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kiya: (writing)
( Feb. 5th, 2008 02:47 am)
Three months (to the day, though it's past midnight now) since my last thud post. It's amazing what not being buried in soulcrushing stress does to the productivity! Also, I blame #rasfc. 921 words finishes 4.7. 306 words starts 4.8, so no blank page problem. 1227 for today.
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I wrote 153 words. I don't want to think about how long it's been since I last wrote, but hey. Not bad for a day when I wanted nothing more than to give up and just ... softly and silently vanish away.

Which I know is the depression talking. Which doesn't help it any.

At least the end of Daylight Stupidity Time means that my sleep schedule looks a little less fucked up. If I ignore the hypersomnia bits.


... ranting about my childhood and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?' ... my mind is odd.
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kiya: (writing)
( Jul. 10th, 2007 04:02 am)
999 words, finishes chapter 4.4.

That was ... both very hard and very easy.

But when the words are going, I don't care that it's past bedtime.

That was awfully messy.

(Wordcount also posted to the 9 July wordcount thread at [livejournal.com profile] iwrislomo.)
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I have met my 23 April deadline for my webzine article. ([livejournal.com profile] lupabitch, it has a tangential reference to something I was going to do because of F&F,B&B; haven't got my ducks in a row yet, but you're footnoted.) It won't be up for a bit, but I think that's the best I'm gonna do. Thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] brooksmoses for first-reading me and telling me when my sentences are pretzeled.

It's oddly comforting to go to a restaurant, place an order, and have the waitress say, "Like you always get, yes?" I am a creature of habits, and I find it comforting when people know how to take care of me.

First ballgame I got to actually watch this year. Not a bad one to do, though I was out stacking buckets for the back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers. [livejournal.com profile] arawen appears to think my reactions to him are hysterical. I just ... buckets.

Fair warning to all and sundry: I'm really feeling quite existentialist in not exactly angsty ways, but sort of quietly contemplative and slightly broody ones. If you crack my shell, you will hatch out small sharp birds of the nature of being real. Or possibly small sharp Velveteen Rabbits, but I don't think those live in eggs.
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kiya: (writing)
( Apr. 14th, 2007 01:37 am)
4.3: 1010 words. Done.
4.4: 87 words.

I was right, I needed to think about it and then just start writing and it would go from there. And I know what 4.4 is, and have a few paragraphs to defeat the Blank Page Problem.

[livejournal.com profile] arawen -- I may ask you to read over this sometime for comments on the characterisation of the girl I was talking with you about the other day. Probably the next chapter too, though that would have to wait until I got it written.
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kiya: (snug)
( Mar. 4th, 2007 04:41 pm)
So I noticed that my previous post was utterly incoherent and did not include that the bluegrass cover was of Pink Floyd's "Goodbye Blue Sky" despite my being sure I typed it, but that is probably about par for the course for that evening.

I wrote 268 words the other day, getting back to work and trying to pick up the threads of that and make progress. So I've started part 4 of the thing. Figured out the next bit, too, just need to write it down. Feeling a bit better about things; it's good to actually write. I need to figure out how to rewrite the early bits to get the cultural stuff in that I sorted out ages ago thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ritaxis.

I've been doing planning for the garden. Which is amusing, given how much snow/slush/sludge there is out there, but best to know what I'm doing well ahead of time. I'm planning on building two frames to start out with; we'll see if I can manage to maintain that properly and then see where to go in later years. Asked [livejournal.com profile] nex0s for some help on figuring out what local pests there are; need to go to UMass and see if they have the pamphlets she thought they ought.

Other miscellaneous stuff has included discussing reconstruction and crazed druids with [livejournal.com profile] arawen, miscellaneous states of emotional breakdown (I am tired of this, but seem to be getting better), persistent wrestling with depression, thinking about theology that I'm not actually getting written down, and playing Warcraft (hit 70 on Samh yesterday, along with honored with both Scryers and Lower City). I think I am slightly ill, but not enough that it's anything other than a distraction, another reason to sleep, and intermittent abdominal pain.

Depression may be breaking; I'm having impulses to do things. Though if I'm not careful it'll all fall apart in a morass of 'Augh, too much' and I'll fall down into the goddamn pit again.
kiya: (new perspectives)
( Jan. 17th, 2007 12:45 am)
Because I haven't actually been terribly communicative of late.

I am muddling through. Basically sort of took a week off and mostly tried to avoid feeling guilty about not really accomplishing much. Spent much of it being not quite sick, which has been maddening, but my appetite seems to have come back so it may be improving. Spent other parts of it sort of tied up in emotional tangles that it has been gently pointed out to me should not be hurting me, and that's been its own kind of interesting. Been doing a fair amount of essaying babble elsewhere. Continuing to continue.

Coming a bit out of shell now. Enforced some tidiness on the house, did a bunch of laundry, and with [livejournal.com profile] whispercricket and [livejournal.com profile] teinedreugan's assistance, made ice cream, thereby verifying that the ice cream maker works just fine. Working on patterns and establishing self properly, which eats vast amounts of processor time.

[livejournal.com profile] queenofhalves: got the Daimon Lover book you recommended to me a year and a half ago at last.

ETA: 1036 words. Chapter 3.25 written. Convinced snakie to take his mousie even though he's blue.
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kiya: (writing)
( Nov. 14th, 2006 03:37 am)
I tried to bribe the muse to write 500 words.

After several small hundred-word grinds I got 1015 words, finishing 3.24.

Now shower, then bribe payoff.
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kiya: (writing)
( Nov. 3rd, 2006 02:00 am)
There were 470 more words written on the last thud day. That plus the 750 I wrote today finishes 3.23 at 1220 words. I also wrote 39 words on 3.24, but didn't get further; at least I won't have Blank Page Problem to come to next I work on it.
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kiya: (writing)
( Oct. 28th, 2006 07:04 pm)
This damn chapter has had me thwarted for far too long.

954 words, which is 3.22. And I sorted through some of the stuff [livejournal.com profile] ritaxis wrote to me a while back and included some of the conclusions I had from that, too. (Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] ritaxis!) Will probably need to revise in some more stuff, but my gut reading had been pretty sound from earlier, just not specific enough. I'm never specific enough.

Good to be unstuck.
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kiya: (writing)
( Oct. 5th, 2006 05:16 pm)
1262 words this week, which is 3.21.

[livejournal.com profile] keshwyn++ for helping me unstuck.

I feel so much better now.
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