rflong: (Elf)
( Apr. 22nd, 2008 09:14 am)
*sigh* an R on Puzzlebox.

But a good R, if there can be such a thing. Lots of helpful comments, compliments on voice and my fav "strong mechanics made this an easy read" which is nice. And encouragement to submit more.

But still an R.


I know there has been some debate about whether to post on blogs about gettings R's but I figure its all steps along the way. If someone really thinks anyone gets published without any Rs at all, they must never have tried.

If someone has got published without any Rs at all...  grab your torch and pitchfork, lads!


Strangely, this time the rejection mourning doesn't seem as bad. And that is probably what defines a "good" rejection. This lovely editor took the time to point out where I went wrong, making points I can use to make it better and told me where I had got it right as well, which is very encouraging - something she need not have done.

So, *pout*, *sigh*, but on the whole a sense of getting there, perhaps?

What constitutes a "good" R for you?
rflong: (Default)
( Feb. 14th, 2008 10:09 am)
I subbed Puzzlebox and The Wolf's Sister. Pray for an arrow right on target rather than a boomerang effect. :D Fingers crossed.

Now I can start to relax again, I hope. Then again, its me. Maybe I'll start working on a rewrite of Relief Duty. Anyone who read it before would surely love to be catapulted back into the Ayredale Special Collection, a library where the most dangerous things are inside the books.

I think it might be time. And I think I know how to make the story work now. (I hope)

Just put the fact I have two WIPs to finish to one side for a moment, will you?

I also queried on subs for The Wrecker's Daughter (looking good) and The Bonny Lass O' Fyvie (ok). Got responses within the day which was wonderful. They are still circling, looking for a comfy place to land. Fingers crossed again.

Torchwood was good last night, but the end surprised me! 
rflong: (Plotbunny)
( Feb. 12th, 2008 11:04 am)
 So I'm doing my usual - poking at stories one last time before sending them out. So good at poking. Not so good at the whole sending out.

But as we are off to Cork this weekend to visit family, and I won't be bringing the laptop, I would dearly love to get them out before we go so I can stress like an extremely stressy thing all weekend as to whether a reply will be waiting when I get back AND/OR hassle everyone around me by trying to get hold of an internet connection all weekend! I KNOW there won't be a reply that soon, but do you think I can convince myself of that?


So, I am waiting on a couple of crits still, but for the sake of family, not to mention a marriage, I think I'll go for it on Wesnesday night. It's subbin' time. Then if the crits come after that they will always be useful for the future. Yes, my confident head is about to topple. Again.

I'm quite looking forward to the weekend actually. Should be nice. I will try to take pictures. If I remember the camera. this is my new trick - forgetting the camera. Comes from having a smaller handbag all of a sudden.


Yes, I'm waffling. Going away now. Buh byee!
rflong: (Meeting on the Turret Square)
( Jan. 13th, 2008 04:26 pm)
So the news for the day is:

I submitted Puzzlebox to the Anthology - it was the last day today! Talk about working right up to the last minute. The editor woman came and went though she did make me stay up late last night. But my husband was out he didn't notice so much.  The wonderful ladies at Romance Divas helped me with the query letter. It's fab!

The cat now has a green velvet collar with a bell in order to protect some of the small birds in the area around our house. Well, I say he now has it... He had it on when he went out 5 minutes ago. It could well be history by now!

My son and daughter may be coming down with something. Or else they are calpol junkies.

We're having lamb souvlaki for dinner.

It's been a nice, quiet day...

Definitely in need of an early night tonight.

rflong: (Default)
( Jan. 10th, 2008 03:58 pm)

I finished my first draft of Puzzlebox last night - making my promised 10.30 bedtime more like midnight! But I was able to tell my hubby that the pesky writer woman had gone away for a while and he could have his wife back.

Until the pesky editor woman appears.

Actually, she's here, but she's under the radar for the moment.

So it came out at 25,500 words, there or abouts. I don't think I have ever written as intensively as that before. The great grey "and magic happens" bit at the end got filled in last night with what I think is a great scene. I mean, I think it now. I thought it then. When I do my actual read through I'm sure it will be an entirely different matter. 

I have a lot of loose ends to tie up: paths that never went anywhere, conflicting histories becuase I changed my mind about a few things, but I think I have the makings of a good story here. Not necessarily by Sunday which is when the antho closes, but possibly.

There again, I do want to stay married!

Ah well, I'll sort out something. It's probably easier if I sit down with paper and a pen though, so the file is churning out of the printer as we speak.

Fingers crossed.


rflong: (Plotbunny)
( Jan. 8th, 2008 10:56 pm)
Puzzlebox: 21,422 - over the target and still not finished. I thinkI might be running out of time but I've got to go to bed now.

Ah well. Fingers crossed and see what I can do tomorrow!

rflong: (Plotbunny)
( Jan. 6th, 2008 10:09 pm)
I've now reached 17,870 words, which is 89% of my target. I still have about 8 events to get through, maybe 5 scenes. So fingers crossed. Its definitely the downhill ride now, which is a great feeling.

Back to work tomorrow.

Puzzlebox is now 13306 words - 66.54%. Many unexpected things have happened. My outline is largely mush. Those pesky characters are doing it again.

And I have a story in the P&E poll. It's fun, but I must stop checking it! :D

rflong: (Minoan)
( Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:43 am)
I heard yesterday that Hadley Rille Books have accepted "Carrying Keptara" for the Ruins Metropolis Anthology.

I like this start to the new year! It is good in so many ways.


*dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!*

Meanwhile Puzzlebox: 7963 words, which is 39.8% of the target.
Behind, but in a good place.

It is not easy to write with a hyper six year old around.

Puzzlebox: 4608 words, which is 23% of the projected target.

Still behind, but by less than a day!

End of Chapter 2!

We're probably out for most of tomorrow, but maybe I will get some more done.
rflong: (Plotbunny)
( Dec. 28th, 2007 10:36 am)
Puzzlebox: 2058 words. (so I wrote 1134 words this morning)

Ended scence/chapter 1. 9 more to go.

Now I want some sleep, but I will write more later today. I promise!

rflong: (Clock)
( Dec. 27th, 2007 06:22 pm)
I started a new project today. It has a deadline of mid-January and I kind of need to write 2000 words a day pretty consistently to meet that and still have time for... ooh, I don't know, editing? It's paranormal romance and I spent the last two days plotting it out. It isn't going to be long but I am seriously going to need to focus. Which isn't easy at the moment. Yes, I am off work until the 7th BUT my son is off school until the 8th!


Anyway, its called Puzzlebox. And all I have written so far is 924 words!

We're having a party tonight, so that might be about it for today. Day 1, over a thousand words behind... Not a promising start.



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