It’s been a little while since my last post. Sorry, for the three of you that look forward to this. I’ve been busy-ish writing. 20k+ words in a week and a half and no signs yet of stopping. One of the joys of being a “writer” – writer’s diarrhoea.
It certainly makes up for three more novel rejections. Bunyip was dumped again, Hero To… was dumped, and I’d forgotten I’d even sent it out to that particular publisher, and one of my novellas was also spat upon from a great height. Oh well.
Rejection Total: 168+3 = 171
No new anthology acceptances, but if you look at the Bookshop page you’ll see a few more books have been added. There’s still a few to come, so we’ll wait and see how they progress.
Now, some links.
In the SA Writers Centre ongoing blog series, Malcolm Walker (a fine author, for what it’s worth) has a brief blog about using the dictionary as a writing tool. But what is great about his post is his three things that he calls his “in the zone tips”:
1) don’t always write in the same place (great advice; change of mood and atmosphere can be as beneficial to the story as it is to the writer’s mind);
2) using music (and I dedicated a whole post to just that); and
3) have more than one thing on the go (which made me feel good, as I thought I was the only one who did that! I always have two or three stories on the go at once, so when one dries up, I don’t dry up).
Next, and not for the first time do I delve into the work of Chuck Wendig. Over on the Terrible Minds blog, he writes about writers who try to write what they think will sell. He’s pretty scathing about it. It’s a long piece, but well worth your time. But I will say this, while I agree completely with the sentiments he puts forth, it is rather tempting to write something in that very populist, crappy vein just to sell another book.
And for something different, some amusing links:
First comes from Lee Goldberg’s Self-Publishing book about how not to sell yourself or your book. It’s short, but to the point. And I laughed.
Finally one that is supposed to be taken tongue in cheek. The Onion is the first place I think Fox News and Channels 9 & 7 (and Andrew Bolt) go for its news, so it’s only fair that I put some of their news here. I laughed.
Next – a brief story. This happened to me today, and I’ve already told it on FaceBook, but I’ll relay it here as well. My car was in for some work, so I went across to a nearby eatery. So there I was, sitting at this open air cafe, writing away (well, typing away on the ol’ laptop), surrounded by lots of people at lots of tables. I get a few looks, as is the norm, and then one lady comes up to me. I get ready for the “What are you doing?” question.
Instead: “You’re typing like a retarded child.”
This from a 70+ year old woman. We want our kids to have good manners and treat people with respect. But when even the elderly are rude and obnoxious (and, yes, she was serious – she went back to her elderly friends and they all looked at me and tut-tutted) what hope do the young have? To get respect you need to give respect.
Instead we have little old ladies being turds.
Oh, and what did I do? I moved to the table right near her and her group and continued to type, hitting the keys hard and occasionally going into ‘hunt-and-peck’ mode while making “mmmmm” noises. I was going to ask her if she minded not mouth-breathing so loud as it was distracting, but my own sense of not being rude kicked in.
And finally: I am currently compiling a work of non-fiction. It is a lexicon of the creatures of myth and legend and cryptozoology from around the world. But NOT from works of fiction (literature, films, etc). So far I have collected about 4000 different critters (with almost 5000 different names). But there has to be more out there. If anyone can lead me in the direction of some of the more obscure creatures of belief (and sources thereof; I do have a reference section at the back of the book), I would be eternally grateful. Well, I would be quite appreciative.
And I think that’s it for today…