As promised, here are some Happenings since July.
Agent Search: Still going on. No new queries since October, of course. I should restart this.
Three Day Novel: Yes, I took part in this one. We’re still waiting on the results.
Paradisi Chronicles: This one deserves its own post. An open universe, tied to a Future Chronicles anthology by the incomparable Samuel Peralta. I was invited to write a short story and submit it. The story has survived canonical review, and is awaiting Sam’s approval.
National Novel Writing Month: As previously reported, I am one of two Municipal Liaisons for this fantastic organization. In November, one is challenged to write 50,000 words in 30 days. That I did, despite being out of state for about half the month. Although the novel degenerated badly, at the end, I did write two very nice treatments of hard SF topics which I will extract and polish. So it was worthwhile.
StarShipSofa: I was offered the chance to narrate one of their stories, which I jumped on. SSSofa is a Hugo-Award winning weekly podcast heard by thousands. I recorded the narration before my brother passed away, did most of the editing, and then John died. I couldn’t focus enough to revoice the MC, but they liked the product anyway. They also added a nice tribute to my brother in the intro, which I found very touching. Click the link and listen.
Princeton Writing Group: Every Tuesday, I lead the meetings at the local Panera Bread. This is where I got most of my writing and editing done.
Speaking of editing, I have finished the First Flensing of The Honorable Thing. I cut it down from 221,000 words to just under 106,000. The Second Flensing will whittle that down further to 85,000 or less. It’s now out to Alpha Readers, so that I know it is at least somewhat readable before I invest more time in it.
Oh, and I’ve submitted stories in a few spots.
And…that’s about it. Sorry it seems like I’ve been dogging it. John’s Estate sucks up a lot of time. I really miss him.
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