I may be losing my mind here…

Last night, I was browsing RD when I came across a link to Liquid Silver’s Satisfy Our Naughtier Side contest. (This is actually what prompted me to help Pet with her synopsis — I showed it to her because she’d been talking to me about an erotic romance novel she was going to sub to Ellora’s Cave.)

Of course, now I’m thinking: Hmm. I could submit Res …

The due-date? June 1st.

The first two chapters are polished. I just need to go over the third and write a — *gulp* — synopsis. (Gods, I hate those.)

And I need to come up with a better title — Resurrection was only a working title. But that’s not entirely necessary, I don’t think. At least not right now.

Progress for the past couple days…

My gods. I feel so dead right now. Okay. Lemme backtrack a bit.

Yesterday (Saturday), I wrote a lecture for the class I’m teaching at Evo, which was a few hundred words. I also wrote two chapters in Stronger. One mostly just needed editing, but the other needed rewriting. So 1151 there. I also wrote 262 words in the next chapter.

Today, I wrote a book review (515 words), revised two chapters of Resurrection (about 5.5k), finished the Stronger chapter (adding 1244 words, totalling at 1506), and rewrote a friend’s synopsis (about 770 words).

My. Fucking. Gods.

I feel so dead.

Well, that makes me feel better …

Agent Kristin Nelson posted about novel length trends the other day, sprurring an interesting discussion in the comments thread.

Some while ago, I heard — and for the life of me, I can’t remember who said it, but I’m pretty sure it was an industry professional or an author — that publishers were wanting shorter and shorter books, even in SF/F. I believe the stated “recommended” wordcount was between 80k – 100k, though the writer mentioned that shorter wasn’t out of bounds.

This concerned me, because I’m going to be adding a fair amount of material to Stronger than the Night, and I could easily see it hitting 120k.

So when I hit this comment from Jennifer Jackson, I was quite pleased. Consider she’s one of the major SFF agents out there … yeah. Not going to worry too much about the whole wordcount thing.

*major sigh of relief*

The Twenty Worst Agents List

I figure by now most everyone has heard of the hullabaloo surrounding Barbara Bauer and Absolute Write. If you haven’t, check out Making Light for the full scoop.

Because I strenuously object to this level of idiocy, I’m posting the list here.

THE TWENTY WORST AGENTS LIST

* The Abacus Group Literary Agency
* Allred and Allred Literary Agents (refers clients to “book doctor” Victor West of Pacific Literary Services)
* Capital Literary Agency (formerly American Literary Agents of Washington, Inc.)
* Barbara Bauer Literary Agency
* Benedict & Associates (also d/b/a B.A. Literary Agency)
* Sherwood Broome, Inc.
* Desert Rose Literary Agency
* Arthur Fleming Associates
* Finesse Literary Agency (Karen Carr)
* Brock Gannon Literary Agency
* Harris Literary Agency
* The Literary Agency Group, which includes the following:

Children’s Literary Agency
Christian Literary Agency
New York Literary Agency
Poets Literary Agency
The Screenplay Agency
Stylus Literary Agency (formerly ST Literary Agency)
Writers Literary & Publishing Services Company (the editing arm of the above-mentioned agencies)

* Martin-McLean Literary Associates
* Mocknick Productions Literary Agency, Inc.
* B.K. Nelson, Inc.
* The Robins Agency (Cris Robins)
* Michele Rooney Literary Agency (also d/b/a Creative Literary Agency and Simply Nonfiction)
* Southeast Literary Agency
* Mark Sullivan Associates
* West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)

Progress … or lack thereof …

I haven’t managed to get much done the past few days. Started in on Chapter 13 late Tuesday night, but only got about 375 words done. Morgan had come down with a pretty bad cold — he ended up calling out of work — and I was starting to catch it myself.

Felt better the next morning after I got some sleep, though. I was feeling unusually social and restless, so decided to go out to Club Hell, a goth club down in Providence. Morgan didn’t come along, cause he was still feeling pretty crappy.

But… I love my male. As I’m walking out the door: “Have fun! Hook up with a hot wench!” LOL.

So danced for awhile, realised for the millionth time that no, I’m really not into guys 🙄 and left when the club closed around 1-ish. Was much fun, and my legs are nowhere near as bad off today as I thought they’d be. So, woohoo!

Figure I’ll start to do a bit of work on revising Resurrection and then start on Stronger this evening 🙂

Progress…

Didn’t get anything done yesterday outside of the chapter that kept me up way too late. 🙄

I think I’m fighting off a cold or something, because I’m sleeping a bit more and waking up feeling crappy. So far, though, it doesn’t seem to have hit me badly. *crosses fingers and hopes it stays that way*

Finished Chapter 12 at 1281 tonight. I could do more, but I think I’m settled with that. My fibro was acting up bad enough today for me to take a pain pill, so I’m a bit fuzzy. Not too badly, but I think I’ll kick back and play World of Warcraft for awhile. 🙂

How’s your day been?

Ch. 11 finished

Finished Ch. 11. I ended up doing a fair amount of editing. I added about 500 words — and then deleted about that much. 🙄

On the bright side, I think I can sleep now …

This is a new one on me…

Insomnia’s not an uncommon problem for me. It’s nowhere near as much of one for me as it is for some people — I know folks who can’t get more than three or four hours of sleep a night because of it.

Now, I’ve had lots of different reasons for insomnia. What’s most common is that I’m just not tired. Or that I’m worried. Or that I hurt. Or that I got distracted reading a book or playing a game or something and hit the “overtired” point. 🙄

But… I don’t think I’ve ever been unable to get to sleep before because I couldn’t stop thinking about the damn WIP.

Toss. Turn. Book. Toss. Turn. Book. Toss. Turn. Write. No go sleep. Write. Toss. WRITE. Turn. BOOK. Toss. BOOK. Turn. WRITE.

After a good twenty minutes of this, I finally said screw it and got up.

So here I am, starting to work on another chapter. 🙄

Not like I’m complaining about progress, but … uh … I’d like to sleep sometime!

Today’s progress

Edited Chapter 09 earlier this afternoon, which resulted in about 228 added words. Then wrote 1101 words and finished Chapter 10 this evening. Whee!