What’s up Wednesday, mid-October version

October 16, 2013

Hey, everybody, I’m not sure how often I’m going to be participating in What’s Up Wednesday over the next month and a half; probably depends on how many more Nano spotlights I get. But I’m here this time.

ROCKETBORDERWhat I’m reading:

Finished “Tricked” from the library, loved the ending. Sometime soon I’m going to have to start Iron Druid #5; there was a teaser for “Trapped” at the end of “Tricked” and Granuale is finally finishing her druid studies!

Trying to catch up on Asimov’s magazine stories now, and listening to “Heechee Rendezvous” on my iPhone. Love me some Robinette Broadhead and Heechee alien adventure.

Still rereading one of the incomplete drafts that I’m going to be finishing in November: “A Witch of Arion” has been read, and I’m nearly at the awkward cliffhanger in “The Aurigae Express”

What I’m writing:

Steampunk Roswell 51 has been drafted and it’s out to the Team Ambitious critique group. I haven’t started writing anything else; it was a little draining, so I’m concentrating on reading the stories that I have to critique, tackling a few other items from my October to-do list, and getting ready for Nano.

What inspires me right now:

It’s less than half a month until November! I can feel the creative energy rising already.

What else I’ve been up to:

Still learning what I can do with the Nexus tablet. Spent a lot of time with family over the Thanksgiving long weekend. Organizing all my various book collections, including contacting Brilliance Audio to re-download “The Skies of Pern”, which I’d managed to lose my DRM-authorized copies of along the way. They were very helpful about that.

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This is what’s up. On a wednesday

October 9, 2013

Hey, everybody, What’s Up Wednesday time again. I missed last week, because IWSG also falls on Wednesdays, so what can ya do? Ooh, looks like this is my #900th post, cool!

ROCKETBORDERWhat I’m reading:

I’ve been “Tricked” and I love it! 🙂 I’ve been reading the fourth book in the Iron Druid, (which is named ‘Tricked’ mostly on account of the Trickster god Coyote who takes a prominent role,) on my new Nexus 7 tablet. It took about five minutes from the moment I got the notification that the e-book was available at my library to set up the Overdrive app and download from the library website. Very cool.

I’ve also started rereading the incomplete drafts that I’m going to be finishing in November: “A Witch of Arion” and “The Aurigae Express”

What I’m writing:

Steampunk Roswell 51 is underway. Hopefully I should have the first draft finished by Monday morning so I can send it in to Team Ambitious for critiques. I’ve actually been getting a lot of writing done on the bus this week, and also made good headway over at Williams this past weekend with Elizabeth Twist. I’m looking forward to Nano write-ins already!

What inspires me right now:

Wrimos from around the world, especially the ones who’ve volunteered to be interviewed. All the cool stuff coming up on the Nanowrimo website. And my friends Elizabeth and Rhonda, who are participating in a library reading in Hamilton this weekend!

What else I’ve been up to:

Playing with the Nexus tablet, including plenty of angry birds and watching videos on the bus. Writing a critique for the start of a critters manuscript involving archeologists excavating the WW1 trenches, a cool idea. Drawing and doing some more programming and still reorganizing my music collection. :]

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A bad Camp Nanowrimo omen

July 22, 2013


Hey there, I’m back from Odyssey, good to see you all!

I haven’t really been doing that well for Camp in July. I set my goal for 10,000 words, and got off to a pretty good start, clocking up over 6600 in the first 8 days. But those were for Odyssey submissions, finishing up “That which was Caesar’s,” (which I started in June,) and writing “Frigga’s Masterpiece” over the first weekend in July. But then Masterpiece was submitted, and I haven’t really been pushing myself to write that much since.

I got a little more written over the last two weeks of Odyssey, and I actually got started on the end of “The Aurigae Express” last night. But I was going to my car this afternoon, pulled out the keychain – and my Camp Nano key fob broke! I don’t even know how it happened, I just pulled the keys out my pocket and what was left of the fob bounced on the pavement. It still looks very pretty, but there’s really no way to put it on a keyring anymore. 😦



It’s the square one that says ’50K’ with the bullseye that I’m talking about, not the round fob with the bird tweeting ‘Nanowrimo.’ Yes, I have an embarrassment of OLL riches and shouldn’t let the loss of one keychain fob get to me so much. But those would be easier words to live by after I’d made my camp word count goal. Sigh.


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