The word of the day is “enthusiasm.”
I’m having a great week, you guys. Just a great week. It’s not even due to any one thing in particular – really, if I search the entrails of the week I actually see more bad or mediocre than good – but I feel like this has been a great week, and I think that’s what matters.
On the writing front: I got a rejection letter this week, and as you know from my last post, that hit me right in the metaphorical gonads. However, on reflection, it was a great rejection letter. The editor felt it merited a personalized response to explain why it didn’t work, and she clearly read all the way to the end of the story. That’s huge. Yes, I need to tweak the story more, but it was good enough to get the top possible level of rejections, and that’s an achievement in and of itself.
I want that on my tombstone: “He achieved the top possible level of rejection.”
(I don’t actually want that on my tombstone.)
The anthology story continues apace. I stalled a tiny bit earlier in the week, and again today, as I realized that ideas in my outline were not going to be viable and that I needed new directions (or in today’s case, that I have no idea how to end a scene in a compelling way). Fortunately, in both cases, I was able to find a different part of the story to work on, and I know have my writing weekend (different from the normal weekend) to let my ideas stew. I’m still really digging this story, and am looking forward to refining it even further toward its full potential.
Done with Mirrors is on semi-hiatus right now, due to the deadline looming; I’ll be working it again during my Week of Rest after the first draft of the anthology story is over. The time off has allowed me to reflect on and refine my ideas about where the draft needs to go from here, and I think the story is getting stronger every time I work it. I’ll be glad to put it to bed.
In real life news, let’s see…there isn’t a lot to report, except that I’ve been getting to bed at reasonable hours, walking more, and having fewer stomach issues than I have in weeks previous. All that plus a little more emphasis on breakfast has led to me having a much more upbeat and enjoyable week. Just need to get out tonight and get the walk in; I hope the weather lets me.
One thing that has been happening a lot in my real life lately is money trouble. Not like, debt, or anything; we just got hit with some unexpected expenses and it’s meant the week’s food budget has been kind of thin. But, Sonya gets paid tomorrow, and our bills are accounted for, and we aren’t lacking anything we actually need to survive – we just have to be a little more careful with how much we (read: I) spend on lunch. It’s funny; I actually find that, above a certain threshold, I get happier the less money I have. I wonder if there’s any science about that? (I actually am pretty sure there’s some science about that.)
Anyway, that’s really what I have this week in the way of an update. I’m going to start trying to do more non-progress blog posts, like that last one; I really hope I’m able to find the energy and focus for that going forward. For now, I will leave you with this week’s recommendation: Exquisite Corpse, by Poppy Z. Brite. It’s uncomfortable, creepy, engaging, and poetic in equal measure, and I’m really enjoying the headspace it’s forcing me into. Check it out.
Have a good weekend, everybody!