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25 Days Left

25 days left until my Novel In 90 run ends. Knocked out 6 pages yesterday before needing to let Melissa on the computer. She wanted to play a game to unwind, so I finished up most of the villain's scene and closed shop for the night. Only got to report the totals on Wednesday's word count over in the community this morning and here now.

Novel In 90 Goal
Zokutou word meter
68,000 / 67,500
(100.7%)


Green is an appropriate color for this particular word meter because NIN's worked for me. It's a setup I can follow. What's I'll find particularly telling is whether I can keep or increase the pace during these last 25 days. Because the rewrite is not done. I'm sitting at 272 pages, 15 pages into Chapter 11. I've got about 190 more pages complete in the previous draft. At this point I'm probably going to need more than that as a cushion to finish the book. Call it another 30-50 pages. Which is where the 135,000-150,000 word estimate originated.

So ... a little less than 8 weeks to reach and surpass 67,500 words. I'm going to try for 72,000 before the week is over. That should put me right at the top of the hill as I tackle the meat of Part Three and conclude the book.

Projected Goal
Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
68,000 / 135,000
(50.4%)

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stevenagy
Mar. 8th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

Though I've a way to go to finish. And finishing doesn't guarantee a sale. I do think it's publishable, however. Just a matter of playing Russian roulette again and trying to find an agent.
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stevenagy
Mar. 8th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Change?! More like get. I don't have an agent. :-)

As for the gun thing ... it's a reference to thoughts I had on the nature of submissions and finding an editor/magazine or agent to publish your story or represent your work. Essentially, when you're sending out a story, you've got a good story. That's the gun. The roulette part comes in when you spin the chambers, submit, and take aim at the particular venue or rep. You shoot and the gun either fires or it hits an empty chamber. If you send the story out again, you're spinning the chambers and trying again. Problem is ... this is writing and not a gun. So there's an large amount of leeway/chambers in play here depending on your skills at telling a story. You just keep trying until you come across the right editor/agent at the right time.

So ... Russian roulette.
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stevenagy
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
You don't necessarily get an agent if you sell a short story. It can help, since you've sold something, and because you can use it as examples or as an introduction.

I'm sure it's possible. I know one editor who thinks I should have an agent just based on my short stories. So I'm probably doing something right.

As for the the Oz story, Dennis Etchison bought it because he liked it. He rejected it for the HWA anthology he edited, The Museum of Horrors. He said he might be able to use it and asked whether it was OK if he could have it if I didn't sell it in the interim. I didn't and he did.
rachel_o
Mar. 8th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Hey there :o)

Reads like you are kicking backside all over this thing! I adore a well constructed villain. I bet you've got some nice, un-nice villain types.

My husband, Dan likes to unwind by playing a computer game. He zones in and then zones out. I never have to get off a computer for him. We have two that sit back to back and both work well.

I noticed that you said you were writing about the time of the 1800's. I like history. I'm no expert, but I have an interest in it. I have a project that I wanted to do for the NIN that was based on a historical event that took place during the late 1700's into the early 1800's.

What I like about history is that so few people know much if anything about it. I can really have some fun with history, wrap it up in science fiction and then at the end tell the tale as it took place. I've even thought of running the two tales side by side, almost an alternate universe sort of thing, but think that could get confusing for the reader. I doubt it would be as clear on the page as it would be in my mind :o)
stevenagy
Mar. 8th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Stands up and introduces self at local Borders where they're holding a TPA meeting:

"Hi, my name is Steve and I'm a Tim Powers fan."
rachel_o
Mar. 8th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Uhhhhhhh. Hi, I'm Rachel and I'm a Tolstoy and Dostoevsky fan. This is the part where those at the TPA meeting draw away from me and gravitate towards you, whispering words like "Geek and nerd" in regards to me ;o)

I did a quick search on Tim Powers -- seems I would like his work. I've never really read much science fiction. I've liked everything I've ever read, I just don't know how to pick from the mass selection that is out there, so in a bookstore setting, I tend to wander to what I know.



stevenagy
Mar. 8th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Even as a kid I gravitated toward "genre" literature for the most part. Mainstream for me back then was Dickens, Clemens, Dumas. Throw in some H.G. Wells, Richard Burton, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
rachel_o
Mar. 8th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
Have you ever read "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin?
stevenagy
Mar. 9th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
I haven't. Saw it out and about, but didn't pick it up. It's so hard to get into new books cold unless someone recommends them. :-)
rachel_o
Mar. 9th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
Steve N,

Now you have two people who will speak well of "We" When you going to read it? It's a short read, a two day sort of thing, one day if you put the hammer down, but where is the enjoyment in that?

I hope your little one will be better soon.

So, if I wanted to read a science fiction book, which one would you suggest?
stevenagy
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Thank you, and I'll have to check it out.

As for a "science fiction" book to suggest ... there are so many it's hard to choose. Something accessible, since it's made up of short work, is Ted Chiang's Stories Of Your Life. Almost every story in it won a major award, including his first published story, The Tower of Babel, which won the Nebula.
rachel_o
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
You are welcome and I will check the book out. Thanks :o)
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rachel_o
Mar. 9th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Do you like Russian Literature? Or is the "We" thing about science fiction? If you read about the author and his life you would be even more impressed.
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rachel_o
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Okay, speculative fiction it is :o) I wondered what that was.

Dostoyevsky rocks my socks! The guy is amazing. I've read a lot of his stuff. Gogal! Oh, I like you (big smiles)!

"War and Peace" is one I've told people to invest the time in reading. It is wicked good. Anna left me cold too.

How about Dr. Zhivago? What about Turgeneve?

Gezz, Steve N. is going to kick us off his page for taking up so much room...

I guess I'm just excited. I've never really come across a lot of people who like Russian Literature. The only way I could get the classes was through independent studies.
stevenagy
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:53 am (UTC)
We're just sitting at the bar and talking. This is just a different turn in the conversation. :-)
rachel_o
Mar. 9th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
You are so nice!
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rachel_o
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the "Masterpiece Theater" version. When I was growing up I loved Masterpiece Theater! I don't watch much television. I wonder if I could rent it? I should look and see. Maybe my local library has a copy.

You know, my school didn't even have a copy of Dr. Zhivago. I complained to the librarian. I wrote a note of objection :o) They ordered a copy of the book and sent me notification that it was now available!

An odd kid... Yah, I would have qualified for the classification as well.

I will come on over and pay you a visit.

Russian Lit is a beautiful thing :) I did an update on my info yesterday evening. I realized I had got a year older.

Steve N. doesn't seem odd in the least and neither do you :o)
stevenagy
Mar. 9th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
This reply/message from Rachel missing your post by a smidge, so I'm copying it here as a reply to your last comment. - Steve

***

Hi Blubeagle,

I went to your LJ to pay you a visit, but when I tried to post, was
informed I am not a freind ;o) If you friend me I'll drop you a line
there, gezz, I would even friend yah back.

I used to be a Starbucks fan, but then came Tim Horton's. I've got one
just up the block from where I live. I can walk and get coffee that is
twice as good, for half the price. I like that :o) I am a convert! When I
am in town, any town, I favor the local establishments as opposed to
Starbucks, Tim Horton's etc. Well, as long as the local place has good
coffee. If not, well, there are limits to what I will do for a community
;o)

You also may visit me at my LJ.
rachel_o
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Hi Blubeagle,

I went to your LJ to pay you a visit, but when I tried to post, was informed I am not a freind ;o) If you friend me I'll drop you a line there, gezz, I would even friend yah back.

I used to be a Starbucks fan, but then came Tim Horton's. I've got one just up the block from where I live. I can walk and get coffee that is twice as good, for half the price. I like that :o) I am a convert! When I am in town, any town, I favor the local establishments as opposed to Starbucks, Tim Horton's etc. Well, as long as the local place has good coffee. If not, well, there are limits to what I will do for a community ;o)

You also may visit me at my LJ.
stevenagy
Mar. 9th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
I forwarded your post along to blubeagle, Rachel, in case she doesn't see it here.
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