Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond (birdhousefrog) wrote,
Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummond


I think the heat pump convector is officially dead. But we do have the oil furnace for the bedrooms. And we have two woodstoves for the area previously cared for by the heat pump. I built a fire at 6am. Miss E was quite pleased with it, warming herself while brushing her hair for school. It's cloudy so not quite as cold as yesterday, but the fire is welcome. The question is whether I will build and maintain a second one in the living room or just keep the living room doors closed. No sun today to warm the room for me.

On the writing front, things proceed. I'm registered in NaNo, but there's little hope I can generate 50k in 30 days, though I continue to try. No, not defeatist. I'm actually pleased with what I'm generating, which are proto stories, as opposed to a proto novel. I'm using my weather thing, courtesy of The Weatherdude, in at least one of the stories, if not two. And I'm generating new material, which hasn't happened in a year. The last time I tried to generate new material was for OzCon, nearly a year ago. That story is still unfinished, but I have a retreat coming up the first weekend in December and I plan to finish the draft then. Different style, with internal editor engaged. The work this month has the editor primarily shut down and I'm just generating.

Re\Creation received what I would call a mediocre review from The Fix, so I won't link to it. Y'all can find it if you want to. Apparently, something in my opening tried the patience of the reviewer. He wasn't willing to come along for the ride and only continued reading because he was required to. And then he began to see it wasn't the story he had thought it was. And liked it. And saw why the opening was the way it was.

I found a few other mentions, none of them favorable. An engineer with aspirations of being a writer disliked it. I disliked the writing posted on his website, so we're even, I guess.

However, I do know of many people who liked it, liked it quite well, in fact. Stan liked it and wants another story. That would be the water one or the gen ship one or both. And someone suggested that I send it while Stan is still breathing. yeah. Good idea, that.

So, off I go to write.
Frog Out
Tags: house, pro stuff, process, re\creation, writing

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