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The Envelope, Please...

:::drum roll::: (Scrivener and Word have differences of opinion. Quick insert another 15 words.)

We are finished. We are done. My cheering section was simply amazing, in and out of livejournal.

I officially finished. I have story drafts to edit, from this year and from last year. I discovered things about myself and about process. I learned that I could generate one heck of a lot of words when I had this strong image of where I was going and what I was doing and wasn't paying any attention to an editor. I could not have done this last year, when, in fact, I generated 25k and 3 story drafts.

The loot:

1. Cumin's story is in full rough draft at 11k. His fans will heave a sigh of relief. (Now it would help if I edited the Mouse King into its final version first, since that story predates Cumin's.)
2. I finished a fairy tale that was based on some feelings I had about 4 years ago. I finally settled on an arc for it.
3. I drafted a goofy middle grade piece about our cats. I have no idea where I'm going with that. Richard III meets Walkabout Farm.
4. I drafted a romance that I suspect could be ebook length, something I've never done before. It feels very unfleshed out and unfinished at 12k, unlike most of my stories. It was fun writing without worldbuilding for a change.
5. I drafted a longer fantasy piece that may also be appropriate for an ebook market. At 13k, it feels as if I could do a lot more with it.
6. Miscellaneous dribs and drabs that never amounted to something from my notes. False starts.

What really boggles the Oz mind is the idea that I might be able to generate content at ebook length, sustain an idea and work it through to its conclusion.

Frog Out...Stone Cold


( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Keep those writing muscles exercised!
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I found muscles I never knew I had.
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
WOOOOTT!! LOOOOTT!! Good stuff!!
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your cheering!
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Congratulations on producing a volume and reaching a goal. Next year, I join in.
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, please do join in. Interesting sense of community and the more competitive folks find it really increases their pace to know someone is ahead of them. I stayed in the middle of my NaNo buddies and that was how I wanted it to be.
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
Congrats! E-books. Heh. Careful, they're addicting. And you actually know how to write some of that romance stuff. :>p
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Not sure I do, but I shall be attempting it. With erootic moments, too. But I have no idea how you do the M/M thing.
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:31 am (UTC)
You rock, girl. That's plenty of laurels to rest on--for a while.
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Shall not rest more than a day. Shall select a laurel and turn it into a rock to be polished into a gem, I shall. And then the next, and the next...
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
Yay! Congrats, Oz!
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The good thoughts helped.
Dec. 1st, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Awesome job, Oz! Way to go!
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've been watching your counter go along, too. Winter in Omaha, perfect for staying indoors and writing!
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Dec. 1st, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
We shall see on the ebook length. But knowing that I've been exclusively under 7500 words in final version (except for my unfinished novel), this was weird. I was over 10k and I knew that I had unfinished story to tell and scenes were taking 1500 words to write, easily, and it was drivel, but usable drivel.

I was clearly in "flow" as they say, when in the car. I'd written nothing at Philcon and it just started pouring out of me, that new story. I think partly because it has so little worldbuilding to it.

But the diverse part, that's the best of it. Stories in a variety of topics, worlds, styles. But all feminist. You just can't get me to write in a way that isn't fundamentally feminist.
Dec. 1st, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
That's Ozsome! Congratulations!!
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Trust you to come up with the pun! Hope that new draft of yours is also humming along.
Dec. 1st, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)

You did it! Congratulations!

{happy dance}{happy dance}{happy dance}{happy dance}
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
You are wonderful! (So is Kermit.) Congrats to you, too!
Dec. 1st, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Woo hoo! That's a lot of loot :-)
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
thank you! May something good come of all of it. Apparently, I wasn't ready to start my Bollywood story yet. I must still be percolating that world.

And how's that allocating more time to writing coming along?
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
and now you are my hero!
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'm *your* hero? Wow. My head is spinning. That's such a mighty switcheroo, that is. Where you lead, I have followed.
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Good on yer! Congrats.

And now I can say it and get it off my chest: So, I guess it's a spicy romance.

Exiling myself to the corner, now.
Dec. 1st, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Speecy, spicy, yes. Two of them in different styles were going along at the same time there at the end. We shall see whether I can turn them into ebooks for that market, we shall.
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Dec. 1st, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Same to you!
Dec. 2nd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
You did it! I am so proud of you.
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