Moving off of LiveJournal and onto tonemilazzo has made me more careful. Not only am I self-censoring for banality but also for criminality.

For Example, if I had downloaded and watched a certain mutant movie and I found it to be 120 minutes of nonsense. That it played out like someone had read 100 comics about this unspecified character and then wrote down everything they could remember as fast as they could, a steaming pile of crap that I’m glad I didn’t pay hypothetical money to see… Well I’m just glad that I didn’t do that.

In book news, there’s been some promising steps forward but it’d be gauche to put any details in print. Let’s just say that my query letter works.

So there you have it, I didn’t see a horrible movie and I sent letter. I’ll try to get beat-up by cops in the near future so I have something more interesting to blog about.

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The Final Stretch

The Guild of Literary Intent liked the new first chapter of Picking Up the Ghost so I just have a little work to do on the novel itself, finish the summery (currently 15 pages, it should be 10) and write a query letter and I’ll be ready to send it off to publishers and agents.

I really shouldn’t kid myself, there will be at least one more rewrite for the publisher and maybe one for the agent but for now let me sit back and dream.

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Done, Done and Done.

Done 1) Finished draft 3.6 of Picking Up the Ghost I’ll be workingshoping the new first chapter next week but once that’s done I’ll finally be ready to start looking for agents and publishers.

Done 2) Finished playing Bioshock which means I’m done with all three of the games I got for the PS3. And since I don;t need to be writing this would be a perfect time to start a new game, problem is I want to play something without guns and really all the PS3 has are first person shooters and sports games.

Done 3) Finished the two books I was reading Little Brother and The Year of Living Biblically. Again this should be an opportunity to jump on somehting new but I’m still committed to finishing all the books I own before I buy any new ones and I’m not really in the mood for anything on my To Read shelf.

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Picking Up the Ghost was subjected to its second workshop on Saturday and I’m happy to say that it came out stronger than it did last year. Happy because I really didn’t want to spend another year rewriting the thing.

Most of the suggestions this time around should be easy to implement and I’ll hopefully have the next (and final?) draft done in a few months.

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Fake Progress!

The fake books are in!


Fake Progress

This isn’t real publishing. My writer’s workshop needed hard copies of the novel to read and Lulu was cheaper than photocopies.
But I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with the print quality. Print-on-demand has come a long way.
The workshop will be giving me their feedback on the 10th. Hopefully this draft won’t require an extensive rewrite and I’ll be submitting to publishers before Spring.

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