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It's Friday and I am so relieved, because somehow it's been another week of paddling madly just to keep up.

I didn't even have time for a SHIELD post!

Tiny spoilers ahead: Cut for spoilers )

And I didn't have time for a proper Supergirl post either!

Tiny Supergirl spoilers: Cut for spoilers )

I started the edits on Huntress and I'm feeling more confident about it than I remember. Sure, it needs tidying up a fair bit and there's a soggy section in the middle that I have to fix, but structurally, it's not actually broken. It doesn't collapse the moment I poke at it even a tiny bit, and I'm quite proud of certain parts. I just need to fix the broken bits and then I can send it out to a couple of betas and see how many holes are left.

After I've done the post-beta clean-up, then I guess I have to decide what I'm doing with it. I'd still like to try for an agent, but it's an f/f fantasy romance, and one of the things I've noticed is that f/f romance of any kind is a tough sell to editors outside the small lesbian presses, which might be why so many authors go indie. So will my book get rejected by agents no matter what the writing is like, just because it's going to be hard to place?

Going indie has its appeal, for sure, but I don't know whether that's the wimp's way out. And going to the small lesbian presses also has appeal, except they're mainly US-based and they all seem to want me to edit into American-ised spelling and word usage before even sending an MS out, and UGH no.

So I'll do what I always do when I try to think about this stuff, and stick my head in the sand for now :-) The book isn't in any state to go anywhere yet, why am I thinking about this stuff already?

I booked my tickets for Helsinki this week, so it's official: I'm going to Worldcon 75 after my sister's wedding. I even looked at a map to figure out where Finland is and...look, I am bad at geography. I'd mentally put it somewhere near Denmark.

It's next to Russia.

Finland: it's further away than you think!
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It's the [ profile] yuletide strategising time of year again! I *think* I've got my nomination list fixed. Several fandoms I really want to request/offer in my sign-up are thoroughly covered already so I'm nominating for my tiny fandoms with tiny pairings :-D

The rule change where I can request up to six things on sign-up is going to be so great. Usually I have trouble narrowing my requests down to four, so this year it's going to be a bit easier. And because offering thousands of fandoms apparently doesn't help the matching algorithms, I'm keeping myself to a maximum of ten offers without making a big bucket o' fandoms offer this year.

I suspect half my sign-up, at least, will be me hoping for femslash in my tiny fandoms. How has nobody spotted that Trixie/Cynthia in Call the Midwife is a thing that needs to happen? How is there so little Kate/America in Young Avengers? Why isn't everyone falling onto Valkyrie/Annabelle in Fearless Defenders?

OK, yes, I'm ridiculously excited for Yuletide *already* and by the time sign-ups happen and assignments go out, I'll be slightly ridiculous. As it's the only exchange I'm signing up for this season, I think that I'm allowed to be ridic :-D

My Big Bang editing is...happening. I've finished going through the MS and making copious notes on all the things that I need to do and last night I got the first two chapters edited. As they were the ones that stood out as needing the most work and the largest rewrites, it feels good to have them done. I'm still hoping to have the edited MS out to my beta by Monday but a lot depends on how much time I have to spend doing family stuff this weekend.

Dad is visiting. Mum wants us to be All Family All The Time. It's really bad timing.

Made it!

Aug. 29th, 2013 05:05 pm
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My rough draft for Marvel Big Bang went in two hours before the deadline but it's in and, most importantly, it's a complete draft. Woot! Yesterday morning I was fairly sure it would be missing a scene from one chapter, but I managed to get that scene written last night (and rewrite sections of three other scenes, which I totally hadn't thought I'd get time for) so the whole thing went in.

Then I sent it again because I accidentally sent versions 1 and 2 of chapter eight and no chapter eleven. Oops.

(Yes, I version my drafts. I'm a software developer. We version.)

I'm pretty sure the whole thing is filled with spelling mistakes, typos, horribly clunky sentences and small plot holes I intend to fix in editing so my poor artist(s) isn't going to get a beautiful fic but it should be good enough for arting :-D

Tonight I plan to print off the chapters I haven't printed yet and then I can panic and flail for a while before starting to read it over the weekend. All my focus has been on getting the words down so I haven't gone back to read chapters since I finished them. This will be my first chance to get a feel for what I've done on the fic as a whole.

Current plan is to read go once to get a sense of how it reads and make some general notes about any big issues. Then I'll read it through again and this will be where I make all my big, detailed scribbles all over the manuscript. This will be when I make notes on all the small things I mentioned and need to keep consistent, count up bodies (don't ask), and write "JESUS FUCK WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??" in various locations.

So, yes. Editing. This will be my life for the next little while until I've got the MS into a beta-able state.

But I'm not doing any of that until Monday at earliest. It's my Friday off work tomorrow and I intend to spend the day reading books and fic and watching a shitload of completely mindless trash on the TV. Saturday is comic shop day and then an afternoon at the movies with friends. Sunday is probably for sleeping.

For the first time in my life, I kind of understand what Elizabeth Bear means about post-novel ennui. I just want to hide and turn my brain off for a couple of days because the push to get so much writing done in a short period of time has drained me completely.

But I did it. I wrote an actual novel with a complex plot structure in three months. Eep!


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