For a variety of reasons (restless dogs, restless wife, caffeine consumption even though I know I’m caffeine sensitive) I didn’t get a lot of sleep this week. On the plus side, I managed to put in a full week of work despite taking time out for an eye appointment Tuesday (all good!) and our futile attempt to trap Wisp.
Undead Sexist Cliches is moving along well. I completed the first four chapters, including incorporating all my beta-reader feedback and the various online references and quotes I’d added. Today, instead of writing short stories (I woke up very early and just couldn’t get into it), I went on and reorganized Chapter Five. It’s the chapter on rape apologist bullshit (e.g., it’s not rape if you’re drunk, most rape charges are lies, you can’t punish a good man for one little error) and it has, unsurprisingly, a lot of stuff in it. I was able to break it down into a coherent set of cliches, grouped various as Don’t Believe The Woman, Rape Is The Woman’s Fault, Rape Is Excusable and Men Can’t Figure Out Consent (as a friend of mine said, straight men grasp consent very easily when they’re in a gay bar). I got about halfway through the chapter before my brain began to sludge. So I’m calling it a day.
I worked on Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates and got some ideas for improving Only the Lonely Can Slay. Didn’t get as far with them as I’d have liked, though. And didn’t get any work done on the Space Invaders proposal: I’d scheduled that for Thursday afternoon while the dogs were out, but the two hours spent watching to see if Wisp was dopey enough to be captured killed my focus. I did, however, submit the two stories I don’t already have with a magazine somewhere. That means all my unpublished stories are out. Now I need to start making plans for Southern Discomfort — any agents I haven’t queried yet who might be good targets? Which publishers should I pursue if agenting doesn’t work out?
I also figured out how to work a Square reader for my phone. While I was at Mysticon a few months ago, I discovered it helps to sell books if you can accept credit card payments. So now I can. There’s a fee to Square for each use, of course, but I think it’ll pay off for me.
A good week, though I wish I’d done more fiction. I’ve adjusted next week’s schedule to emphasize more fiction, less Undead Sexist Cliches. Hopefully it’ll balance out, especially as I’m reading at the writer’s group the week after next. I was low enough in the queue I thought it would be two weeks further off, so I need to hustle. Oh, and Leaf has started back up so I’ll be earning actual money come Monday.
I’ll close with a Shadow pulp cover by G. Rozen. Much as I love Doc Savage, the Shadow had the better pulp covers.
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