Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Moving to TypePad 

I've neglected this site for almost a month for a very good reason: After TypePad, Blogger can't compete. So I'm keeping a journal about my novel projects at Writing Fiction. The blog also offers a lot of practical advice about writing and marketing fiction.

From there you can access my blog on writing for the Web and several others that I've built quickly and easily.

Maybe at some point I'll import MetaWriting, but for now it's served its purpose. It taught me a lot, including the limits of Blogger.

Monday, July 28, 2003

It's been quite a few days since I've posted here--mostly because beta testing TypePad has been so much more fun than posting here. When TP goes commercial, I intend to export this blog and create a few more.

Meanwhile, Henderson's Tenants is moving slowly but comfortably. I'm up to 20,000 words now--not bad for a story I started six months ago, while doing a couple of other books. We're getting close to the construction of the nanobots and the rapid transformation of Henderson, John, and Patty Paek. I have some idea of what happens next, but I expect to be surprised.

I'm going to have to get back to Deserters as well. Sometime in the next week or so I'll pitch another publisher on it, and send what I've got so far plus an outline. By the end of September I should have an answer, and if it's positive then I'll drop almost everything else and focus on finishing it.

This is the upside of having a short attention span--when I get bored with one project, I can always turn to another one. :-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Even though I'd spent most of the evening on my Webwriting blog, I managed to finish Chapter 6 and get a start on Chapter 7. Bringing Espinosa and the evil feds back into the story. Can't let Mike and the nanotech team have things too easy...

Monday, July 21, 2003

Finally got some more work on Henderson, after a couple of weeks of holidays and other stuff. Had to review a lot of the current chapter, just to remember what's going on. But the new material worked pretty well.

I need to give the reader a sense of what's going on outside the apartment building and around the world. Life isn't getting any easier for most people. Espinosa and the other FBI types should also be keeping track of Mike, and we need to bring in the homeless people from the park. Lots of strands to keep weaving into the plot...

Sunday, July 20, 2003

A warm Sunday afternoon in Vancouver. I've been working not on fiction but on an article for the Globe & Mail--a commentary on US gun fatalities, which over the past 40 years have been about one and quarter million. It's full of statistics, which I love, but they're sometimes a hard sell in the freelance market. Still working on a good kicker for the article--something to bring it up to about 750 words and end it with a bang (so to speak).

Might get some fiction done tonight. But after all those years of freelance nonfiction, I really miss it.

Friday, July 18, 2003

No writing done in a week. It was mostly hiking, and driving vast distances across BC and northwest Alberta. Gorgeous country, but the experience wasn't conducive to sitting down in a motel room at the end of the day and scribbling in my binder.

Now that I've been home for a couple of days, though, and the cleanup chores and errands are just about done, I can turn back to the novels. But tonight's not the night. I'm tired.

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Well, I might get some writing done later this evening, but I still have packing and organizing to do for our trip to Jasper tomorrow. You'd think that after doing the same journey every summer since 1979 that we would have it down to a science by now...but no.

Well, it'll go all right.

Spent much of my day (when not packing) working on not one but two TypePad blogs. Created a new one from scratch for our musician friends Andre Thibault and Qiu Xia He, who run two superb world music groups here in Vancouver. You can visit Jou Tou and Silk Road Music and see what I managed to cobble together in about an hour.

If I'm really energetic and get some writing done tonight, I'll try to post here again. If not, then be of good cheer and I'll be back in a week and a bit.

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