A Hodge-Podge

There’s always something happening in the writerly world of Nettaland, and I really should be spanked for not blogging regularly. I could promise to be better about that, but I hate breaking promises. The shards are sharp and really hurt when you step on them.

Anyway, here’s the hodge-podge of what’s currently on the table:

~ I am closing on on the completion of a Special Project, and I’m excited. My client is happy with me, and says so here. Truth is, she’s been a dream client, and I can’t wait until “Lovers and Beloveds” hits the shelves. Believe me, you will love it. I think the pre-orders are open until July 15, but you can find out more information here. Hop on, because I have a feeling this thing is gonna blow wide open. Remember, you got the scoop here 🙂

~ With the completion of this project, I will have two openings for editorial services in about two weeks. Contact me for details.

~ Some of you who have followed me on my private blog are most familiar with my whining about “The Blood”. This is a short story whose history is ten times longer than the final word count. I won’t tell the story behind the story here (but I will if it’s published, promise) but suffice to say it’s been a long, torturous road with this thing. It is one of those stories that JUST. WON’T. LET. GO. I wrote the initial inception SEVEN years ago. Yes, you heard that right. It has been reworked and rewritten until I was satisfied, has garnered more rejections than a pimply-faced thirteen-year old at a high school dance, and I finally got to the point where I figured it was just going to be one of those stories that meant more to me than it ever would to anyone else.

Until one of my favorite magazines put out a call for vampire fiction. I sent it in. No word yet, but all signs look promising. I’ll post the link and tell the story should it be picked up.

~ One of my favorite authors has a new story up at Strange Horizons and it is LOVELY. Love her work. Check it out.

~ For those who are looking for a website and book cover designer, I can’t recommend Matt highly enough. He’s not only talented, the man’s a machine, great to work with, and an all-around nice guy, even if he is an Aussie ;). If you have a need, he’s your guy.

~ I’ve been asked to guest blog on Cape Cod Holistic, so that’s something I’ll be working on. I’ll post the link when it goes live — but it’s a great website and I’m honored to be asked to be a part of it. I’m contemplating subject matter, and hope to have something up in the next few days.

~ Ah, yes. Pallas. She tasks me, so she does. I’m really wondering, at this point, since the ending seems to be giving me fits, if I should just leave the ending alone and start editing from the beginning since the first chapter continues to bug the hellfire out of me. It’s the weakest chapter of the lot, in my opinion, and the more this beast sits in the trunk the more I see what’s wrong with it and how to fix it. I realize there’s no rules and I can do what I want, but the truth is I’m in uncharted territory here. I really need to finish this thing, but stuff like Life and Paying Work has had to take precedence. Stress. I haz it.

Other than that, I continue to plod along, and wonder why I didn’t choose an easier career. Heh.

5 thoughts on “A Hodge-Podge”

  1. Wow. You have been a busy bee! Fingers crossed that the magazine sends you good news about The Blood.

    And, yes, don’t worry about the ending right now. Go and edit and see if everything doesn’t shake out for the best. Once, I was having a problem with a story and didn’t know that the beginning was my ending! When I switched it around it all worked!

  2. Netta, doll, sweetie, there’s a novella that I’ve been rewriting since 1989 and I still haven’t gotten the bastard right yet. It’s just one of those stories that’s waiting for my skill as a writer to catch up with it.

    One day. One day. A previous version sold to two different places, but both publishers went under prior to publication. So while it might have never yet seen print, I’ve already gotten paid twice for it.

    Weird. Just weird.

    Otherwise, good to see you updating!

  3. An easier job, like juggling flaming chainsaws. Yup. Stress. I haz it, too.

    Yes, start editing Pallas from the beginning. As you go along, your super-brain will be mulling over the ending, and it will come to you in a flash of blazing clarity that is not at all like flaming chainsaws.

  4. Thanks, Marisa 🙂 And I think I will take yours and Lori’s advice about starting from the beginning again — this ending is just not coming together, and I keep obsessing about the flaws in the beginning.

    Joe, to me that is still a success story — and you will be paid YET AGAIN when it finally does see the light of day. Or, you could put it out yourself. You’ve got my record beat 😉

    Nice to see y’all here 🙂

  5. You’re awesome!

    Thanks for agreeing to guest blog. There’s zero pressure with the offer. The Blood and Pallas should be your top priorities (imho).

    ~John

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