I'd like to welcome INK's newest member, Rory Miller, author of "Meditations on Violence." He endured our application process and emerged victorious. About now he's probably wondering what he's gotten himself into.
Congratulations, Rory! And congratulations to INK for gaining such a valuable member.
INK attended RadCon 5A in Pasco, Washington last weekend and it was a blast! I'm sure a picture exists somewhere that proves it but we're still looking. So much happened. So much to reflect upon. So much that could be forgotten, and may well want to be forgotten. Gosh but that convention is fun! Please visit Kami's blog for the very best of con activity. She can say it better than anyone.
RadCon debrief and regress will occur this coming Friday at the 6 p.m. INK meeting in Vancouver.
Worked on Masks today. I'm delving into the section that needs the most manipulation, so it's going to be scary going. But fun. I think there's something compelling about fresh writing. That raw energy (if carefully harnessed) makes the situations more vibrant, especially if the changes being made aren't a noun here and a verb there, but more in the direction of plumping up the action or depth of emotion.
It's particularly rewarding to start working on the islands section 'fresh.' On previous edits I worked from beginning to end fairly non-stop. So by the time I got to the island, I was already fatigued from the long editing sessions. I'm not fatigued this time.
I also sent off a short story to be critiqued by INK. Depending on what they say, I'll make some changes, polish it up, and probably bounce it off of the Lucky Labs before shipping it out. It may be one of those stories that either works or doesn't, though. There are certainly going to be rough spots in the prose and I probably didn't go far enough with the environmental descriptions, and that's fine. What won't be fine is if the story isn't effective. It's short and a buttony kind of subject and if I didn't do a good job of addressing it, it may just have to be tossed. There's no aspect of the story I can 'save' if the heart of it doesn't work.
That's a different kind of story for me. I'm not sure if it's because I picked a controversial subject or the fact that it's very bare bones--two scenes, short on the word count, and a simple conflict. I won't go into what I think is its main weak point. I'll let my readers get back to me on it. But I'm curious to see if we see the story the same way.
Radcon is coming up. Are we ready? I'm not sure I am. Physically, yeah I am. I'll have clothes, supplies, and sometime in the next three days I'm going to take the kids to shopping with me for party supplies and groceries to sustain them through the weekend. Emotionally? I'm a bit of a mess, and that's not going to go away. I'm sure I can maintain, but actually enjoy the con? That'll be a stretch. I anticipate lots of phone calls home, and reaching out on Skype to my DH so that my family can reassure me that everything is going to be okay.
This is a good time for me to be writing on stuff that has nothing to do with my concerns for the immediate future. If I could do something about my circumstances besides applying bandaids, I would totally focus on that, but all I can do besides first aid is to worry, and that does absolutely no good. A little escapism into my writing may be just what I need right now. Speaking of which, I should get back to that now. Don't worry! This too shall pass. If anything I hope it passes slowly, so I can adapt and adjust and do whatever I can. When things zip by, well, all you can do is hang on tight.
Jay Lake linked to an excellent blog post on writing, jealousy and the process of becoming an author. A must-read for INKers and Friends of INK!
I'm in doubt mode with my novel right now, so I'm focusing on a couple of short stories. I finished one last night. I'm not sure it'll hold up in the light of day, but I'm excited about the concept. The other one is still stuck in psychic car chase mode. Not sure if I'll be editing the one I'm excited about or writing more first draft on the psychic car chase. Maybe both. And who knows? I may break out of my sad kitty face and work on the novel after all.