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I have quite a few things, writing-wise, that I need to do, and I really am STRUGGLING to find the time to do them:

1) Suggested rewrites by Anonymous Major Agent to Novel #1. AMA has not promised to pick up the novel if I do the edits -- in fact, she has technically already "passed" on it -- but she has said she would love to see it again if I make the changes she suggested. It's very encouraging, but it's also DIScouraging at the same time -- sure, I still have a chance, but I've also, technically, already been "rejected" too.

2) Rewrites to a modern fairy tale short story. It's my best short story in ages, and I have high-high hopes for it. Sadly, I have seen so many hopes come crashing down, I am having problems getting the drive together to finish it up and send it out.

3) Edits to new 2,000 word piece that is just WAY too clunky. It makes me depressed to read all the slow, turbid prose. But I will clean it up and get it to first readers eventually.

4) Edits to a Heroic Fantasy Novella. It requires relatively drastic changes, and something just isn't working in there. Thus it's way on the back burner.

5) New UF story -- perhaps a novel, not sure -- just started on this yesterday, an am deep into the research for it. It's fun to be writing again, but I've always been kind of literary/snobby about my stories, and this is definitely has no literary merit what so ever. But -- and perhaps because of that -- it's fun.

6) Novel #2 (sequel to the one sitting at the agent) -- I have been choking on this novel for so long I'm about to give upon it and try something completely different. It's sad, tho -- there's a lot of good stuff in there. So I want to save it. Somehow.

I will note here that I DO NOT LIKE EDITING. Thus being stuck in editing mode on so many different pieces is really tearing me up. I feel like I'm stuck on the 5-yard line and I just don't have the strength for the last few feet.

But, anyway, I'll figure it out. I'll have to, won't I?

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lease
May. 24th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
Let Nike be your guide: Just Do It. :)
cdk
May. 24th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hah! I was coming back here to quote from A Boy Named Sue. Your choice is definitely more inspirational.
sboydtaylor
May. 25th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Which line? I've been trying to figure it out all day.
cdk
May. 25th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
"You['ll] have to get tough or die."
sboydtaylor
May. 25th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
LOL. I guess it doesn't really get simpler than that :)
j_cheney
May. 25th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
I rather enjoy editing, but that's just me. Hang in there. It might prove worthwhile. (I think my willingness to edit was one of the factors that got me the book deal, so....)

sboydtaylor
May. 25th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Thanks. For some reason I wasn't expecting it, or maybe I just had my hopes up too high. I definitely AM working on it, just a lot slower than the previous 4 edits/rewrites.
j_cheney
May. 25th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
Good luck with them then!
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