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I have NaNoed!

Crammed in a final push tonight, which brought my total querying time to 40 hours 15 minutes. That's a quarter of an hour over my self-imposed target of 2 hours per every non-Day-Job day in November, despite losing five days to the rescue flight to Canada and ensuing maintenance of the Hobbling Housemate.

Feeling pretty damn good about that, and also that my last session included querying an agent who sounds pretty great. Hopefully ninjas, grues, and a cyborg platypus is just what she always wanted to see in her inbox, but even if not, I've done my bit.

There's a couple more agents I want to check out for this round, then I think I'm going to let things sit on the querying front and see how this batch goes. The housemate wrangling promises to eat an extraordinary amount of time, the Day Job's upped my hours again, and there are short stories I should be sending out.

So, overall, NaNoQueryMo was a good choice. I only got 9 queries sent (yeah, I'm slow, and picky), but it's 9 more than I would've done otherwise. And despite tonight's late-night push, I haven't killed myself doing it. Works for me.




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NaNot?

What with emergency trips to Canada and tending to the Hobbling Housemate, obviously querying has taken a back seat for the past several days. Amusingly, I was far enough ahead of my own self-imposed quota that I'm still not technically behind. If I can manage to sneak in a few sessions in the next few days, I could still technically "win" my personal NaNoQueryMo.

Now, whether that happens depends on a lot of things, including whether doctor appointments can be scheduled before the end of the month and whether I ever manage to get the kitchen back under control. But still, it's cool that it's not a totally lost cause.




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Caffeine and cracked bones

So it turns out if you drink four or five Red Bulls, plus Cokes and coffee and ghod knows what else, whilst being awake for 44 hours (and traveling for 22 of them), you get tiny but pervasive muscle tremors through all your long muscles. It's an interesting sensation, but it does make moving an already exhausted body without falling over or dropping things even more challenging.

This science experiment was courtesy of my housemate, who went up to Canada for a concert and capped her excursion by getting hit by a car. She'll be okay, but the broken leg meant that she couldn't drive herself home. So at 2:00 am yesterday, I was on my way to Metro (with the assistance of the inestimable cat_paw) to fly up and drive her and her car back. We got home again at midnight.

I know it's a stereotype, but the Canadians are so nice. Even their airport security people are polite and friendly.

So, hey, surprise adventure! And I won't say I never want to see another Red Bull again, but I did skip my usual breakfast one this morning.




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Yay warm!

I have succeeded in buying a winter coat! A bit more than I wanted to spend (it was, naturally, the most expensive coat in the store, and even at half off that's a chunk of change), and I may need to add another snap, but it is toasty warm and comfy and just feels right. Also I look damn good in it, if I do say so myself.

This means I can get rid of the leather bomber jacket that should be everything I wanted, but that just does. not. fit.

New coat is men's, of course, because I wanted something that wasn't four inches too short in the arms. And with pockets, and room to move, and....




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The time management train wreck that is my daily life

My plan for the day: Up at 10:00, query for two hours, grab a shower, then have all afternoon to deal with Skippy's updating issues.

My actual day: Awake at 10:00, dressed and semi-functional by quarter to eleven, 30 minute outing to fetch coffee took 45 minutes, queried, queried some more, how the fuck is it 3:00 in the afternoon?

At the least the querying was productive! But it's still 3:00 pm and I haven't had a shower yet. *headdesk*




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Oh, fudgenuts

This querying thing is getting discouraging. Spent two unproductive hours this evening trying to choose between two agents at one agency, growing increasingly disillusioned with both of them, and finally chose one for irrelevant reasons only to discover that both require a synopsis. Which I haven't written yet, for Kitchen Sink. And which I will have to write, eventually, but I'd rather do it for an agent I'm not side-eyeing dubiously to start with.

I think I'm still above "par" for my personal NaNoQueryMo, but if so it's just barely. Need to make myself a par bar chart for tracking; also need to get stricter about putting in the time.

On the plus side, the new schedule came out yesterday at the Day Job, and I am finally back down to the kind of hours I'm supposed to be working. That extra day per week was really cramping everything else; now that I've got it back, maybe I can get some progress made. Or at least some more sleep.




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Fandom Epilepsy

Better start padding the book budget

Found via network: John M. Ford's books are being republished!

I haven't read a huge amount of Ford's non-Star Trek work (old copies being rather hard to come by), but what I have read was mind-blowing. Very pleased that his books, and assorted apocrypha, will soon be more readily available!


(Also, for the completist urge: a collection of various Ford comments, as linked from the article above but worth perusing in its own right.)




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PseudoNaNo for fun and procrastination

Turns out what I needed for querying was just permission to make it the priority, and scheduling that puts it at the front of the day. Much like writing, that.

Two hours a day of querying sounded like plenty when I set it, but actually I'm finding I want to do more. Partly this is because that's about one agent's worth of research, and I'd like to be getting more done; partly it's because it lets me put off other things that I don't want to deal with.

Which I had better now go do, sigh.




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Story Sale!

One of the things they don't warn you about when you start thinking about a writing career is how much time you're going to spend knowing something terrific that you can't tell anybody about.

So I'm really pleased, now that I have contract in hand, to be able to say that "Dix Dayton, Jet Jockey" has been accepted by Analog!

My second pro sale! And to freakin' Analog! Cue jumping up and down!

(Actually got the email about this while we were in London, which led to me being in the hotel lobby at midnight trying to print, sign, and scan a contract in a hotel without a business center. Hotel staff was very helpful but not really equipped for this; they managed the printing all right, but the scanning ended up having to wait till the next morning at the local Mailboxes Etc. All good in the end, though.)

Squeeeeeee!!!!!




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