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It's been an interesting past few months

Life has a way of carrying you off into a glorious sunset, then keeping you on that far horizon long after twilight is over.

In a lot of ways, things are exactly the same. I'm still in the same apartment (although in the process of moving to a new house, woohoo!). Still with the same guy (The Dude). Still at the same job (yay for government labor, woo). But in another sense, everything has changed.

I'm a writer. As in, I make a tidy monthly income on my stories. It's so strange and fantastic and scary in a way and weird. I even have reviews, many of which are 5-stars! There's been bumps - this weekend Bookstrand abruptly dropped all indie publishers - but I'm getting more short stories and a rising income each month, which is SO cool.

Yesterday I revisited the YA book I finished last summer and never got around to editing. 36k words, no idea where the story was going, a convoluted plot that didn't seem coherent, characters I knew like kin but didn't know how to get just right on the page... You know what? It wasn't half bad! Seven months definitely allows you a little perspective - it was rushed in places, needed more description of location, better identification of the bad guy's motives (and WHO the bad guy even WAS), and a more shocking ending (got that now!). Frankly, it needs editing. Bad. No shame in that, it's a fact of writing life. Very hard to edit a 36k word story in comparison to, say, a 3,600 word short.

Anyway, I just thought I'd check in to say no, I didn't go *POOF* and disappear. Some things really take over your life even when that wasn't the plan. Then, when is that ever the plan?

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mithrigil
Feb. 24th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Just want to say, congratulations! I'm so glad everything's generally working out, and most that you're making money on your stories.
eclectic_writer
Feb. 24th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
MITH!!!!! *gloms!* Hope all's going well with you out in the world! :-D Thanks for the congratulations, I keep waiting for you to announce you've decided to put some of your stories (names changed and all) up for sale on Amazon. You've got the talent to make it and, whew girl, can you write!

.....sometimes I get nostalgic for the early 2000s. Life (and fanfic) seemed so easy back then. ;)
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