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01 November 2004 @ 11:34 am
the holidays are here...  
*weak cheer*

And I'm here. I haven't been friends-locking posts or anything. I just haven't been posting. Work is kinda crazy and will get crazier. I'm usually on a 3-person editorial team, but one editor is reassigned for the next two months, and the other editor just left the team last week, rather unexpectedly. So I'm the only CS editor and policy on-call for the next two months, in the prime holiday--i.e., retail--season. I don't know how chatty I'll be during this time. :>) But all is well. NaNoWriMo begins today, and I'm supposed to begin writing. ::bites nails:: Mmmyeah.

I use the icon of zen.
kassrachel on November 1st, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)
Grr and argh. Abandoned by your fellow editors! What a world.

Plus NaNoWriMo. And holidays/retail/work. eek.

I wish you much zen. :-)
Trepkos: snuggle bunniestrepkos on November 1st, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
Always good to see your icon appear.
Don't let work get you stressed out.
We'll be here when you resurface, whenever that is.
LadyCatladycat777 on November 1st, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
*sends you more zen*

Glad to know you haven't drowned. Yet :)

saussy: Rock On (awmp)7spoons on November 1st, 2004 11:44 am (UTC)
I offer you the icon of rock, because you are going to rock the fuck out of NaNoWriMo.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on November 1st, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
I'm SO glad to hear you're doing NaNoWriMo.
ruthless1ruthless1 on November 1st, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
I offer you no icon. But I do send a prayer to the typist in the sky - that your keyboard rocks on even while you are not there. That a little ghostie bug comes out and helps you edit like mad and that perhaps even best of all...they get you some editorial help!
In the meantime - we shall keep the peace for you and anxiously await some more spander whenever you feel up to it.

Poshykittyposhcat on November 1st, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
Write! Write! Write!

Yeah, that's right, I'm not doing it. :0) But you know we're all pulling for you...except maybe the co-editor who abandoned you two months before Christmas retail season. ::glares at said person::
bleu_lavandebleu_lavande on November 1st, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)
CS editor? I hope you don't mind me asking, but what does CS stand for? Crime Scene Editor, perhaps? ;-) (I work for a publishing house, so I'm curious.)

Nice to read you again -- I was slightly worried. Autumn is a bitch.
namastenancynamastenancy on November 1st, 2004 03:15 pm (UTC)

You might want to check this link out


She has a tongue-in-cheek commentary on how not to become a writer but I think that her comments on NaNoWriMo are well taken:

2. Do NaNoWriMo

Offhand I can't think of any better way to turn potential competition into nonwriters than by having them do NaNoWriMo.

First, it's a false gimmick. 50,000 words is not a novel. It should be, and fifty years ago it would have been, but Novel Size has bloated, and books today must be big. (Yes, there are exceptions, there are always exceptions.) My first published novel started at 75,000 words, and this concerned my publisher greatly; even fattened out to 90,000, they thought it scrawny.

Second, writing that much in a month while working full-time is hard. That's how much I write in a month, when I'm writing, and I write fast, and I write full-time (well, part-time, 25 hrs/week. I told you it was cushy). Writing is like anything else: if you try and do too much of it when you're already half-drained, the quality of what you produce goes way down. This makes it very likely that NaNoWriMo's result will be sufficiently crappy that it will be no good either for expansion or revision. First drafts can and often should be bad, yes, but dreadful is often impossible to fix.

Third, a NaNoWriMo book will be such a draining hassle to produce that the writer will have strong negative associations with novel-writing for a long time thereafter - especially if they fail to finish. Even if they 'succeed', they're not likely to think much of their own abilities when they reread their output. This kind of negative experience ought to keep dozens of otherwise capable writers off bookstore shelves, praise the Lord.

namaste SF Nancy
kaydee23kaydee23 on November 7th, 2004 07:59 am (UTC)
In honor of International Feedback Day, I'm writing to thank you for all your incredible writing. I've read all your Spander about 15 times a piece, I love it that much. You more than anyone make me believe that Xander and Spike could end up together.