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Yes, it's that time of the week again, time for the kick in the pants. The idea is that having somewhere to report progress will spur you on to make some. So I'm posing the question to all of us here. Did you write this week? As we have been reminded in the past, writing for the purposes of this thread can mean just about anything you want. You did some editing? Report it here. Outlining, pre-writing or any other kind of prep work? Sure, that counts too. And, of course, writing new work always counts.

I finished the outline for All Stitched Up, which is my longest and in many ways most complex to date. I'm a bit nervous about writing it, but it's not time for that yet, so I'm trying not to think too much about it. Instead, I've been editing the first book in my Necromantic trilogy, Where The Ether Flows. That's been progressing slowly but surely. The first round of editing is always slow for me, as the first draft always need the most and deepest work. What a shock [Smile] But I've gotten the first 6 chapters done, and out to the end of chapter 7 marked up, so I feel like I've made some real progress. It's almost a third of the book. Of course, it's doing the usual for my work when I edit, growing, but as I write short in the first place, I can live with that. It's just filling in the grace notes on the story, really.

I've started using my twitter account, @jlizhill, and I wrote a few blog posts.

Additionally, I had a fairly cool story idea land on my head, plus some work done on a few others. A very productive week, I'd say, even without working on a new draft of something.

How about you?


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I've not written anything for weeks. Been too busy elsewhere, but I'm almost done there and have some holiday time coming up. I've a novel to finish and a few ideas bubbling around in my head.
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Yes, I did. I'm back working on the first draft of THE BARD'S GIFT and making pretty good headway.

Also started a crit and did two blog posts.

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I'm trying. I won't claim it's fit to read.
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Yep, fiddled a bit with *The Keystone* manuscript, but I'm still waiting on some feedback from pre-readers so it feels a bit aimless.

I drafted and sent out a query to an agent I found by googling "quirky science fiction fantasy literary agent". The banner on the agency's headline says they're not accepting any queries (when was the last time you saw a blink tag?), but if you drill down to the agent bios you'll see that one of them is, and in fact he writes about it on his blog. Just by chance I found out this guy has a reputation for responding to queries quickly, usually in a day or two. He only requests manuscripts less than one percent of the time, which may be why he has time to respond so quickly.

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Pretty much shut down...lack of ideas at the moment. Writer's block? Maybe. But I'll dig something out and break out of this slump, sooner or later.
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A slow week overall, but I won't complain as my father finally got out for a visit.

But Sunday came and I wrote, finished, edited and submitted.

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I reworked (added on to) my short story that was rejected by Asimov's SF magazine. Now I'm waiting for my friend to read it and give me feedback before I submit it to another. I'll keep trying!

I also worked a (very) little on my novel. I'm finding it hard to set aside a large enough chunk of time to get done what I need to. Even though I have the summer off from work, my time has been filled with doing everything except writing. Argh.

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I wrote a letter recounting what happened to me almost a month ago. No fiction today, but after owning a friendly game of cards I got a bug i need to get out of my writing system [Smile]
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Yes, I did even most of the writing was revising a novel.

And rewriting a story.

I worked a tiny bit on another novel and major revised another shorter story.

I also posted notes here and on two other forums. Wrote a letter to the editor, e-mails. Critted three or four stories, and did a last very partial revision of a story and sent it out.

And three or four posts Here

I believe that is all.

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Wrote about 3,000 words on my novel.

Continued to plan my WotF story.

Had grandkids staying so that slowed me up.

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Neglected to mention that I started one of my semi-annual timewasters---cutting out comics printouts and taping them into spiral notebooks. It's a convenience for me, rather than having to hunt through years of archived comics online (and even those that come out in books are often five or six years old). But it does take up time I might easily be writing...
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