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Heresy
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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 had a rather rough week. I hit wall with Unmasked, landing at a part that I thought I understood and had planned out only to find I was wrong and had made a fairly serious error in. I spent the whole week battling it, writing a couple thousand words that had to be thrown out. After a few false starts at fixing it, I finally got through yesterday. My total for the week is about 4.7k, but it still feels like victory because I'm back on track.

I had a couple of story ideas and made some notes for future projects, one of which is making a desperate grab for my attention, even though I know I'm nowhere near ready for writing it.

Other than that, just a couple of blog posts.

How about you? Did you write?

-Julie

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rcmann
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Actually, yes. Wildered is about 99% done (roughly 31k words so far) and the sequel is about 2% completed.
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Revisions for my WIP (about 2,500 new words) and work on my non-fiction book (2,000 words). Too much football this weekend. [Smile]
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Meredith
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Yes. I started out working on the first draft of the rewrite of MAGIC'S FOOL. Then revision notes from my Pitch Wars mentor arrived for FIRE AND EARTH. And they involve a lot of work over the next week to be in time for the next round. So, that's what I'm working on now. Yikes!

Also, several crits and two blog posts.

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Robert Nowall
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A washout week. Friday and Saturday I was sick, and that washed out at least one day I might have written something. Missed work-that-pays, too...and, somehow, it's gotten busier-than-Christmas there, overtime every day except Sunday, even the days I missed.

But I'm over the sick, now---don't know what it was, except I threw up two nights straight. Probably my usual stomach trouble, probably not stomach flu or any other flu.

At any rate, I've decided to push on to the end of my current work (only a thousand or so words away, I think), then concentrate all my efforts on writing some song lyrics for that thing I've been mentioning on-and-off these past months that's finished except for the lyrics.

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lizluka
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Worked on my current novel and a short story. Not as much as I would have liked, but not bad either.
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History
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Being the dutiful son and editing/revising my 83yo father's ninth crime novel.

Obtained a copyright use permission from Lovecraft's heir.

Completing a last look/edit of my OCT and NOV novelettes.

Hope to return to my stories-in-progress next week (none appropriate for WOTF, however).

Still thinking we should have our own Best of Hatrack annual e-anthology.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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extrinsic
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quote:
Originally posted by History:
Being the dutiful son and editing/revising my 83yo father's ninth crime novel.

Obtained a copyright use permission from Lovecraft's heir.

Completing a last look/edit of my OCT and NOV novelettes.

Hope to return to my stories-in-progress next week (none appropriate for WOTF, however).

Still thinking we should have our own Best of Hatrack annual e-anthology.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

A few more months of too busy a schedule for me to start a Hatrack River anthology now. June or July is coming. I have been looking more closely at features for a workable business plan. One important point keeps coming up. To what degree will such a project have association with Orson Scott Card's Hatrack River Writers Workshop and what does due diligence require? What permissions? Perhaps best if there are no associations beyond inclusion in the anthology requires Hatrack River Workshop membership and participation.
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History
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quote:
Originally posted by extrinsic:
quote:
Originally posted by History:
Being the dutiful son and editing/revising my 83yo father's ninth crime novel.

Obtained a copyright use permission from Lovecraft's heir.

Completing a last look/edit of my OCT and NOV novelettes.

Hope to return to my stories-in-progress next week (none appropriate for WOTF, however).

Still thinking we should have our own Best of Hatrack annual e-anthology.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

A few more months of too busy a schedule for me to start a Hatrack River anthology now. June or July is coming. I have been looking more closely at features for a workable business plan. One important point keeps coming up. To what degree will such a project have association with Orson Scott Card's Hatrack River Writers Workshop and what does due diligence require? What permissions? Perhaps best if there are no associations beyond inclusion in the anthology requires Hatrack River Workshop membership and participation.
I am pleased you remain interested in such a project, extrinsic. I have the greatest respect for not only your knowledge and expertise in the construction (and deconstruction) of wriiten narratives, but also your evident business/publishing acumen.

I have also envisioned this as a high standard/high quality vehicle by and for Hatrack participating members.

Where I may differ from your own and other members' previous conceptions for an annual Hatrack anthology is in the need for remuneration (at least initially). Exposure and honor in being judged by one's peers as producing one of "the best" stories from among our membership is reward enough--at least in my humble opinion.

Similarly, I feel an electronic edition is sufficient (at least initially).

Finally, if the membership decided to offer the anthology for sale, I would prefer donating the proceeds to charity.

Publication rights could then be non-exclusive (including for any artwork that artists may wish to contribute for similar exposure).

My, admittedly ignorant, perception is that the preceding may eliminate much of the complexity in "publishing" such an anthology.

Based on my age and life experience I can share: The simpler one can make this, the better (and the more likely chance of actually doing it)-- in my humble opinion.

I'd be willing to assist in such a project, but I lack the necessary expertise to lead it.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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I reworked my short story and submitted it Sunday.

In between I worked on another short story, but not feeling it too much.

Then I worked on my novel, trying to nail down the details for my outline of the rest of the book. Made a few minor changes to some items that were out of place when I shifted my time line backwards awhile ago.

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extrinsic
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quote:
Originally posted by History:
I am pleased you remain interested in such a project, extrinsic. I have the greatest respect for not only your knowledge and expertise in the construction (and deconstruction) of wriiten narratives, but also your evident business/publishing acumen.

I have also envisioned this as a high standard/high quality vehicle by and for Hatrack participating members.

Where I may differ from your own and other members' previous conceptions for an annual Hatrack anthology is in the need for remuneration (at least initially). Exposure and honor in being judged by one's peers as producing one of "the best" stories from among our membership is reward enough--at least in my humble opinion.

Similarly, I feel an electronic edition is sufficient (at least initially).

Finally, if the membership decided to offer the anthology for sale, I would prefer donating the proceeds to charity.

Publication rights could then be non-exclusive (including for any artwork that artists may wish to contribute for similar exposure).

My, admittedly ignorant, perception is that the preceding may eliminate much of the complexity in "publishing" such an anthology.

Based on my age and life experience I can share: The simpler one can make this, the better (and the more likely chance of actually doing it)-- in my humble opinion.

I'd be willing to assist in such a project, but I lack the necessary expertise to lead it.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

I'm inclined toward a simple, no-payment, no Digital Rights Management (DRM) scheme, just publish first digital edition for perpetuity and leave all other rights and responsibilities to the writers. Time will tell though. Decisions and compromises galore await resolution.

[ January 16, 2013, 05:41 PM: Message edited by: extrinsic ]

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Who is going to be in it?
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quote:
Originally posted by easterabbit:
Who is going to be in it?

Any submiting Hatrack member probably. The best of Hatrack River Writers Workshop writers, best efforts thereof.
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What about re-prints?

[ January 17, 2013, 03:11 PM: Message edited by: easterabbit ]

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extrinsic
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quote:
Originally posted by easterabbit:
What about re-prints?

As long as the submitter owns copyright and acknowledges previous publications, I don't see why not. Express written use permission and publisher indemnity will be required for publication regardless.
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History
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I believe an annual anthology of original unpublished stories is preferable.

I'd envisioned a showcase for the best stories written by members that the editorial staff believes have been "overlooked" by the existing markets. We do not need to promote stories that have already been discovered and published.

But, then, I am just one voice, and nothing has been decided or even initiated other than floating the idea.

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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Yea, I wrote.

On my Q2 story which is finished but needs a revision...possible shortening. It's in your range Dr. Bob [Smile] Actually, I have written stories that long before but for quiet a while.

Wrote another story that might be my Q3 story. It too needs a revising. But I may try sending it out to a couple of places before next quarter.

On two WIPs "Angel Kin" and "Stone Within".

Various posts and such.
three or four posts
Here


As far as I can recall that's it.

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Now concerning the anthology.

As any permissions we would need would probably depend on the title and/or if we list the forum in the book.

I think I would go either way with the published before or not. I think Dr. Bob has a point but at the same time we would know any published stories are good. Maybe it depends on where they are published--pro market with a large circulation vs a small publication that few people would see.

And we would have to decide on word count too.

But if we e-publish it along with POD wouldn't you need the digital copyright too or is that different?

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I'll post a proposed anthology business plan summary in a few days in the writing discussion forum and we can discuss the finer points there.
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