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not enough hours in the day


Okay, I have a novel draft. So now what? (And thank you all for the congratulations – much appreciated!)

Revisions, obviously, but it needs to sit for a while first. I envision it like bread dough: all the ingredients have been kneaded together, and it needs to rise for a while before I rework it, add the cinnamon, form it into its final shape.

I’ve been neglecting Stringpage and my blogs and websites, so I need to put some time into those. Actually, I’ve been neglecting pretty much everything that isn’t novel-writing or procrastination from novel-writing (except work). I definitely need to put some time into the business and the rest of my life. It’s tax time, which means inventory and all that. This is a necessary time to put some time into that.

And making tangible things: I also haven’t been weaving or knitting or anything.

And nonfiction. I have a review and an essay due soon, and some other projects to work on, including one really big one that should have been done by now.

But what I really want to do, besides spend a day or two in bed with a novel that somebody else wrote, is work on short fiction. My fiction-writing time has gone into novel, novel, novel, and I want to do something else for a bit before I dive into rewriting.

Revise and submit:
Crossing the Water
The Regiomontanus Problem

Stars Like Clockwork Overhead
The Gray of Her Eyes
Untitled Christmas cookie story

Untitled urban fantasy short story
Book of Signs and Shadows (novel outline)
Untitled urban fantasy (novel outline)

I want to get the two finished stories polished and out in the next month, and have at least two of those in progress well underway.

It’s good to have a plan, right?