Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Snoopy dancing all night long!

Nocturnal Ooze accepted Windows to the Soul for their September issue! My first paying gig! I sure won't be able to sleep tonight!

It's a real relief to finally get a positive response to something I wrote. Several years and quite a few hurt feelings lead me to this. It was worth the price. I now have validation that somebody besides me likes my writing.

Now I have to top it. I have a renewed determination to improve and improve and improve, each story or novel better than the last.

Speaking of novels, I finished (provisionally, anyway) the outline for [i]Washed in the Blood[/i]. 48 scenes in a Prologue, 12 Chapters, and an Epilogue. The monster that has taken over my life now has a main plot, 2 major subplots, and 2 minor subplots, one of which unobtrusively sets up the sequel. It's a lot more complicated than I thought I would be able to handle at this point in my development. It will do me a lot of good to stretch myself this way.

This has been a very rewarding experience. It really helped me to focus in on the characters and plot in a way that I have never been able to do before. I owe a huge THANK YOU to all the folks at Forward Motion for all the help and inspiration over the years, and especially to Holly Lisle for caring enough to "pay it forward".

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

My novel now has a second sub-plot. I though one would be enough, but my characters disagreed. Now Polly will be an almost-but-not-quite co-protagonist. Her crisis o faith in her father will mirror and contrast with John's crisis of faith in himself and in God. Should add a whole new dimension. I've got to get back to writing on it tomorrow so I can see where this path is going to lead.

I also have to get to work on A Time to Every Purpose again. For some reason, I'm scared to pick it up and start. I'm going to try to give a read-through tonight to refresh my memory and pick out some of the more glaring errors.

Polished up Love You Forever, flash 500 words, and submitted to From the Asylum. That gives me 4 stories out in the world right now. I should start hearing back on some of them by the end of September. Fingers crossed, heart hardened.

I'm also working on a new story idea that popped up today, The Seventh Seal. It's based on Revelations Chapters 6-8. It promises to be a hairy one.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

One for the good guys:

The 3rd District Court of Appeals struck down a Pennsylavania law requiring children to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing at all against the Pledge of Allegiance. I do have a problem with those who would try to force eve3rybody else to think and believe and act like they think is right. Those of us who are true patriots recognize that America was founded on the concepts of individual freedom and that one of the greatest, if not the greatest, is freedom from the oppression of those who that they are right and everybody else is wrong.

Quote of the day:

"Well I said "Lily, Oh Lily I don't feel safe. I feel that life has blown a great big hole through me." - Kate Bush, "Lily". From The Red Shoes, 1993.

I'm right there with you, Kate.

Got a response from Nocturnal Ooze yesterday. They got "Windows to the Soul". I should get a decision by the end of September. Still nothing from Pif.

Downloaded RFFlow. I'm going to try it for outlining. It will let me make timelines, org charts, flow charts, etc., so I can look at my outlines and the relationships between characters and plot lines graphically. I'll report back.