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01 February 2010 @ 10:48 pm
Châteaureynaud / Gauvin book; Monthly stats  

First, the good stuff:

Small Beer Press will soon release A Life In Paper, a collection of short stories by the French fabulist Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, translated by Edward Gauvin. Edward was my classmate at Clarion, and is a gifted literary SFF writer as well as a skilled translator. Putting Châteaureynaud into English has been his pet project for five years, the fruits of which can be seen in such places as F&SF, LCRW, Postscripts, The Harvard Review, AGNI Online, Epiphany and Conjunctions.  People who think that good SFF is written only in English, This Is For You.

Now, my monthly tally for January:

  • 1,700 new words of fiction written this month. 1
  • 21 first drafts currently in progress. 2
  • 2 first drafts currently "ripening" before second draft. 3
  • 4 second drafts currently in progress
  • 1 second draft currently in the hands of "trusted readers."
  • 3 third drafts currently in progress.
  • 0 third drafts currently awaiting polishing.
  • 1 fourth draft in currently in progress.
  • 2 rewrite in progress of stories previously sent out, based on comments from friends.
  • 2 rewrites (at request of editors) currently in progress.
  • 10 stories currently submitted to markets
  • 1,000 words in shortest story currently submitted.
  • 8,700 words in longest story currently submitted.
  • 1 offer of publication received this month. 4
  • Longest current wait without response: 158 days.

1 Yuck. The worst ever. My attention was distracted by a revision, the Analog acceptance (which resulted in many squee-mails instead of fiction writing), joining SFWA, preparing for Boskone and plugging for the Campbells, not to mention the new course prep I'm working on. Altogether too much time spent on the business of writing instead of writing itself.
2 I always have a lot of first drafts "in progress," until one of them really grabs me and I work on it obsessively.
3 I employ a six-week "ripening" period for first drafts. The one in the incubator now is the aforementioned fantasy-horror story.
4The sale of "The Whole Truth Witness" to Analog.

Ah, well. Things usually pick up in February, after a weekend day near my birthday spent doing nothing but writing. But we'll see.
Current Location: Under the cat
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: "Age of Aquarius"
girlspell: book and glassesgirlspell on February 2nd, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm curious about something. You have 4 second drafts currently in progress. Do you work on one at a time, or do you jump around to each one? I would think it would be difficult to finish one, if you're distracted by another one.
Ken: Worriedken_schneyer on February 5th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
One at a time. "Four in progress" means that four of them should be in progress right now, as they are no longer in the rough draft phase. But unfortunately it often does not mean that any actual progress is being made.
Amanda C. Davisdavisac1 on February 2nd, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Your icons kill me. What a great idea. :)
Ken: Giggleken_schneyer on February 5th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, Amanda. I'm flattered.
Jon Gibbsjongibbs on February 2nd, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Another busy month. Good luck with those rewrites :)
Ken: Winkken_schneyer on February 5th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on February 3rd, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
I'll be darned. I enjoyed one of Edward Gauvin's translated stories in an issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction a few months back. It's a small world.

I think your progress for January is downright awesome. I've noticed some months are like that for me, too--less emphasis on new material, more focus on editing and submitting existing work. As long as something gets done, that's what matters.
Ken: Blowing Kissken_schneyer on February 5th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Thanks, Beth. Edward is a sweet man (and very good looking, but that's none of my business...).

*Sigh* It doesn't feel like progress, somehow... But thanks for the encouragement! I always need it.