Daily Update #16

Ah, so….

– I am still plugging away at Omega Mage.  The first draft is over halfway done.  Keeping up momentum has been the biggest challenge; if I get a rut where I can churn out 1-2K words a day, I can keep that pace.  I take three days off and it’s like pushing a Ford Explorer uphill.  It’s tough to get going again.

– I received a re-write request on a project I’d had in for eighteen months.  I was bowled over, as I had half-forgotten about the story and the submission.  The editor apologized for the delay and frankly, I was glad just to hear that they wanted a re-write, as I had looked back on the story a few times and wanted to re-work it.  Well, this forced my hand, so I revised it.  I think it is much better and am going to take another look at it this weekend, before I resubmit it.  Cross your fingers.

– I finished a short story about a guy who has an unusual relationship with a piece of art.  Nothing sexual, mind you (in this case, it would be bizarre on about six different levels).  It’s kinda tongue-in-cheek but I hope the good message leaks through in the end.

– I recently – well, within the last two years – read two of Stephen King’s latest novels:  Duma Key and Under the Dome.  Reflecting on that yesterday, I had a mini-revelation.  Maybe it’s just me but King’s latest work doesn’t seem nearly as innovative or entertaining as his earlier works.  That’s disappointing but also got me thinking:  is this the ultimate end of all writers?  At some point, does their creative spark – after years of erosion – finally break down?  Does everyone have a finite number of good stories to tell before they’ve exhausted their capability?  Or is this just a case of King having some bad books – or worse, some lazy books?  Do we all have that bitter future in store?  I think I just made myself sad.  šŸ˜¦

– In my fleeting spare time, I started playing a turn-based strategy computer game called Heroes of Might and Magic V.  I’ve been a fan of the series for fifteen years.  This is the hardest one of the series yet and I, a veteran computer-gamer (though not as veteran as these guys), am having some real problems beating it.  Meh, gotta have some challenges in life.

That’s it, true fans, ’til next time.

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One thought on “Daily Update #16

  1. Hmm….

    Very interested in that art story. If you need a critique…. šŸ˜‰

    Re: King… Honestly, I thought Duma Key is overrated. Under the Dome was about 500 pages too long, but the idea was neat.

    Good luck on your rewrite request! šŸ™‚

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