– I broke myself yesterday but got around 3700 good words written in "Pilgrimage." It hurt, a lot; a spent most of the evening drooling and staring into space. My goal is to get another 2K today, which would make for a pretty good weekend. We'll see; I am so not feeling it right now.
– How long is "too long" before an editor responds to a writer? I suppose the answer is "depends on the editor" but I'm looking for something more general. An associate of mine recently reported a sale, and that's boffo news for her. Same venue has had one my submissions for quite a while and I haven't heard back. According to the publication's (unofficial) stats at Duotrope (hyper-awesome site for submissions, BTW), I'm on the far side of their response window – meaning if they say, "we respond between 3 to 5 weeks", I'm out at eight weeks … but so are some other folks. I understand that real life happens, deadlines go unmet, and editors fall behind. I don't place any particular motivation of malice on the editor – but at what point do you go, "Yeah, we really, really, REALLY have to answer our writers?"
(Muse: You know it's possible they either lost your entry or it never made it through. Why don't you ask them?)
Good point, and I will. Still an interesting question – one I will take up in a later post.
(Muse: You might as well now, you just blew it by calling them out in public.)
– Cobbled together another submission today. At some point, I am going to post my composite submission stats. They aren't good but maybe enlightening for anyone struggling to get theirs sold. (Hint: persistence.)
– I like to have the TV or music on when I am writing on the weekends, just as kind of white noise in the background. Football season is harder, since that actually draws my attention. For the last year or so, I usually flip it on SyFy on the weekends, for whatever bad movies are on – and I do mean bad. You know, I can forgive bad acting, low production values and bad special effects. I guess working on a budget means they can't hire good writers either. If someone said, "Crank out ten bad movie scripts by next month, we'll give you $100 for each," I'd be all over it like Oprah on a baked ham. Setting aside the fact that I have never written a script (from the technical perspective), I think I could do a better job than the dialogue and plot I see on these shows. Is that ego speaking?
– Speaking of TV, the new season of "Walking Dead" starts tonight. I'll be there, especially since the Sun night football game (Vikings and Bears) sure ain't worth watching.
– Does anyone know a good book on Celtic mythology? I know there are a ton out there but I am looking for some good reference material, without having to thrash around, digging through volumes. I will, if I must, but if there is a shortcut, I'm all about that.
Okay, that's all my babble for now, folks.