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#SFFPit and #NLpitchperfect: My Twitter Pitch Party Experience

I took Bree Ogden’s query class on LitReactor last year. Yes. I took a class. And yes, I know I am a total geek. But I’m glad I did, because that’s where I learned about Twitter pitch parties. I’d deleted my Twitter account a long time ago, but after that class, I decided to restart one. Bree also critiqued our Twitter queries which was a nice bonus. Fast forward a year later, my manuscript was ready-to-go. I started compiling a list of agents and discovered New Leaf Literary was holding a two-hour pitch event on Twitter the next day. And while I thought I knew what it would be like, it turned out that I DIDN’T KNOW AT ALL. Because right when the clock chimed 1pm, FOUR THOUSAND TWEETS appeared across my screen. Okay, maybe not four thousand, but I remember sitting in front of my laptop with my mouth open and fingers frozen. The event only lasted two hours, but daaamn…I think that was the first time I realized just how many of us there are. Didn’t get …

Holy Moly. It’s June.

A lot has happened since the last time I posted. I geeked out at PAX, ate my way across Tokyo, and got sunburned in Maui. But the biggest piece of news? I finally FINALLY finished my science fiction manuscript. TWO FREAKING YEARS. It took me two years to finish. Started May 2012. Finished May 2014. 81,000 words. 150,000 discarded words. Six drafts. At this rate, it’ll take me eight years to finish the whole series. You should see my writing to-do list. I got most of ’em boxes checked off, y’all. Writing goals moving forward? Start pitching. Write more. I’m not feeling as textually frustrated as I was last year, so I’m revamping my blog (again). There may be a theme change in the near future. Feels good, man.

Developmental Editing Afterglow

I finished the 17,0357th draft of my science fiction manuscript last October. I’d changed the story so much through previous drafts that I needed another pair of eyes to tell me what was working and what wasn’t. I hired a developmental editor to begin work in December and got back a ton of notes in mid-January. And by “a ton” I mean a 5,000-word document PLUS detailed notes throughout my manuscript PLUS a one-hour phone consultation. He emailed me to see if two weeks would be enough time for me to turn in my next draft. I made some funny noises when I read that, then replied back, “HOW ABOUT MARCH?!” It took me no less than one week to find the courage to open his notes. I had to put on my big-girl panties, and even though I don’t drink, I really really REALLY wanted to drink, because damn it, I felt insecure and scared. Because what if the thing that I’d spent the last two years working on wasn’t good enough? And blah blah it takes time to be …

November Update for Current WIP

Quick post before I head off to work. I’ve been furiously working on the last round of edits for my manuscript. November 11th marks the eighteenth month anniversary from when I first started writing it. The story has changed so much that the first draft is a completely different book. I hired a freelance (developmental) editor to start late November/early December. The few notes he’s sent me already tells me we’re going to get along. I’m excited to see what the NEXT draft will be like after he’s had a chance to pick things apart. I also keep hearing about this Save the Cat beat sheet thing screenwriters use to plot out their scripts. Hah! Wish I’d known about it eighteen months ago. Liz Writes Books created a nifty beat sheet spreadsheet for novels. Have you used it before? Did it help? I’m going to try using it to plan out my next manuscript, or maybe I’ll go back to see how my current one fits with all the different points on there. NaNoWriMo will have to …

On Scrotum Tickling (an update on current work in progress)

I don’t have a scrotum but the words “labia” and “tickling” don’t have quite the same feel to them. I am extremely ticklish though so even the thought of tickling a non-existent scrotum makes me wince. (Thank you, Cards Against Humanity, for yet another fascinating lesson on pairing verbs with body parts. You’re sort of like fuzzy sex dice except you’re not at all fuzzy or in the shape of a dice.) I’m getting to the point. Give me a sec. So I read this short story once about some kids learning how to fish with their bare hands. You wade out to the calmest part of a river, wait until a fish swims within arm’s reach, then you oh-so-slowly slide your hand beneath it and oh-so-slowly tickle its belly. The idea being that your fingers mimic the flow of water to lull said fish into a relaxed stupor. Then (if you’re REALLY good at this tickling thing) you’ll be able to dig your fingers into its gills, scoop it into the air, and toss it …