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Yes, I am still alive

Just got home from helping Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss do the "How to Find a REAL Agent" panel at Capclave and decided it was time for me to get off the sidelines and back into this stuff. Been battling a mild case of writer block (aka too damn lazy to write) and a bit of depression/"my writing sucks, why am I doing this?" Not looking for sympathy because I'm not being sympathetic to myself. It's my lost time and it's damn time I got back to doing something productive.

Not going to go into great details about the last four and a half months, so I'll pass on the highlights in semi-chronological order:

1) Started playing Guild Wars as a way to recharge the old batteries (Old D&D geeks need to get their fixes somehow *grin*)
2) My truck started to die, so I am now the proud owner of a 2008 Mazda MX-5 (Miata). Pictures to follow.
3) The Daughter-Unit had to go to summer school, so I had to take off an hour a day during the summer to pick her up and get her home
4) Had a good time at Shore Leave (personally, not so much professionally)
4a) Getting the feeling my days of writing Star Trek are pretty much over barring something I don't expect
5) Looks like I'll be moving to a new contract at work . . . current assignment coming to an end right after Thanksgiving
6) Wrote to an editor regarding doing a Guild Wars novel . . . no response yea or nay yet.
7) Heard back from the secret project which isn't a secret any more. Unless something weird happens, I should be getting a contract from Fandemonium in the next week or so for a Stargate SG-1 novel. First draft due March 9.
8) Finishing my application paperwork for the MFA program at the University of Baltimore. If I'm accepted, I start Fall 2009

I think that summarizes what's been going on so far.

For those of you who've stuck with me (out of friendship or inertia) I thank you. I'll try not to take such an extended vacation again.

Now . . . go do something productive.


( 13 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Oct. 19th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)


So good to see you back. I took a break, too, but much shorter than yours. Only about 5 weeks.

Congratulations on the contract for the SG-1 novel! That's awesome!
Oct. 19th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)

Course I'll feel much better once it's here and signed but when the editor gives you a hard date for the first draft, that's a pretty good sign. *grin*

Looking forward to catching up on people here also.
Oct. 19th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Welcome back, dude! I was just thinking about you the other day. :)
Oct. 19th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Sorry I never got back to you regarding that project. :(

If you do a sequel to it though, I'll have a finished product to send you.
Oct. 19th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
Wow. Congratulations.
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Stargate!
I guess this means I can break out the icon I've been saving. *grin*
Oct. 21st, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
Re: Stargate!
So, do they give you a series bible?

Are you writing your own SG team, or do you get to play with SG1?
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
Re: Stargate!
This will be an SG-1 story.

No bible yet, but I'm still waiting for the contract to get here. Maybe I'll get one afterward. If not, I have some pretty good sources, plus the Stargate box set for reference material.

Hey, can't be any worse than when I did the Gauntlet Novel and all Midway gave me was one of the gamer guides that did a walk-through of the game.
Oct. 20th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Just got home from helping Ann Crispin and Victoria Strauss

Yowza! I don't recall seeing any of you there.
Oct. 20th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I got there about 1130 on Saturday and then after our two-hour panel, we went to lunch to do "Writer Beware" stuff. I hung out at the convention (mostly sitting in a chair across from registration working on my computer) until about 6:30 and then went to dinner and split.

I was one of those "unadvertised guests"

Edited at 2008-10-20 10:12 pm (UTC)
Oct. 21st, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
It's great to know you'll be doing an SG-1 novel. Congrats!
Oct. 22nd, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)

I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

Course, it would be more fun if the pound would quit losing ground to the dollar before I get paid *grin*
Mar. 25th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
I am really looking forward to your Stargate novel! Just how exactly does one get in the position to pitch a story to editors? Were you a Stargate fan to begin with? Like to write in the genre? Looking for a change from technical writing?

As you can see, I used your little tag thingies to figure out where/when this particular journey started for you! thanks for sharing
( 13 howls — Howl with the Pack )

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