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This past weekend, a good friend of mine, Philippa Ballantine, organized a charity auction to help out another friend of mine, Tee Morris, who lost his wife this past January. The auction was to raise money for a trust fund for Tee and Natalie's daughter. People from all around the world who're into social media (Twitter, Podcasting, V-Casting, etc.) came together to donate items, services, etc. and then to bid on them. The Boom Effect Auction raised over $8500 in a ten-hour on-line auction.

My hats off to everyone who donated and bid on stuff.

Well, being friends with Tee, I had to throw my hat into the ring. I won two auctions of which one was an opportunity to have Tee and Philippa's agent review and critique the first three chapters of a novel I was working on. This isn't just a high-level thing but a line-by critique. I thought, what the heck, I may never get a chance like this for a review before I actually go out on submission with Steel on Target.

Heard from the agent today. While I've been polishing up the first three chapters waiting to hear from her, she also requested a 1-2 page synopsis of the story. This way, she's familiar with the story and can get a feel for the characters and know who they are before she starts reading.

That's perfectly reasonable.

Except, I hadn't even started the synopsis yet.

So, dear readers, guess what I've been doing this evening? You've got it, writing the synopsis of Steel on Target. I'm trying to be sparse with the wordage and cut it down to the bone, but hey, this is me. I know I'm going to go long on the first draft. I'm too used to doing chapter breakdowns for my media work because the synopsis/breakdown is how you sell the story before you actually write it. So, I guess I'll just let it flow and then take the butcher knife to the document after I get it finished.

So, technically, I'm writing on Steel, even if I'm not progressing on the story per se. Hopefully, I'll get the draft finished tomorrow night and get all of this off to the agent soonest.

Now, where did I leave that whetstone for the knives?

Words for Today

1005 / 1000 words. 100%

Progress on Steel on Target's synopsis

1005 / 2000 words. 50%

Words for 2010

16175 / 250000 words. 6%


( 9 howls — Howl with the Pack )
Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
That is so cool. Good luck with the synopsis. I hope you get a sensational critique!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard about Tee's wife, and am sorry to hear about it. I only met him one time at a WorldCon (maybe Toronto in 2003), and enjoyed his company there. We kept in touch briefly, but lost contact a while back. If possible, would you please pass along my condolences to him and his family.

I'm glad to hear that folks are there to help them out.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
The outpouring of support, esp. from the online community, has been nothing short of incredible.

I'll definitely pass on your well wishes. He'll most likely be on Twitter or Skype this evening.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
How do you know Tee? I know him from college band. It's weird when worlds collide like this!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
We met at a local SF/F convention (Balticon) and have just sorta hung out ever since.

Besides being authors and proud fathers of daughters, we're also beer and scotch aficionados and fellow trombonists. Low Brass Rules.
Mar. 4th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
You're going to cut down your own submission? Wow. Would you like to borrow the Red Pen of Doom? I find it helpful. :-)
Mar. 4th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
I thought about using it, but I didn't want to infringe on your territory. *grin*

Course, if you're offering . . .
Mar. 4th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
Hi there. I stumbled upon your journal. I do like your username "nightwolf" :)

Also, was wondering where you got the Guild Wars OST. I love Guild Wars too and when I saw that it intrigued me. :)

Thanks in advance & Good luck with your writing!
Mar. 4th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Glad you joined us and hope you'll stick around.

The Guild Wars OST CD's were available if you bought the collectable versions of Factions and Nightfall. You can download the soundtracks for Guild Wars and Eye of the North as well as the other two from NCSoft (I found a link via the Guild Wars Wiki), but it's not compatible with iTunes. If you use a Zune or Window Media Player, it'll work just fine.

I've considered copying it to my hard drive and then burning it to a disk and then loading it onto my iTunes, but that seems like an awful lot of work . . .
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