ROW80 wk 8, rpt 2

I should have done the flash fiction challenge last Sunday.

I would have finished up February’s goal of doing three challenges per month and hit my weekly goal of four blog posts.  I can still hit the three challenges by writing tonight, but I missed the window for the blog posting.  Oh well.  I’m going to blame it on my computer woes…yet again.  LOL

On the bright side, I got all my words in, none of which were for my NaNo novel, however, but decent progress on the other two in process works.

Feedback on my novel out for beta reads is starting to trickle in, all favorable so far, from a plot standpoint.  Time to start warming up the query and synopsis engines.  Ugh.  I think I know what the next ROW80’s goals will involve.  Hint:  lots of email watching and finger-crossing.

I made excellent progress editing my submission for the ocean-themed anthology, a steampunk tale (no krakens!) that I had originally worried might be deemed TSTL (too stupid to live).  The comments have been mostly favorable, so I’m excited about it now.

I’ve also been seeking out more critiques on my erotica anthology shorts, even threw it open to the entirety of two critique sites–Scribophile and Absolute Write.  The latter site is not for the feint of heart when it comes to being critiqued, but they tell it like it is and I needs to know that.  Authors who post there should do so with no expectations of a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, though many do offer it up.  Bless their very kind hearts.  I’ve had nothing but positive support at both sites so far, so YAY!!  Only two more shorts to write for this anthology after I finish the one I started yesterday.  Wah!  I’ll miss it but will have all the edits of both my and my partner’s pieces to go, plus the intro and transitional text.

Oops, sorry to wax on so much.  Overall, I’d give my week a B+ or A-, with points off for missing the blog post goal.

Linky for other participants is here.  Give ’em some pats on the back.

My cumulative stats are here.  I really with WordPress had the “under the cut” feature that Live Journal does.  I miss that and would have used on my stats page.  Alas, there is scrolling now.

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10 thoughts on “ROW80 wk 8, rpt 2

  1. I made excellent progress editing my submission for the ocean-themed anthology, a steampunk tale (no krakens!) that I had originally worried might be deemed TSTL (too stupid to live).

    There’s a remark somewhere (although I’m not sure which book it appeared in) which made it clear that there are no stories so utterly stupid that a good writer could not craft something of worth from he materials they were working with. If you cast a keen eye at the basic concept behind many of the best novels ever written, their absurdity becomes clear, though through the strength of the prose those same conceits which would be so easy to dismiss are rendered timeless.

    And I’m going to have to insist that writers stop dismissing their notions of what a good story is before we have had a chance to see for ourselves – you are better than that. 🙂

    • And I’m going to have to insist that writers stop dismissing their notions of what a good story is before we have had a chance to see for ourselves – you are better than that.

      Thanks. I liked it, of course, but I have realized that my tastes or visions of the the story don’t always translate. I’ll share it when I can so others may make that judgment for themselves. For now, I’ll just say it’s entitled Clockwork Nessie (cause we don’t have nearly enough steampunk tales with “clockwork” in the title) and is set in the Inverness area.

  2. Um… Have you been watching old episodes of Doctor Who? If it turns out to be another giant plesiosaur-shaped cyborg I’m going to be very disappointed.

    • Uh-oh. Sorry in advance then. I’ve never watched Doctor Who but there are a few similarities. Think submersible though vs. cyborg with a few other twists and turns such as treasure-hunting in the underwater passageways between the loch and the sea (still a myth, last I checked, exclusive of the Caledonian canal) and a hint of WW1 spying.

    • Gack! I knew I was taking my life in my hands my admitting I had never watched Doctor Who. I’ve seen snippets but that’s it. Do I get a few consolation points for admitting my undying love for the original Star Trek series?

      And yes, both sites are wonderful. I highly recommend both of them.

  3. Never seen Doctor Who? D:
    lol I have to say, I like the term TSTL and will probably pilfer it for my own use at some point 😀 Those critiquing sites sound interesting; I might look into them when I have more of my manuscript done.
    At least you’re on track with most of your goals, by the look of it. We’re on the home stretch now… Keep it up 🙂

  4. Don’t worry, I’ve never watched an episode of Dr. Who. It’s one of my closely guarded secrets. 😉

    Sounds like a great week, as always! I’m so glad you decided to take part in ROW80 because you always make me feel like anything is possible. Note to self: stop gushing on this freaking blog! Have a great week. 😀

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