That shouldn't have surprised me  

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"Simple Matter" was sent to Nancy Fulda, an editor for Baen's World, for my Apex raffle critique. She was so sweet. Somehow, she managed to tell me that I need to rewrite half of the story but left me feeling very positive about it. Several of the things she pointed out are things that I, or one of the members of my writing group, should have caught well before I sent it off. A couple are things that I never would have thought of.

Overall, I'm very happy with the critique. She spread compliments throughout the story as well as suggestions. She even said that I made her laugh, which is rare.

I will definitely revise this story and send it out.

Meanwhile, I'm editing "Desert Queen" at around five to ten pages a day.

It's time  

Posted by Wishwords

Today I start revisions on "Desert Queen." It's been talking to me this past week, telling me what it wants to be. I feel confident that I can turn it into the book I want. In about two weeks I'll be crying about how horrible it is and what a hack I am, but right now I feel confident.

I sent "Simple Matter" off to the editor for a professional critique. I should hear back from her in a week or so on whether or not it's decent.

I'm feeling kind of wishywashy on my short horror story. I can't decide if I want to bother with any short stories right now. I know I should, but I haven't gotten very good at them, so I want to abandon them. We'll see.


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The second draft of "Simple Matter" is done.

OWW is having a contest for a year's membership. I'm going to try to finish up my little horror story in time to enter. You get critiques for entering.

I'm writing an unrequested but tentatively approved article for the magazine that bought my last one. I should actually have that draft done in a couple of days. It will be a very short one.

Excerpt and update  

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The first draft of "A Simple Matter" is finished, and I'm waiting on critiques from the writers' group. I need to get it sent off later this week. Here's an excerpt from it:

A Simple Matter

by Linda Lindsey

It had been well over a century since Nissa had been invited to a christening or naming or any other birth celebration. It wasn’t that she was a pariah or anything, like that Malavena, who no one wanted to invite to anything. Really, who could blame them after that Princess Briar Rose fiasco…? No, all the fairy godmothers were having the same problem.

For a while, they had gathered once a week in Dulcina’s lovely little garden and chattered on about the escapades of the few clients they had. As those clients died off and weren’t replaced, the ladies found that they had more and more time on their hands. Instead of flitting off to find a prince to pummel an ogre or to arrange for a truly magical date they sat around bored or irritated. Their once a week gatherings turned into two, then three, then four, then daily gatherings.

If Nissa remembered correctly, it was Belinda who had first brought the fairy hooch. Mortals had always thought of fairy godmothers as sweet, gentle, slightly plump, creatures. None of them had ever seen a bored, centuries-old fairy woman, with a working magic wand, totally schnockered. She couldn’t remember how many times she’d awakened splayed out in some barn somewhere, stockings and underpinnings awry, with hay in her updo, tiara awry, to discover that all the cows were bald or the chickens barked and the farmer running screaming down the road. Nothing was more difficult than trying to reverse-transmogrify with a raging hangover. Damn, that Belinda anyway.