Absentminded Writer

Well, on the plus side of things, the new story is going well. On the minus side, my brain’s not so much. The other day, I was deep in writer-mode as I stood on the MARTA platform, waiting for the northbound train to take me home—eager/anxious to open up my laptop so I could jot down my ideas before they slipped away. Train pulls in; I scamper to a seat and happily commence typing away.

Twenty-five or so minutes later, end of the line, everyone off. I look up and realize I’m at Doraville, not North Springs.

DOH!!

In my creative fugue, I got on the wrong train. And not only did I fail to notice that the train I was boarding was Doraville-bound, but I also totally missed all of the periodic announcements informing me of that fact—which, in my defense, were far more mumbley than usual.

Had to take the southbound back and transfer to the North Springs line, tacking on another forty-five mintues to my already hour-long, home-going commute. And since I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss the transfer station, I put away my computer and twiddled my thumbs during that leg of it.

Yepper, I’m losing my mind.

   


Writing Stuff

Got in the last crits for “Biba Jibun” (oodles of thank yous to mouseferatu, mroctober, and nikwdhmos), did a final tweak and editing pass, and sent it off to the Datlow/Windling duo. Crossing everything that’s crossable (and one or two things that aren’t) that they like it.

Received:
- Payment and a Christmas bonus Amazon.com gift certificate (!) from my editor for my December (and last) Writing for Young Readers column. *sniffle* I miss that hamster already.
- Note from the CRW folks inviting me to conduct another writing workshop for them. I agreed, so I’ll be teaching an online workshop on Character Development for them next October.

That promises to be enjoyable. “Character development” is much like “adventures and discoveries in psychology” for me. Will post more details and links to register for it down the road.

New Words:
- 1000 on Russian fairy tale re-telling, “Morozko” (working title). I’m thinking this one will come in at around 3.5K, but I no longer trust my word-count-fu. It’s steered me wrong too often recently.

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12 Responses to Absentminded Writer

  1. Aw, I’m sorry about the commute mix-up! Once I fell asleep on a train and woke up just in time to see the doors shut at my stop. I had to wait outside in the cold and dark for the one going back the other direction. *grin*

    I meant to comment on your previous entry about your flare-up. I hope it goes away soon and leaves you in peace. That must be horrible. :(

    Yay for the writing! Have you worked on your novel at all lately?

  2. Aw, I’m sorry about the commute mix-up! Once I fell asleep on a train and woke up just in time to see the doors shut at my stop. I had to wait outside in the cold and dark for the one going back the other direction. *grin*

    I meant to comment on your previous entry about your flare-up. I hope it goes away soon and leaves you in peace. That must be horrible. :(

    Yay for the writing! Have you worked on your novel at all lately?

  3. dragonmyst says:

    I am so glad that I am not the only writer that does stuff like that.

  4. dragonmyst says:

    I am so glad that I am not the only writer that does stuff like that.

  5. ogre_san says:

    Good luck on all fronts.

  6. ogre_san says:

    Good luck on all fronts.

  7. mouseferatu says:

    Good luck on the submission. :-)

    And again, I’m sorry my critique couldn’t be more specific.

  8. mouseferatu says:

    Good luck on the submission. :-)

    And again, I’m sorry my critique couldn’t be more specific.

  9. sboydtaylor says:

    No problem on the edits. I’m just itching for more to read :)

    • sboydtaylor says:

      BTW… That “writer’s fugue” thing happens to me all the time. I drive past my exit thinking about a story, or can’t go to sleep. I’m glad I’m not the only one :)

    • sboydtaylor says:

      BTW… That “writer’s fugue” thing happens to me all the time. I drive past my exit thinking about a story, or can’t go to sleep. I’m glad I’m not the only one :)

  10. sboydtaylor says:

    No problem on the edits. I’m just itching for more to read :)

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