Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Last night I went to see Hawkwind with my friend, George. He's the one who introduced Hawkwind and Hard Rock/Metal to me all those years ago. And, to a great extent, the one who introduced me to Spec Fic. We had a great time, the show was fantastic, and Hawkwind was everything I hoped for. Lights, videos and dancers wearing Dr. Who-type costumes. The support band, The Night Terrors, were a lot of fun too.
Imagine that - two bands with Theremins. I've always thought modern music needed more of that. Along with banjos, ukeleles and trombones.
And then I was pleased to bump into Paul and Trudi Canavan as I waited to get in. I had met them before, but we were able to spend a bit of time chatting throughout the night. Trudi sketched the support band, while Paul and I didn't.
And then I came home to a rejection for another story - but the note from the editor was personal, encouraging and right on the money. Wish I'd had those comments before I sent it off. But it's been re-written already and currently sits with another market.
That's what it's all about - perseverance, and being prepared to learn. And having fun doing it all.
Monday, March 7, 2011
About two weeks ago, it suddenly occurred to me that I hadn't done any real writing for about 5 weeks. Sure, I had lots of excuses - guests from overseas, the school year starting up with all the reading and lesson preparation that comes with it, and so on. As I said, lots of excuses, but no real reasons.
And so two weeks ago I drew up a chart, a schedule that sets out a certain number of hours a week I plan to write. If I fail to complete an hour on the evening I choose, I can make it up later, but it has to be the same week. And so far (well, I'm into my third week) I've met my goals, and even exceeded them.
I plan to keep this up. And I tell my students how I've gone, and ask how they're going with their study.
On the up side, I've got all my stuff out on submission at the moment, and even had a couple of positive nibbles. More on that later if I hook anything.
While I'm here, I'm looking for a couple of mags and books.
New Adventures in Sci-Fi by Sean Williams,
Andromeda Spaceway Inflight Magazine #1, #2, #20
Please let me know if you can help out.