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I'll be a bit lax on commenting for awhile (again), although I should still have time to read my flist -- I hope. Thanks to being sick, I'm way behind on my getting ready for fall stuff: especially getting the house winterized, storm windows up, and plastic over the old home's even older, drafty, desperately in need of replacement windows. Did I mention I need new windows? If I don't get that plastic up, any candle that gets lit will go out in the cross-breeze.

I also need to finish bush trimming and painting my porch railings before the snow flies. The railing should have been painted a few years ago, and half the job is getting all the rust off so I can paint them. This is one of those jobs I excel in hating to do, so I put it off way too long ...

In addition to that, strangexgirl has convinced me, through her brilliant use of logic, to write some stories to submit to the Writer's Digest Short Story competition. This is what I'll be working on for the next few weeks, then I'll start on doing long-awaited revisions to last year's NaNoWriMo novel. My plan is to reward myself for every finished original fiction by writing a fanfic; the best of both worlds. But if I don't keep on the original stuff I'll never be published (thus the brilliant use of logic I mentioned earlier). Short fiction doesn't come naturally to me, so I'll be fighting with it between now and the deadline at the beginning of December, but I think I can pull off something decent; I'll keep you posted.

I'll still be around, at least with my columns -- gotta pay the fuel bills!

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ozma914
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
Yep, our weathers are much colder and snowier than yours, I'm afraid. I love Indiana every other season, but winter really, really stinks.

Thanks! I'll try my best, but I'm in for lots and lots of competition.
darsynia
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you've been sick! Here's hoping drafty windows didn't contribute. Exciting idea, the short story competition! Going from what I've read of yours, I think your brand of humor would be right up their alley!
ozma914
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
I suspect it started with my allergies. I keep the windows open in the summer because I'm too cheap to pay for air conditioning, so I get the bad effects of hay fever and dust allergies. But I'm also allergic to cats, and I've had all four of my daughter's cats here all summer, so keeping some ventilation going helps with that. Either way, the hot weather followed by cooler weather, combined with the allergy triggers, probably started me on my path to strep throat. I'm much better now, though.

We'll see if they like my humor -- some writing contests take themselves way too seriously, but I'll do my best regardless!
irish_injun
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
I do wish you would be completely well immediately!! I certainly understand about taking the time to read the flist, but not always having time to reply! Sometimes I feel like a secret agent! I do want to keep up with what everything is thinking about, though, so I keep checking in.

Good luck on the competition! Writing the story will keep you motivated, and if it doesn't win, simply submit it elsewhere! Your stuff is certainly good enough!

Please be well.
irish_injun
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:51 am (UTC)
oops! What EVERYONE is thinking about! LOL
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Yes, because if things were thinking it would be a fantasy story. :-)
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
It always bothers me when I don't comment on my friends' posts, but I have to discipline myself if I'm going to get anything done -- but so far I'm refusing to give up on my flist completely, so I'll go into lurker mode!

Absolutely, if the story doesn't place in the competition I'll send it elsewhere -- I've made the mistake of sending to only one place before, back in my (very) younger days, and I won't make it again. Writer is too hard of a job to give up on it that quickly!
keith5by5
Sep. 29th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Good luck with the original fic writing. It's a biatch ain't it?

Still got several hundred pages of revisions to my last book to edit.

Sigh...
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Maybe a few short stories will cleanse my palette and get me ready to plunge back into the novel business. Writing short is so difficult for me, though ... I'm way too long winded to limit myself to 1,500 words of fiction!
spankulert
Sep. 29th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you'll be working hard, but on some very sensible things. Go you, and good luck with the contest.
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
I can be sensible, every now and then! It's not much fun, though. :-)
agdhani
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
good luck with that! I find it very difficult to write short stories...trying to fit everything I want to say into something short. I remember writing papers in school; when the teacher would give us a page/word minimum, I always had to ask if there was a maximum, because I knew I'd go over.
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
I'm the same way. Sometimes my novels are a bit short, but my short stories are *always* long. One of the reason I gave up short story writing is that it seemed most of the magazines wanted something with a smaller word count than my finished product. I'll give it another shot, though, and we'll see. At least I have some experience cutting through my newspaper writing.
agdhani
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Good luck :D hope it works out!
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks -- so do I!
winsomeone
Sep. 29th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
I remember being in Indianapolis once in October and it was cold!

We're actually starting to see a little slide in temps ourselves- it felt good this morning at 78 with no humidity,although it'll be hot again by lunchtime. I would dearly love to see some fall leaves. sigh

ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
78 in the morning; that's a little warm, but it beats the heck out of the single digits in the morning! :-( I could live with the low 60's in the early hours, and maybe the mid 80's at the height of afternoon.
spikereader
Sep. 30th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
Good luck with both winter proofing the house and the writing.
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly confident in the writing, if not the ultimate reward; the winter proofing, not so much! There's not enough insulation in the world to make me comfortable in the winter, but at least maybe I'll save a few bucks in heating bills.
lmzjewel
Sep. 30th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Hey Ozma! (: I'm sorry to hear that you have been feeling under the weather and I hope that you get to feeling better soon.

I definately hear you on the whole porch painting deal. My porch posts are in bad need of a sanding and a painting too.

Good luck with your stories and the nanowrimo thing. I may do that this year. I don't know, but I think that I may have an interesting story idea that could finally make an actual novel. (grins)
ozma914
Sep. 30th, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
It turns out that if we don't do home maintenance, it doesn't get done -- why didn't somebody tell me this before I bought a house? :-) I'd probably be on schedule if I hadn't gotten sick, but this time of year we could easily get another month of good weather before it gets too cold for me to poke my nose outside. It's supposed to warm up just a bit next week, but right now it's about 60 degrees and so overcast it just *looks* like winter outside.

Absolutely, go for it on NaNoWriMo! My only suggestion would be to have a general outline, character list and other such research done before the month starts, so you don't have to take the non-writing time during November itself.
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