Browsing All posts tagged under »submission«

Tempus Edax Rerum

June 26, 2012 by


The universe is poking fun at me right now. Actually, pretty much everybody I complain to is poking fun at me right now. I keep saying, I’m leaving the country in three weeks! And they say, Yes. Awesome. And I say, I am so close to finishing the second book of PATH I could spit […]

Three Quarters of a Page Inconveniently Too Long

May 9, 2012 by


I am disappointed to discover that the first chapter of Path is three quarters of a page inconveniently too long. Too long for what, you say? Such a good question. Too long for the extremely precise requirements laid out by this conference I’m going to. Do they ask for a specific word count? Oh no. […]

Things You Do Not Realise Until You Start Proofreading Epic Documents

April 26, 2012 by


There are some words where the addition or subtraction of the letter ’s’ makes no difference whatsoever to the meaning, or validity of spelling but makes you look like a right goof if you do it inconsistently. There are way more differences between AUS/UK and US English spelling than you would give credit for. And […]

Diary of a Writer

April 24, 2012 by


Yesterday: I am editing this passage, which I have been having trouble getting to on account of its terribleness. And now as least I’m in it. But it’s still terrible. I think I’m going to have to go through it twice to get out all the terrible. It’s that terrible. Or, well, it’s that melodrama. Bleh. […]

Writing a Biography: Or, I Wish I Could Remember What I Did Last Year

April 19, 2012 by


And then I get to the part where they say, And wouldn’t you like to write us a biography? And I say very politely: No, not really. But, you know, I don’t think it was really a question. So I went and looked up what I wrote back when I was applying for my PhD […]

Submission Neurosis, Let Me Count the Ways…

April 17, 2012 by


Actually what bothers me most about the submission process and it’s accompanying string of rejections is not the fear that my work isn’t good enough (that’s a whole other anxiety train) but that my failure might be due to presenting the novel the wrong way. What if I’m just really terrible at writing query letters? […]

Time to Submit

March 30, 2012 by


Today is Friday. Which is taking me a little bit by surprise as for some reason I spent most of last night and yesterday evening convinced today was going to be the weekend. But this is good. It means I have one more day to avoid making final decisions about what I’m going to submit […]