April 22: 902
April 23: 1056
April 24: 0 (Excuse du jour: worked 8 hrs at day job)
April 25: 1363
April 26: 548
April 27: 421 (?)
April 28: 692
You can see my wordcount slowed abruptly. That's because on Saturday I brainstormed some ideas with Sara K. and decided to change a bunch of things. I think these things will make it better, but it means being more thoughtful (once again) about how the beginning is laid out. That's why the ? after my count on 4/27--I was going through and tacking on bits and pieces, here and there so I'm not sure what the real count of "new" words was. For me, slower usually equals better. A lot of stuff I wrote on those last couple of thousand word days is pretty fluffy and will probably be cut anyways.
Today I have managed to procrastinate writing for a solid hour while making my flu kit and updated emergency kit list. I believe that when the apolcalypse happens, there is an 80% chance that it will be the superflu, and that it could happen in my lifetime. Thus, I'd like to always stay prepared. Plus, I live in Earthquake Land, so I don't have to be panicked to justify this as being important. A while ago, I finally managed to make us a go-bag and a small stock of emergency food/candles/meds. At the time I was really proud of that, since normally we are the kind of people who would have one box of cereal and a jar of pickles in our pantry. Now, six months later, it looks paltry. It wouldn't feed the two of us for a week. So I must add more long-term foodstuffs to the list too!
Of course, I could have done all that this afternoon.
April 16, 2009: 867
April 17, 2009: 1022
April 20, 2009: 1003
April 21, 2009: 926
You can see I took myself a nice long weekend in there. What can I say, my brother was here. Today I'm only up to 300 or so, but I don't have to go to work, so I have time. But my point is that these wordcounts are fairly high (for me) and remarkably steady.
Also, I have a new job. Not entirely sure how I feel about it quite yet, but, well, it'll be different. And it sort of fell into my lap with no struggling or anxiety on my part, which is a bonus. I despise looking for a job.
ODYSSEY WRITING WORKSHOP
ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2009 SESSION
Odyssey class time is split between workshopping sessions and lectures. An advanced, comprehensive curriculum covers the elements of fiction writing in depth. Students learn the tools and techniques necessary to strengthen their writing.
The workshop runs from June 8th to
other's work. Prospective students, aged eighteen and up, apply from all over the world. The early admission application deadline is JANUARY 31st, and the regular admission deadline is APRIL 8th.
Meet Our 2009 Writer-in-Residence
Odyssey's 2009 writer-in-residence is Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author and Odyssey 1998 graduate. Carrie is the author of the phenomenally popular "Kitty" novels, about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio show. The first novel, Kitty and the Midnight Hour has over a hundred thousand copies in print. Books five and six of the series, Dead Man's Hand and Kitty Raises Hell, will appear in 2009. Carrie's short stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards series, and other anthologies. She has a Master's degree in English Literature from the
Other Guest Lecturers
Odyssey is pleased to welcome its 2009 guest lecturers: bestselling author Jeffrey A. Carver; award-winning authors Melissa Scott, Patricia Bray, and Jack Ketchum, and Editor-in-Chief of the Ace and Roc science fiction/fantasy imprints, Ginjer Buchanan.
Other Odyssey Resources and Services
The Odyssey website offers free podcasts, writing and publishing tips, a class syllabus, and more information about how to apply. An overview of the Odyssey Critique Service is also available on the website at http://www.sff.net/odyssey/crit.html. This service provides authors with professional-level feedback on their writing, done with the thoroughness and depth for which Odyssey is known.
Those interested in applying to the workshop should visit the website, phone/fax (603) 673-6234, or e-mail .