All right. I declare my post-Clarion slump/circadian re-normalization to be over. Two weeks is plenty. Enough. Done. Let's move on.
What I have currently on my plate:
Seven Clarion-written stories to re-write and send out. One may not be salvageable, but the other six probably are, although I'm still deciding whether "Lives of the Saints" should be a novel instead. I'm not ready for another novel yet, I haven't even finished my first one. That leaves five definites to revise and mail.
Five stories written in the first half of the year and posted to OWW that have been well and thoroughly critted. One is a vampire short-short, and although I love the skinny little thing, vamp short fiction has a hard time finding a home. Another story, although I still like the core concept and the characters, probably needs rewrites so extensive they would amount to writing a new story. I'm reluctant to do this, because this story was long and painful to write, taking about two months to get 8,000 words. I'm afraid it goes into a folder labeled 'Back Burner'. Three others I have hope for.
Eight stories written in 2003 that haven't found homes. Only one of them really should be sent out again as is. One is trunk bait: I don't think it works, even as a story concept. Maybe I can salvage some stuff from it for a future story, but as it currently stands, it's not going anywhere. The rest really need to be looked over, revised, pruned.
And that's before writing anything new.
I've got a lot of reading to do, mainly stuff that was recommended to me at Clarion. I have discovered, as I've said before, that I am embarrassingly under-read in my chosen field. Eek.
== karikabu == stump
|Left radical is 'tree' (木), right is 'red' (朱), acting phonetically to express 'firm', and acting in its literal meaning of 'central part of a tree'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Red tree stump provides firm stock.'|