I've put away the mostly complete outline of Devil in the Details to let it stew for a while. The very ending (epilog) needs a bit of work, but I also know that when I start writing in July, I'll end up needing to massage the ending anyway, so I'm not fretting over the 95% completeness of it.
I'm going to spend the rest of the month working on short fiction. I need to make out a list of everything I've got on my computer, and work on the 3 shorts I've had stewing in my head for a few months: Lancet, Blitz, and the Showman's Rest story. (That's all conditional on whether the Plot Bunny hands me other work to do.)
I did 500 words on "Lancet" last night. This is going to be short SF. I'm trying to stick it under 4K. 5 at the most. This one's a stretch for me, sort of experimental, in present tense. Supposed to be creepy. I want the mood of "Bite-me-not" by Tanith Lee, but not the voice. I'll work on it, but I'm no Tanith Lee...
I also need to start looking into the stories that I've had out for a long time. I've got one over a year, and one approaching 270 days (and a few with short times). But I hate querying.
And then there are the 4 dragon stories--I need to figure out what I want to do with those.
I'm still considering the chap-book option.
Also, I'm trying to decide about what to do with "Afterimage"--it's only been out a couple of months, but I suspect everyone who is going to purchase the last JBU will have already done so. If I try to re-publish the story now (which is within the terms of my contract), I don't think I'm going to hurt Baen's, so I may go ahead and put it up on my web-site and/or send it to Anthology Builder.
Speaking of "Afterimage", I discovered last night that there had been a review of it back in April by Sam Tomaino over at SFRevu.
Greene runs into some serious trouble finding the murder in this good, solid story, the kind that has been a hallmark of Jim Baen's Universe.
Hey, I like being good and solid!* Tomaino seemed to like the whole issue of JBU, in fact.
Got my ArmadilloCon programming info filled out. Sailing tonight, so I must work on other stuff now.
*I've told people before that I'm not a ground-breaking author. I write solid workman-like fiction. So 'good and solid' is high praise for me.
June 8th, 2010