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As a break from the whole 'whining about my health' thing (which is no doubt boring everyone else as much as it is me!), another question:

Which writers do you think should get more critical attention than they appear to?

My example: C. J. Cherryh. She has been writing classy, clever and complex (excuse the accidental alliteration!) sf for over 30 years. She's won awards in the past (though not recently). She must still be fairly popular as she has been continuing to publish new novels regularly over that time (although I don't expect that her books are to everyone's taste.) Yet I've seldom seen a critical article about her writing.
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After (I was shocked to realise) nearly six months I have finally returned to the story I was writing (the possible novel mentioned way back in December last year).

After a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] pennski while we were in Chicago and some consideration I think I know where I am going with it now.

As a sort of emotional blackmail to myself, if I write about it here then maybe I will actually get on with it!

So, in the traditional LJ style:
Words so far: 1158.
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A quote here from PYR editor Lou Anders' weblog (http://www.louanders.com/blog.html):

Professional writers are those people whom, when at some point in the early development of their craft, they were inevitably told, "You will never make it as a writer," didn't listen.

So, I'm telling you now.

Listen closely.

You will never make it as a writer.

For some reason this really cheered me up!
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Well, health-wise I'm getting back to normal again now. Last night was the first night for a week when I did not wake up coughing at any point during the night. I'm hoping to go to the gym tomorrow...

But before we get too celebratory, [livejournal.com profile] pennski now seems to be going down with a cold instead. Hopefully it will have cleared up before Christmas...

My short story, War Games, is now been submitted to a magazine. As I think I mentioned before, I'm not really feeling optimistic that I'll be able to sell it - first completed stories seldom do - but I'm fairly happy with it, it's out there and there is nothing I can do now apart from keep submitting it. Oh yes, and I've started another story - only a couple of hundred words so far, but it's a start!

The week

Dec. 11th, 2005 06:08 pm
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So, apart from being ill, what's been happening in the last week?

Well, I was sent on a three-day Project Management course, culminating in an exam for a formal PM qualification, the name of which escapes me right now (yeah, I'm that interested...). A nice, relaxing course compared with some I've been on but also pretty much a waste of time. I could see it being useful to people who were fairly new to working in I.T. but if you are not then there was really nothing new. Still, it got me out of the office for a few days.

On better news, I finally had the confirmation letter that my interim pay review had gone through. I can't remember if I mentioned this here before, but my boss noticed that I was at the bottom of my pay scale and was over-performing for my grade so she put in for an interim review. This means that instead of being bottom of my pay scale, I'm now about a third up - not a spectacular improvement, but better than a slap in the face with a wet haddock...

They are also possibly moving some people between the analysis (helping the customer decide what they want) team and the design (process design, screen flows, reporting, interfaces, you know, the actual work - guess which one I'm in?!) team. I found out through the grapevine that I was one of the names suggested to move to the analysis team and my boss vetoed it - said that I was too good at the design and wanted to keep me! I've never been fought over before...

Had a really good rehearsal on Thursday. We finished setting Slap that Bass, which if there is any justice, should be the showstopper.

Finally, I decided that my short story was complete and as revised as it was ever going to be and will now be submitted for publication (I won't say anything about were I'm sending it for the moment). In all honesty, I don't think it will get published, but I'll send it around a few places (only one at a time, obviously!) and see how we go. It's good to finally get something finished. And any day now I'll be starting the next one...

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