Saturday, August 30, 2008

Finished another story

Stories with the first draft done: 3
Stories waiting for critiques to come back: 2

I finished the first draft of To Pay the Devil last night and handed it over to my Dad, who has promised to give me an honest opinion. Dad is the most prolific reader of sci-fi and fantasy I know, which makes this a little nerve-wracking. But if it passes in his opinion, I know it must be good. I do feel that with each story I write, I'm getting better.

The first graph: It didn't look like a lake of gold, but as John Briggs had never seen one before, he was reserving judgment. If it were, in fact, the lake of legend, it would mean the end of the sleepless nights, the sick twist in his gut that had been his constant companion for years. It would mean he could finally buy back his soul.

Today is Day 2 of DragonCon, and I'm not there for the first time since 1999. I understand why the Post ordered a vacation blackout during the conventions, but that doesn't alleviate the Labor Day weekend depression.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Let the insanity begin!

While driving into downtown Denver this afternoon, I saw police on most street corners, security guards at the entrances to parking garages and a whole slew of protesters marching down 17th Street near Broadway. And the convention hasn't even started yet! It's going to be such a mess this week. Simple things like driving and parking will suddenly become a challenge.

The Post is running several extra pages of coverage every day. I'm the politics wire editor for the duration, which means I make sure we don't miss anything important that other papers and wire services have covered. It sounds more interesting than it is. We have an army of excellent reporters in the trenches, so I doubt they'll miss anything big.

Media party was yesterday at Elitches. I couldn't go. Had to help put out a paper.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My first post

73 degrees and cloudy in Denver today. Some sprinkles were coming down as I was on the Post's roof about an hour ago.

I've never bothered to blog before because, well, I just didn't feel like it. Good reason, huh? Also, what was I going to say? The kids went to school today, I washed the dishes before work. Exciting stuff. But now I have a long-term goal to write about, which is (in case you didn't read my bio) to break into the publishing business. Yeah, I know, me and about a zillion other people. So what makes me different? I work hard and finish what I start, as a journalist I have a lot of writing and editing experience, and I take rejection pretty well. I'm sure there's more, but let's start with that.

Where I'm at: I've finished the first drafts of two short stories (one is waiting in the queue in the critique group Critters and the other is awaiting comments from my sister) and am working on a third. They're all in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

Favorite news of the day: When Joe Biden got the call from Barack Obama, who was asking him to be the Democratic candidate for vice president, Biden's wife was getting a root canal. He was in the dentist office. Talk about strange timing.