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State of the Writer: December 2011

Is it really December?  There have been some really long days and weeks this year, but the months have been just flying past.  I’m writing just one week removed from Thanksgiving, and Christmas is rapidly approaching.  Which makes me think I really should do some shopping.  But that’s not what we’re here to talk about.  We’re here to talk about what’s happened with my writing in November, what I hope will happen in December, and a few other bits and pieces.

November saw my wife and I embark on a rather grand journey as we attempt to collaborate on a novel.  It’s my first foray into novel-length story telling in two years, and it really is nice to stretch the legs a little and get back into long form narratives.  But not too leg stretchy.  I think my flirtation with short fiction the last few years has been beneficial, and left me understanding better how to structure stories and how to look at scenes and chapters as short stories of their own that tie together into a long narrative.  Right now we have an outline that goes through six chapters and a first draft that goes through two.  We’ve also got a real map of our city from only 5 years after the novel takes place, a fake map of the state and surrounding bits of the US, 20 years of real and alternate historical timeline officially written, and another few centuries of unofficial timeline sitting in our heads.

Plus we’re still married and haven’t even had any major argument!

December is going to see us continue down the path.  I have some pie in the sky hopes of finishing an outline before the end of the month and maybe five more chapters drafted.  I’m trying not to get too far in the draft because I don’t want to catch up with the outline.

On the anthology front, Steam Works should hopefully be available before the end of the year, per information from the editor.  Memory Eater is still a little farther out, but that’s due to the editor still exploring publisher authors.  However, a post made while I’ve been writing this has some decently good news about everything but the timeline.  It should be well worth the wait, however, even if the only story I have direct knowledge about is my own.

But mine is pretty awesome, and will probably be worth the cover price alone, especially if you’re my parents.

State of the Writer’s Beer.  Stagnant.  Not the beer, my brewing.  I’ll probably do a batch in December, though, as soon as I have 24 empties.  So if I’ve given you a bottle, the quicker you drink it and return the empty, the sooner there’ll be another batch.

State of the Writer’s Blog.  See that to the right?  That was the hit I got from Dover, Delaware this month.  That’s significant, because it was the 50th state to visit the blog, which means I’ve now collected them all, along with DC and Puerto Rico.  That really was my big goal this year with readership, and I accomplished it with about seven weeks to spare.  I actually came close to collecting all 50 states just in the month of November, due to my Scrivener files driving a lot of visitors this month.  I’m going to keep those coming because I’m addicted both to the process of making the files (as I talked about earlier) and, maybe a little, to the readership numbers they bring.  November blew any other month out of the water, and was only a disappointment because it ended with 999 hits.

So welcome any and all new readers of this blog.

Onward into December, and into winter.  The days will get shorter for three more weeks, then the solstice will hit and we’ll head back into the sun again.  It can be a tough month to write, but I’m in this for the long haul.  I’m glad to have y’all along for the ride.


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What did Delaware?

On Wednesday I got my first blog hit from the state of North Dakota.  That means that I have now “collected” 49 states.  Plus DC and Puerto Rico.  All that’s left is a state only 93 miles from where I am here in Annandale.  I’m talking about the gem of the eastern shore, the heart of the Delmarva, the first state itself: Delaware.

And so in hopes of finally collecting the full set of states, I present to you my favorite things about Delaware.

No sales tax.  Seriously, what’s not good about this?  Oh, I understand that taxes are the necessary evils of living in a society such as the United States, but doesn’t it feel awesomely like cheating the system when you buy something in Delaware and see that no taxes charged on it?  Oh yeah, they make up for that with the costs of the toll roads through the state, but that doesn’t negate that giddy I’m-getting-away-with-something sensation.

Bethany Beach.  Oh sure, it doesn’t get nearly the glory of Rohoboth.  Or Ocean City.  But that also means that it’s a lot quieter than Rohoboth.  Or Ocean City.  But it has a great beach that I’ve never seen crowded, is a wonderful little town, and is perfectly between the two, ideal for visiting either while staying in neither.

This did not actually happen in Delaware, but it includes the word "Delaware" and is awesome.

Punkin Chunkin.  Last year my in-laws went to see this in person.  I can’t even express how jealous I am of that.  Because…seriously.  Trebuchets, cannons, giant whipping arm contraptions that look like they could break down and explode at any moment, pumpkins flying through the air.  If there’s anything better about America than that, I certainly don’t know what it is.

Wedging the Wedge.  Due to poor definitions of state borders there was a little chunk of land near where Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania meet called The Wedge.  It’s now called the Delaware Wedge because the tiny state fought off both larger states when making a case for possession of the tract of land.  Because what Delaware wants, it goes out and gets, damnit!

Caleb Rodney.  He was governor of Delaware for a brief period from 1822 to 1823, but in that short time in office he not only became the first man to walk on Mars but also killed a bear using only a rusty spoon!

I swear most of the facts above are not entirely false.  So let’s go Delaware.  Come on in.  I swear I don’t bite, and I love your quirky, tiny, beachy, tax-free state.

Edit 11/14/2011: VICTORY IS MINE!

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