A move to my own domain

After some thought, I decided to move my blog to my domain. I’ve had heatherdudley.com for quite some time, but mostly just had it parked, so that no one else could get it. I figured… it’s utterly ridiculous for someone of my web design background to have a parked domain.

I thought about which service I’d like to use, and figured that a wordpress site would be good; it’s often cited as a requirement in job listings these days, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, so I figured what the hey. So here I am; I even imported the last five years of blogging.

So I’ll be working on moving my subscriber list (pitiful though it may be) soon, so if you end up here, you’re not crazy, it’s still me, I’ve just shifted things over.

Now, to find a good temporary theme until I can design my own.

>Progress and ruminations

>I’ve been working steadily on Hacker Dragon. I’m up to 21,667 words as of this very moment. I feel like that’s a truly respectable total, since this time last week, I only had about 13,000 or so. I’m finding it’s hard to get back into Drakan’s head; I’m not sure what the magic mix was when I first wrote her. She’s there, I can *feel* her, but I haven’t quite reconnected with her.

I’m pleased with the work. She’s mellowed, some. I think it’s me that’s mellowed, truthfully. I think I was in a very turbulent time in my life then. It’s no less turbulent now, but I’m coping better. I’m not in the grips of post-partum depression, though its lingering effects still hang in my mind like the unwanted cobwebs in my bedroom. I know they’re there, I know I need to get the broom, but I can’t quite bring myself to do it.
Such is the nature of depression, I suppose.
But I’m enjoying what I’m writing. It’s not Great Literature or anything, and I’m not sure I will pursue traditional publication with this piece; it’s leaning towards romance, although it may pull away into a respectable sci-fi piece by the time I’m done. If it does stay romantic, I may try Ellora’s Cave, or maybe just plain self-publishing via ebook.
I have NOT given up traditional publishing for my other works; I just don’t know if the world is ready for this one. 🙂 I won’t know until I’m finished, of course. I’ve got roughly a month before the CreateSpace deadline, and I think I’d like to print this one with it.
I don’t know. This is a very experimental book, for me. It’s outside of my comfort zone, it’s different, and I don’t think it has mainstream appeal, but I think it may very well find a very loyal audience in a certain niche.
Who knows, though, after I get the original version out, it may end up very different after it goes through editing.
I love writing. I love the mystery of it, the discovery. I’m a very visceral writer, I take a dream and I give it reality, and I enjoy learning where it leads. I’ve never been much of a planner.
And that, my friends, is my scattered brain dump for the day.

>Picking up an old WIP

>Mom cancelled on us, so I’ve got the whole day to myself. I’ve made two positive steps towards being actually productive.

1) Last night, I read over the piece I’m planning to continue. It doesn’t suck, and although I think I need to back up and take the story in a different direction than it did from the last plot twist, I think I’ve got a good base, and some damn good characters to work with.
2) Just now, I opened Scrivener. I will follow this action by stopping to tweet about the action I just took, then make a blog post about it.
Hey, it’s forward motion, right?

I think after that, I will move all of the text from the word doc I’ve got this saved on into Scrivener.

I’ve been trying to think of a new title, though. This piece is about a genetically enhanced computer geek who takes over a corporate network (think Shadowrun, but without most of the magical stuff.) just before another hostile organization takes over. This is literal hostility, including guns. She lets them take over, makes an arrangement with the leader of that organization, and is now playing cat-and-mouse with him. Romance ensues.

Quick bit of worldbuilding: Post apocalyptic thing, now humanity has a dual animal nature. Some are naturally more strong than others. Corporations rule the world (nah, I wasn’t influenced by anything cyberpunk. I PROMISE.) Most people are regular animals of various sorts, some are myths. MC is a dragon, leader of organization is tiger (smilodon fatalis, to be exact.) It comes off less cheesy than it sounds, I promise.

Anyway, It’s a sci-fantasy thing, heavier on the sci than the fantasy.

Current working title REALLY sucks: Hacker Dragon. Not the kind of thing I’d be proud to show off in public. So I have to figure out something different. I’d like this to be my CreateSpace submission, so I need a non-shitty title.

Now to figure one OUT. Any suggestions?

But I think I’ll start working on my scrivener file first, so that I’m making more progress towards actually writing, rather than procrastinating with minutiae.

>Brace yourself…

>I just turned off comment moderation. Blogger finally added some kind of spam detection; I generally like Google’s spam algorithms, so I’m going to give it a try.

So hopefully, my beloved stable of commenters (all ten of you) can comment free of impediment. 🙂

>Revising and Procrastination

>So I still haven’t started writing yet. I think I’ve learned to take procrastination to all new heights, these days. I’ll pick strawberries with the kids, play farmville, warhammer, go to the grocery store, but write? Heck no.

But a recent blog by Chris Baty has me wondering. What sort of revision efforts could NaNoWriMo help me with? He’s asking for input on the kinds of revision tools you’d like to see.
Right now, we have the barest minimum. A couple of forums, the Critiques forum, and the Novel Draft Aftercare forum. Critiques is great, but only if you have something ready to critique. Aftercare is nice, but I’m not done yet.
I had a dream the other night. Apparently, my subconscious doesn’t set its sights very high. I dreamed that I went to the mailbox, and my novel was in there. It was a paperback proof, had been retitled “Off the Shoulder” (I have no idea why) and was printed by the “Del Rey Discount Books” division. There was a contract in there… with a $1,500 advance written in. I remember the cover art being pretty cool, though.
I mean… really? My brain couldn’t come up with NYT bestseller list, or a million dollar advance, or even a fully priced paperback? Oh dear.
I’m going to take it as encouragement, though. While I don’t think Del Rey has a discount books division, I like the attainability of that dream. Million dollar advances are very rare– but what I’m aiming for isn’t a certain advance, or even the NYT list. It’s purely, and simply, publication. My book, available in a bookstore near you, where I can go and front my books, and smile like an idiot while I point to it to the other customers and say “MINE!” while they back away slowly. I’ve thought (hard) about publishing some ebooks, but I still want the real thing.
So what are your writing plans? Are you writing for you? Are you revising something to be published? Going the self-publishing or ebook routes? Trying to convince the aliens in the back of your head that they can’t destroy the planet because of your literary prowess?

>Clever spammers

>While checking the spam filter on the Script Frenzy forums, I came across the strangest thing.
It was a polite, nicely formatted response to the spam filter feedback form:

Kindly post my comment I’m not posting spam.

Thank you very much and more power..God bless..

Respectively Yours,

Gaile Seive

This isn’t unusual; I often get confused, amused, or even angry feedback from users whose posts have been erroneous flagged as spam. This one struck me as odd though, because of the content of the post. It was responding to a question about asbestos and heat… this person posted the following on the thread:

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Notice that last line? Yeah. It WAS spam. For a loan! How strange that the spammer took the time to politely tell me they weren’t spamming!

Clever, clever spammers. You are no match for my spam stomping powers! And for those who are curious, yes, I banned this very polite spammer. With prejudice.