April 16th, 2009

Writing - XanaDuMalion

Thor's Day

Happy birthday to nevacaruso!

Doing okay.

Went through the big WTD manuscript and sorted out the short fiction from the flash from the poetry. Today I'll be updating my antiquated filing system. Because that's how I roll. Old school. Filing cabinets.

Disposition of my Written, yet Unsold Stories
* The original "Fortune", whose name needs changing: this gorgeous, very limited-edition chapbook. One of these will be auctioned to benefit the Send Elayna to Explo Fund.

* I've been kicking "Flying Lessons" around for a while. It's got problems, and I haven't been able to fix those - but I love the imagery, so I'm unwilling to junk the story entirely. And then I thought "Hey! I'm trying to tell this story in the wrong medium!" So I e-mailed charitypomaybo, and she loves the story and the politics and the imagery, and so it's going to be a comic. :)

* Eventually, "Clever Vasilissa" will likely be a comic as well. I just have to teach myself how to adapt stories to scripts. Ive done straight-up scripts and adapted scripts to stories, but not the other way 'round.

* I think I'm telling "Undertow" from the wrong POV. Switching it to April's POV changes everything, and helps a lot; the problem with writing someone losing his mind is that it's difficult to make it clear to you-the-reader what's going on.

Stories in Progress
* I've been at a dead halt in "My Empire for Ashes" because my mood has been so bleak, and I'm at the point where I'm writing them falling in love; I haven't been able to Get There. Hopefully soon.

* I'm hovering around the world of "Cicatrix". If you watched the S00j/Kythryne/me show, you heard me read the poem of that name. It is currently sitting in a slushpile. *crosses fingers* But there's an entire world connected to it.

* There's a story lurking that connects "The Angel of Fremont Street" and "Fortune". Oh, there are a lot of Vegas stories rattling around in here. This one, though, investigates how Hal got his cards - by visiting the kami of Las Vegas. I'll be writing the ghost of Bugsy Siegel, among other things!

* "Maxfield Parrish Blue" is parked patiently behind a bunch of other stuff. It's an idea story rather than a character story, which is different; I think I'm waiting for Nora to tell me a little more about herself. Because I like the world, but I need to know how she navigates it.

Short Fiction vs. Novels
A lot of my stories end up expanding like whoa; I think one of my biggest problems is that I keep trying to wedge novels into short stories. There's the internal pressure to build up a career writing short fiction, then transition into novels, and there's the frustration that I never have time to write as it is - I don't have time to write novels! But that's what some of the stories insist on being. Special frustration award goes to "My Empire for Ashes", which is just %&^%*& backstory for Shayara and is going to end up being novel-length all on its own, and it'll probably be too insular to sell. So... lots of time sent on a thing I probably can't sell.

And I absolutely hate thinking about things in these terms. I really never thought of writing as a career. I was just telling myself stories. Now I have to think about this in business terms. :P

Link Soup
* I finally tackled my must-review pile! And now I have new manuscripts by and wirewalking to read and review. :) *sends to Kindle*
* Epilepsy != mental illness.
* Another video to make you smile. :)

Daily Science
The crust of neutron stars is 10 billion times stronger than steel, according to new simulations. That makes the surface of these ultra-dense stars tough enough to support long-lived bulges that could produce gravitational waves detectable by experiments on Earth.

I am tying back my hair and diving into office reorganization, ugh. Tonight = roller skating, though!

For some reason, Gmail isn't loading some of its features; this includes Gchat. So. E-mail instead.
Boondock/can't believe


Budget's out... with a 36% cut in rape crisis services.

Copy/pasted details:

4513-1130........ For the domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and treatment program; provided, that funds shall be expended for rape prevention and victim services, including the statewide Spanish language hotline for sexual abuse and domestic violence services for immigrants and refugees and statewide suicide and violence prevention outreach to gay and lesbian youth: $4,058,264 (this is a decrease of over 2 million or 36%- if these cuts go through by the end of the whole budgeting process DPH will have discretion about how they are distributed)

4510-0810........ For a statewide sexual assault nurse examiner program and pediatric sexual assault nurse examiner program for the care of victims of sexual assault; provided, that funds shall be expended to support children’s advocacy centers; and provided further, that the program shall be established by the department to operate under specific statewide protocols and by an on-call system of nurse examiners: $3,503,336 (decrease of about 120K)

4800-1400........ For shelters and support services for people at risk of domestic violence; provided, that the department shall pursue the establishment of public-private partnership agreements established for family stabilization services funded from sources other than the commonwealth; provided further, that services shall include supervised visitation programs, and scattered site transitional housing programs, including programs to assist victims of domestic violence in finding and maintaining permanent housing; provided further, that participants in battered women's programs shall be provided with information regarding local transitional housing resources; provided further, that funding shall be made available to enhance counseling services for children who have witnessed domestic violence; provided further, that funding shall be made available for emergency shelters for substance abusing battered women; provided further, that funding shall be made available for a statewide domestic violence hotline; provided further, that the department shall continue to provide any match funding required by federal program regulations; and provided further, that domestic violence prevention specialists shall be funded from this item: $20,832,710 (about a 3 million dollar decrease)


Rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence rates all go up in times of economic crisis. Last year, BARCC's medical advocacy program handled about one case per day. This year? We're already over 300. And that's just the people who, after being sexually assaulted or raped, call our hotline and ask for accompaniment to the hospital. This...

...we need level funding. Hell, we need an increase, but in this economy, we're not going to get it. We can't afford a 36% cut.

Please call your congresscritters. Please.

(And I need a nice suit, because I'm goin' back to the State House...)