Between My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, The Magic of Christmas concert at the Palace today… even the book on my bed is about magic (it’s one of those compendiums of different magical practices around the world and through history). For weeks upon weeks, magic in one form or another seems to have invaded my life.
I’m starting to feel like Alanii, who is just discovering in Courting the Swan Song, that he’s not the talentless young man he’d been lead to believe he was. Not the place I’d thought I’d be at this point, but there are definitely perks….
The concert was, as always, wonderful. My Little Pony is a wonderful take on a show that could have easily failed for so many reasons (remake of an older, failed commercial enterprise, a show created by a toy company for the purpose of selling toys, etc.). And the book… well, it’s kind of dry, but packed with lots of stuff–story ideas abound.
Thing is, I need to start working some magic of my own. After several days of debating (plus Minecraft-ing to avoid making a decision, evading said decision via the generous application of housework and laundry, and…) myself (I lost the debate, btw), I have decided to go ahead and submit Release to Angry Robot. I’m not going to go overboard in trying to make the series fit with the pre-history I am writing in the Swan Song series. I am tweaking things, of course. Me, leave a manuscript alone for any amount of time without fiddling? Not likely.
Hopefully I won’t leave another typo on the first page of the manuscript this time as I somehow managed to do when I first tried submitting it to TOR a few years back. There is a definite curse to fiddling with things…
Yeah, magic. I’ve got that.
Not a lot of writing has gotten done since Wednesday. Most of the time, I’ve either been fighting with my laptop (either my typing has seriously deteriorated in the past few weeks, or the keys on the old beast are finally starting to not work right) or debating the pros and cons of trying to get Release published now. Granted, it’s a million to one chance that Angry Robot will buy the book; I still want it to be the best it can be for the submission.
Thing is, I don’t know what that is. Still… So I keep wondering if I’m doing something silly by deciding to submit the manuscript. It’s hard to love something the way I love Release and still have a horrible feeling that it is ‘wrong’. But maybe what I really need to do is give myself the opportunity to let it go. And hopefully by submitting the piece, I will be doing just that.
As for the rest of my goals… Sponsor duties are on track. The exercise goals are more behind than I would like them. I’m adding smallish bits of activity here and there. Not as much as I would like, but some. It’s been a chaotic month already. At least I have one somewhat guaranteed ‘day-off’ coming up…. though then I won’t have ‘the answer‘ anymore. Still, like my gray hairs, I’m kind of looking forward to the next year of my life.
Speaking of new years… A new ROWnd for the ROW80 comes up in January. I’m on the fence about sponsoring again. I love the visiting and the support. I could do that for years. It’s that sponsor post… Anyone with an idea they’d like for me to write about?
And just one more song to go: