January 16th, 2006

View from study (sunny)

New bedroom carpet

Progress with the house continue in fits and starts. After the achievement of finishing the spare room in December there was a lull over Christmas while all the shops were shut and we were doing family things.

But this morning there was a frenzy of activity as I bundled all the stuff out of our bedroom into the spare room. I swept the floor and then gave it a whisk over with a slightly damp mop to get up the last of the dust.

At 10.30, as arranged, the lads from the carpet place arrived with the carpet and had it laid in about half an hour. It looks really nice! Softness underfoot again after weeks on bare board. (I grubbed out the old carpet ages ago, not quite realising how long the redecoration would take.)

Throughout the day I've been gradually bundling all the stuff back. It's not all there yet, but I hope to have it finished before we go to bed.

That will be two rooms now completely decluttered, redecorated and wholly or partially refurnished.

The best thing is that G is starting to say nice things about the home improvements, and he has even volunteered to come to the shops next weekend to look for a new bed!
View from study (sunny)

Sending out the novel

Quite a few of us in rasfc seem to be at the stage where we're sending novels out, or are about to do so. Recently Julian asked for more detail about my plans for finding a publisher and/or agent, so I thought I'd post them here too. Collapse )

Whilst this is going on, I will be brainstorming, making notes on and producing a circular diagram for the next novel, which is completely different and set in the magic department of an FE college. I might possibly write a couple of other short things.

I don't find shorts easy. It takes me much longer to write 1000 words of a short story than to write 1000 of a novel. Then I can never sell the blessed things. Well, I haven't sold a novel yet either but I live in hope. However, my shorts are just not the sort of thing that is currently selling, so mostly it's a waste of time.

I do, however, find them useful for trying new techniques, e.g. odd POVs. Before I started Moving a Mountain, which is in omniscient viewpoint, I wrote an omni short story, during which I got a feel for how to make omni work. I think now I might just regard shorts as practice pieces and not really worry about trying to sell them afterwards. Unless one turns out well, of course. But even then... I quite liked the one about the musician and the apprentice assassin, but it was rejected as "too fluffy".