Wednesday, August 19, 2015

100 Odd Words - Sleeping in an Institution


Every night, one of the nurses would push open the door to the bedspace and shine a flashlight in to make sure we were still in our beds and presumably not in the process of attempting suicide.  She would leave the door hanging wide open each time.  I would wake to the light of the flashlight and stay awake to the light from the hallway.  Each time I would get out of bed and push the door almost closed--enough to block the light but not enough to click the latch, lest they come barging in again for our protection.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

No excuses, this time . . .

I knew it had been a while since I'd updated this blog.  I hadn't realized it had been two years.

2013 was the year of The Unpleasantness and after I signed off here I devoted my time to recovering from The Unpleasantness.  My recovery was such that I wasn't able to write much during it but once it was over I was able to devote my time to finishing and revising The Two Kinds of Magic.  It's made the rounds of all the agents I was able to find on AgentQuery.com and gotten either silence or polite refusals.  I've gotten more direct feedback from the writers' groups I attend, as well as a few people who have read the thing all the way though, and it's been overwhelmingly positive.  Even my sister, who didn't like my first novel, had good things to say about it.  So my ego isn't quite as squashed as it might be.

I've sent it to a few publishers that take direct submissions and I think I'll be sending it to a few more before I resort to self-publishing.  I've done it at least once before so I know the basics of it.  But I'd really prefer to have the hassles of marketing and manufacture taken up by someone who is not me.

I hope to be able to resume my 100 Odd Words starting this Saturday.  I have no idea what I'm going to write for it but that's never stopped me before.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Excuse Note 8/2/2013

Please excuse Sheila for all past days missed in the course of the year so far. She underwent some considerable difficulties that are not a matter for public declaration. She will make an effort to be more consistent with her excuse notes from this point forward, barring similar catastrophe. Thank you.

Clarion West Write-A-Thon - The Aftermath

I signed up for the Clarion West Write-A-Thon because my hope was that it would motivate me to get my arse in gear and get a workable draft completed of The Two Kinds of Magic.

This did not happen.

There are reasons, some that cannot be discussed in public and others that are all too familiar.  (The Ugly Handsome Man was in fine form, I must say.)  In point of fact, I was in a bad enough place that I couldn't even make myself write excuse notes, so there are a lot of unexcused non-writing days to account for.

I believe today is the last day to donate.  If you'd like to make a donation on my behalf, despite my miserable failure, the link is thus: http://clarionwest.org/writeathon/sheilaoshea.  Anybody who does will be sent one of my Ten Thousand Flowers to the address you provide when you make the donation--you will not need to send a SASE to receive it.

I am slowly working my way back to regular writing sessions in an effort to complete this beast.  My new self-imposed deadline is DragonCon.  If you see me there, you are permitted to ask me if I succeeded.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Clarion West Write-a-Thon - June 23 to August 2

A couple of writers I follow on Twitter linked me to the Clarion West Write-a-Thon and I decided that this novel I've been poking at for the past couple of years might stand a better chance of being finished if I had a proper deadline instead of some vague sense that I should really work on that thing.

So I have signed up.  My profile is visible here: http://clarionwest.org/writeathon/sheilaoshea.  I am asking for any interested sponsors to front the nice folks at Clarion West a dollar for every day that I successfully sidestep all internal excuses and sit my ass down and write.  I will be posting my progress in a daily Tweet from my @wonderbink account with the hashtag #writeathon.

I haven't added it to my profile there yet, but I'll state it here--anybody who sponsors me and gives me a mailing address will get a free Wishing Star magnet, suitable for sticking on any ferrous metal surfaces you glance at for inspiration.

Sound good?  Wish me luck, then.  I have no idea if I'm going to succeed, but that's no reason not to try.

PS - Today (June 22, 2013) is the last day to sign up if you're reading this and thinking "Wow, that's cool!  I wanna play, too!"

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Excuse Note 5/7/2013

Please excuse Sheila from working on her novel today as she went straight from work to see Collin Kelley and Theresa Davis read from their new poetry collections, had dinner in Decatur afterward and thus did not get home until quite late.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

100 Odd Words #30 - Hope


“Hope?” she said.  Her lips stretched into a mirthless approximation of a smile.  “Hope requires faith, faith requires trust, trust requires courage, courage requires strength and strength inevitably requires replenishment.  I have lived in deprivation for so long that there is no strength left in me and no source of replenishment.  Therefore I have no strength to have courage, no courage to have trust, no trust to have faith and no faith to have hope.  Keep your pretty words and empty promises.  Give me something to eat and a safe place to sleep and then you can speak of hope.”