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hutch0
Date: 2007-12-22 00:35
Subject: today, i have mostly been writing
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:wearyweary
Music:rush
I've had a cold for the past month or so. I'm tempted to say a series of colds, but I really think it's the same one, and for the last couple of weeks I've had a dreadful hacking cough and felt generally crappy, or crappier than I usually feel. I've had the odd day off here and there, watching daytime television and feeling sorry for myself.
Yesterday, it finally stopped being a chest cold and became a head cold, which for me means it's on its way out. I'll spare you the gory (literally, I had a nosebleed this morning) details but I woke up this morning feeling unable to leave the house, so I called in sick.
For reasons which will send you to sleep, I had a bunch of photographs from the Savoy auction on a USB key which had to go up to our head office today, so around mid-day I dragged myself up the stairs and emailed them.
Now, earlier this month someone asked me to write a story for an anthology they're putting together. I haven't told anybody else about this, especially pds_lit, because for the past few months I've been wondering whether I was able to write at all any more and there seemed no point in getting people's hopes up.
When I was asked to write this story, I sort of picked and prodded at something, but it's been sitting on the laptop for a couple of weeks, going nowhere, and this lunchtime after I'd sent the photos and read The Guardian and The Times online, I opened it up and looked at it.
Long story short, I've been writing for the thick end of twelve hours and I've done slightly less than four thousand words. I'm exhausted and I feel absolutely awful, but I honestly didn't think I could do this any more and it's a nice surprise to discover that I can.
I can't promise that this is the end of a long fallow period, but I feel more hopeful about writing than I have for some considerable time. Oddly enough, it's been a good day, considering.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-22 01:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oooooo, which antho is this?

Sorry to hear about the cold(s). Glad to hear the thing's on its way out at last.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-22 01:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm reluctant to give too many details in case I jinx the whole thing, but someone's interested in publishing `The Push' as a single-volume novella if Interzone decide they can't be arsed, and he thought that if he did that it wouldn't hurt to raise my profile a little bit beforehand, so he asked me to do something for an anthology he's putting together.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-22 01:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Bless you, but we're not there yet. Some of the stuff I've done today actually looks not too bad, but I won't know for sure until it's finished and I've let it cook for a couple of days. This could all be a cold-induced delirium. The really startling thing, as I said, is that it turns out I can still write, and I honestly thought it was all over. We'll see.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-22 19:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll tell you what, I've done more writing here in the past year and a bit than I've done fiction in the last two years. And I'm writing most of the day at work as well, so I suppose I'm not missing the feeling of having written.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2007-12-22 09:25 (UTC)
Subject: thats good
it can be very hard to get going at writing after not doing anything for a while. I find that just thinking about the story helps, and fallow periods are necessary for me to allow bits of story to click into place.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-22 19:00 (UTC)
Subject: Re: thats good
I usually panic when this happens to me. I dried for the best part of five years once. For the past couple of years all I've done is look at stuff I've already written, or stuff I should be trying to finish, and adjusting punctuation and moving paragraphs around. No new fiction.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2007-12-22 13:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Arthur
Keeping secrets from me? :) Everything happens in its own time my boyo. Interesting you used the phrase "long fallow period". Look at it this way, sometimes in farming words you need to let the creativity just rest in order to restore fertility.

I am glad to hear that the cold is on its way out. They are such a nuisance.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-22 18:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It wasn't so much keeping secrets from you as not wanting to get your hopes up. And I still haven't finished the damn thing yet.
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pds_lit: Red Cat Quilt
User: pds_lit
Date: 2007-12-22 18:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Red Cat Quilt
You'll get there.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-22 18:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I certainly hope so.
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