Late to the game again this week, but figured it was good to check in anyway. Last week was good-ish, if not stellar. I did get my September story submitted, so hooray for that! But the new words were gummy, and the review of the edit was…uncertain. All in all, it rounds out to about 70%.

This week, I’m working on: I’m going to tackle the trial edit of “Circles” to see if I can stand it six pages shorter. The info provided in the first pages can absolutely be incorporated (and—sigh—fairly easily) in the later sections, and it’s not the first time I’ve been able to wack out a huge amount of text from a short piece, but I’m not settled on the pacing. It feels a bit overloaded so short, but I may just need to see it with the edits. If there’s time beyond that, I’ll plug away at the rewrite of the mundane magic mirror story.

This week, I’m inspired by: Authority by Jeff VanderMeer. Just downloaded the audiobook, and I’m already in love with it. His ability to slowly ramp up tension and make even the most innocuous detail seem somehow slightly askant and eerie is just fantastic. And I snuck a peek at the first few pages of The Girls by Emma Cline and I think I’m really going to enjoy it.

Oh! And just saw Suicide Squad, which on a lot of levels I enjoyed, but I only saw it this afternoon, so I’m still processing. But I’m still 100% a Harley Quinn fan (though I also love her and Mr. J’s breakup story, too). ^_^

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What I’m avoiding this week: I’m just going to try powering through the slash edit and see if I can make it work for me. I’m not psyched about it, but I want to be psyched about it, so I’m going to work on that, too. :)

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