Word count: 48197 | Since last entry: 702 | This month: 702 My New Year’s Resolution this year is extremely short and simple: Finish The Novel. (Not my shortest resolution ever; that would be “Watch Casablanca“.) By “finish” I mean finishing the first draft, revising it once, preparing the submission package, and submitting it somewhere. I also would like to keep in touch with friends more. We usually go to two different parties on New Year’s Day, including Marc and Patty’s, at which Kate and I met 19 years(!) ago, but we stayed home today: a Snowstorm Of Unusual Size has paralyzed the city. So we read the paper, did dishes, and watched TV (including a couple of episodes from the Firefly DVD set I got Kate for Christmas). I also did my critique for Saturday. I would have felt awful if I’d stayed home all day and not gotten any writing done. Instead, I feel only slightly awful for writing less than a thousand words. However, I feel like the chapter (currently 3200 words) is going to be fairly short, so even though I’m pooping out now there’s still a chance I’ll finish up by Saturday. It may depend on the weather tomorrow. Most of today’s writing was about Clarity’s new suit. Despite what you may think, it’s a significant character moment for her. But I hope I’m not going overboard on it.
David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Nebula Award winning novel Arabella of Mars, sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus and Arabella the Traitor of Mars, and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. Stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Tor.com, numerous Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.