#amwriting oh hell yes I am!

I’ve worked hard this week. (My body is complaining, but I’m not listening.) It all felt bitty while I was doing it, but from this end of the week I can see what I’ve done and I’m glad I’ve done it.

1. QR: nada.

2. A short story for the Costa Award: cut from 5k words to 4k to meet the competition requirements, polished, read by my CP Sela Carsen, tweaked accordingly, and entered.

3. Twitter story: RTd my promo tweet a bit

and friends RTd its various versions quite a lot. Thank you. Still only got 16 new followers during the week to bring my number to 1196, when I’ve set the live-writing starting line at 1250 followers. So there’s a way to go, and until we get close to that figure I won’t worry about it.

4. The Orphan Age: big, time-consuming, developmental edit depth work late into each night. Cut 2k, moved 1.5k around in chunks, wrote 2.5k new material. Calculate I’m about 85% through this task. What remains is making both of my teenaged MCs difficult in their own ways.

5. The Honesty of Tigers: subbed to 23 London agents, each one researched diligently and each sub designed uniquely. That’s the London agent scene covered, apart from those who are closed to subs, a couple of operations that are too factory-big or city slick for my tastes, and some people I really wouldn’t want representing me. Tigers is subbed to all the big hitters and several successful and/or interesting boutique agencies. All I can do now is wait to see if any of those lovely people are interested.

I’m excited. I know I’m mid-career and a bit long in the tooth and everything, and I’ve managed fine without an agent so far, but this feels like a genuinely exciting step into a new world. A much bigger and shinier world. Really hope something comes of it.

6. In non-writing news, I think I’m going to let my hair grow again. Too much effort involved in shaving my scalp two or three times a week, and if I don’t do it regularly it gets uncomfortably prickly. Like velcro on my pillowcase. So my Bald For Summer experiment is  officially over.

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I’m going to write a portal fantasy on Twitter

I’ll start it when I reach 1250 followers over there. That’s about 80 followers from where I am now so should give me time to finish the chapter I’m writing in my SF novel.

Want to read it? Follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/DavidBridger and RT my pinned tweet.

I’ll start writing the portal fantasy as soon as we hit 1250 followers.

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Save domain privacy

Did you know ICANN are proposing to remove the right to privacy for owners of websites that they consider to be associated with commercial activity?

It’s all explained in greater detail on this page: https://www.respectourprivacy.com

On the same page are links that will allow you to call or email ICANN to register your opposition to this stupid and dangerous proposal.

Here’s my email:

Dear ICANN –

Regarding your Privacy and Policy Services Accreditation Issues Policy document:

Please do not bow to pressure from any government or other body to remove website owners’ right to privacy.

I’m a novelist. My website is a blog with book reviews and links to places people can buy my books. And my physical address is where I live with my young family. A ridiculous move that will allow any and every whack job on the internet to find out where I live is unacceptable and potentially dangerous for my family and me.

If this goes ahead I’ll have to simply bin my website. So just don’t, okay?

Private information should be kept private. Thank you.

David Bridger
www.davidbridger.com

 

I got this autoreply, which you might want to bear in mind when composing your own emails:

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receipt of this message.

This is for two reasons:

1. We receive a high level of spam and this is a vital safeguard
2. Your comment will be posted on a publicly available Web archive

While your email address will be partially obscured, the content of your
email and any identifying information contained within it will be published
in full on ICANN’s website.

If you are happy with this, you can confirm your comment by clicking the link
below (or copying it into your browser):

This is important. Don’t let them remove our right to privacy.

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Works in progress

It’s been a week of mad busy days (all the kids and grandkids in and out of our place) and pleasantly quiet evenings working on Quiet Resistance.

I was a bit surprised that the science fiction novel kept drawing me back into it every evening, until I realised I needed to take the opening pictures from my mind and put them into words. So here I am at just past midnight Sunday evening, and that’s what I’ve done this week. A fast-talking, moody, noir-ish SF, police procedural sort of thing, started. 2 POV characters. 3 chapters. 4k words.

Now I can let QR rest, and return to writing new words in my YA fantasy The Orphan Age, which is at 42k of a projected 100k. I’ll get back into that tomorrow.

What are you working on?