Anyway, I had my day off and it went well.
I got a rejection slip this morning, but main discussion at Forward Motion is down so I can't post it on the Great Accept-Reject thread. I need to send it out again right away of course, time for market search. It was a friendly, encouraging rejection slip. Not that impersonal, looked as if the editor took the time to type it out in person! It was great. I think I might post the text of it in the thread, because it was very cheering.
Hey! I owe myself a dollar! Yeah! That's the first buck in my Visor Fund! There it is too, by coincidence that's precisely what was left in my wallet today. So I'm not making it up in change or writing myself an IOU or waiting to break a larger bill. I just penciled what story, what market on the dollar. Just put it away too. These will stack up.
Scientists in Texas have cloned a cat. There's controversy about it because some people at animal shelters are horrified at reducing the chance of a shelter animal's adoption. They also warned reasonably enough that a clone of a cat won't necessarily have anything like the personality or temperament of the original. Right. That's artificially creating twins a generation apart, I knew and expected that. I think they're a bit too worried - because I can think of only one major market for cloned cats. That would be the Cat Fancy crowd and the cat show folks. Cloning is likely to run expensive. Cloning out some Grand Champion who's got a pedigree longer than a British Peer is likely to be worth the money, and probably not that far off from getting that exalted feline gentleman in bed with your female feline peer. Anyone that just wants a cat will probably either go to a shelter or wind up lured in by someone they know whose cat had kittens. I had planned shelter, Ari got born, Katy got me with pictures of three week old lynx points before she even had pictures of him and well, it's all still in the family. But the unfortunate owner of an expensive Scottish Fold or something whose cat got lost and wound up in the pound and wound up neutered will, thanks to cloning, still have a shot at establishing the bloodline. And no amount of shelter appeals will change the cat breeders' proclivity to look for pure strains of particular traits.
If you don't have a cat and do want a cat, go to Death Row for one. They are there by the hundreds and most of them are cats who'd rather live with humans. Most of the grown cats who are very good at taking care of humans wind up there if their human dies, develops allergies or gets a bad landlord. Kittens are adorable, but the grownup who already has good habits is priceless as all good relationships are. On top of that, you can feel heroic in a small way for saving the life of a wise elderly grandmother or some dear old gent who likes to lay on your work in progress.
So it's been a good day. And tonight, I begin again, leaping into the current untitled work in progress with renewed energy! Been ruminating on the villain and the villain's possible henchwoman - let's just say the cheery little barmaid who didn't speak English in the first chapter and had such grand ale is a lot more than she seems. At the moment I don't know which side she's on and she's stoutly resisting authorial interrogation! Sigh - am I dealing with a henchwoman there, or am I talking to an undercover Interpol gal, or someone from some offworld faction or just an opportunistic babe who collected a lot of different secret society membership cards and tries not to have to show up to meetings in two different places on the same night! All I can confirm on her is that she's more than she seems. She's fun and she needs to come into the story a bit more and will when they go back. She's got a great duck blind for interesting traffic at that inn.
Might be in business for herself too, the only rumor about her was that she's got a habit of marrying her sisters off. Could just be setting up her own little personal network there. Things get interesting out in those regions and one thing that's turned up as a pattern is that some parties will deliberately integrate certain cinematic or cliche elements into their covers as a way of filtering out the types who'd recognize them from the types coming in from parts farther unknown who never heard of it. Hm. What would Bryce think of that?
Point in her favor, Bryce seems to like her and trust her and he's not naive at all. Means at least one of her library cards is with some faction or something Bryce considers reliable, that and if she's in Guild Arcane the Wench Cover could contain literary references to a famous comedy from Caraghis in which a particular local doxy chose obscurity in an age of famous philosophers, by disseminating her philosophical, magical and mathematical ideas through chosen lover of the moment - she liked the pose and did not publish one thing under her own name and there are rumors about the comedy that its author wasn't real but the pseudonym of an extremely educated, cultured hetaera. I will have to watch Tilda for quotes. She brings a certain Renfaire enthusiasm to the role that suggests she might have been an Earthwoman and might even gate home somewhere there's a microwave when she's tired of it.
I'm back to single point of view improvisational writing. The worldbuilding's big and deep and vast and events collide again and again down in the sweatshop. I have a very simple continuity method. I do not make many major changes. But I'm always reading over and over what I've got and I've always got a perceptive MC or several of them. I take it as it happened unless it goes so far down a dead end I have to throw in time travelers to change it, then they get an adventure. I'll change how it's described. I may drop whole scenes offstage if they're dull or uninteresting to the reader or would blow the main plot too soon. But I'm whisking it out of MC's view and throwing it into a side file where it did happen and influences events. It's a bit of a mindbender to write that way - but that's some of the fun of writing. And my outlining comes like this - while it's in progress I'll look at the character who popped up on her own and eight chapters later ask 'well what side is she on' and she might or might not tell me.
Most of all I'm having fun with this one. :)
Robert and Ari >^..^<