Making use of the July 5 holiday that no one outside this
company seems to recognize (CNET has its perks), I locked myself in my
home office today and finished the aforementioned space vampire story.
I've been pounding on it intermittently since I first wrote about it,
and it's evolved a fair bit and—hopefully—gotten tighter. The first
draft is a rushed mess but I think it has a good core that I can tidyup.
Most importantly, I finished it before the first Asimov's rejection letter
is due to come in. I've got to have another story in my pocket (andhopefully submitted) before that little confidence crusher shows up.
I'll let the new story rest for a day or so, give it a good once
over, and probably pop it in the mail this week. After that, I'll begin
writing something fresh. These first two have been reworks of old
stories I never finished. I lose confidence so easily that I almost
never finish anything, so I had to get these squared away before I
could move on, just to prove to myself I can actaully see a projectthrough.
From here on out, though, it's uncharted territory. That's a little
freaky, but the fear is balanced with excitement, and that's fairly
encouraging. We'll see if it lasts once that terrible blank page isstaring back at me sometime next week. For once, I think it will.