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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2003 - 01:49 pm:   

METAL SKY is now well underway. 5,000 words today so far. We'll see how we go the rest of tonight and tomorrow. I have an appointment to see someone tomorrow, but I should be in a position to do a few more thousand around that.
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Andreas Black
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 05:13 am:   

Hiya, Jay

Got a question for ya. Will Metal Sky be a sequel to Wyrmhole, or something completely different?
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 05:57 am:   

Andreas, yes, sort of a sequel. Follow on a little later in the timestream. Jack and Billie are still with us. It will, however, work as a standalone.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 07:58 am:   

And so the word count begins to add up. Exponentially, as is the case w/ Mr. Caselberg. Nice work, dude.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 02:03 pm:   

Only about 3k in the last two days. Real life stuff's intruding a bit.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 03:12 pm:   

"Only." Only!!

That makes what - 8K or so this weekend. As opposed to 3K in Casa Del Williams.

Tchah.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 03:29 pm:   

Still not enough. I have my spreadsheet set up now, doing my running calculation. Current requirements are 1800 a day for end of September completion. Of course if I hit some good totals, that requirement will come down. A good couple of 6k days should do it.
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Laura Anne
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 03:19 am:   

Anyone else who occasionally hates Mr. Caselberg (especially when he talks casually about wordcounts like that), say "aye.'
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Liz Williams
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 03:30 am:   

Aye...muttered darkly...
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Night Shade Books
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 03:33 am:   

On behalf of those who wait for others to complete their wordcount, I say "We love you Jay!"

Jason
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 05:24 am:   

Ahh, Jason...we should talk. <g>
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 01:57 am:   

And the preparation for receiving more flack...

Another 3k yesterday. Starting to move.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 02:21 am:   

Flack duly sent your way.

Seriously - good on you. Hang in there.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 02:35 am:   

Other people's writing/failure to write is a bit like one of those triads, it occurs to me:

"I cannot possibly be creative within the confines of this environment.

You have good and valid reasons for taking a short break.

He is a useless slug who will never amount to anything."

Believe it or not, I have actually done some work this morning and when the police leave (long story), I shall do some more.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 04:46 am:   

Well, 1k up so far today on a story I'm co-writing. Back into the book for the nonce, and then interview stuff before doing other things.
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Mike Jasper
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 07:10 am:   

"A good couple 6k days" he says... As if it's sooo easy. Ya bastard. ;)

Keep up the good work.
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Neal
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 12:32 pm:   

Do you get RSI, Jay? I just went on a huge writing jag (not as much as you, about 11,000 words in four days) but now I'm finding the back of my right hand swelling up and pains in my upper forearm. Never noticed it before. Age I suspect.
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Neal
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 12:34 pm:   

Then again, add some hedge cutting and some weight training at about the same time as that might be it.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 01:12 pm:   

It probably is, you know. I'm a slug. None of that exercise stuff for me. Still, target is 4k today. I'm 2.5k up...about an hour to go. A couple of big 6 or 7k days do see me feeling sore in the back of the hand, but I change position a lot and then move to longhand, and then back to the keyboard. Seems to keep me going.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 02:57 pm:   

A friend of mine has done some quite serious shit to her hands through this sort of thing, Neil, and Deirdre's done similar to her shoulder. It's a good thing to stretch and stuff, at least.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2003 - 04:50 pm:   

Target reached. Hands not sore. Brain is mush.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 01:14 am:   

Good on you.

If you remove your brain and place it in a jar in a warm dark place overnight, it's suppose to work wonders. See? Never say I don't always have a practical and handy solution.
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Neal
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 03:57 am:   

I think I get over excited and hit the keyboard to hard. I've actually worn a hole through the space key.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 02:34 pm:   

Neil, remember the mantra - 'fingers, not fists'.

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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 03:12 pm:   

Heh. So, everybody's going to hate me now. Cracked a personal record today. 9,000 words today. It's probably all crap, but the story's moving.
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Laura Anne
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 03:34 pm:   

All together now....

Bastard.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 02:00 am:   

Strewth.

Only the words 'probably all crap' are preventing me from slaying you forthwith.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 03:59 pm:   

4.5k today. Enough I think.
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Liz Williams
Posted on Monday, August 25, 2003 - 12:41 am:   

So that's only about 13K in two days. God, you slacker, Caselberg. What have you been doing all weekend??



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Neal
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 12:43 am:   

Using only wire cutters and a screw driver, there's a way - by removing one piano spring and repositioning it - to boobi-trap the lid so that when the pianist plays a particular note, the lid closes hard enough to smash fingers. Only one question remains: "Jay, do you play?"
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 02:57 am:   

Ow, ow, ow....
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Liz Williams
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 04:35 am:   

There's a story by Tanith Lee that involves a teenage girl, her unpleasant mother, and a mousetrap. Mmmm.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2003 - 02:52 pm:   

Well, the fingers appear to have grown back. 5k today. 3k yesterday.
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Neal
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 03:46 am:   

Jay thinks writer's block is something you rest your paper on or a large apartment building full of writers.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 04:17 am:   

*laugh*
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Neal
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2003 - 08:14 am:   

Not quite sure what it is myself. I know about writer's hangover. Glad to see you word-counting. John Braine in his book 'Writing a Novel' says something along the lines of, "A writer writes, and counts the words." Maybe that's what distinguishes a professional from a 'literati artiste'. (Heh)
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2003 - 04:52 am:   

Well, counting words again. Only 3K yesterday, but the book's starting to move along. I feel a couple of lower days coming on. The weekend, however, is the time to work. I'm going to be looking for a big one Saturday/Sunday to make up for not being at WorldCon. *sigh*
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Neal
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2003 - 08:51 am:   

Beats me. I aim for 10,000 a week when I'm on a run. Sometimes I hit that and sometimes not, but it normally averages out at that when I'm actually writing a book. Then that average disappears with all the editing, copy editing etc etc.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - 07:12 am:   

METAL SKY is still moving along. Give it about 10 days and I should have a first draft ready for hacking and slashing.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 - 12:19 am:   

Okay, METAL SKY is now undergoing refinement. I should be in a position to send it to my editor, the delightful Ms. Heddle very soon. I am pleased that I also have a new short (maybe longer actually) story ticking away.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 11:07 am:   

METAL SKY delivered to La Editor today. Now, on to the next project while I wait for her to get back to me and rip me to pieces.

Current projects:

Two short stories ticking away in the back of my head. One of which is definitely NWS. The other more an sf detective story.

Work on an extant Fantasy novel, target the YA marketplace.

A mainstream lit novel, tentatively entitled REVISIONIST HISTORY.

An idea which I need to work through for a potential followup to METAL SKY.

That should keep me busy.
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Jaded Wench
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 11:15 am:   

>the delightful Ms. Heddle

You're supposed to suck up to your editor where she can _see_ it, Jay. Sheesh. Don't they teach authors anything these days?
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2003 - 12:40 pm:   

Hey, I can't help it if she plays in different fields. Cynical girl is cynical girl after all.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 02:57 am:   

So, having been remiss in posting here, current work in progress:

The third book in the Jack Stein series, THE STAR TABLET starts Monday.

I've just finished a complete rework of BINARY.

I have another couple of story ideas kicking around which I need to write.

I have a couple of edits to do on existing stories before we finally contract and they get published.

That's probably enough to keep me going along with the workbeast...
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nealasher
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 12:12 am:   

Hayakawa -- check my short story thread, Jay.
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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 05:29 am:   

So done. Thanks, Neal.

Oh and update, editorial revisions are now complete in THE STAR TABLET. It is with my editor now.

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Jay Caselberg
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 05:40 am:   

Now that THE STAR TABLET has been sent off, I have other things to think about. I am going to do some work on a mainstream novel, a couple of short stories that have been fermenting and I have an idea for a straight mystery proposal.

Also came up with a very complex little idea for a short story that I'm not sure how to string together yet, though I have a title and the concept. Need to let it percolate for a couple of days.

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