Saturday, 1 August 2009

Obligatory Post

We interrupt the usual 'Somebody Else Saturday' post with an end of the month post because:

a) I forgot to do the round up of the month yesterday.
b) I am up to my chin with 'Somebody Else' this week ie I've spent the past 4 days researching my family history and I quit, quit, quit. I thought I'd done most of the legwork three or so years ago when I ordered birth/marriage/death certs etc and checked out census reports but I left all my research in such a mess it's been a bugger to set straight. And now I've done what I did before - quit. :D Weight lifted and all that. Of course, my office is strewn with paper and certificates. Shudder.

Anyway, let's get to that beast known as July.

Sales: 1
Publications: 2 (Fantasy Magazine and EveryDay Weirdness)
Approx Word Count: approx. 8053 words
Total Word Count 2009: 131,014 words
Stories out in submission land: 17
WIP: The Horrifiques - 1045 words - letting it run around my head awhile.

This month, I finished the rewrite of 'The Drawing of Dolls', sent it out to agents, instantly hated my query letter, breathed a sigh of relief when I got a full request though fully aware the letter still sucks.

Wrote one short story - Somewhere Dead Things Fly.

Onward to August.

12 comments:

Alan W. Davidson said...

Wow, busy girl. 131K words for the year and 17 stories out on submission. You'd almost think that it was a F/T job for you!

A few years back I was researching the family tree. I found that ordering the certificates from Edinburgh got on the pricey side. Met a fellow in Ottawa online researching the same branch and was very helpful with information.
I, too, had to set it aside (until retirement?) as it was a very time consuming mystery.

Aaron Polson said...

A fine month, Cate. Any month with a full request is a little exciting.

Jamie Eyberg said...

Sounds like a very good month, much more productive than mine.

onipar... said...

If I wasn't so lazy, I'd research my family history too. Is that for a book or story?

This reminds me, I'm off to write out a July Stats post.

onipar... said...

And congrats on the full request!!!

Jenn said...

Impressive month! I only wish I were as productive as you.

katey said...

I second what Aaron said about the full request-- that's huge and awesome! (And probably means the letter is awesome, too. But god, I always hate my queries after I send them out.)

And it was a productive week otherwise as well, even with the addition of family tree research. I always think that sounds like fun in theory, since I love making lists and organizing scattered information. But from what you say, I'm kind of glad I have an uncle that did at least one side for me already...

Natalie L. Sin said...

August: may its long, sweaty days be filled with inspiration.

K.C. Shaw said...

I can't work on my family tree stuff because my sister-in-law borrowed it three years ago and she lives across country. I guess I could ask her to send it to me, but somehow I just haven't gotten around to it. :)

You had a good month, especially considering the full request! Fingers crossed!

Catherine J Gardner said...

Alan, I've been lucky. A lot of other people have done the legwork for me and posted the information on ancestry.co.uk. :D

Aaron, the word 'hope' is a powerful thing even when the word 'less' is attached to it. ;)

Jamie, all the beginning of the month, the last 10 or so days have been complete poop.

Onipar, just for the family.

Jenn, boy do I have you fooled. ;)

Katey, nope query letter definitely poop, I only got the full request because he remembered The Poisoned Apple-and that's not necessarily a good thing. Oh dear!

Natalie, no sweat here. Plenty of rain though.

Kate, I say let your sister in law keep the stuff. ;)

Danielle Ferries said...

Outstanding word count.

Barry Napier said...

Best of luck on the full request!