April 28th, 2009

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1217 things to do

Things are getting out of hand. Somehow about 1217 things to do have piled up and I’m having a hard time remembering them all, much less doing them. I’m considering not writing this morning and just doing the word wars this afternoon, so I have time to get some of this crap done. :p

- do pilates
- email dixon
- email house lady
- magical words posting
- work on arts council app
- answer interview questions
- get the auction stuff together
- see if i can get mony’s domain stuff sorted

That’s what I can remember right now. *sigh* I feel like I’m missing things.

*goes to do Pilates* :p

eta: Agh. I could very clearly spend *all day* doing non-writing work, and I would still not be done at the end of it. *stress*

- cemurphy.net newsletter
- cemurphy.net blog post
- go out and take photos
- helll, just go *out* :p

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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photography

I have been blessed with excellent teachers in my life, one of whom is Pat Dixon, my high school photography teacher. I’d always liked photography, but his classes were inspiring to me, as was he.

As he still is, as a matter of fact.

I’ve been idly working on getting prints up over at Deviant Art (though frankly if you want to buy some you should go through me and not them; it’s cheaper and, er, I get a much bigger cut… :)), and, as frequently happens when I’m working intensively with my own photography, it struck me that I’m actually not a bad photographer. For some reason that always surprises me. At any rate, I said something to that effect on Facebook, and that I’d kind of like to pursue photography at a professional level, but that I don’t dedicate enough time to it.

Dixon threw my own words back in my face: Your advice on your website about writing is to “write 300 words a day, and in 10 days you have 3000″, no?, he said. So take ten pics a day. Of anything. Collect photos to play with. See “light.” Anywhere. 10 a day. In a month, guess what?

My *very first reaction* was to think, “But I don’t have enough *time* to take ten pictures a day!”

And my second was to call myself on my own bullshit. Because I do. Of course I do. Hell, Ted and I often watch a couple hours of TV on DVD every evening. If I’ve got *time* to watch two hours of television, I certainly have time to go out and take ten photographs.

It’s somewhat more true that–despite the sunsets–I don’t find a lot in Longford that I’m excited about taking pictures of. We don’t have a car, so I can only go where I can get on foot, which, if I’m writing full-time, is limited. Even so, twice in the past two days I’ve thought too bad I don’t have my camera when I’ve come on a scene, so it’s not as if my mild lack of enthusiasm for the architecture is really all that debilitating. It just requires a little effort.

–for example, had I had a camera at the ready I could’ve just snapped a shot of the kids outside on the green chasing a mallard out of their soccer game. So. The shots are there. It’s a matter of choosing to pursue them. And the *only* thing stopping me is excuses like the ones I’ve just listed.

It /is/ true I really haven’t got a clue how to go about *building* a photography business–attracting the website hits, setting up gallery showings, etc–but I’m pretty sure it can’t be any more difficult than, say, getting a first book published. I don’t know that I need to pursue it with that kind of dedication, because I do have a job already, but getting out and taking ten shots a day? It shouldn’t be that hard. So for the next month, I’m going to try to meet Dixon’s challenge, even though I’m writing a book. That’s the whole point, in fact. If I can do it while I’m writing, I can certainly do it any other time, and honestly, there’s no reason I *can’t* do it while I’m writing, unless I accept the decision that it’s not important enough. Which is possible, and that’s fine. But I’m pretty consistent with the “gosh, I’d like to do this professionally” thing, so it can’t hurt to put a little bit of effort in and see what I get out of it.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
inheritorscycle

Release Day: THE PRETENDER’S CROWN

Today, my good people, is Release Day! THE PRETENDER’S CROWN, Book Two of the Inheritors’ Cycle, is on the shelves! I’ve written a bit about it here, at Suvudu.com (Random House’s sf/f website, where I’ll be posting weekly in the future), and now I come to do the dance of joy at my own website. :)

This is 8th C.E. Murphy book since June 2005 (10th if you count the anthologies), and my 13th published work in that same time frame. It puts me very, *very* close to the absolute culmination of what I set out to do four years ago in terms of shelf space, and I am *utterly* delighted by that. (Also relieved!)

I’m also pretty pleased with the book. Get your sex, politics, murder and betrayal right here, on a silver platter….and then buy a copy for your friends, so I can keep writing in this world. :)

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(x-posted from the essential kit)