Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Digilife Update

I'm awful at this blogging thing. I've got so much else going on, particularly in the holiday season, that I've not kept up with this. Shame on me!

In any case, I know that there are some that read here that have either read parts of or been interested in Digilife, my latest work of fiction. The manuscript is currently out to a literary agency that requested it. Anyone who's done these types of submissions in the past knows how long this process can be and how often rejection comes calling, so I'm not getting my hopes completely up, but it is rewarding to know that some folks see enough value in my writing to not simply dismiss it out of hand.

Rejection and insults are something you learn to deal with, I guess. It's hard when you're putting a great deal of yourself in your work and someone doesn't like it or, worse, goes out of their way to trash your attempt. I had a lively discussion recently with someone who read part of Echelon, a book I wrote roughly 3-4 years ago, and intimated that it read like fan fiction.

Ouch. Well, who knows, maybe she's right. Maybe she's wrong. Maybe, in my admittedly still young writing "career", maybe the answer is somewhere in between. I can't fault people for their opinions, and I do my best not to take things personally. Instead, I try to use such criticism as motivation. Hopefully that's a good thing....

8 comments:

Senacharim said...

The part I vetted was awesome.

I want to read the whole book!

(Just saying)

Tim Geigner said...

Hmm, did I never send you the complete draft? I'm still mulling over some final edits based on the notes people gave me, but I thought you'd at least had the version with my original ending?

Senacharim said...

Nope. The version I got only went as far as "nearing the crescendo."

Tim Geigner said...

Email me again and I'll send it to you....

Chronno S. Trigger said...

Look at the first Harry Potter book, it read like a children's book, the last book was amazing. It's a natural evolution of an author.

Digilife was amazing and what little I've read of Midwasteland was good as well. I haven't read Echelon yet so I can't say, but don't let it bother you that someone thought your first book read like "fan fiction". Some fan fiction I've read is better then the original works.

Anonymous said...

Still only eight followers, still not blogging much, still desperately untalented and still not making a living as a writer, while writing hit pieces about better creators.

Getting exactly what you deserve.

Oh, and still deeply dishonest, because here's what this was really all about. You got PWNED.

http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=201729

Chronno S. Trigger said...

TAM? What are you doing here? Get back under your bridge.

Tim Geigner said...

Heh, whatever. That's probably Gail, who has nothing better to do than troll here.

Having said that, she's right that I haven't updated my own blog in a while. Been spending too much time between work, writing, and over at Techdirt.

That said, she can say what she wants. I assume when I write a post here about my acceptance of a publishing deal sometime in the future she'll come back and congratulate me :)