I've been mostly-gone from LJ for a long while, and I'm mostly on my "professional" blog now (scare quotes because I'm still just an aspiring pro). But I'm giving some serious thought to coming back to LJ at least a bit, and letting my Facebook die. We'll see.
Progress on book:
So there's that. The feedback from Viable Paradise has helped a lot, and the writing advice from matociquala
has enabled me to blast through some stuff that wasn't working for me.
Still reading as much as I can, still writing as much as I can. I want to get this damn story finished. Every time I start to tell myself that my story sucks, I remind myself that three writers and two editors who are all respected in the field praised the writing, and though they all had advice on how to improve it, they all insisted it was entertaining and good.
Mind you, it only helps a little. Then I remind myself that James D. Macdonald, a man with something like 30 books under his belt, still suffers critical self-doubt. And then I pull my pants up and get moving again.