matociquala: (phil ochs troubador)
The storm is over and the sun came out. Everything is melting, only to freeze again soon. More snow in the forecast. I'll be very surprised if we don't break the record this winter. We're less than seven inches from it now. And that's all since the last week of January.

We have, dear readers, been getting thumped.

But I am having a very good day. For example, I just sold "The Bone War" to F&SF. It's the first fiction I've ever sold to that market! (I did sell them a poem in 2002. It was one of my first pro sales.)

ETA "The Bone War" is an Eternal Sky story set in Messaline between Book of Iron and Bone and Jewel Creatures, and involving Bijou, Brazen, and a rather... large... commission. /ETA

Yesterday I got almost eight pages on "And the Balance in Blood," which has been stalled for a month while I figured out how the hell it ended.  And today I wrote another four pages and finished it. It's done!

Okay, it's a draft. But it's done in draft at least. Here is some Proof of Tea and Writing!

Yesterday:



Tea: An Upton Darjeeling.
Teacup: Blue and white Chinese

Today:



Dog: snoring away the winter
Tea: Still the same Darjeeling
Teacup: The turquoise frankencup.

Oh, and I bought a new car. The Honda is old enough to vote, and just not up to the road conditions we're suffering in the hills of Massachusetts these days, so I'm looking to rehome it with a loving high school student or something. So last week that boy I like and I took ourselves down to a Subaru dealership and, you know, two days of our lives later we came away with a Crosstrek.

I love it to death already. And the fact that we got another six inches of snow last night is a contributing factor.

It syncs with my phone. I'm just saying.

And there's cover art for An Apprentice to Elves!



(I also got mugged by two pages of a novel I'm totally not writing because I am writing other things now. Ahem. They were good pages, though.)

I need a title for the Library Story. That--and revisions on the Worldspinner project--are next in the queue.

La.
matociquala: (bad girls  mae west)
I have a new hat!



A pretty stylin' hat, too. My mother made it for me.

Also, Amazon seems to think that the publication date for An Apprentice to Elves is October 13, 2015. They might even be right!!

In other news, today was mostly setting up ebook pubs of Whiskey and Water, which is now available again through Smashwords right now, and will be going up at B&N, Amazon, the Apple store, etc, shortly.

Tea today: Upton rose congou
Teacup today: still stuck on the Royal Doulton irises, because they're pretty. With my squid mug in the background, because it had coffee in it. cooooffeeeee.

matociquala: (writing gorey earbrass conscious but ver)

Everything is pain. Especially my left hip. And my brain.

But something like a draft is done, and mailed off to [livejournal.com profile] truepenny, [livejournal.com profile] casacorona, and [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia. The end is a horrific kludge, and I don't care.

I'm going to drink a beer and eat curry.

matociquala: (rengeek skinhead fortinbras)
Winter is coming. Which means 'tis almost the season for Jethro Tull. ;)

(Actually, around here, Tull Season is pretty much any time. But any excuse to break out those wonderful songs about cold weather and dysfunctional families is a good excuse.)



(That would be from the first Tull tour I ever saw: the Rock Island tour, which I attended in Halloween at the New Haven Coliseum in 1989.)

And now, it's time to quit stalling and try to write the last chapter of this book. Nothing left but the kaboom, anyway. THE END IS NIGH.

I'd rather be doing all sorts of things.

Teacup today: The blue and white one I bought in Iceland.
Tea today: Upton young Hyson China green tea

matociquala: (sf star trek horta/spock)


Only one chapter left. Unless it turns into Zeno's Chapter.


102140 / 100000 words. 102% done!

Manuscript stands at: 102140
Words added: 11704
Hours since commencement: 79
Sleep: 21
Bathing: 2
Sustenance: crackers and cheese, almonds, a PJ's chicken burrito with extra cheese, two clementines, an apple, half a cider doughnut, hot cider, chicken, brussels sprouts, acorn squash, brown rice, english muffin, vegetarian refried beans, more cheese, an egg, sun-dried tomatoes. another apple, more almonds, more clementines, more almonds, a brown rice cake with brown sugar, Greek yogurt, hot Kashi cereal, salad caprese, more beans with green chili and cheese, Theo's chocolate with coconut, chicken noodle soup with ginger; toasted acorn squash seeds, Annie's mac and cheese, huevos rancheros with no tortilla. ice cream, hamburger, asparagus, a cranberry flat bread thing with peanut butter and jam, cheese curls 
Tea: coffee, jasmine, Upton gen mai cha, mint and green, decaf pumpkin spice, Stash White Christmas blend, more coffee, maple spice; Trader Joe's coconut green; Upton melange de chamonix; Upton cherry bancha; Upton Yamato sencha;
Liquor: a Stormy Holiday, which is a Roman Holiday with some Gosling's rum splashed in. A peach old fashioned I should have used different bourbon in. A Widow's Kiss.
Exercise: climbing
Dancing: in a revolution
Distractions: exhaustion
Research: freeze thaw cycles
Mean things: "They shall call him brave." 
Current project: killing time
Darling: Othinn’s kindness was the kindness of ravens.

matociquala: (rengeek kit & tilda lucifer/gabriel)



Hot damn. I always forget just how amazing the Calexico cover of "Guns of Brixton" is.



100478 / 100000 words. 100% done!

Sadly, I still have the rest of the the calm before the storm and nearly all of the kersplosion to write.




"If I do not finish this book today, I will only have to finish it tomorrow."
"They call it a draft because it's full of holes."
"It's a draft; it can suck."


Manuscript stands at: 100,478
Words added: 6719+3332
Hours since commencement: 56
Sleep: 13.5
Bathing: 2
Sustenance: crackers and cheese, almonds, a PJ's chicken burrito with extra cheese, two clementines, an apple, half a cider doughnut, hot cider, chicken, brussels sprouts, acorn squash, brown rice, english muffin, vegetarian refried beans, more cheese, an egg, sun-dried tomatoes. another apple, more almonds, more clementines, more almonds, a brown rice cake with brown sugar, Greek yogurt, hot Kashi cereal, salad caprese, more beans with green chili and cheese, Theo's chocolate with coconut, chicken noodle soup with ginger; toasted acorn squash seeds,
Tea: coffee, jasmine, Upton gen mai cha, mint and green, decaf pumpkin spice, Stash White Christmas blend, more coffee, maple spice; Trader Joe's coconut green; Upton melange de chamonix;
Liquor: a Stormy Holiday, which is a Roman Holiday with some Gosling's rum splashed in.
Exercise: climbing
Dancing: at the end of a gun
Distractions: Soup!
Research: roast beef recipes
Mean things: waking up cold 
Current project: tearful partings
Darling: --

matociquala: (criminal minds jj hit what she aimed at)



Tea today: Stash White Christmas (white and green tea with mint and ginger)
Teacup today: Azul teamug
Dog: Snore festival city


97164 / 100000 words. 97% done!


"If I do not finish this book today, I will only have to finish it tomorrow."
"They call it a draft because it's full of holes."

I have finished what I think is the antepenultimate chapter. Two chapters left, one of which will doubtless turn into Zeno's Chapter. But now I get to go climb.


Manuscript stands at: 97,164
Words added: 6719
Hours since commencement: 27:53
Sleep: 6
Bathing: 1
Sustenance: crackers and cheese, almonds, a PJ's chicken burrito with extra cheese, two clementines, an apple, half a cider doughnut, hot cider, chicken, brussels sprouts, acorn squash, brown rice, english muffin, vegetarian refried beans, more cheese, an egg, sun-dried tomatoes. another apple, more almonds, more clementines
Tea: coffee, jasmine, Upton gen mai cha, mint and green, decaf pumpkin spice, Stash White Christmas blend, more coffee, maple spice
Liquor: a Stormy Holiday, which is a Roman Holiday with some Gosling's rum splashed in.
Exercise: nada
Dancing: in the ruins
Distractions: Cover art! Reviews!
Research: the Oresund
Mean things: existential threats 
Current project: Viking physics and meteorology
Darling: --

matociquala: (criminal minds jj hit what she aimed at)

An Apprentice to Elves Metrics, 19 November 2014 9:54 PM


95042 / 100000 words. 95% done!

"If I do not finish this book today, I will only have to finish it tomorrow."

It's still enough for today.

Manuscript stands at: 95,042
Words added: 4597
Hours since commencement: 9:55
Sleep: 0
Bathing: 0
Sustenance: crackers and cheese, almonds, a PJ's chicken burrito with extra cheese, two clementines, an apple, half a cider doughnut, hot cider, chicken, brussels sprouts, acorn squash, brown rice, english muffin
Tea: coffee, jasmine, gen mai cha, mint and green
Liquor: a Stormy Holiday, which is a Roman Holiday with some Gosling's rum splashed in.
Exercise: nada
Dancing: white woman's overbite
Distractions: dinner break
Research: axial tilt
Mean things: freezing mud and lots of it 
Current project: bad news from the front
Darling: --

matociquala: (criminal minds garcia technopeasant)

Well, it's been a really long time since I liveblogged finishing a novel, isn't it? Well, I guess that means it's time.

An Apprentice to Elves Metrics, 19 November 2014 

Manuscript stands at: 92,692
Words added: 2243
Hours since commencement: 5:22
Sleep: 0
Bathing: 0
Sustenance: crackers and cheese, almonds, a PJ's chicken burrito with extra cheese, two clementines, an apple, half a cider doughnut, hot cider
Tea: coffee, jasmine, gen mai cha, mint and green
Liquor: a Stormy Holiday, which is a Roman Holiday with some Gosling's rum splashed in.
Exercise: nada
Dancing: in my seat
Distractions: Karen Memory cover reveal, family member brought home a new car
Research: what's that word anyway? Oh right, merlons.
Mean things: holmgang, killed something. Not necessarily in that order. 
Current project: grief.
Darling: --

matociquala: (writing goddamned verbs slithytove)
It's work, work, all the day long.

I'm recovering from Windycon, and managed to get a solid day's work done yesterday in spite of all the fuss of re-entering my life after being away for nearly a month. (The dog is clipped and bathed, as he managed to turn himself into one giant mat while I was gone. And the house is tolerably clean.)


90449 / 100000 words. 90% done!

As for the welves, well... that's where I'm starting off today with regard to An Apprentice to Elves in draft. It's just climax from here on out.

And I had damned well better be in the final push on this book, is all I'm saying. I can see the finish line from here, and while it's probably going to come in a bit longer than 100,000 words, the end is within sight. Now I just have to catch back up to my NaNoFinishMo goals, because I'm lagging behind there.

The good news is that I have all day today to write--once I eat something, anyway, because I forgot about breakfast again.

(Oh, yeah, and I'm really back on the Discipline again, because wow none of my pants fit after all the travel and food and failure to exercise sufficiently this year. Aiee.)

So, as if the tradition of my tribe, here's a picture of some tea and another one of my supervisor, who is camped on the couch with me while I work.






Tea today is a green Darjeeling from the Tindharia Estate, via Upton Tea. Teacup today is Royal Albert confetti roses, which was a gift from [livejournal.com profile] thecoughlin and my mom.

And now, that food and those words.
matociquala: (spies mfu illya all wet)
I have achieved a milestone on the welves today. An Apprentice to Elves stands at 80,000 words. Also, I've gotten to the end of the stuff I needed to backfill and repair, and from here on it it's just drafting. And I'm almost to the climax, which is really exciting. The book has started doing that thing where it wakes me up with bits of plot and fabulous ideas, which is so much nicer than the part in the middle where I have to go out and hunt down every word with a club.

It's hard in part because middles are transitions, and transitions suck. Maybe we should just skip middles.

#NaNoFinishMo is a go. I'm going to see how far I can get before I have to leave for Windycon on Thursday. Three more writing days whee!


80052 / 100000 words. 80% done!
matociquala: (writing companion to wolves _ truepenny)
Well, there's that. #NaNoFinishMo is in full swing, and I'll hit 70K on the welves tomorrow.

I really like what I wrote today. There's at least one paragraph where I felt like I was absolutely in control of my craft, which is always a really good feeling.


68326 / 100000 words. 68% done!

The little Scrivener completion bar is more greenish than goldy. Also a good feeling.

I've never had any luck with Scrivener before this: I've tried to use it twice and found it conflicted hellishly with my process. However, this time It's really helping me get my head around the timelines in this novel, and also the flow from scene to scene and chapter to chapter--and being able to break this monster into smaller chunks is helping with the intimidation factor, too.

And now, off to dinner. PANTS!
matociquala: (comics invisibles lord fanny)
So I'm doing #NaNoFinishMo again this year. Because every month is #NaNoWriMo around here.

Except for this year, apparently, because I got next to nothing done between May and October. Literally. I'm looking at my little metrics spreadsheet thingy, and there's like twelve weeks when I wrote zero words this year.

Travel is a productivity killer, people.

Of course, I am ignoring all those silly NaNoWriMo rules about when you start and what your project is supposed to be. This is not for science.

Anyway, I'm back on the writing wagon, which feels kind of amazing. But also I'd forgotten how exhausting a really productive writing day can be. Here it is, 2 pm, and I am out of brain function for the day. I'm just going to lie on the sofa and read some Walter Mosley, I think.

But! I did break 60K on An Apprentice to Elves! So here, have a thingy.


60065 / 100000 words. 60% done!
matociquala: (spies i spy ispy)
Well, I am experiencing cautious optimism on the Iskryne front. We have 22,000 words, and a good idea of where everything is going. Now we just have to engineer some culture clashes, a war, some gender bias, a little family tension, character growth, awkward love, and a couple of brilliant deductions and we'll have a novel.

Piece of cake.
matociquala: (bad girls marlene make my day)
Productivity is nice, and I seem to have some.

I'm back to chipping away at An Apprentice to Elves, which is the next enormous project on my to-do list. I've gotten the first two chapters cleaned up and new material written, and started on chapter 3.

Hopefully, I'll be able to keep some momentum going.

I'm feeling good about this whole writing thing this year. For once, I seem to be roughly in the same place with regard to skill as an editor and skill as a writer, so I don't feel as if every word I put down is terrible.

I hope this lasts for a little while...

10000 / 100000 words. 10% done!
matociquala: (comics invisibles king mob)
Today's Clarion West Writeathon milestone: Well, I just had to rip up 3000 words of this story for the second time and start over. I think maybe I found the right in this time, though, as there's an initial conflict and things are tripping along much more easily.

So I'm back at 2000 words, and have discarded the last week's worth of work.

Sigh.

Well, if it were easy it wouldn't be fun.

In other news, today is mass market paperback release day for The Tempering of Men. And my novelette "Wane" is up at Podcastle.
matociquala: (writing companion to wolves _ truepenny)

It's Book Day!

The Tempering of Men, the sequel to [livejournal.com profile] truepenny-and-my not-so-fuzzy companion animal fantasy, A Companion to Wolves, is out today!

To celebrate, I will have a drawing among those persons who post a photo of the book in the wild in comments. Prize is an ARC of ad eternum, the final New Amsterdam novella!



ETA: I'll let it run until Thursday, what say?
matociquala: (writing companion to wolves _ truepenny)
In seven days, it will be time for The Tempering of Men.

[livejournal.com profile] truepenny and I thought it would be nice to give you a preview. And so, Chapter 1!

Vethulf and Skjaldwulf did not get along. )
matociquala: (writing companion to wolves _ truepenny)
In seven days, it will be time for The Tempering of Men.

[livejournal.com profile] truepenny and I thought it would be nice to give you a preview. And so, Chapter 1!

Vethulf and Skjaldwulf did not get along. )
matociquala: (writing companion to wolves _ truepenny)
It's ON MY COUCH!

2011 08 08 TTOM

You can get yours next Tuesday, or sooner if the bookstores mess up the drop date. ;-)

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