Here's a bonus photto of me and Ace, and a bonus kitten. Because I know what you guys are really here for.
And now I have to get up and put a goose in the oven and walk a dog, when I really want to stay in bed and write for a while longer.
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I'm sitting on the sofa with the dog and a cup of tea. So life is pretty much what it should be, as far as the dog is concerned.
Been a productive couple of days. The book is with truepenny, and I'm busy cleaning up the mess my to-list has become in the throes of noveling. So, registered for health insurance, found a new dentist, made an appointment with the dentist, got with the chimney sweep and made an appointment to get the chimneys done, paid bills, bought flights, made hotel reservations, went for a run (went better than I feared, considering thirty-one days of mostly slugitude), did yoga, ordered tea, remembered birthdays, checked in with ignored friends, answered dangling emails, agreed to some interviews and some work, made plans to see Mockingjay AND Big Hero Six, cleaned the pantry and the kitchen and the rest of the house, bought things for Thanksgiving dinner...
Wow, it just suddenly got dark out there.
Tomorrow it looks like I get to shovel yay.
Next project: doing a proofread on the Whiskey & Water ebook, because apparently there's some serious OCR issues, and getting a corrected version with Jenna Kass's glorious new cover art up at the usual places.
You know, I think I might need an English muffin.
Guess where I went last week?
Karl Schroeder, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Ed Finn, Elizabeth Bear, Kevin Bankston, Kathryn Cramer, Vandana Singh, Ted Chiang, Madeline Ashby, Lee Konstantinou, and Neal Stephenson
We were technically speaking at the Eisenhower building, not the White House proper. But that didn't stop us from grabbing the photo op.
We made a book! It looks like One-Eyed Jack is available a little early from Amazon (and possibly from your local independent bookstore--check there first, they love to order things for you!) both as Kindle and trade paperback.
(Barnes and Noble should be in the game soon, I am assured.)
Oh, look! It's on Barnes and Noble!
Now, off to sign at Fantask in Copenhagen with that boy I like in an hour and a half! Eeeeeeee!
Well... the three-legged dog is less three-legged and seems to be on the road to recovery, and now I am worried about the presumptuous cat, as she appears to be struggling with what must be rather a large hairball and not having a lot of luck with it. She does this to me every couple of years, and every time I'm sure that this is the one that will require emergency surgery.
And of course the book that was supposed to come out this month has been delayed to March, and various other agencies have been slow with contracts or with contracted payments.
I can't afford another medical crisis right now, cat. Hork the damned thing up, please...
Oh, the fucking financial misadventures of the writing life.
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Well, that went better than expected.
On this revision pass of the partial novel--mostly to go through and prune off false trails and abandoned plot threads so I can get the shape of the thing in my head to write the ending--Range of Ghosts is actually holding together much, much better than I anticipated. I have a bunch of little yellow bracket notes that say basically, [Insert a scene that does X or Y] and I have a clear shot to the end of the book. The plan is still, we hope, to get a more or less complete draft before I leave for VP a week from Friday. It may be rough, but that's what the last three weeks of October are for.
But having accomplished that task (heroically: got through the revision in three days), now I get to read the book I've been wanting to read since I got up this morning. Plan for the rest of the day: dinner with Mom, putting laundry away, making my bed, and maybe watching last night's Castle.
Oh, the glamour. Some days it makes my teeth itch.