matociquala: (writing karen memory)
Karen Memory is the January 2017 selection for the Goodreads SciFi and Fantasy Book Club, so if you've been waiting to read it with friends, here's your big chance!

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.
matociquala: (sf farscape d'argo's your daddy)

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 [livejournal.com profile] 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.

matociquala: (criminal minds morgan hotch government)

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.

matociquala: (muppetology need bears fozzie & kermit)
I spent the last week involved in travel, appearances, and conferences for the Hieroglyph Project and Future Tense, both of which are ongoing--though my spate of publicity is over for now. In any case, it was an incredibly stimulating experience, and I am actually full of notes for the space opera that need to be typed up before I lose the notebook again.

One of the events was a livestreamed conference at the National Academies in Washington, D.C., which took place Thursday. There's an article about it here, and embedded in the article is a link to recordings of the panels and lectures. Or you could click here to watch the recorded stream. 

Don't miss Neal Stephenson, Ellen Stofan, and Patric Verrone on space travel, whatever you do.


l-r, t-b: Vandana Singh, Karl Schroeder, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Neal Stephenson, Lee Konstantinou, Ed Finn, Madeline Ashby, Elizabeth Bear, Kathryn Cramer. Also presenting but not pictured: David Rejeski, Dan Sarewitz, Ryan Calo, Patric Verrone, Dan Kaufman, Ted Chiang, Jonathan D. Moreno, Jamelle Bouie, Tom Kalil, Laurie Silvers, Bill O'Brien, Ellen Stofan, Barton Geliman, Kevin Bankston, and Kristal Lauren High. Photo credit, Shannon Rampe.
matociquala: (writing one-eyed jack)

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!

BOOK!



Now, off to sign at Fantask in Copenhagen with that boy I like in an hour and a half! Eeeeeeee!

matociquala: (cat and mouse)

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.

Sigh.

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.

matociquala: (criminal minds reid forgive yourself)
I am going to have to admit that I am declaring Criminal Minds bankruptcy. I have a book due in two months, and I'm still not recovered from the insanity that has been my lot since... um. It's been like two years of nonstop go, hasn't it?

Anyway. Please feel free to use this space to discuss the episodes I missed commenting on, and tonight's episode, which is sadly also likely to miss exegesis. I'm sorry and I will try to do better next week.

Love, Bear.

In better news, I just got a huge pile of author copies! 
matociquala: (literature sally and encyclopedia)
This is your one-week warning: I will be in NYC next Wednesday for a KGB reading with Felix Gilman. Come play! I'll probably be hanging out at dba on 1st Ave before the reading--if you are in the city, come find me!

Back to the daily grind:

2011 05 11 daily commute

Teacup today: My GoH gift from LepreCon, a mug from Sylvan complete with Green Man.
Tea today: Brazilian Sweet Orange yerba mate from Queen Mary Teas.

I wrote 400 words on the Book of Iron revision yesterday and was forced to admit that I need to come up with something awesome before I continue. So today will be devoted (mostly) to coming up with something awesome. And possibly recuperating. And then climbing.

I may be forced to admit, bought up in endurance or not, that I need a little time to recover. Hopefully a stroke of genius will ensue. (Seriously, I need a super cool idea. And those sometimes take a little time to generate.)

I did also get 3/4 of my travel arranging for the rest of the summer done, though, and sent an email about the other bit. June and early July will be lost in a haze of airplanes, conventions, teaching gigs, and ports of call: then I have to write Shattered Pillars. And not go anywhere for more than an overnight until Viable Paradise. (Still accepting applications: now with Special Guest Instructor Steven Brust!)

The glamour, man. The glamour.
matociquala: (david bowie realism _ truepenny)
Well, I didn't get to the post office before they closed, alas, so the overseas packages will go out Monday. Ooops. Nor did I so much as touch that CEM.

Also, only got half the crit done, because I went climbing with the gang, and afterwards it turned into a two-hour trip to a perfectly adequate all-you-can-eat sushi joint in North Haven. Six climbers can eat a lot of sushi.

Especially when one of them is an ex-Marine.

Had kind of an epic climbing day, for my current reduced circumstances. It's my first week of pushing myself to get back on the rock (or plastic) at least three times a week. This was day #3, and I can already see the difference. I'm still climbing down from where I was before I hurt myself last year, but I got up one massively physical overhung 5.9 that I'd never finished before (gave myself a bout of post-exercise asthma doing it) and also a very tricky 5.8. If I can drop forty pounds, I may be doing 5.10s by year's end again.

Ten routes in all. Some just running laps on easy stuff, but it all helps.

And the climbing helped so much with the OMG I Will Never Finish This Stuff anxiety. Feeling a little more in control now.

So tomorrow I need to finish that crit, and then Monday I can see about the post office and some CEM.
matociquala: (criminal minds rossi not good)
Grr. Argh.

The dog and I are doing our taxes.

Teacup today: My worn old UConn mug, with the old logo. For reasons that will be obvious to anyone who follows college basketball. (I'd have been happier if the girls went all the way, of course. But they always have next year.)

Tea today: Queen Mary's strawberry peppercorn, which I love with an unholy passion. Although I did just have to send them an email asking why they only sent me half as much as I paid for. I believe this to be an honest mistake, and I'm sure they'll send the other half of the order post-haste.

2011 04 05 Daily Commute

And now I must stop being avoidant and go find last year's tax return, so I can go pick up this year's paper when the library opens.

To do today:

Taxes
Climb
book sale stuff


To do Thursday:

Fall the hell over.

matociquala: (mythbusters adam mayhem)
All right, boys and girls and everybody else.

It's been a long, hard winter full of heating bills, doctor visits, delayed publications, un-picked-up option novels, Zombie Apocalypse of the Publishing Industry, and various other financial stressors leading to an uncomfortable amount of debt here at Chez Bear.

And the dog and cat need their checkups and chots.

Annnnd hey, it's tax time! Look, another giant bill! And one I, frankly, just don't have the money to pay right now, or in the immediate forseeable future.

Which means, well, it's time to get creative about funding. Since I am a writer, this means I have something to sell: the writing.

So. A few things.



  • In the next 72 hours, look for the latest iteration of the Semi-Annual Roving Book Sale. It's a little sooner after the last iteration than I usually like to run these things, but needs must when the devil drives. Also, in honor of my current straitened circumstances and in defiance of my usual custom, I will be offering books published this year.

 

  • I am offering critique/editorial services. At first, I was thinking that I would offer slightly easier terms that [livejournal.com profile] malkingrey is, in deference to her greater experience. And then I realized that that was tantamount to undercutting her, and that's not what friends do. So. The price is $1,000.00 for a book-length manuscript (by which I mean 80,000-100,000 words--that'd be closer to 80,000 word the way Microsoft counts them, and closer to 100,000 words the way page compositors count them: if you don't know the difference, check out the SFWA article on same.), payable in advance (check or paypal), pro-rated for longer or shorter works. 

For that price, I will do a line and structural edit of the manuscript in question, and provide it to you, the author, (along with an opinion on whether the manuscript is publishable or can be made publishable). This is critique only, not book doctoring, and I do not guarantee publication even if I think the book could sell.

I do fantasy and science fiction, pretty much all types.

email me at matociquala@gmail.com to enquire before sending any money, please.

  • I am selling postcards. But not just ANY postcard. For $50.00, I will send you a hand-made postcard. It will contain an original, otherwise-unpublished, and of necessity very short story. Handwritten. Just for you. Each one different and awesome! (I reserve the copyright to the stories, and the right someday to publish a collection of them and the images of the cards.) But you get the actual card with the original story. If I get really ambitious, all the cards may go together into a longer meta-story, and if that happens, I will also send along a copy of the complete story cycle.

To subscribe, you may comment here or at my facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/notes/elizabeth-bear/root-hog-or-die/193008114068166). After commenting (and sending money), email me at (you guessed it) matociquala@gmail.com with your mailing address, name, and so on.



  • E-story subscription! For a mere $12.00 for a year's subscription, you can have access to a closed group that I am starting. Twelve times a year (possibly even monthly) I will post to this group an unpublished or obscurely published short story, vignette, cut scene, poem, or random piece of pornography. That's a dollar a story. Pretty good going rate, all things considered. You also get a mailing list/message board on which to discuss those stories and anything else that takes your fancy.

To subscribe, you may comment here or at my facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/notes/elizabeth-bear/root-hog-or-die/193008114068166). After commenting (and sending money), email me at (you guessed it) matociquala@gmail.com with your email address, name, and so on. This will probably be a Google group, for convenience's sake.



And that's all I got. If that doesn't pay the bills, come visit me in jail, okay?

matociquala: (superhuman)
1) Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
2) Ben MacAllan, Desdaemona
3) Alex Bledsoe, The Sword-Edged Blonde
4) Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless
5) Kameron Hurley, God's War
6) Jodi Meadows, Incarnate (in draft)
7) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn, Scientific Detective
8) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Fossil Cave
9) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Automatic House
10) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Swamp Monster
11) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn on a Desert Island
12) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor
13) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Weather Machine
14) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Universal Glue
15) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, The Thing Around Your Neck
16.) Peter Selby and Steve Slavin, Practical Algebra: a Self-Teaching Guide
17.) Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound
18.) Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch
19.) Geoff Ryman, Lust
20.) Patti Smith, Just Kids
21.) Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, The Tempering of Men (page proofs: the only time I'll probably every just sit down and read the dratted thing.)
22.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Smallifying Machine
23.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Antigravity Paint
24.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Homework Machine
25.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn, Time Traveler
26.) John Long, How to Rock Climb
27.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book I: The Field Guide
28.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book II: The Seeing Stone
29.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book III: Lucinda's Secret
30.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book IV: The Ironwood Tree
31.) Tony DeTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book V: The Wrath of Mulgarath
32.) Bernice L. McFadden, Glorious
33.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy
34.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Voice from Space
35.) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Heat Ray
36.) Eric Jaffee, The King's Best Highway
37.) Olivia Judson, Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation
38.) Val McDermid, The Mermaids Singing
39.) Mira Grant, Feed
40.) Amanda Downum, Kingdoms of Dust (in draft)
41.) Megan Lindholm, Harpy's Flight
matociquala: (me and sunil)
Cavallo Point January 2011 066

So I'm sitting here watching the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge from the porch of the Lodge at Cavallo Point, which is the undisclosed location alluded to earlier. And now I can tell you is that the reason I came here was to participate in a vision/planning session to lay the groundwork for an international, non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting technologies to make it possible to build an interstellar starship within a hundred years.

This is the 100-Year Starship Study* you may have heard of (and heard badly reported and sensationalized by Faux**). There are no plans for the U.S. government to build a starship, and nobody--to my knowledge--is planning on crashing a space ship on Mars and marooning anybody there. What this is is an attempt to design a creditable business model to support technologies and social research in a variety of fields that would be essential to designing a ship that could take humans to the stars--everything from sustainable small biospheres to small group dynamics to photon entanglement to propulsion systems.

It's foundation work, in other words, and it has an enormous variety of other potential payoffs, technological and social. The challenge now is to create a self-sustaining organization that can facilitate that process, and that innovation.

It was an enormous privilege to be here, and not only because I got to meet one of my literary heroes, the delightful Joe Haldeman (just to name one person among an amazing panoply of polymaths in attendance--physicists, visionaries, astronauts).

It's also because the Lodge at the Golden Gate is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and the hotel staff is fantastic, accomodating, psychic, and nearly invisible. It's in part of the old Cavallo Point military installation, the twin of the more famous Presidio across the water. If you've ever wanted to stay in a WWII general's house or hike under the Golden Gate, this place can do that for you.

Also, I personally vouch for the yoga instructor. He nearly killed me.

(I make it sound like I did nothing but play, I realize, but in truth I got here a day early and took advantage of yesterday morning to pack in as much fun as possible.)



*Brought to you by DARPA, the people who invented the internet--and gave it away.

**Centauri Dreams offers an article on it.
matociquala: (me and sunil)
Cavallo Point January 2011 066

So I'm sitting here watching the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge from the porch of the Lodge at Cavallo Point, which is the undisclosed location alluded to earlier. And now I can tell you is that the reason I came here was to participate in a vision/planning session to lay the groundwork for an international, non-governmental organization dedicated to supporting technologies to make it possible to build an interstellar starship within a hundred years.

This is the 100-Year Starship Study* you may have heard of (and heard badly reported and sensationalized by Faux**). There are no plans for the U.S. government to build a starship, and nobody--to my knowledge--is planning on crashing a space ship on Mars and marooning anybody there. What this is is an attempt to design a creditable business model to support technologies and social research in a variety of fields that would be essential to designing a ship that could take humans to the stars--everything from sustainable small biospheres to small group dynamics to photon entanglement to propulsion systems.

It's foundation work, in other words, and it has an enormous variety of other potential payoffs, technological and social. The challenge now is to create a self-sustaining organization that can facilitate that process, and that innovation.

It was an enormous privilege to be here, and not only because I got to meet one of my literary heroes, the delightful Joe Haldeman (just to name one person among an amazing panoply of polymaths in attendance--physicists, visionaries, astronauts).

It's also because the Lodge at the Golden Gate is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and the hotel staff is fantastic, accomodating, psychic, and nearly invisible. It's in part of the old Cavallo Point military installation, the twin of the more famous Presidio across the water. If you've ever wanted to stay in a WWII general's house or hike under the Golden Gate, this place can do that for you.

Also, I personally vouch for the yoga instructor. He nearly killed me.

(I make it sound like I did nothing but play, I realize, but in truth I got here a day early and took advantage of yesterday morning to pack in as much fun as possible.)



*Brought to you by DARPA, the people who invented the internet--and gave it away.

**Centauri Dreams offers an article on it.
matociquala: (criminal minds bad shirt brigade)
Publishers Weekly loves me:

Grail

Elizabeth Bear, Spectra, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-0-553-59109-5
This deftly told story completes the Jacob's Ladder trilogy begun in Dust and Chill. The Conns and the other inhabitants of an ancient wandering spaceship face their last and greatest challenge. They've finally found a habitable planet, but others beat them to it: "right-minded" humans, surgically altered to achieve emotional balance, and more alien to the Jacobites than extraterrestrials would be. Leaders on both ship and planet are willing to fight and kill to keep the two cultures from interacting, while old enemies aboard the Jacob's Ladder re-emerge to wreak destruction. The story is poised on a knife's edge, with the Jacobites facing both possible annihilation and inner demons just as they're closing in on their goal. Bear's talent for portraying cultural divergence and conflict is especially apparent in this intense wrapup. (Mar.)

Also, view from C concourse of McCarran still gorgeous at sunset. (Sorry, Vegas Peeps, only here long enough to have my plane delayed.)

Also, man that's a long flight. I don't miss it.
matociquala: (criminal minds reid mathematics)
Today, I got stuck in a snowbank in an unplowed parking lot, and AAA had to come haul me out. Actually, he couldn't get the truck in to haul me out, so the truck guy and I took turns pushing, and so the ranch was saved. (Front tires [drive tires] went down into a little dip, and there was ice at the bottom. Not badly stuck, but no way one person was shifting it.) All that exercise comes in handy in a clinch, it turns out. I couldn't actually have backpacked the Moby Smurfberry out, but I could probably backpack, oh, a sixteenth of a Honda. A short distance. With a good frame pack.

Speaking of packing--I am. Tomorrow, I depart the East Coast to spend a couple of days at an undisclosed location, doing glamorous secret things. (It's a consultant gig, but I'm not supposed to talk about it.)

I have about the worst case of impostor syndrome you've ever seen. But I can use the plane time to catch up on my reading.

I may be online sporadically. Feel free to treat this as an open thread until I get back. You could talk about books or something. If you fight, I will find out eventually.

"We owe God a death."
      --William Shakespeare
matociquala: (criminal minds garcia plan b)
What did I publish in 2010? Well, not a lot, actually, what with The Sea thy Mistress and The White City being pushed back to this year, and "The Horrid Glory of its Wings" being technically a 2009 release and "Dolly" being technically 2011. (Also, The Naked City and Blood and Other Cravings, two anthologies edited by La Datlow, are lsated for 2011 release.)

Amazing for the sheer amount of work I did last year. Well, there will be a lot of publications in 2011, I guess. I hope you're ready for it.

I need more time to write short fiction; it's piling up here, and I can't get my head wrapped around any of it. But January is slated for processing/research time, which should help. I have a short due at the end of February, so it had better help a lot.

But if you're of a mind for nominating things and you want a nominating list, here's what I published in 2010:


  • Lots of Shadow Unit, which is probably eligible for all sorts of weird catchall categories as a complete self ("Best website" and "Best semiprozine," among others. (Is there a "Best Serial" anywhere? No?) I think Emma and I probably count as editors as far as that's concerned, too.)


  • Specifically, the complete episodes that had my hand in them as writer were The Unicorn Evils, "Spell 81a," and "Uniform," which are respectively, a short novel and two novellas.


  • Chill. Science fiction novel, and don't listen to anybody who tries to tell you it's a fantasy. ;-)


  • Chicks Dig Time Lords, in which I have an essay, is eligible for best nonfiction, or best related work, or what have you.


  • Ideomancer is a semiprozine. I am one of the editors there.


  • METAtropolis: Cascadia is eligible as an anthology, I would guess, and definitely as a Dramatic Work. It's an audio-only anthology, and I think frankly this second collection is even stronger than the first.

    Also, my story, "Confessor," is eligible as a novelette.


  • Bone and Jewel Creatures is eligible as a novella. And yeah, I know, hard to find.



There was a MMPB publication of By the Mountain Bound, but the HC came out last year and is so ineligible.

I have this sense that I'm forgetting something, but it might just be my head. Remind me to keep better track next this year.

***
Here's what I know I have coming out in 2011, for your reference

January: "Dolly," Asimov's, short story.

January? February?: The White City, Subterranean. Trade hard cover: there's some argument as to whether this is a long novella or a short novel. Limited edition includes a chapbook of "Twilight," a novelette.

1 February: The Sea thy Mistress. Tor, trade hardcover

6 February: "Ligature," Shadow Unit novella

22 February: Grail. Spectra, mass market paperback and ebook

March: Whedonistas, an essay collection of women appreciating the work of Joss Whedon in the vein of Chicks Dig Time Lords, also edited by Lynne Thomas and Deborah Stanish. My essay is entitled, "We're here to save you."

June: "The Romance," in Supernatural Noir, a Datlow-edited anthology forthcoming from Dark Horse

5 July: Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy, anthology edited by Ellen Datlow, containing my novelette "King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree."

16 August: The Tempering of Men. With Sarah Monette. Tor, trade hardcover

September: Blood and Other Cravings, anthology edited by Ellen Datlow, containing my short story "Needles."


? "The Hand is Quicker--" in a Dozois-edited Subterranean anthology I do not yet know the name of.
? "Veronique is Visiting from Paris," a multimedia niftiness with [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy that should be available sometime soonish



And here's my to-do list for 2011

writing:
The book proposal currently known as Gotham Jazz.
Modern Fae story: ("Patience & Fortitude" (or possibly otherwise The Mighty Drag Werewolf story)) March 1, 2011
Realms of Fantasy column: March 1, 2011
ad eternum  and "Underground" (New Amsterdam IV & chapbook): March 30, 2011
The Shaded King (Bone and Jewel Creatures II): April 30, 2011
Shattered Pillars: November 2, 2011
An Apprentice to Elves: December 1, 2011 (with [info]truepenny)
SF Horror story ("Form & Void"): December 25, 2011

...you know, all in one place, that looks so much easier than 2010 I can already feel my blood pressure dropping.


travel:
Secrit Projekt: January 11-12 2011
World Horror Convention (barcon only): April 28-May 1 2011
Leprecon 37: May 6-8 2011
KGB reading: May 18 2011
Eurocon: June 17-19 2011 (barring volcanoes)
Fourth Street Fantasy Conversation: June 23-26 2011
Odyssey: July 1, 2011
Clarion: July 10-16, 2011
Viable Paradise: October 7-16, 2011

Okay, that's a little steep.

and 2012:
Steles of the Sky : November 2012


No fixed deadline:

"Möbius Heart" (which has subsumed REZ at this point, and may take its name)
"The Deeps of the Sky" (formerly known as "Seed")
Karen Memory
Smile
(unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy"
"Steel Monkey"
"Spellslinger"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"The Slaughtered Lamb"
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"



Right, that's my livejournal used as a post-it board. And on that note, I think I will take the dog for a walk. Which means finding some shoes and a coat.
matociquala: (criminal minds diana reid crazy)
I am reasonably mighty. Not only did I climb or at least attempt six routes today (including one I could just about get onto, and another one I think I can get up if I try it first next time) but I also wrote 2000 words on my Silverberg tribute story, "The Hand is Quicker--" and I pretty much know what happens for the next 6-8,000 words. Tomorrow I'm going to get through as much as I can, pre-WFC.

Which is good.

I also applied for some contract jobs, because a Bear needs to eat. I'm mad qualified; we'll see if they want me.

Currently, I'm dowloading the Scrivener for Windows beta. I figure if anybody can effectively beta test a writing tool, it's me.

And on that note, I'm going to put my pajamas on and either read my book for a bit or maybe write some more.

Ahh, the glamour.
matociquala: (criminal minds diana reid crazy)
I am reasonably mighty. Not only did I climb or at least attempt six routes today (including one I could just about get onto, and another one I think I can get up if I try it first next time) but I also wrote 2000 words on my Silverberg tribute story, "The Hand is Quicker--" and I pretty much know what happens for the next 6-8,000 words. Tomorrow I'm going to get through as much as I can, pre-WFC.

Which is good.

I also applied for some contract jobs, because a Bear needs to eat. I'm mad qualified; we'll see if they want me.

Currently, I'm dowloading the Scrivener for Windows beta. I figure if anybody can effectively beta test a writing tool, it's me.

And on that note, I'm going to put my pajamas on and either read my book for a bit or maybe write some more.

Ahh, the glamour.
matociquala: (true blood lafayette god save)

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.

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