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Cold and cloudy today. Rain on the way.

Yesterday I wrote 1,439 words on "The Peddler's tale, or Isobel's Revenge," and found THE END. More or less. There are a few lines that occurred to me last night that I need to go back and slip into the weave. But as it stands, the story is 7,443 words long, the longest short story I've written since...I'm not sure. Well over a year. And it's the longest piece I've written specifically for Sirenia Digest since sometime in 2011. I'm still trying to figure out exactly. I sat down to write something very brief, a companion to "Pickman's Madonna" (3,325 words), and I wrote this, instead. And I'm glad that I did. Another lesson that I ought never allow my initial intent to determine the outcome of the process. I sent the story to Joshi and to sovay*, and I also sent it to Vince, so he can begin his illustration. Today will be spent proofreading the story.

Also, I discussed title page design with Jerad Walters, for the Centipede Press edition of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. And I sent Joshi an updated bio for Black Wings IV, which will include my story "Black Ships Seen South of Heaven." It was sort of a long day.

And Bill Schafer has given me the green light to begin compiling the Table of Contents for the second (and as yet unnamed) "best of" volume (Subterranean Press, 2015), which covers fiction from 2005 through 2013.

And I had a hot shower.

And spaghetti for dinner.

Now, I should get to work.

Ta,
Aunt Beast

* Thank you, S.

Comments

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captaincurt81
Dec. 29th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a productive stretch for you and lots of good reading for those appreciative of your efforts. Happy New Year to you and all those you love.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)

Thank you. Decreasing the Lamictal seems to be helping. And sleeping more.
aarongp
Dec. 29th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
Congrats on finishing this longer piece. Sounds like this story was a surprise for you on more than one level.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)

It was, indeed.
sovay
Dec. 30th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
But as it stands, the story is 7,443 words long, the longest short story I've written since...I'm not sure. Well over a year.

And it's very, very good. Go, you. I look forward to seeing what Vince does with the visuals.

(I can do second-eyes proofreading on it if you'd like.)

And Bill Schafer has given me the green light to begin compiling the Table of Contents for the second (and as yet unnamed) "best of" volume (Subterranean Press, 2015), which covers fiction from 2005 through 2013.

That's good news. I will cheerfully help with that as well, if desired. Even if it ends in another three-day editing deathmarch.
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