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Yesterday, I made myself take a short break from Daughter of Hounds. On Monday, I'd done 1,224 words on Chapter Ten and hope to do as much today, as well. I'm so near THE END, and, as I've said already, the ending of a book has never intimidated me this much.

Most of yesterday was spent working on the erotic vignette subscription service website. We'll come back back to this in a moment. Sophie had a 4 p.m. vet appointment. I usually don't go along when Spooky takes her to the vet, but I did yesterday, though I sat in the car and read the new issue of GameInformer, since vets' offices make me only slightly less nervous than doctors' offices. Six of one, half dozen of another, as Deacon would say. Afterwards, I did more HTML stuff and then we took Sophie to the park again. We sat beneath a tree filled with noisy squirrels and two woodpeckers. The park was awash with unleashed dogs (despite the fact that Atlanta has a leash law), and at one point four of them rushed over to us. Sophie didn't freak out though. I thought for sure she'd lay one of them open, part their noses like Moses showing the Red Sea what for, but she just looked inconvenienced while we chased them all away. I was drooled upon by a young German shepard. After dinner, we tweaked the website a little more, then we watched Cosmos and went to bed a little early. I read Spooky "Dark They Were, and Golden-eyed," which I will never, ever cease to be amazed at, and last night, certain similarities between it and Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space" struck me for the first time. Then Spooky read me Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Ducklings. I have to admit that I've become oddly obsessed with McCloskey. So, yeah, that was yesterday.

Oh, there was a slightly peculiar dream this morning, wherein my marching band director from High School was putting on a stage version of Silk and insisted that I play Spyder Baxter. We had a rather heated argument, because, no matter how much I protested, he wouldn't understand that I was wrong for the part. I finally gave in and remember grabbing a copy of the script and storming offstage, annoyed that the man was still as dense as he'd been twenty-five years ago.

So...as of right now, we are taking subscriptions for the Sirenia Digest (MErViSS). Please read the FAQ before you subscribe, and if you should have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them — here or in the phorum or by e-mail (to zquid_zoup@yahoo.com). Subscribers will receive the first PDF sometime within the next week. This first one's going to be something special and, as it turns out, not really erotic at all. I decided, instead, to begin by whetting your appetites for Daughter of Hounds by letting you see the original draft of Chapter Three, which had to be almost entirely rewritten when I was told the book couldn't exceed 150K-words (and this text may never appear anywhere else). That meant drastically scaling back Sadie Jasper's role in the novel. This original version of Chapter Three is very much concerned with Sadie and reads more like part of a sequel to Low Red Moon than what Daughter of Hounds went on to become. Anyway, I'm somewhat nervous this morning, as Stage One (gauging interest) moves into Stage Two (accepting subscriptions), my fingers crossed that all those folks who took time to vote in the poll or e-mail me or speak up in the phorum will now subscribe. I'm hoping that most everyone will have subscribed by the time the PDF is ready to go out. Next month, in Issue #2, we'll begin with the regular weird erotica content. Special thanks to thingunderthest, who's kindly volunteered to lay out the PDFs.

Here's the link. Sorry the page isn't more pleasing to the eye. My HTML skills are still stuck firmly in 1995.

Okay. There are doughnuts to make, and this day isn't getting any younger. Oh, yeah. Still can't post to frelling Blogger.


( 13 comments — Have your say! )
Nov. 9th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
You forgot the contract wherein you legally state, 'The author promises never to lose her shit and write Jesus fanfic.'
Nov. 9th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
'The author promises never to lose her shit and write Jesus fanfic.'

I just assumed that was a given...
Nov. 9th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
Does Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter count as Jesus fanfic ?
Nov. 9th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter is the finest thing to come out of Canada since Rush.
Nov. 9th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)

I just found your journal yesterday, via a comment geekers made on ashbet's, and I wanted to say thanks; the existence of Daughter of the Hounds is news to me, and I shall be very much looking forward to it, I really enjoyed both Threshold and Low Red Moon.
Nov. 9th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
Is there any way I can subscribe without having PayPal?
Nov. 9th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
Is there any way I can subscribe without having PayPal?

We can work something out. E-mail Spooky at zquid_zoup@yahoo.com about it. She's handling all the payment stuff.
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Nov. 9th, 2005 06:58 pm (UTC)
I have clicked the shiny button and subscribed!

Thank you!
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm the new number two...
My subscription name is Merviss2. Shiney.

I simply CANNOT WAIT to see the DoH preview. I don't think I've ever been so anxious to see something you're working on, to be honest.

Hurry. [SMILE]

All the best,

Nov. 9th, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm the new number two...
My subscription name is Merviss2

Actually, everyone's subscriber name is merviss2. Don't ask me why.
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
If you are ever in Boston, you must visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues in the Public Garden. They're larger than life size, so that a small child can sit on mama duck's back. :)
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
If you are ever in Boston, you must visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues in the Public Garden.

I didn't know about the statues. I haven't yet been to Boston, but I was thinking last night, when I do go, hopefully next year, I shall take a Make Way for Ducklings mini-tour.
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Here's an idea: Why not just give the vignettes away, but hold back on releasing the next one until there's a certain amount of money in the pot. My thinking is that short stories, serials etc are just so easy to copy only one person has to buy it and copy it for all their friends. Didn't Stephen King have a hissy fit about that happening when he tried the online serial thing? So just put part 1 out there with a note saying you'll post part 2 as soon as you get x amount of semolians. The people who can afford can pay as much as they can afford to make next installment happen sooner. The people who can't afford it can read and enjoy, and the people who think well, is it worth it will be able to go right ahead and see for themselves.

Step 3: You win the internet.
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