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Twenty-two days.

If I count today, I have twenty-two days until Daughter of Hounds is supposed to be on my editor's desk. And I have no idea how I'm going to make that deadline. I have twenty-two days to read the entire typescript, 613 pp. if you exclude the appendices, and make all my revisions, which I already know will be substantial. If I could just cut out sleeping, it might be fairly easy. Thank you, Bullet Girl. And before I can even get started on the novel, I have to spend the rest of today tidying up the Alabaster ms. for subpress; I think they're going to try to have the ARCs out by late February. We'll begin with DoH tonight or, more likely, tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Spooky and I have caught some sort of cold. It's nothing serious, but it is slowing us down. What's more annoying than the symptoms is that it's the first time in over a year — almost seventeen months, actually — that I've caught anything. It's been the longest "well streak" of my entire life.

And Chris Penn is dead.

At least Sirenia Digest #2 is out. Of course, I'm going to have to begin work on #3 almost immediately so as to avoid another late delivery. I may write something about chocolate (as suggested by wishlish) for the first of the three vignettes. I do hope that people are (or already have) enjoyed #2. Feel free to comment. Speaking of comments, yesterday was another very good day for LJ comments. It's nice, having them here to distract me at odd moments and to keep my mind moving. Which is to say, I encourage such behaviour.

We did go for a long walk yesterday. I needed the fresh air, and it was a nice way of thumbing my nose at this bug. It was another suprisingly warm day. Strange things are happening out there. The grass is getting green. The clover's growing. The dogwood trees have buds. A lot of trees are budding. The dandelions are blooming, as is the henbit. We saw a butterfly. It's cold again today, but I don't think it's supposed to last very long.

Spooky and I started Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix night before last. So far, I have to say this is certainly the best written of the Harry Potter books. It's markedly better than the last one. Considering the time Rowling took between the fourth and fifth books, it's not so unexpected. She's handling the recap stuff much more skillfully, much less intrusively, for example. Spooky has a crush on Nymphodora Tonks.

Okay. I gotta get started. But I do want to remind everyone of the letter Z auction, still in progress. It ends sometime of Friday. The leather-bound lettered edition of Frog Toes and Tentacles with a handmade "cozy" (crushed black velvet lined with red silk, a hand-embroidered letter Z, to match the cover of the book). You can sleep with it under your pillow. Your nightmares will thank you.

Comments

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sovay
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
613 pp. if you exclude the appendices

This is a novel with appendices? Now I really want to read it.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
This is a novel with appendices?

Well, right now it is. I'm not at all sure my editor's going to go for it. We'll see.

sovay
Jan. 25th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
I hope the appendices make it. May I ask what they contain, or does that give too much away?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
May I ask what they contain, or does that give too much away?

They're short stories, actually. Appendix 1 is "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles," which gives a lot of background about the alchemist's daughter (and hasn't yet appeared in print), and Appendix 2 is "The Dead and the Moonstruck," because I wanted to give the reader more background of the changelings than is in the body of the novel itself.
sovay
Jan. 25th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
Appendix 1 is "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles," which gives a lot of background about the alchemist's daughter (and hasn't yet appeared in print)

Based solely on the title, I have been wanting to read that one ever since I knew of its existence. I like the idea of short-story background included with the novel; I hope it goes through.
cucumberseed
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Having dragged you into a literary forest that I wasn't seeing for the patterns on the bark of one of the trees yesterday, all I have to say today is to heartily compliment choice of music and hope you feel better.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
This is a novel with appendices?

Thanks. Nice icon.
thingunderthest
Jan. 25th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'm really enjoying digest #2, especially Pony. I am not sure what aspect really appeals to me the most. I'm going to have to give it another read tonight.

You can sleep with it under your pillow. Your nightmares will thank you.
Whoa, synergy or something. I was just thinking about Lovecrafts Pillow as mentioned by Stephen King in the intro to "H.P. Lovecraft: Against the world, against life" which I am finally just getting to.
tesseractive
Jan. 25th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
"Pony" was a great thing to wake up to this morning, considering that it's a terribly gray day in Lansing and I'm feeling rather dodgy. Thank you muchly :)
stsisyphus
Jan. 25th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Alternative to Boston?
More extrasolar planets found

Sure, "OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb" is a bit less "homesy" sounding than "Boston", but you're probably guaranteed to find at least 20.0% less pink fleshy bipedals sqawking about nonsense.

Anyway, looking forward to reading Sirenia #2 tonight, and working on a confabulated mythology to house (or at least name) your bipedal gyno-equus.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
More extrasolar planets found

Very drad.

pink fleshy bipedals

You make them sound so sexy.

working on a confabulated mythology to house (or at least name) your bipedal gyno-equus.

Again, drad.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
More extrasolar planets found

Very drad.

pink fleshy bipedals

You make them sound so sexy.

working on a confabulated mythology to house (or at least name) your bipedal gyno-equus.

Again, drad.
stsisyphus
Jan. 25th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
pink fleshy bipedals

You make them sound so sexy.

Yeah, that is probably misleading...
sovay
Jan. 25th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
bipedal gyno-equus.

Hippogyne? Or does that call up too many associations with the unsvelte river-horse?
stsisyphus
Jan. 25th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
Hippogyne?

I was trying to tie in the "hippo-" suffix to the prospective nomenclature, and this sounds as good as anything I was going to come up with. I'm not familiar with the river horse reference, sadly.

By way naming any potential sororital organization, I would suggest "The Daughters of Hippodamia". My brief research in the last twenty minutes have carried me from classical mythology to contemporary permutations of furry culture. Pray for me.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
I'm not familiar with the river horse reference, sadly.

Hippopotamus.

And Kelpie's are also water horses...

And a genus of sea horse is named Hippocampus.

I'll stop now. I like hippogyne.
sovay
Jan. 26th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
And Kelpie's are also water horses...

I don't suppose I could make a request for an erotic vignette involving kelpies? I keep feeling I should branch out from salt to fresh water one of these years . . .

I like hippogyne.

Cool. It's yours.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 26th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
I don't suppose I could make a request for an erotic vignette involving kelpies? I keep feeling I should branch out from salt to fresh water one of these years . . .

You surely may make such a request. Now I have chocolate, and I have kelpies. Woo-hoo.

Cool. It's yours.

Thanks. : )
sovay
Jan. 26th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: Alternative to Boston?
Now I have chocolate, and I have kelpies.

That could make for a very interesting combination . . .
reverendcrofoot
Jan. 26th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
The fifteenth? How odd. The twentieth seemed like a better day.

And speaking of writers improving between books, I am reading Low Red Moon.
I am sure you here this a lot but I loved Sadie's comment about splicing words together. Interested in seeing how it comes together.

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