August 23rd, 2005


things that are wrong

So, there's fourteen hours and thirty-seven minutes remaining on the Wrong Things auction. And I'll say straight out, if this one goes for the starting bid, someone's going to get a bargain. To reiterate: Spooky has added a PC ("presentation copy") of the lettered, leatherbound edition of mine and Poppy's collaborative short-fiction collection, Wrong Things (Subterranean Press, 2001). The book sold out quite a while ago. This copy comes in a sturdy traycase, signed by both Poppy and me (and I'll personalize it if the winner so desires). It includes my story "Onion," Poppy's "The Crystal Empire," and our collaboration, "The Rest of the Wrong Thing," along with an afterword I wrote and full page B&W illustrations and endsheets by Richard Kirk. Plus, I've decided to offer Monster Doodle Sculpture #2 with this auction, so you'll not only get the book, you'll get one-of-a-kind, squirming, three-dimensional terror from beyond the stars, to boot! Click here to bid or buy it now. Though long out of print, we're beginning this auction at the original cover price for the lettered edition. Plus, we'll even throw in free shipping on this auction. The platypus is feeling generous.

Good news from my agent, Merrilee, today. She's read the first seven chapters of Daughter of Hounds and loves it. She's calling early tomorrow afternoon, and we'll swap questions. But it was a huge relief, her enthusiasm regarding this particular book.
  • Current Music
    Kate Bush, "Hello Earth"

anything that may delay you, might just save you

A hectic and round-about sort of day, and I still have a proposal that I ought to write this evening after dinner. I spoke with my agent this afternoon, and she is indeed extremely pleased with Daughter of Hounds, which she declares to be unlike anything else I've written. She assured me that the two independent and converging narrative threads are not a problem, and that my ability to write children is more than sufficient to the challenge of this story. We talked about my having been asked to write a 150K book instead of a 200K book, and I admitted that it has probably made the book much better by forcing me to focus on Emmie Silvey and Soldier and keep Deacon and Sadie in the background. That was never my publisher's intent. They were only worried about having to charge more for a longer novel (not an unreasonable concern). But, the way I see it, it doesn't matter what their intentions were, so long as the end result is a book that I'm happier with.

We saw a truly marvelous film last night, The Fast Runner (2001), based on an Inuit legend. I recommend this one highly, if you can find it.

I hope to begin Chapter Eight tomorrow.
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    Radiohead, "The Gloaming"