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Manatees are very ethical writers.

We made it through two chapters of Daughter of Hounds yesterday, as planned, chapters Two ("Soldier") and Three (as yet untitled). Today, we're gonna try to do two once more, though the chapters are beginning to get long. I need every spare moment I can get, as I have only 16 days (counting today) remaining until the ms. is supposed to be delivered to my editor. And reading back over it again, I love this novel so very much. I want to do right by it, and I want it treated right by the people responsible for getting it to readers. I haven't seen the cover yet. Anyway, here's today's Zokutou Page Meter thingy:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
222 / 691
(32.1%)


My thanks to everyone who took the time to vote in yesterday's poll and/or post a comment re: e-editions of The Dry Salvages. I've read all of them, your comments. Some of them, I will admit, set me to considering factors I'd not previously considered. I think I'll probably tell subpress that I'd like to go ahead with the e-version of the novella now instead of waiting. It's a small risk, but I haven't taken nearly enough risks lately. I'll post updates here as they are available. And yes, it would be available in more formats that PDF. I was just using (sloppily) PDF as a short-hand meaning all e-versions.

Jeff VanderMeer has very nice things to say about To Charles Fort, With Love and Alabaster in his blog and has also posted a short and peculiar interview sort of thing we did. Just click here. It's all true, I'm afraid, but at least now I can stop worrying about amphibious hybrids off the coast of Massachusetts.

Tomorrow is Beltane, and I have to admit that Spooky and I have been so swamped, what with the trip to Birmingham and getting the novel proofed and a dozen other things, that we've not had much time to prepare. After we read today, we'll finalize our plans. This is sort of where I was going when I mentioned the bit about the difficulties of being a more or less solitary practitioner of Wicca. Spooky and I are entirely responsible for all our rituals and ceremonies and celebrations. Any details that must be attended to, we must attend. And that means that time must be set aside to prepare all that which needs to be prepared. And we have to make sure that, during that set aside time, we're in the right state of mind and not too exhausted and so forth. Right now, I sort of wish there were some wonderful big Beltane celebration going on somewhere near Atlanta that we could take part in. But there doesn't seem to be. It's strange, having recognized the need for ritual in my life, and now being hard pressed to insure that the time is there when I need it to be there and that I'm not too tired to devote the energy to it that's required.

Now I should have breakfast and coffee and get my head into the Daughter of Hounds space. I need to be much more awake...

Comments

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lizziebelle
Apr. 30th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
Happy Beltane! Have you checked the Witches' Voice for local festivities? www.witchvox.com
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
Happy Beltane! Have you checked the Witches' Voice for local festivities? www.witchvox.com

Same to you. :-)

I've checked witchvox and there wasn't really anything, alas.
lizziebelle
Apr. 30th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. If you do decide to move to MA, there are plenty of gatherings here! I'm off to one myself in a little while. I hope your day is a bright & happy one, anyway! :)
sovay
Apr. 30th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
I’ve never written anything half so disquieting as Britney Spears.

Amen . . .

I don't know the proper greeting for Beltane, but may all your ritual tomorrow suit both you and the universe.
eldritch00
Apr. 30th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
I think I'll probably tell subpress that I'd like to go ahead with the e-version of the novella now instead of waiting. It's a small risk, but I haven't taken nearly enough risks lately. I'll post updates here as they are available. And yes, it would be available in more formats that PDF. I was just using (sloppily) PDF as a short-hand meaning all e-versions.

Excellent news, and I'll be sure to set myself up as a "street person" (one-man street team, that is) and do my best to let people know that it's available when you've made it so.

Jeff VanderMeer has very nice things to say about To Charles Fort, With Love and Alabaster in his blog...

Speaking just for the former, of course: it's just right that he has nice things to say about it as it's a superlative collection that's not just sans clunkers but very much consistently excellent. Off to read the interview now!
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