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Yesterday started out off kilter, weighted a bit to one side by the wonkiness of Monday. But there was a recovery, a successful saving throw, you might say (if you're a big geek, like me), and it ended up being a moderately productive day. After breakfast and the blog entry, we walked over to Freedom Park. The air was cold, and there was a bitter wind, but the sun was warm and bright to the south. We found raccoon tracks in the mud. I climbed to the top of the hill, in amongst the oaks and pecans, and did some ritual/meditation work for a bit. I think that was a big part of saving yesterday from the chaos of Monday, from the chaos in my head. The cold is still with us today (and there's a huge storm just east of here), but we've been promised a high of 67F for Thursday. A veritable heatwave, kiddos!

Back home, there was a lot of writing-related e-mail, and reading to be done, and then most of the evening was spent on Sirenia Digest 12. A good deal of it went into tweaking "The Lovesong of Lady Ratteanrufer." I dealt with the three "For a moments," only to discover four uses of "At first" on three pages (8, 18, and 20). So I fixed those, too. Proofreading and the correction of dumb repetitions is much, much easier when one's head is not filled up with bees. I helped Spooky with the photo-illustration for "The Lovesong of Lady Ratteanrufer," which was actually kind of fun. A black and white version of the photo will appear in the digest, linked to a full-colour and larger version online. I also wrote the prolegomena, and tinkered with this or that part of the SD 12 until almost 10:30 CaST last night. It's going to be a good issue, I think. Expect it sometime on Friday (the 24th). Sirenia Digest goes quite well with leftover turkey bird, or so I am told.

After work, I played a couple hours worth of Final Fantasy XII, during which time I managed to vanquish the beast Nidhogg (No, not that Nidhogg) in the Lhusu Mines on Bhjerba, then spent quite a long time with Fran and Ashe, wandering through a dust-storm in the Dalmasca Westersand. Back in Rabanastre, I moogled over to the Sandsea and accidentally sold all but one of my teleport stones. Oh, and I spent a lot of gil on a cypress staff for Fran, only to discover she can't yet use it. I'm a little more than twenty hours in, I think. Later, I read more Pynchon and then Book III, Chapter VI of The Two Towers, "The King of the Golden Hall." And that was yesterday.

As of today, it was been precisely one year since Chiana the winter-white dwarf hamster (also known as Unca Harlan's Bane) came to live with us. And that's quite a long time for a dwarf hamster, as they have a life expectancy of only 1-3 years. She should be just a little more than a year old at this point. And still going strong.

After Final Fantasy XII, but before reading, I went through more old photos last night. I do mean to post more of them, I just have to find the right ones. I'll probably post a few tomorrow afternoon or evening.

There are other things I was going to mention — why we're moving the office, a redesign and relaunch for my website, etc. — but I this entry is running long. Maybe I'll make a second entry later today. Please, if you have not yet pre-ordered Daughter of Hounds and you want to help insure that there will be future novels by me, please consider pre-ordering today. Just $11.20 from Amazon.com for the trade paperback. Be the first on your block and all that jazz. Thanks. Okay. Time to make the doughnuts.


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Nov. 22nd, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
I myself have already pre-ordered Daughter of Hounds, but it also just struck me what a loverly Solstice present it could make for all the readers on my generic winter holiday gift list.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
but it also just struck me what a loverly Solstice present it could make for all the readers on my generic winter holiday gift list.

Yes, indeed. Thanks! :-)
Nov. 22nd, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Preorder, check :) Should be a great way to start the new year.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary to Pip!
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
I pre-ordered a few weeks ago and did the bundle thingy with Alabaster, then figured I'd still manage to save a little hash money and do the super saver shipping, and since I was drunk I didn't bother reading the disclaimer, I needed that energy for a very dramatic mouse click, thany you very much, so this morning I'm thinking, "Shit, shouldn't that book have been here by now," I looked up the shipping report and found out they're shipping it with DoH, so now I've got to wait until Janurary. Which at least gives me something great to look forward to out of 2007. (damn, I just had to pull up the calendar to double check the year)

However, if God loves drunks, it must mean that Amazon is against the will of God.

Actually, that won't suprise anyone.
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