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.