Yesterday was proofreading, editing, slight rewriting, that sort of a day. A lot of e-mail. Spooky and I need to begin proofreading Low Red Moon for the mmp edition. We need to begin very, very soon, as I'm supposed to have my corrections/changes in by December 15th. The new paperback will be released August 7, 2007, by the way.
I also spent some time yesterday figuring out just what will be required to produce a downloadable free e-verson (PDF) of Tales of Pain and Wonder. Short answer, quite a lot. I don't think I'll be able to get this out until sometime late in the Spring, given all my other writing obligations. What I'm thinking is that the PDF will include the original text from the Gauntlet hardback (2000), plus a second revised, corrected text. In short, two complete versions of the collection, back to back. The revised, corrected version will include lots of hypertext, end notes, etc. In fact, I was thinking I'd ask for volunteers to help out with the hypertext links. If you're interested in "adopting" a story and can handle simple HTML, speak up. First come, first served. It would speed things along, and you'll earn a spot in the acknowledgments. You may volunteer right here by claiming a story via a LJ comment. Subterranean Press has agreed to host the PDF (it will also be available on my website). I still have to speak with Richard Kirk about reprinting his artwork, and with Doug and Peter about reprinting their introduction and afterword, respectively. There will be a new author's preface, and if there's time, a new story for the revised, corrected version, possibly the "missing" Salammbô Desvernine story I never got around to writing for the original Gauntlet release.
Oh, and I spent some time working with Vince on the cover/title-page illustration for Tales from the Woeful Platypus.
Spooky spent a good deal of yesterday on photos for my website redesign. I am doing everything in my power to insure it won't look like a "horror writer's" website. I think readers will be pleasantly surprised. Or they will be indifferent. Either is fine.
I was inexplicably pleased this morning to encounter the word "discombobulated" in the description of today's Astronomy Picture of the Day (which happens to be a gorgeous shot of Galaxy NGC 1313, by the way). It's a word which I often use to describe my mental state, "discombobulated," but I hardly ever hear anyone else use it.
No Final Fantasy XII yesterday (I think I almost OD'd on Sunday), but Spooky and I did get into an argument over whether Fran was her girlfriend or my girlfriend, because we're such frelling big dorks. (Fran is my girlfriend, though. I even have the icon to prove it. I cannot help that Spooky is delusional).
The weather here is warm and will remain so at least until Thursday, when the cold returns. The park was good yesterday, except I think it made me long for some genuine wilderness. Trees that have not been planted by men. Land that has not been scaped. But, hey, I'm procrastinating, and all good gardas and nixars know that's one of the Nine Seven Deadly Sins of Writing. The platypus is eying me from the top of a bookshelf, where sheheit has been amusing herhimitself with a volume of William Blake and an action figure (Christopher Walken as the headless horseman, if you must know). So I better go. You know how sheheit gets...