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Yesterday, I wrote 2,835 words. Which is almost certainly my record for most words written in a single day. I can't be sure, as there's no truly effective way to search the blog for this sort of thing. And, I should add, all those words came out in only about three hours, which makes it even more remarkable. At this point, the Word Bank (which I reset to 0 after my day off on Sunday, January 21st) stands at 2,859 words, as I have written 10,359 words in the last five days, when I only needed to write 7,500 to meet my 1,500 /per day quota. Last night, I estimated that the Forced March will end on Tuesday, February 6th. Which means only nine days left, and after the last few weeks, I think I can probably do nine days standing on my head.

I'm waiting to hear from my editor whether or not Daughter of Hounds is still on the Barnes and Noble SF/F trade paperback charts.

After the writing was done yesterday, after we'd read over yesterday's pages (there were thirteen), by then it was getting late. I played ten or fifteen minutes of Final Fantasy XII while Spooky had a bath. She'd spent the day on her birds and a trip to the market. She made a pizza for dinner, with pesto and red peppers and what have you. Then I went back to work, because I have to get Sirenia Digest #14 out today. I decided it wouldn't hurt to do one more read-through on "The Sphinx's Kiss," and I was right. Then I worked on the "prolegomena" until about 10:30 p.m. (CaST), when my eyes started to cross and I finally called it a day.

At eleven (CaST) we watched the new ep of Battlestar Galactica. I have to admit that I so do not care about the Starbuck/Apollo/Dualla/Anders love quadrangle. At this point, it's playing out like slash, and I wish we could just please stay focused on the Cylons and the search for Earth. More space opera, less soap opera, please. Afterwards, we watched The Dresden Files, still giving it a chance. But last night's ep was quite a bit less quirky and charming, quite a bit more formulaic than the first ep. I hope this is not the direction the series is headed. Anyway, bed after that, but somehow I managed not to to fall asleep until sometime after 3 a.m.

Oh, my thanks to James Lowder for sending me news of a German edition of Shadows Over Baker Street (pic behind the cut), which includes my story, "The Drowned Geologist." So, you may now read this book in English, Spanish, or German.





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I was back at the Laugh Motel this morning. But I do not think that I'm going to write about it today.

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I didn't leave the house yesterday. I likely won't leave it today. Maybe, though, I will grow unexpectedly bold and mount an expedition onto the front porch, as far as the mail box.

The platypus says wrap it up. So, play nice, kiddos. No spitwads, please.

Turn up the lights - I don't want to go home in the dark. — O Henry (1862-1910)

Postscript (12:48 p.m.): This e-mail just came from my editor, and I quote: Hurray! DAUGHTER OF HOUNDS is going strong - #39 on the SF/F trade list.

BOO-ya.

Liz

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sovay
Jan. 29th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, my thanks to James Lowder for sending me news of a German edition of Shadows Over Baker Street (pic behind the cut), which includes my story, "The Drowned Geologist."

That's a very nice cover.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
That's a very nice cover.

Much better than the English/Spanish cover, I think.
sovay
Jan. 29th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Much better than the English/Spanish cover, I think.

It's the bright, smudgy fog—it suits the shadows. Where is the image from?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Where is the image from?

I have no idea.
sovay
Jan. 29th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
I have no idea.

It reminded me a little of Childe Hassam's "Boston Common at Twilight":

begraven
Jan. 29th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
hi, new here...

Thought you might get a kick out of this
Call for Abstracts: Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Well, it is Tribe.
sharonafyre
Jan. 29th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hello Ms. Notable
Hi - just added you b/c I found you in Wikipedia's list of notable journals... which I accidentally perused recently.

Gotta say, I feel the same on the stupid BSG love quadrangle. It is not daytime TV. As I last posted, at least when it was a three-way and there were two hot robots involved, it was interesting soap opera. This four-way-tortured-looks-across-the-bar business is straight soap opera of an entirely uninteresting nature.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello Ms. Notable
b/c I found you in Wikipedia's list of notable journals

Cool!

As I last posted, at least when it was a three-way and there were two hot robots involved, it was interesting soap opera. This four-way-tortured-looks-across-the-bar business is straight soap opera of an entirely uninteresting nature.

Agreed.
sleepycyan
Jan. 29th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Frell...2,835 words...

You are one productive Nixar! :)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Oooooh. That icon...
sleepycyan
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Feel free to snag it if you want. I'm not weird and possessive over my icons...at least not when beautiful, rogue Nebari are involved. :)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Feel free to snag it if you want. I'm not weird and possessive over my icons...at least not when beautiful, rogue Nebari are involved. :)

Thank you. I just may have to do that...
mistressmousey
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
BOO-ya indeed! :D
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
BOO-ya indeed!

Thing is, post-Final Fantasy X, I cannot hear or read "boo-ya" without thinking of Riku...

And in the immortal words of Richard P. Riddick, "Cute kid."

stsisyphus
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yesterday, I wrote 2,835 words.

Congrats. Let me also paraphrase "Ol' Dirty Bastard" Ben Franklin by saying that a word saved [in the bank] is a word written.

...I wish we could just please stay focused on the Cylons and the search for Earth. More space opera, less soap opera, please.

Although, after watching as much of BSG as I have (through second season, cable & broadcast TV were removed from our household several years back), it does seem to be more interested in the soap than space opera. There's too much attention paid to the internal lives and conflicts of both Humans and Cylons for it to simply be a broad space adventure story with a heroic militocracy & villianous robo/xeno-empire.

I can't think of another mainstream television show which so consistently eschews the main conceit of sci-fi action/adventure to place emphasis on the social and political stresses which are so often left back in some forgotten-foot-locker-in-the-boiler-room-beneath-the- kitchen-back-burner ("Beware the tiger!"). Low-impact sci-fi dramas are at a premium these days, especially when they do not assume (and parade) extraterrestrial life, needless technowanking, or veiled, anthrocentric jingoist subtext. So, love-quadrangles considered, one has to ask, "Is it still better than 95% of the other crap out there?"

This all being said of course, let us agree that the solution for resolving the space-twaddle & soap-twaddle debate is the need for less twaddle.

BOO-ya.

I'm imagining your editor pressing a printout of the SF/F trade list into some rival's face..."Ooo! Does it hurt? Does it hurt? Ooo! I bet it burns, sucka! Burns!"

Yeah...
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
So, love-quadrangles considered, one has to ask, "Is it still better than 95% of the other crap out there?"

Perhaps. But it is quickly losing my interest, regardless.

This all being said of course, let us agree that the solution for resolving the space-twaddle & soap-twaddle debate is the need for less twaddle.


Indeed.
cause_catyljan
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful cover. I finished DoH earlier today. Can't begin to describe how much I loved it. It's threatening Low Red Moon in my affections.

Looking forward to the digest
greygirlbeast
Jan. 29th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful cover. I finished DoH earlier today. Can't begin to describe how much I loved it. It's threatening Low Red Moon in my affections.

That is very good news to hear. :-)
unknownbinaries
Jan. 30th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
The title of this entry sounds like the best Buckhead-and-Lenoxite-inspired predatory insult, ever.
humglum
Jan. 30th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)


Ha! Very true!

But the nastiness that inspired it was Ritz cracker "nachos" made with cream cheese and chili. We saw an ad on the television lastnight and I almost lost my dinner. Truly disgusting. But, you know, it's okay to eat fake nachos because they're totally 'merican. None of them tore-TEE-la chips or nuthin'.

Oh, sorry. Excuse me.
kiaduran
Jan. 30th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
You can finish off the delightful meal of Ritz cracker nachos with Ritz cracker apple pie. Once dated someone who made this disgusting mess of crackers, sugar and cinnamon boiled together and then baked in a pie crust. She made it at least once a month and was terrible proud of herself. I pretended to love it. The things we'll do for a bit of naughtiness under the blankies...
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