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Here I sit, waiting for UPS to deliver copies of Murder of Angels. I just called my mother and told her I won't be coming to visit until next week. In a few hours, I'll have in my hands copies of the book I began way back in 2000, and spent all last summer and autumn finishing. The hardest, strangest book I've ever written (and then some). The story I began with Silk in October 1993 comes to an end in those pages (though, as I said yesterday, other doors were unavoidably opened in the process). I'm sitting here waiting. Excited. Scared. Disappointed. Eager. Reluctant. Anxious. I'm going to push this book like I've never pushed a book before, the way I should have pushed Low Red Moon, only I was too busy writing Murder of Angels.

My office is a mess. Filing that should have been done six months ago is heaped about. Maybe I'll file while I wait for the UPS dude and my child-bearing package from New York.

I promise, however you think it all ends, it won't be what you expect. In that way, I hope this novel is true to what I've learned of life.

My right eye is throbbing. It's always my frelling right eye that threatens to burst from my head and go squirming away across the desk. My left eye would be a nice change of pace.

Today, I need to firm up plans to attend the 2005 World Horror Convention in New York City. This will be my first WHC since Chicago in 2002. Peter Straub has kindly offerred to let me stay at his place, so I don't have to worry about booking a room, at least. What else today? Oh, yeah. We're moving ahead on the next short story collection, To Charles Fort, With Love. Originally, it was to be released after a second sf novella from subpress, but I've asked that the two be swapped, as I'll need more time with the novella, and I really want to get the next collection out there. I've pared it down to about 96,000 words, 14 stories, and there will be a preface and one new story (the final word count should be about 105,000). It'll have a Ryan Obermeyer cover and interior illos. by Richard Kirk (this will be my fourth book with the amazing Rick Kirk; I like that sort of symmetry and continuity). Later, when I'm absolutely sure of the table of contents, I'll post it here. I'm leaving out my sf stories (for a later all-sf collection), one or two I just don't quite love, and a couple whose rights have not yet reverted to me following their initial sell. This book will be shorter than Tales of Pain and Wonder, but longer than From Weird and Distant Shores. Bill Schafer is trying to keep the price down to about $20, which is a very good thing. We're looking at a Summer 2005 release date.

By now, a number of you will have received ARCs of The Dry Salvages. I've been getting some great feedback from readers, especially from the ever-eldritch Derek cf. Pegritz, some of which I'll be incorporating into the final, printed version of the novella. Sending out the ARCs to readers was Bill's idea, and I think it was a very fine one. I expect we'll do more of this in the future.

Ah. What else. Uh. Yesterday, I got an e-mail from Lou Anders, the editor of FutureShocks. He loves "The Pearl Diver," so apparently my worries were for naught. So, there's some news. That should catch us up for a little while, at least.

Todays news pollution (courtesy Yahoo): Krispy Kreme is facing an SEC investigation. I swear to whatever foul beings keep the orbs spinning in the heavens, if this Atkins-diet carbophobia bulldren kills Krispy Kreme, blood will flow.

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grandmofhelsing
Jul. 29th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)
What is the deadline on "Dry Salvages" blurbs? I plan to read it this weekend.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 29th, 2004 05:45 pm (UTC)
What is the deadline on "Dry Salvages" blurbs?

The next week or so, I'd think. I'm finishing up the proofreading now.
wishlish
Jul. 29th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
As soon as I'm done reading Grant Morrison's The Filth, I'll read The Dry Salvages. I promise!

By the way, the SEC's investigating Krispy Kreme because of possibilities of wrongdoing, partially because of its agressiveness in buying back franchisees. It's possible they overexpanded; that's why Boston Market is now owned by McDonalds. BM filed bankruptcy a few years ago, and McD's bought the company with the idea of using the real estate for new McD's. But McD's realized that the individual stores were profitable, and kept the brand running. It's proven to be a nice diversification strategy. So it's possible that even if KK goes up, someone will snatch up the donut company. (I don't like their donuts as much as I like Dunkin Donuts, but they do make a fabulous raspberry milk thingy.)
greygirlbeast
Jul. 29th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
I don't like their donuts as much as I like Dunkin Donuts

That's just twisted...
wishlish
Jul. 29th, 2004 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not alone on this; my wife has to be careful which donuts she eats from KK. The supersugary nature of the donuts makes them incompatible with Northern stomachs. Is there any sugary substance southern people won't eat? I still am amazed by the concept of Southern "sweet tea". No packets of sugar for you, no ma'am; you have to MELT the damn sugar into a syrup so that the tea is evenly sweetened. If it wasn't so logical, it would be wrong.

Then again, I've never been blessed to have eaten a _hot_ Krispy Kreme glazed, which I have been told is nirvana in a pastry. Mayeb I'm missing something.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 29th, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
The supersugary nature of the donuts makes them incompatible with Northern stomachs. Is there any sugary substance southern people won't eat?

Probably not. Have you ever had banana pudding (with Nilla wafers) or pecan pie? Blackberry or peach cobbler? Ah, the refined sucrose...

I still am amazed by the concept of Southern "sweet tea". No packets of sugar for you, no ma'am; you have to MELT the damn sugar into a syrup so that the tea is evenly sweetened. If it wasn't so logical, it would be wrong.

While in New England, I was going nuts for decent sweet tea. It just doesn't seem to exist in Rhode Island (other Snapple). And you cannot sweeten cold tea, unless you use something vile and artificial.

Then again, I've never been blessed to have eaten a _hot_ Krispy Kreme glazed, which I have been told is nirvana in a pastry.

Sheer perfection.
wishlish
Jul. 29th, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
I've had cobbler and pecan pie, but I've had Jersey cobbler, so I'm not sure of the difference. Banana pudding with Nilla wafers is fine, although I prefer rice pudding.

If you get stuck up north, you should try Wawa iced tea, especially their green tea. Actually, I had a very nice iced green tea at Panera Bread today...

sravenmad
Jul. 29th, 2004 05:20 pm (UTC)
I hate waiting for the UPS guy.
wishlish
Jul. 29th, 2004 08:03 pm (UTC)
The best thing about my new job is the permission I received to have personal UPS packages shipped here. No more wrestling with the local driver who always comes five minutes before I get home; now I can pick up my packages at work.
miltonsdavid
Jul. 29th, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
Fear not, Krispy Kreme is safe. The SEC sends in an audit team to work with the company being investigated's lawyers, and they all agree on a "fair amount" to fine said company. Company pays and everybody's happy. It's one of the ways your government gets funds for its various projects. My government is taking notes.
wishlish
Jul. 29th, 2004 08:57 pm (UTC)
No company where the stock plunges 40 percent in the same calendar year is safe.

Heck, according to Yahoo, a woman was arrested for eating candy in public on a subway station. The Sugar Police are out there. Those In Charge can no longer hassle minorities, gays, or even liberals, so They're going after sugar eaters, the dirty mongrels.

Tony the Tiger's gonna get life. Toucan Sam has fled the country. "Silly rabbit, Johnny Cochran's for kids!"

The Nestle Quik rabbit's gonna swing.

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