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Yesterday, I wrote 1,175 words on a story that is, for now, titled "Salammbô Redux." It's the piece for Clarkesworld Magazine, and also the final piece for the forthcoming edition of Tales of Pain and Wonder. Likely, there will be two versions of this story. The first, shorter version will appear in Clarkesworld Magazine, and the second, longer version will appear in ToPaW. This is Salammbô Desvernine at 51, living alone in Watch Hill, Rhode Island (where I have been wanting to set a story for years). There's an oddish young man named Sebastian who keeps her company. I hope, when I'm done, this will be the story cycle's summation and, musically, its final movements. I hope I'm up to the task. Going back to a character after a decade, and looking at her as she is at 51 when I last wrote her as she was at 17 is a strange, strange thing to do.

Sorry the blog entries have been sparse. The heat wave and my swinging moods have been dueling. Not much writing has been getting done (though I actually began "Salammbô Redux" on the 20th). I spent a good part of Tuesday in bed, just trying not to be an asshole. If meteorologists are to be believed, today is the last horrid day of this heat wave. Yesterday, here in Atlanta, we went to a record 104F (actual temperature), and I had to go out in it, in the middle of the day, at the hottest hour, for office supplies and cat food. A hundred again today, I think, but then the temp is supposed to begin falling, and days in the 80s are on the way, or so we are promised.

Er...let's see. It appears that both Low Red Moon and Daughter of Hounds are now available as ebooks. I have no idea about formats and readers and such. This is all news to me. No one at Penguin even told me it was being done, and I don't know why Threshold has not also been made available as an ebook, so long as they're doing this. Anyway, if you're into ebooks, there's the news. The very thought of trying to read an ebook gives me a headache, but I am, in many ways, a backwards sort of beast, set in her ways.

Otherwise, all I have for you is the blur of the last few days, in no particular order. During dinner Tuesday night, I bit the very tip of my tongue with such force that there was a very audible pop. Spooky heard it and thought I'd broken a tooth. Fortunately, I only sheered away a bit of flesh at the end of my tongue, and it's mostly healed, but still hurts like hell. What else? We were visited the same night by a baby opossum, which got Hubero all sorts of excited. I spent part of Tuesday transferring lots and lots of Anne Clark and the Cranes from CD to my iPod. Last night, Byron, newly returned from Chicago, dropped by, and we had dinner at the Vortex in L5P. The usual topics of conversations — movies, Second Life, video games, Henry Rollins, hot girls, Doctor Who, and so forth. It's good to have our gentleman caller back from the dissolute North. Oh, and I've been sleeping better, more than eight hours, three nights in a row now. I don't know how to explain that. It's been much too hot for our evening walks. We did try a couple of nights ago, but didn't get very far. My muscles have atrophied. Soon I shall be a proper mass of protoplasm, typing with ingenious pseudopodia.

Okay. The platypus says it's time to go. I do not argue with the platypus.

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bev_vincent
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
One good thing about eBooks I discovered, from the author's point of view: higher royalties than paperbacks, in general. I make over $2 for every copy of my Dark Tower guide sold as an eBook.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
One good thing about eBooks I discovered, from the author's point of view: higher royalties than paperbacks, in general. I make over $2 for every copy of my Dark Tower guide sold as an eBook.

Hmmm. Maybe I should start reading my contracts...
bev_vincent
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
I only noticed this when I received royalty statements.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 23rd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)

I only noticed this when I received royalty statements.

Ah...
stsisyphus
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
It appears that both Low Red Moon and Daughter of Hounds are now available as ebooks....This is all news to me. No one at Penguin even told me it was being done...

Penguin appears to have a really big g'dammed problem with not informing you of their decisions when it comes to edition changes in your books. I apologize for bringing up the LRM buyback scandal, but this seems to be a fortituous symptom of the same damn problem: not keeping you in the loop. I would peeve me greatly if this were happening to me. I highly doubt that non-notification would ever happen in another "art industry" (film, music, etc.) without all kinds of legal wrangling and by-your-leave from the artist.

Grr!
greygirlbeast
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)

Penguin appears to have a really big g'dammed problem with not informing you of their decisions when it comes to edition changes in your books. I apologize for bringing up the LRM buyback scandal, but this seems to be a fortituous symptom of the same damn problem: not keeping you in the loop. I would peeve me greatly if this were happening to me. I highly doubt that non-notification would ever happen in another "art industry" (film, music, etc.) without all kinds of legal wrangling and by-your-leave from the artist.

I knew it was a possibility, as Penguin has always purchased electronic rights to my novels. They've just never used them before, and this time I thought it odd no one bothered to inform me they were doing so. Had they told me, I could have promoted them sooner. That's my primary complaint. And I do wonder why these two and not Threshold.
stsisyphus
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
And I do wonder why these two and not Threshold.

I could guess, but it would be crass speculation. I was more annoyed that Penguin didn't make a phone call or an email even to your agent to let them know beforehand. I'm sure it's a contractual option, but, as you say, you could have prepared promotion for it (although, I add snarkily, isn't that their job?).
greygirlbeast
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)

(although, I add snarkily, isn't that their job?).

Only in theory.
derekcfpegritz
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
OK, Cait, check it out: I'll soon be wrapping up "Trois Freres" soon...which means, it's time to get cracking on "Goodnight, Antarctica"...starring you as Miskatonic U's paleontologist leader on the last, desperate exploration of the Elder Ones' Antarctican cities for evidence of how they fought back the Cthulhuoids when they invaded in the lasty Triassic.

The story starts with your character saying, "Exctinction protocol initiated. Begin countdown." But I could use some more dialogue there...so howzabout you kick out a chunk of dialogue for your old homebody D to open up his story? Get as freaky with it as you like! Because then I have to face the challenge of building an entire tale out of one final, despairing utterance. I will take that dare!
greygirlbeast
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)

OK, Cait, check it out: I'll soon be wrapping up "Trois Freres" soon...which means, it's time to get cracking on "Goodnight, Antarctica"...starring you as Miskatonic U's paleontologist leader on the last, desperate exploration of the Elder Ones' Antarctican cities for evidence of how they fought back the Cthulhuoids when they invaded in the lasty Triassic.

I have so been meaning to read "Trois Freres." I started one day, and something annoying distracted me.

The story starts with your character saying, "Exctinction protocol initiated. Begin countdown." But I could use some more dialogue there...so howzabout you kick out a chunk of dialogue for your old homebody D to open up his story? Get as freaky with it as you like! Because then I have to face the challenge of building an entire tale out of one final, despairing utterance. I will take that dare!

Okay. Give me a couple of days to think it over. It might be more a chunklet than a whole chunk, but I'll see what I can come up with!
derekcfpegritz
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, it doesn't have to be much. Just something to get me started with. An opening line, basically.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)

Oh, it doesn't have to be much. Just something to get me started with. An opening line, basically.

I'll come up with something appropriately apocalyptic.
derekcfpegritz
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Definitely take a scan of "Trois Freres"--at least the first two or three sections--first to kind of get an idea of just how apocalyptic I'm being (hint: it makes Cormac McCarthy's The Road look like the "Invasion" of Granada).
shadowmeursault
Aug. 24th, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Apologies if you've covered this already, but, since you mention that "Salammbô Redux" will be in the new edition of "Tales of Pain and Wonder," I find myself wondering what other additions shall appear in the new edition (if you are at leisure to discuss such things).
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