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Communication with the Nerve.

Just got the news that German translation rights for Threshold and Low Red Moon have sold. The advance check from this sale could not come at a better time.

So, as for yesterday, there were three ways things could have gone with the cracked molar (upper, right): a deep filling, a root canal, or extraction. As usual, I planned for the worst case scenario, and expected it would have to be pulled. That was not the case. The decay does not appear to have reached the nerve (which was sealed with some UV-activated stuff), and the tooth was filled. Damage to two other teeth (a lower molar and premolar) was also found and dealt with. I think I kept my mouth open for the better part of an hour and a half. And today my throat is sore and my jaw feels like I've been in a brawl, and I've had no solid food since dinner Tuesday night. So yeah, I'm pretty uncomfortable at the moment, but I am relieved, I suppose. We're through this part of the problem.

And here it is Valentine's Day. Someday, I'll have to write a story about Valentine's Day 1989, which I spent in the Birmingham City Jail. I should at least be able to get a chapbook out of that.

I think the only things that didn't suck about yesterday were Spooky bringing me a cup of coffee in the tub, and her coming back from Trader Joe's with a $5 bottle of "Bear's Lair" merlot. I made jokes about wines from the finest vineyards of Cincinnati, though, in truth, "Bear's Lair" is from California.

Last night, as I wasn't up to anything that didn't involve lying down, we watched two more episode of Angel ("The Thin Dead Line" and "Reprise"), then Project Runway (Go, Christian and Chris!), and then went to bed and Spooky started reading me Lemony Snicket's The Horrible Hospital. Oh, the weather yesterday was bitter cold, and it was spitting snow in Birmingham, which did nothing to make the whole experience less unpleasant.

Again, my great thanks to everyone who has helped, whether with direct donations, eBay, buying my books, spreading the word, or just offering a kind comment. All are greatly appreciated. The eBay auctions continue, and there's no such thing as a bad time to subscribe to Sirenia Digest (which is the first thing I have to get back to work on, just as soon as I can sit up without feeling woozy).

Postscript (3:24 p.m. CaST): Oh, it gets better! I seem to have caught some sort of cold...

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chris_walsh
Feb. 14th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
We're through this part of the problem.

Progress is progressing. I hope you feel better really quickly.

And here's my favorite bit of Valentine's Day trivia: the film version of The Silence of the Lambs was intentionally released on a Tuesday, unusual for films as you know, because that's the day Valentine's Day fell on in 1991. (The next year's Valentine's Day was the day Wayne's World hit theaters, which isn't quite as perfect, but I like that film.)
tsarina
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
a stranger passing through
I've read your books, though I had no idea you had an LJ until the links started cropping up on my friendslist. So hi and thanks for being a writer I love to read! (Yesterday I sneakily rearranged a shelf in a B&N so your books were all facing out.)

As a person with terrible dental phobias, bad teeth and no insurance, my heart goes out to you. (I have two bad molars in need of crowns and every morning I pray they will last a little longer) I know how scary tooth problems can get and I empathize with the agony of wondering what on earth you're going to do about them. What relief that you're able to get some things fixed! I hope that the rest can be dealt with soon too. Good luck!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: a stranger passing through

So hi and thanks for being a writer I love to read! (Yesterday I sneakily rearranged a shelf in a B&N so your books were all facing out.)

Thank you!
papersteven
Feb. 14th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
Re: a stranger passing through
Oh good, I thought I was the only one who did silly things like this!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 14th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: a stranger passing through

Oh good, I thought I was the only one who did silly things like this!

Well, if you believe the marketing people, it's actually a rather valuable bit of sneakiness, as "being fronted" is said to a have a great deal to do with how well a book sells.
papersteven
Feb. 14th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Re: a stranger passing through
That's excellent to know, because I seriously do that with your books every time I'm in any B&N or Borders!
ulffriend
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that the best-case won out at the dentist. (I had similar dental problems last year w/a cracked molar and ended up with two root canals and two surgeries, each to remove a portion of the root and the section of jaw in which it sat.)

I hope that the translations give you a little breathing room, and I am surely looking forward to "Joey LaFaye" regardless of what sort of story it decides to be.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

I hope that the translations give you a little breathing room, and I am surely looking forward to "Joey LaFaye" regardless of what sort of story it decides to be.

Well, they help in terms of finances and exposure, but not breathing room. I still have the same deadline.
jtglover
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Birmingham Jail
I don't know whether to make a "Down in the Valley (Birmingham Jail)" or a "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" joke, so I'll just say that would be a fun read. V. glad to hear the teeth weren't a worst case scenario. Congrats on the sales!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Birmingham Jail

I don't know whether to make a "Down in the Valley (Birmingham Jail)" or a "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

The former, I think.
deej_1
Feb. 14th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
I think I would rather have an appendage amputated than to have dental work done. I am glad to hear that it wasn't the worst case scenario you had thought it would be.

Happy Valentine's Day to you and Spooky - I would definitely like to read that chapbook!
stsisyphus
Feb. 14th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Someday, I'll have to write a story about Valentine's Day 1989, which I spent in the Birmingham City Jail.

And here I was wondering if a Gun Street girl was the cause of it all....

I should at least be able to get a chapbook out of that.

Ffah. I'll buy you a drink on top of it, if that's any encouragement.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 14th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)

And here I was wondering if a Gun Street girl was the cause of it all....

Oh, hell. Probably.
loki1978de
Feb. 15th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the future spread of your books here in Germany.
I didnt comment yet on the post where you asked for help (i was direct there by Neil Gaiman's post), but i actually already put two of yours (english, but that does not matter to me) into my amazon cart
And today is buying day :-D
So i hope that means a little more help for you.
Your teeth situation seems to get an acceptable solution
Hope there will be some for the other problem
daydreammuse
Feb. 15th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
I spent two months in the dentist office from december till now and well it wasn't pretty. Too many decayed teeth. I know how you feel. Your mouth will heal soon. Don't worry.
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