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Blame it on the falling sky...

First, apologies for having screwed up the link to Sirenia Digest in two successive entries. I have fixed those links, and the one I just gave is also correct, and yes, if you subscribe this week, before Sunday at midnight (EST), you will be receive #28 ("Pickman's Other Model," "Pickman's Model" by HPL, and "Madonna Littoralis") absolutely FREE. It says a lot about my questionable mental state the last few days that I screwed up that link twice and did not catch it. My thanks to those who did and who then let me know. Also, my thanks to those new subscribers who have taken me up on this offer, and somehow managed to reach the subscription pages despite my blunders.

The chief reason that I have been so especially scatterbrained the last week or two, aside from trying to find a place to live in Providence, dealing with seizures, and the incessant insomnia, is that a short while back I called my agent (Tuesday, March 25th) and told her that there was simply no way I could have Joey Lafaye written by September 1st, and that I would not ruin it trying. I suggested, instead, that I first write the second book on this contract, which is, for now, called The Red Tree. It's a book much more like Daughter of Hounds (without the guns and poker-playing demon), much more familiar territory. So, I had to write up that proposal, submit it, and wait. This morning, I got the go ahead on The Red Tree, which I shall begin immediately, as I have only four and three-quarters months to write it. While keeping the Digest up and running and moving from Atlanta to Providence. But, yes. The next novel will not be Joey Lafaye, but The Red Tree. Consider yourselves warned.

And, once again, I want to direct readers who are interested in the mass-market paperback of Murder of Angels to Barnes & Noble, as they are actually being bothered to sell the book. And, please, do be interested. I'd like to see this book, and all the others, still in print this time next year. Also, here are the correct links to purchase the other novels and, also, Tales of Pain and Wonder. Thank you. Please feel free to repost these links in your journals:

Daughter of Hounds

Silk

Threshold

Low Red Moon

Tales of Pain and Wonder

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Very little to say about the last couple of days. I mean, yeah, the insomnia. Spooky forced me out into the bright springtime on Tuesday, and we walked as far as Freedom Park before spreading the red plaid picnic blanket blu_muse gave us some time ago. I lay down, staring first at the sky and then the dandelions, and then I proceeded to fall asleep. Later there was Thai food, which would have been better had I not been to sleepy to taste it. Yesterday, we walked down Sinclair, and the foliage is a comfort, the foliage and the woodpeckers and the mockingbirds. I did manage to read, over the last two days, another JVP paper, "A new aigialosaur (Squamata; Anguimorpha) with soft tissue remains from the Upper Cretaceous of Nuevo León, Mexico." I've tried to drown the insomnia with Ambien and Kava and Diazapam and Second Life, none of which have been especially effective. But, as for Second Life, I stepped back a bit from Toxian City to explore a dark sf rp called Necronom (at Hypnos), which has to be one of the most gorgeous builds I've ever seen anywhere in SL (but then, I don't get out much).

Oh, that reminds me, I have not forgotten you, Sirenia Players. I've just been too stupid from sleep deprivation and stress and meds to do anything constructive. I'll try to make amends in that regard sometime in the next week, and at least send everyone a notecard (an inworld nc, so you'll have to log into SL to get it). I just want you to know I haven't given up on the project, and to say thanks for your patience.

Platypus says time to get to work. But, remember, subscribe to Sirenia Digest before Sunday at midnight (EST), and you will be receive #28 FREE.

Comments

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ex_kaz_maho
Apr. 10th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
The Red Tree... I like that title. Looking forward to hearing more about it! :)
brienze
Apr. 10th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
One of the ladies at my knitting group this morning (and yes, the idea that I am now a 'lady who knits' is soul-crushing, so I don't dwell on it) mentioned that her son in law made $40k last year playing Second Life in his free time after work.

I don't play myself, but I do play WoW, so I can guess that the sort of people who make money from the game are the ones who are missing the point of the creative possibilities that you like so much. I don't know whether sacrificing an hour of your gameplay a day would bring in enough to make the trouble worthwhile, and I suspect it's not something you'd ever choose to do anyway. But I thought I'd mention it in case a little compromising of ideals might bring you enough income and peace of mind about income to make the sacrifice worthwhile.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 10th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)

I don't play myself, but I do play WoW, so I can guess that the sort of people who make money from the game are the ones who are missing the point of the creative possibilities that you like so much. I don't know whether sacrificing an hour of your gameplay a day would bring in enough to make the trouble worthwhile, and I suspect it's not something you'd ever choose to do anyway. But I thought I'd mention it in case a little compromising of ideals might bring you enough income and peace of mind about income to make the sacrifice worthwhile.

Truthfully, I don't think of SL as a game, though portions of it may be approached as a game. A friend recently summarized it as (I'm paraphrasing) "a means of generating almost any sort of interaction." I look at it as something entirely new, and certainly not comparable to WoW or other WoW-like MMORPGs. Many SL members simply build, or script, or (I think wrongly) use it as a sort of chat "room." I suspect that those of us who employ it for rp are in the minority. And, though I know a few people who do make money from SL (making clothing for avatars, building sims, etc), it is notoriously hard to do, and would require most of one's time to hope to even break even. I'm a little skeptical of the 40k claim. It really is almost impossible to make enough Lindens (SL money) that they add up to any significant sum. The Linden market, like the Stock market, fluctuates daily, but, for example, yesterday's exchange rate, at its peak, was only $275L to $1L. Which means, using yesterday as an example, you'd have to make $11,000,000L to make $40,000 US dollars. I'm not saying it's impossible, just extremely unlikely.
loosechanj
Apr. 10th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
And, once again, I want to direct readers who are interested in the mass-market paperback of Murder of Angels to Barnes & Noble, as they are actually being bothered to sell the book.

I saw it the other day in a display along with another author's novel and went "cool" and bought it. :-D Does it matter at all if people buy it in a brick & mortar as opposed to online?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 10th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)

Does it matter at all if people buy it in a brick & mortar as opposed to online?

Well, only in that you can get the books cheaper from some online booksellers. Otherwise, no.

sovay
Apr. 10th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I lay down, staring first at the sky and then the dandelions, and then I proceeded to fall asleep.

I think sleeping under the sky sounds better than no sleeping at all.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 10th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)

I think sleeping under the sky sounds better than no sleeping at all.

Agreed.
chris_walsh
Apr. 10th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
I'm picturing that photo humglum took of Caitlin napping at a picnic when you said that.
troublebox
Apr. 10th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
The Red Tree

I love the title.
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greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)

What a wonderful comment. Thank you. Ironically, many of the stories in Tales of Pain and Wonder were written when I was writing Silk, and many of them about the same sorts of characters. Regardless, thanks for giving me another chance. I may quote part of this in today entry.
akamich
Apr. 10th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Still not on Amazon
Unbelievably, the new mmp "Murder of Angels" is STILL unavailable from Amazon.com. Any idea when they plan to wake up there and add it?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Still not on Amazon

Any idea when they plan to wake up there and add it?

I have brought this to the attention of my editor, who has yet to solve the mystery. Which is to say, no, I do not.
jtglover
Apr. 10th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear about The Red Tree.
corucia
Apr. 11th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'll add a reminder to everyone that voting for the Locus Awards is open until the 15th of April. In addition to our eloquent host's 'Daughter of Hounds' listing in the 'Best Fantasy Novel' category, there's lots of other great books to vote for in all sorts of other categories. Write-ins are also allowed, if you have a favorite that isn't listed. Anyone can vote, as long as they provide a name and email address. The poll is here:

https://secure.locusmag.com/2008/2008PollAndSurvey.html


greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'll post this.
jchappell68
Apr. 11th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Found Murder of Angels @ Joseph-Beth
Hi,

I just thought you'd like to know that I found Murder of Angels at my local Joseph-Beth bookstore; Joseph-Beth is a small chain (five stores scattered throughout OH, KY and NC). I was in the neighborhood of the Cincinnati store last night, and stopped in for some impulse buying, and remembered that Murder had just come out in paperback, and there it was, one solitary copy, on the shelf, waiting for me to pick it up--so of course I obliged it.

Joseph-Beth also offers it online:

https://www.josephbeth.com/shop/ItemDetails.aspx?storeid=2&isbn=9780451461827

I made the mistake of starting Murder before I went to bed last night; I found it hard to put down. Took two double espressos to get moving this morning. But it was worth it; as the saying goes, I can sleep when I'm dead.
suzie_n_sophie
Apr. 11th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Sleep Issues
See, that's another thing. Fibromyalgia is characterized by sleep disorders. Check it out. Did you get my e-mail yesterday? --SRC
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