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"I want you to remember."

1) Snow again this morning, but it's relatively light. A couple of inches at most. Likely, it will be gone in a day or two. Yes, I am sick of this particular winter.

2) Yesterday, I wrote 1,330 words and found the end of the eighth chapter of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. The manuscript now stands at 386 pages, 87,145 words. And from here I can see how the ninth and tenth chapters and the epilogue unfold. I may have the novel "finished" in only two more weeks. Which is sort of strange to realize.

3) The current Ebay auctions continue. Please have a look. Bid if you are able. Thanks.

4) If you're into MMORPGs and want to play a strong female character, especially a strong female character of color, you no longer have to settle for the racist parodies in WoW. The Kalari and Bahmi women in Rift are amazing, especially the latter. And they're, you know, like actual people. Female characters with dignity and grace and ferocious beauty, instead of, say, Rastafarian caricatures and She-Hulk lampoons. Also, back in WoW, I'm still slogging through my bid for "Loremaster," but beginning to doubt whether or not my will is equal to the task. Last night, I finished with Feralas, which wasn't easy, because there almost weren't enough Horde-side quests. Then I moved along to Thousand Needles, flooded post-Cataclysm and...well...it's just sort of stupid. I found the second worst WoW quest ever— "Pirate Accuracy Increasing." The only worse one I've encountered is that idiotic Joust homage in Mount Hyjal. Anyway...enough nerdy game nonsense.

5) Several comments on my cough yesterday, and some were of the "it might be this" variety, so I'm going to be a little more forthcoming on this than I'd planned. In truth, it's most likely chronic simple silicosis, caused by several years of heavy exposure to chalk and marl dust (which is largely silica particles) in the early years of my paleontology work. I was employed by a small museum in Birmingham (Red Mountain Museum, now defunct), and nobody had a clue about proper safety precautions. I didn't learn this until I went to work for the museum at the University of Colorado, where wearing a respirator during dusty prep work was mandatory. I have all the symptoms, and the cause is there, and a doctor has told me this is likely the problem. But I've never gone through tests for an official diagnosis. My grandfather, who was a brick mason, suffered from a far more severe case of the same disease. Anyway, colds and the flu trigger these bouts of coughing, which is one reason I go to such extremes to stay well.

6) I've promised an in-progress preview of the cover that Lee Moyer is painting for Two Worlds and In Between, and here it is (along with some extras):





This very rough mock-up was the product of our first two telephone conversations. Essentially, we both had exactly the same idea. And I'd been thinking, I want this to look more like a greatest hits album cover from the 1970s than a conventional book cover. The halo is being replaced with a hat, by the way, a low sort of top hat. I will be surrounded by dozens and dozens of beasties. It's good to know this cover will never be recycled for any other book's cover. Oh, I admit I was also inspired by all the many times Uncle Harlan's covers have featured his countenance.



Another mock-up Lee did for me, so that Spooky could take some lighting reference shots for him. I think it looks like a Duran Duran cover.



The reference shots were taken with a violet gel and spot in our kitchen pantry.



Lee needed hand shots, and yeah, that's my deluxe edition of Ulysses.



It's a Catholic thing, only...it's not.

Images Copyright © Lee Moyer and Kathryn A. Pollnac



Postscript (1:44 p.m.): My agent and editor both have President's Day off. When did that become a holiday that people use as an excuse to stay home from work? A shame I haven't that option.

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sovay
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Another mock-up Lee did for me, so that Spooky could take some lighting reference shots for him.

That all by itself would be a terrific cover.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)

That all by itself would be a terrific cover.

I am promised it will be far, far better.
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firebirdgrrl
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
It's so cool to see the work in progress-and you look absolutely stunning in the example pictures.

(BTW, I didn't think it was a Catholic thing-I thought with your hands it was a Baphomet callback, so already multi-layered!)
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)

I didn't think it was a Catholic thing-I thought with your hands it was a Baphomet callback

Hence the "only...it's not." And yes, we're trying to layer symbolism.

Edited at 2011-02-21 05:31 pm (UTC)
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mellawyrden
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
VERY cool photo, beautiful and arresting. I love the artwork so far.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)

VERY cool photo, beautiful and arresting.

If so, that's sort of amazing, considering how tired and rumpled I was that night.
unknownbinaries
Feb. 21st, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
That is fantastic. Very weirdly Lewis Carroll-via-an-infernal-circus, especially after the top hat is added.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)

Very weirdly Lewis Carroll-via-an-infernal-circus, especially after the top hat is added.

Glad you like it!
pisceanblue
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
I adore the idea, there's something about it which reminds me of Joni Mitchell's Hejira, speaking of album covers.

Edited at 2011-02-21 06:06 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

I adore the idea, there's something about it which reminds me of Joni Mitchell's Hejira, speaking of album covers.

Hmmmmm. Not sure I see that. But often one doesn't see what another sees.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

It's good to hear these positive responses. It felt like a brazen act.
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seph_ski
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
I love the cover mock-ups so much, I had to double-check my records to reassure myself that I'd pre-ordered the book. It must be so nice to have this in the works after that crime against "The Red Tree".
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
It must be so nice to have this in the works after that crime against "The Red Tree".

It's bittersweet. Yes, it's grand to have this degree of cover control, and I love working with Lee. But. The cover of The Red Tree was far more important to me.
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ashlyme
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my. Those are handsome images. Definitely a whiff of Mr Dark there.

That's a fabulous coat, by the way.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Definitely a whiff of Mr Dark there.

Johnathan Pryce was mentioned very early in our discussion.

Edited at 2011-02-21 06:23 pm (UTC)
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)

You'll be pleased to know that I've succumbed to Rift fever. I have a Kelari mage -- necromancer/warlock/dominator -- named Erzsebetta (yes, she strikes again, much like Shaharrazad!) and a Bahmi rogue -- ranger/marksmen -- named Kauket on Wolfsbane.

Yay!

But. Be aware those characters will be wiped from the game this afternoon when the final beta ends. But you can recreate them as soon as the game goes live. If you preorder, that's on Thursday, and you get a four-day headstart on everyone else (plus neat bonuses).
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tziedel
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
It's not often I gasp and trill at the sheer beauty of a book cover, but consider this one gasped and trilled at.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)

but consider this one gasped and trilled at.

This pleases me, as I'm sure it would please Lee.
corucia
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
I will be surrounded by dozens and dozens of beasties.

Given all the nudging provided over the years, I hope that the Platypus will be making a cameo...
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)

I hope that the Platypus will be making a cameo...

Alas, he will not.
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nykolus
Feb. 21st, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
yessss!!! if the mock-ups are this beautiful, i cannot wait for the finished piece!!!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
if the mock-ups are this beautiful, i cannot wait for the finished piece!!!

Me, too.
lady_theadora
Feb. 21st, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! That cover is not at all what I expected, but what a great idea to create your own "greatest hits" cover.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)

That cover is not at all what I expected, but what a great idea to create your own "greatest hits" cover.

I hope it's nothing anyone expects.
spank_an_elf
Feb. 21st, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
I want this to look more like a greatest hits album cover from the 1970s than a conventional book cover

The strong cover does emit a Diamond Dogs vibe. Exciting!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)

The strong cover does emit a Diamond Dogs vibe.

Now, that is high praise, indeed. I briefly thought of actually mimicking a specific Bowie cover, one or another, but went this route, instead.
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amethyst_clan
Feb. 21st, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Okay, those progress shots of the cover are awesome.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 21st, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)

I'm so glad people are liking them!
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