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If I had a kiddo – which I don't and, for better or worse, never shall – I would teach her or him this: there are two things, only two things that you must learn, and having learned them you'll be able to do anything you wish. Oh. You may not be able to make a living at anything you wish. But you will have the intellectual means. Learn to read and learn mathematics, and all the world can, in theory, be yours. Sorry, stray thought as I roll my mathematician's dice and wish for a different possible and unrealized past.

We are in the final few hours of the last auction in Round 2 of the Big Damn eBay Auction. This is, of course, the auction for the hand-corrected ARC of Two Worlds and In Between. Not only is this a first chance at owning the collection in any form, it goes without saying that the ARC is one of a kind (or ooak in eBay speak). The reason we're pushing eBay so hard just now is that I'm in paycheck limbo, an inevitability for all freelancers. Check might or might not come in the next two or three weeks. But I can't count on it coming, and must have a Plan B if I am to attend Readercon 22. The auctions are Plan B. So, if you can, please bid. Thanks.

Yesterday, I wrote 2,551 words and found the far end of Chapter Four of Blood Oranges. That's the first 35,794 words of the novel, either just a smidgen more or just a little less than half of it. It will be written by the end of July, my peculiar little popcorn novel.

Also, I managed to nail together the first and very rough draft Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. Right now, there are twenty-three stories. I expect this will go up to twenty-five. So, presently, 102,566 words. By the way, at the moment I'm working on four books, in various stages. I'm in the middle stages of editing The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. I'm at the final stages of editing Two Worlds and In Between. I'm halfway through the writing of Blood Oranges. And I'm just beginning the editing of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. Never before have I done such a thing. Thank you, dubious pharmaceutical cornucopia.

Last night, Spooky made yummy pasta salad, and I played far, far too much Rift. It's time to back off a little, I think. I get too immersed, and just keep going for hours. Last night, I don't even know. But Selwyn is halfway to Level 49, and there was a lot of great rp (special thanks to all, especially Spooky, Tracy, and stsisyphus).

Late last night, I saw the first images from my Drowning Girl collaboration with kylecassidy. I'll post something as soon as he says I may.

Now, I should scoot. Slept too late, and the day is leaking away between the cracks.

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jenjen4280
Jun. 20th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Learn to read and learn mathematics, and all the world can, in theory, be yours. --

That is the best damn advice I've seen in ages. I don't and won't have kids either, but I do have nieces and nephews who will benefit from said advice.

Thank you.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 20th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)

You're welcome.
kylecassidy
Jun. 20th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Do you want to post Drowning Girl pix? or Keep it Top Sekret till it's done? Hmmm! what to do! Maybe we should post a poll.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 20th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)

Do you want to post Drowning Girl pix?

Well, with the nun ravens? I say we post. A teaser. Save the rest for later.
sovay
Jun. 20th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Learn to read and learn mathematics, and all the world can, in theory, be yours.

Yeah, that's most of the liberal arts right there. I'll tell my godchildren.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 20th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)

Good for you!
joshrupp
Jun. 20th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I see a bearded Mathemagician, standing in front of America's test takers and shouting, "You shall not pass!"
greygirlbeast
Jun. 20th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)

Very nice.
corucia
Jun. 21st, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)

Learn to read and learn mathematics, and all the world can, in theory, be yours.

And between King Azaz the unabridged and Mathemagician the ruler come sweet Rhyme and pure Reason, to keep everything in balance. (with apologies to Norton Juster)

greygirlbeast
Jun. 21st, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)

And between King Azaz the unabridged and Mathemagician the ruler come sweet Rhyme and pure Reason, to keep everything in balance.

Beautiful.
kousmichoff
Jun. 21st, 2011 08:18 am (UTC)
"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies--: 'God damn it you've got to be kind.'" --Kurt Vonnegut, from God Bless You, Mr Rosewater
greygirlbeast
Jun. 21st, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)

Makes me smile.
slashmarks
Jun. 21st, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hello. You don't know me, I don't know you, but I'm a fan of yours -- and of course, in this day and age, the first thing you do when you find a new author is google them. That is to say, do you mind if I friend you?
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