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Thank you, those who helped kylecassidy and me reach – and exceed – the $1,200 goal of our Drowning Girl Kickstarter in less than 24 hours! We're going to add a couple more copies of the book at new price points (by request), and maybe something that's so cool I'm going to hold off mentioning even the possibility of it. You guys truly rock. As will the fruits of this undertaking. We can all point at the results and say, "We did this." This makes us mighty (to paraphrase Mal Reynolds).

Yesterday, I wrote an extremely respectable 1,800 words, getting Chapter Six of Blood Oranges off to a good start. I discovered how to write an action scene without belaboring the affair with blow-by-blow choreography. Which, for me, destroys novels. Also, I think there may only be nine chapters, not the originally projected ten.

Belatedly, I'm announcing this month's selection for Aunt Beast's Book of the Month Club. Last night, Spooky and I read the first two chapters of Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and we're liking it a lot. Someone sent this copy to me, but I've forgotten who. Regardless, thank you (this is the audiobook cover, but you get the idea). Go forth, and be literate!



Spooky made a peach cobbler last night, with peaches from the farmer's market. So, I was a bad kid (again) and had a slice for breakfast.

I'm going to have to make it clear to editors, from here on (probably on a case-by-case basis), that I am simply too busy to write short fiction for anything less than 5-10¢/word, because I'm getting really tired of these 1¢/word offers. Last time I looked, pro rate was a measly 3¢ a word, and if you can't meet that, I'm not sure you should be publishing (a few good small press magazines excepted). By the way, the "pro rate" has stayed pretty constant for about a hundred years. Still want to be a writer?

Some good RP in Insilico the past two nights. Grendel is back from London. But, to my guildies in Rift, I have not forsaken thee, and should be back by Monday evening.

Cheap, But Not That Cheap,
Aunt Beast

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ashlyme
Aug. 12th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
"Still want to be a writer?"

The jury's out on that one. I think my last illusion's gone - I thought the American markets were more generous than the British ones. Pin money and complimentary copies for me, then.

Well done on the trailer! That amount of money raised in one day is bloody impressive.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth: beautiful title. It sounds rather like The Village, from the plot description.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)

I thought the American markets were more generous than the British ones.

Not to be rude. But, "Hah!" Generosity and publishing rarely go hand in hand.

That amount of money raised in one day is bloody impressive.

Indeed.

It sounds rather like The Village, from the plot description.

Yeah, I thought of that, too. But it's only just a very little similar.
seph_ski
Aug. 12th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Peach cobbler has many of the ingredients included in a well-balanced breakfast.

Looking forward to your thoughts on that book. Fortunately, I've read it already. I have -way too many- books in progress right now, even by my own lenient standards, and your selections are always so tempting, I can't help but add most to my reading list.

I have no monies to contribute to the Kickstarter right now, but I'm very happy to see it's already a success. Very exciting. I'm now looking forward to the trailer almost as much as I am the book!
greygirlbeast
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)

Peach cobbler has many of the ingredients included in a well-balanced breakfast.

I think it might be its own food group.

I have -way too many- books in progress right now, even by my own lenient standards,

Same here. I think I'm currently reading about six at once.

I have no monies to contribute to the Kickstarter right now, but I'm very happy to see it's already a success.

Thank you, regardless. And I should mention, even the $1 donation are much appreciated, and give access to the project blog.
seph_ski
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, I definitely still want to contribute something to the campaign. I marked it with a star, and payday is Monday. I'll be back.

And not to play the one-up game, but by my last count, I have bookmarks in over 30 books. Granted, at least half of those are research type books and not usually the kind of thing you read cover-to-cover in a week, but it's all very overwhelming all the same. Books are my drug. At least the side-effects are healthy.
humglum
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)

Peach cobbler has many of the ingredients included in a well-balanced breakfast.

And if you believe Bill Cosby, so does chocolate cake ;)
greygirlbeast
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
And if you believe Bill Cosby, so does chocolate cake ;)

"Dad is great! He gives us chocolate cake!"

Edited at 2011-08-12 06:07 pm (UTC)
cucumberseed
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Eggs... Wheat!
Don't forget the grapefruit juice. I'm not sure what you drink to balance out peach cobbler, though... I mean, it's already got fruit. Milk, I suppose, or an IPA, depending on what kind of day it is.

Still want to be a writer?

It's officially the latter kind of day. I'm going to try to remember the last time "want" had anything to do with writing.

I wish you the best in your Kickstarter endeavors, and see how austere austerity is when the next paycheck comes in.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Eggs... Wheat!

I'm not sure what you drink to balance out peach cobbler, though... I mean, it's already got fruit. Milk, I suppose, or an IPA, depending on what kind of day it is.

I had iced tea, with a dash of mango-orange juice.

see how austere austerity is when the next paycheck comes in.

Like I said, we appreciate even $1.
seph_ski
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
It's true. Bill Cosby wouldn't mislead us!

I hadn't seen that bit in forever and had to go look it up on youtube. :D

http://youtu.be/sRmN4KnfPxQ
greygirlbeast
Aug. 12th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)

Whoa! Cool!
mercurygrrl
Aug. 12th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Somehow I missed this link yesterday...

Will it be possible to back this project when you're not in the US?
greygirlbeast
Aug. 12th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)

Will it be possible to back this project when you're not in the US?

Yep. You just have to sign up for an Amazon payments account. Easy as pie. Or cobbler.
mercurygrrl
Aug. 12th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Excellent!
veghead
Aug. 13th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Thank you, Aunt Beast!
Thank you for adding more copies of your book to the Kickstarter drive. By the time I logged on last night and saw the announcement, they were already gone. Will I be able to simply increase my pledge amount to match the new level, once it's decided?
chris_walsh
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
Re: How you're handling the action scenes: There can be pleasures to writing around something. I was working on a story where I felt the characters should swear, but in that particular story I didn't want to write the profanity. I made one character realize another character had done something stupid, worth yelling at him for, but most of the yelling? Conveyed by the sentence "The profanity began." I liked that. (Eventually I gave in and let the characters swear. Quoted them, even.) Looking forward to reading your final result, of course.

P.S. While I can't yet donate (I'll see when I can), I can pass along this:



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