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"I see the sun rise over this wall."

1) Bright outside, a clear blue sky, but the temperature is only 44˚Fahrenheit, which drops to 37˚Fahrenheit when you factor in windchill. At the shore, I expect the windchill has it feeling a good ten degrees cooler than that. Last night, the sky spat rain and slushy snow.

2) Last night, Kathryn's grandmother died. I can't recall the precise time. It was after midnight (CaST). I feel I should say very little on this. Whatever is to be said, you can read at humglum. But a lot of those posts will be friends locked, for obvious reasons.

3) For reasons that should be fairly obvious, editors should go to lengths to avoid taking liberties with an author's text, if an agreement has not been reached beforehand regarding edits, especially when reprints are involved.

4) There was no actual writing yesterday. The day was a tumult of phone calls, email, and mostly wrestling with the final stage of proofing the (mysteriously altered) galleys for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. These were the pages Spooky had questions about that I had to answer, and there were about fifty of these pages. It could have been worse, but it could have been much, much better. Today, they go to FedEx and back to Manhattan. Other than promotion, the book will be well and truly out of my hands, finally. One the one hand, this feels sad and strange. On the other hand, it's a huge relief. Vince's two illustrations look great in the novel.

There was also a somewhat complex call with my agent. Complex because we had to cover so many subjects (Dark Horse, Blood Oranges, audiobooks, film rights, checks, the mind-bending legal-speak of contracts, the problems raised by ebooks, and...I've lost track). There was the usual barrage of email. I had to get colorist notes for Alabaster #1 out to my editor at Dark Horse. So, yeah. I did not get back to "Sexing the Weird." I doubt that I will today.

5) I forgot to mention that when we went out on Wednesday, we checked the mail and the World Fantasy Award folks had sent me the little HPL pin that all nominees get. You can see the one I got last year here. I am very proud of it. Now I've earned HPL pins for both The Red Tree and The Ammonite Violin and Others.

6) Spooky just came up with the day's mail, which includes three copies of the ARCs (advance reading copies) of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. And they look pretty damn good. A few blemishes here and there, and of course the weird changes are in there, and there wasn't time to get the NYT quote on the cover. But still, nice ARCs, including Vince's illustrations. So, bona fide reviewers should be receiving these soonish (or sooner). I have to get a list together for my publicist. Maybe I'll include a photo of one of the ARCs tomorrow.

7) There was a LOT of Rift last night, including some rp with stsisyphus. A good and very open-ended scene. We've been talking about beginning rp with the guild again (Defiant side, "Watchers of the Unseen"), and if anyone's interested, just let me know, new members or old or prospective. Anyway, since the 1.6 update to the game, day before yesterday, which adds a new region – the Ember Isle, from which the Kelari originated – the idiots have returned to the game. The idiots only seem to show up when there's something new, and they play the new stuff as quickly as possible, then vanish again. The idiots are easy to spot, as most of them sport idiot "names." Last night, for example, the dozens of idiot "not-names" I spotted last night included Kowboy and Killswytch. I think what disturbs me the most is if there's a Kowboy, that means Cowboy was already taken.

Okay. So that's it for today. Play nice, kittens.

Hating My Way,
Aunt Beast


( 11 comments — Have your say! )
Nov. 18th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
I wondered if you could wear HPL as a tiepin.

Latitude...Longitude... was superb. I'm trying to envision the child of that union (and the idea of botanical gods). Thank you.

Hugs to Spooky.
Nov. 18th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Finally, it appears the internet connection is unfucked enough for me to play Rift, which first necessitated the internet getting unfucked enough for me to download and install the copy I bought, what? Two or three weeks ago? So I should see you inworld soon, and I hope not to be mistaken for an idiot.

Congratulations on earning a second HPL pin. I can't think of anyone more deserving.
Nov. 18th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your nomination and your newest HPL pin.

I'm so very looking forward to reading The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and happy to hear that the ARCs please you.

But most of all today, my heart breaks for Kathryn and her family. My heart and thoughts are with the both of you and all who are mourning this loss.
Nov. 18th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the loss of Spooky's Grandmother.
Nov. 18th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
I have not friended spooky on LJ, so please pass on my condolences. Perhaps there can be some quiet Kid-Nighting. Or just something quiet.
Nov. 18th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link to the HPL pin photo. Warmest thoughts and energies to Kathryn and her family, as to you as well. Blessed Be.
Nov. 18th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
First off, my condolences to you and Spooky and her family.

Secondly, I just received my preordered copy of Two Worlds and In Between. I live in Vancouver. It looks fantastic. I'm very excited to dive into this one. Great job on the illustration, Lee!
Nov. 18th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
That must be a huge relief.

For example, I'm relieved that the publisher didn't rewrite Eva to be a goatee'd, turtleneck-wearing male bongo player whose grunge band makes the big time once the start setting Imp's words to music.

We'd have to reshoot.
Nov. 18th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)

My condolences to Kathryn and you, and to her family... no words ever seem appropriate at these times, but you all have my sympathies and best wishes.
Nov. 18th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for Kathryn's loss. Please let her know I'm sending good thoughts to you and her, and of course to her family.
Nov. 18th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'll include a photo of one of the ARCs tomorrow.

That would be super.

By the way, I can report that page 300 of my copy of "Two Worlds ..." (#132) is blemish free.
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