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"Icarus, please play audio file 754-B."

Well, the good news is that yesterday is over, and that it only had to happen once. That's the only silver lining to shitty days; any given shitty day gets just that one chance.

Do not mistake that for optimism.

The sun is back, though it's colder than it was yesterday. Almost all that slush that fell from the sky has gone away. All night we listened to the snow melt. At one point, Spooky thought it was raining.

Two days of emails with editors and publishers. Nothing written (except the emails), but quite a lot of work. Yesterday, I was running on empty, on five hours sleep and all other imaginable sorts of exhaustion. But I did run. And now that all manner of this, that, and the other is out of the way, today I can begin writing again.

I did sell two short stories yesterday, so....

By sunset I was so tired I barely made it through dinner. Afterwards, I collapsed on the sofa and stared at several hours of "television." Well, it's fair to say I stared at the television. Except for the forty minutes or so I dozed off. Spooky tried to wake me, to no avail. "I thought maybe your were dead," she said, "until I checked to see if you were breathing." Went to bed about two, and read Outland strips until about three. Slept until eleven thirty. There were nightmares, but they've all faded. I feel sort of drugged from so much sleep.

If you have not already, please check the Facebook Alabaster page and hit "like." Thank you. And thanks, also, for the comments the past two days.

I've not left the house since Friday.

Did I mention being in the unenviable position of trying to promote three books at once?

Two good ideas yesterday; time to see what can be done with them.

Dry,
Aunt Beast

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( 20 comments — Have your say! )
shanejayell
Jan. 17th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yay for sales!
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)

They're better than no sales.
witchchild
Jan. 17th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Seconding the YAY for sales!
I should go post on fb about the Alabaster page.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)

I should go post on fb about the Alabaster page.

Thank you.
witchchild
Jan. 17th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
Done, as you can likely see. 500 is in sight!
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)

Yup. That's today's goal.
witchchild
Jan. 17th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
Glad to see that it's getting very close now.
eluneth
Jan. 17th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the sales and the sleep.

Just made my way over to the Facebook page to do the thumbs-up thing - thanks for sharing the concept art of Dancy! I love behind-the-scenes tidbits. (And I wouldn't have caught the resemblance to Elle Fanning otherwise.)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)

Congratulations on the sales and the sleep.

Thank you.

(And I wouldn't have caught the resemblance to Elle Fanning otherwise.)

It grows more pronounced as the series progresses.
ladyblue56
Jan. 17th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
There is snow in Alabama! And snow panic. It's been a slog of endless days of rain and gray and the white is a nice change even if there isn't sunshine.

Shared the Alabaster link on FB. Congrats on the sales.

Wishing 2013 will be a year of more of the good and less of the shitty.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)

There is snow in Alabama! And snow panic.

Yep. Heard the news from my mum.
ladyblue56
Jan. 18th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
The snow was a let down. It came down fast and thick and was lovely for about 20 minutes. Two hours later 90% had melted.
chris_walsh
Jan. 17th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'll take the comment "Two good ideas" as a good sign. You have a pretty strong good-idea sensor, I'd say.

Now for a bad idea, inspired by the weather! If you had a weather machine, like in Our Man Flint, would you use it? (It's OK, you can have bad ideas about THAT. Those kinds of bad ideas can be fun.)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)

You have a pretty strong good-idea sensor, I'd say.

Actually, getting a really good idea is the hard part, much harder than writing it out.

If you had a weather machine, like in Our Man Flint, would you use it?

Not unless I could reverse the damage humans have done that have lead to climate change.
chris_walsh
Jan. 17th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Not unless I could reverse the damage humans have done that have lead to climate change.

Which obliquely reminds me of Harlan Ellison's "Ecowareness," except that that's more "the earth gets allergic to humans."

(I now feel weird referring to him just as Harlan. I mean, I don't know the guy. So his full name it is.)

Out of curiosity, how did you and he meet? I don't think I've heard that story.)
corucia
Jan. 17th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)

Liked the FB, and have been enjoying the teaser images from it.

We're clear but cold out here in the upper Midwest, with predicted highs early next week of below zero, and -15 or so at night. Just in time to start the new semester. Hopefully I don't freeze solid on my walk to class.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)

Liked the FB, and have been enjoying the teaser images from it.

I'm going to keep them coming.
ashlyme
Jan. 17th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Well done on the sales!

An inch of snow over here. That's an apocalypse to a lot of English people. We suck.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)

That's an apocalypse to a lot of English people. We suck.

Well, having grown up in the American South, I sort of know the feeling. Snow is weird stuff.
sovay
Jan. 18th, 2013 05:35 am (UTC)
I did sell two short stories yesterday, so....

I like that.

And I am glad you are still breathing.

Edited at 2013-01-18 05:35 am (UTC)
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