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hot tramp, I love you so

Sometimes today, I need to sit down with a pile of index cards and my notes for Range of Ghosts and start pulling cool things out of the pile and arranging them in a useful fashion. I like this kind of second-world worldbuilding, and I don't get to do a lot of it. I have to come up with four or five religions, with attendant mythology and cultures, with taboos and expectations and so forth--without relying too heavily on any Earth culture, but while establishing enough parallels that they feel like real, believable places.

Which is a delicate balancing act, as you may imagine.

I also have a bunch of reading to do. Because a novel has to happen here soon...



Yeah, after taking stillsostrange to the airport, I spent the morning and a chunk of the afternoon cleaning out my livejournal tag cloud. It's still needlessly baroque and cryptic, I suppose, but at least now the dead ends and typos are gone.

This is a pretty concrete sign that I'm burned out--having the attention span for such a fussy repetitive project, I mean.

Other work, meanwhile, is waiting for me to get around with it--some proofreader queries on The Sea Thy Mistress, the page proofs for The White City, and a pile of Ideomancer slush.

As of now, I am back on the Discipline. It is the Mythical After Time, and between deadlines and convention food and lack of exercise, my jeans don't fit. And not in a helpful sort of way.

Carrot sticks for dinner sometime soon! And kimchi. Yum.

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I am enthused about Range of Ghosts et seq. I love Central Asia and want to go there (sometime when there's no civil war though, please).
I've got SO MANY COOL IDEAS for the Eternal Sky.
I spent the morning and a chunk of the afternoon cleaning out my livejournal tag cloud.

I should so do this... But I get exhausted thinking about it. :p
If you don't mind my asking, how did you clean out your tag cloud? I have some typos in there, when I fix them on the post itself, they still stay on my list of tags. I want them gooooooooone!
Thanks, that was very helpful! I don't know how I missed it before, it must be a relatively new feature.
Off topic, but I finally managed to write a review of sorts of Bone and Jewel Creatures. Thank you for creating such a wonderful story.

ETA: The link would help. http://alumiere.livejournal.com/420594.html

Edited at 2010-07-13 01:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading it. *g*
I'd heard that kimchi was an acquired taste, but the first time I tried it I took a bite, said "oh, it's spicy sauerkraut!", and finished the plate and that was that. I think my German ancestors might look at me a bit funny for putting it on bratwurst, but whatever, more for me. :-)

How do you figure out what to read to feed a story growing in your head?
Trust your instincts.