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Today is the first day of the rest of the book. I need a finished submission draft of Karen Memory by the beginning of January, and I expect to be pounding out words pretty much every single day between now and then--which means I need to shake off this lingering ennui and malaise and get to work in the old style. So I will be nanowrimoing on a slightly belated schedule, and I have about 70K to write rather than 50K, and I get more than a month to do it in. *g* (This is amusing to me, because usually November is a month off noveling for me, so I miss the fun. But not this year!)


8400 / 80000 words. 11% done!

Watch this space for updates and wordcounts and so forth. It's not the fastest I've ever written a book, and I have good confidence I can get there from here. (It's a good thing I'm superhuman.)

Right now I have three chapters of draft, piles of notes, and an outline-ish thing. More to follow.... 

Also, Now It Can Be Told: the SF Squeecast will be Social Media guests of honor for Windycon in Chicago in November, 2014. Hope to see some of you there!

And on that note, here's the current state of the Honeydew.


travel and appearances 2013:

World Fantasy Convention: Brighton England UK, October 31-November 3, 2013
Signing: Forbidden Planet, London, England, November 8th 2013, 6:00 PM


2013:

"Dark Leader": April 2013 (Seriously, I promise we're still working on this.)
OWW Review: 15 November 2013
OWW Review: 15 December 2013


2014:

Karen Memory: 6 January 2014
Cyborg story: 28 February 2014
Sekrit project: February or April 2014
Apocalypse story: 30 June 2014
Other apocalypse story:  31 December 2014

"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": ?
An Apprentice to Elves: ?



travel and appearances 2014:
MIT SFS: Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 10th at 6 pm. (with scott_lynch )
Boskone: Boston, Massachusetts, February 13-15, 2014
Tucson Festival of Books: Tucson, AZ, March 14-16, 2014
Vericon: Harvard Univerity, Cambridge MA, March 22-24, 2014
RavenCon: North Chesterfield, Virginia, April 25-27th, 2014 (Guest of Honor)
4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 20-23, 2014
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN, July 3-7, 2014
Finncon: Jyväskylä, Finland, July 11-13, 2014 (Guest of Honor)
Worldcon: London, England, August 14-17, 2014
ICON: Iowa City, IA, October 31-November 2, 2014
Windycon: Lombard, IL, November 14-16, 2014



No fixed deadline:

Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Gotham Jazz

Untitled Gangland Urban Fantasy That Keeps Bugging Me
"Gallowglas"
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"Steel"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"This Chance Planet"
"Flush"
"Coronado"
"Patience and Fortitude"
"A Time to Reap"
Untitled bard trolling story


What I've read so far this year:

1) Caitlin Kittredge, Bone Gods
2) Donna Andrews, Swan for the Money
3) Cleo Coyle, The Decaffeinated Corpse
4) Jon Armstrong, Yarn
5) Barbara Neely, Blanche Passes Go
6) Kathryn Stockett, The Help
7) Gina Robinson, The Spy Who Left Me
8) Wesley Chu, The Lives of Tao
9) Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois, Unicorns
10) Harry Connolly, King Khan
11) Tanya Huff, Smoke and Shadows
12) Scott Lynch, The Republic of Thieves
13) Michael Moss, Salt Sugar Fat
14) Gerry Alanguilan, Elmer
15) Steven Brust and Skyler White, The Incrementalists
16) Patricia Briggs, Dragon Blood
17) Pamela Dean, The Hidden Land
18) Pamela Dean, The Whim of the Dragon
19) Paul Cornell, London Falling
20) Seanan McGuire, Midnight Blue-Light Special
21) C. E. Murphy, Urban Shaman
22) William S. Burroughs, Junky
23) Robin McKinley, Dragonhaven
24) Tamora Pierce, Mastiff
25) Jane Langton, The Transcendental Murder
26) Daniel Silva, The Defector
27) Donna Andrews, Murder with Puffins
28) Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
29) Ian Tregillis, Necessary Evil
30) Donna Andrews, Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon
31) Lawrence Block, The Girl with the Long Green Heart
32) Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife
33) Jane Langton, Dark Nantucket Noon
34) Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
35) Donna Andrews, We'll Always Have Parrots
36) Max Gladstone, Three Parts Dead
37) Laura Anderson, The Boleyn King
38) Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
39) Krista Scott-Dixon, Fuck Calories
40) James S.A.Corey, Leviathan Wakes
41) Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince
42) Dan Simmons, Hyperion
43) Steven Brust, Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grill
44) Barbara Hambly, Good Man Friday
45) Merrie Haskell, Handbook for Dragon Slayers
46) Jonathan Strahan (ed.), Fearsome Journeys
47) Karen Lord, Best of All Possible Worlds
48) Kate Wilhelm, No Defense
49) Algis Budrys, Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf
50) Larry Marder, Tales of the Beanworld
51) Warren Ellis, Crooked Little Vein
52) Cassandra Rose Clarke, The Mad Scientist's Daughter
53) Walter Mosley, The Man in my Basement
54) Robert Jackson Bennett, American Elsewhere
55) Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold
56) Mindy Klasky, A Girl's Guide to Witchcraft
57) Elizabeth Bear, Steles of the Sky
58) Donna Andrews, No Nest For The Wickets
59) Martin Cruz Smith, Stalin's Ghost
60) Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
61) Matthew Woodring Stover, Heroes Die
62) Jim C Hines, Codex Born
63) Thomas W. Lippman, Understanding Islam
64) Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth
65) Ted Haigh, Vintage Cocktails and Forgotten Spirits
66) Toe EnJoe, Self-Reference ENGINE
67) Donna Andrews, The Penguin Who Knew Too Much
68) Sean Stewart, Galveston
69) David Stuart Davies, Bending the Willow: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
70) Cleo Coyle, French Pressed
71) Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice
72) Greer Gilman, Cry Murder in a Small Voice
73) Brian Clevinger, Atomic Robo and the Fightin' Scientists of Tesladyne
74) Donna Andrews, Cockatiels at Seven
75) Donna Andrew, Six Geese A-Slayin'
76) Max Gladstone, Two Serpents Rise
77) Ben H. Winters, The Last Policeman
78) Lyndsay Faye, Gods of Gotham
79) Ben H. Winters, Countdown City
80) Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon
81) Jodi Meadows, Asunder
82) Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead Vol. 1

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