Progress notes for 11 January 2007
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee, and come to dust.
--Shakespeare, Cymbeline 4.2
New Words: 2,191
Total Words: 18,484
Words for the Year: 16,425
Deadline: Sometime in June or July, I'm guessing
Reason for stopping: quota, end of scene
18,484 / 110,000
Stimulants: chamillo tea
Songs mutilated: none yet, but I will be guitaring after lunch. The axe has migrated to a spot beside my Big Chair, to make sure I notice it and maybe sometimes pick it up and noodle a little.
Mammalian assistance: The presumptuous cat is sleeping in the sunbeam beside me, and every so often she reaches out and put her paw on my leg.
Poltergeist activity: Claude broke a glass on the drainboard last night. I heard something pop around ten last night, went into the kitchen and didn't see anything, and when I picked it up and turned it over this morning and went to grate some ginger into it to make ginger-carrot-orange juice, the edge of the grater touched the rim of the glass and it came apart in a ring. I mean, a half-inch green glass bracelet (if you don't mind a laser edge) separated from the body of the glass.
I think, given the spontaneous glass breakage in the kitchen, I must have one bitch of a temperature differential sometimes.
Still, it's the first glass Claude has broken in about nine months.
"Sounding" and "Wane" are longlisted for the BSFA short fiction award. I personally think "Sounding" is one of my best stories evar. And "Wane," you know, will be reprinted in New Amsterdam.
Now, if you are eligible to vote, I would recommend you go vote for the Geoff Ryman story. *g*
Today's words Word don't know: disingenuity, cosied, symbionts, starmaps, catspaw, surfacy, nanoparticles, searingly, microgravity, cocooning, spiderwebs, feathertips, sparrowhawk, undogged, slipskin, unsilence, starshine,
Darling du Jour: Tears stung, swelled in the corners of watering eyes, broke from acceleration and smeared across her skin.
Mean Things: creepy paternalism, septicemia, epidemic, bone bruise, basilisk
Tyop du Jour: Her mind invented ours.
Jury-rigging: I made up a bunch of stuff about the behavior of blood spatter in zero G. I hope I remember to research that and fix it before it gets in print.
There's always one more quirk in the character: Rien has a nurturing side.
Other writing-related work: I finished the page proofs yesterday. You know what that means? AFTERNOON OFF!
Books in progress: Liz Williams, Snake Agent; Phyllis Ann Karr, The Arthurian Companion
The Internet is full of Things: via mrdankelly, Willy Wonka allusions. Ooo, so good.
Also, if you're not reading Justine Larbalestier's blog, I think you are silly.
casacorona on a Day In The Life Of An Editor.
"If we don't protect freedom of speech, how will we know who the assholes are?"
The glamour!: Oh, my god, I'm hungry.