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you're so pretty when you're unfaithful to me

For once it's not me posting the chat transcript:

I was just wondering how it was possible for any book this dark to have a narrative voice as breezy as does this one. And I realized.

My book is a Perky Goth.

I'm doomed.

It has pigtails and stompy boots and in its pocket, a razorblade. It smokes clove cigarettes and tries to look tough, and giggle during Darkwing Duck.

I love this book. It's like a high-school girlfriend.

Progress notes for 14 January 2007


New Words:  763
Total Words: 22622
Words for the Year: 20435
Pages: 110
Deadline: Sometime in June or July, I'm guessing
Reason for stopping: quota

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
22,622 / 110,000

Stimulants:  none yet
Exercise:  there might be gym today
Songs mutilated:  I did not get to play yesterday. Alas!
Mammalian assistance: none

mojave_wolf on Blood & Iron

volterra on Carnival 

All right. Because I am a soopergenius, I managed to completely mess up the Romantic Times reviewer's choice list. I didn't realize there were a bunchamo categories and whole peoples I left off the congrats.

So. Here's the REAL list:

Science Fiction Novel:

The Android's Dream, John Scalzi (scalzifeed)
Carnival, Elizabeth Bear (matociquala)
Crystal Rain, Tobias Buckell  (tobiasbuckell)
The Dead Letters, Tom Piccirilli
Sun of Suns, Karl Schroeder
Farthing, Jo Walton (papersky)

Fantasy Novel:

Dawn of Empire. Sam Barone
Sebastien, Anne Bishop
Armageddon's Children, Terry Brooks
Beguilement, Lois McMaster Bujold
His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik (naominovik)
Eyes of Crow, Jeri Smith-Ready
Wolf Who Rules, Wen Spencer (wen_spencer)

Epic Fantasy Novel:

Kushiel's Scion, Jacqueline Carey
The Oracle's Queen, Lynn Flewelling (otterdance)
The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner (ellen_kushner)
Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson

Modern-Day Fantasy Novel:

Broken, Kelly Armstrong
Widdershins, Charles de Lint
A Fistful of Charms, Kim Harrison
Darkfever, Karen Marie Moning
Working for the Devil, Lilith Saintcrow (lilithsaintcrow)

Nice company.

Today's words Word don't know: 
pillowy, tempeh, dripper, shoulderblade, backflips, guesser,
Darling du Jour: "Don't be silly. No one can see the future." Whatever backflips Perceval's stomach was doing, Mallory ate with unperturbed determination. "I am a very good guesser, though."
Mean Things: poor necromancer. very little chance of getting laid until after the epidemic.
Tyop du Jour: she mad a pad and sat, no loner hungry
Jury-rigging: I thought of something cool as I was falling asleep last night, but by the time I had found a pen, I had forgotten it. WOE!

There's always one more quirk in the character: Mallory grew a personality, or possibly I managed to surgically implant one. It is apparently, "I Am Not Ben Kenobi And Also I Am Using You."
Other writing-related work: I did a phone interview for a Baen's-Universe related podcast. And recorded this other podcast thingy. And the thing for Scalzi. *makes mooscles*
Books in progress: Phyllis Ann Karr, The Arthurian Companion; Susan Perabo, Explaining Death to the Dog
The glamour!: I did the laauuuuuuundry. And folded it, too.


The glamour!

No one with folded laundry ever wrote a --

But wait! You did! You did both! Bear, that's not fair. You could at least wear rumply shirts, or something.

Re: The glamour!


It's not like I iron them.

And the floor isn't swept.

Re: The glamour!

Tie a Swiffer to the cat.

Re: The glamour!

If Scalzi's any example, I could get a lot of hits out of that.
I love perky Goth.

BTW I have Carnival going at school in my "free" nanoseconds, so I am not very far in, but I am loffing it with the loff.
Thank you.

What is this essay, and where do I get a copy of it.
It'll be on the Sub Press website, eventually, when I get it writ. I'm doing a column for them.
Brilliant chat.


There's a user icon in there somewhere... Maybe even more magnets.
I expect lots of kissing up in the next week or so, while I mull who gets to win. ;) I have to come up with the list of winners by the 22nd and it's going to be really hard.
*g* Alas. I should kiss up, I know, but my inner Yankee frowns on self-promotion.

Which is also why I will never be nominated for a Nebula.
To be completely honest, the winner selection process is highly arbitrary and I am liable to put it off to the last minute. I think everyone who got nominated is doing wonderful work and I wish they could all win. (It sounds so hokey, but it's true.)

I am, however, quite chuffed by Scalzi's blog post and I feel all validated and stuff. I sometimes feel like no one ever reads my reviews and it gets really frustrating (it's been especially frustrating lately, so people saying nice things about my work for RT is Very Nice Indeed).
we hang upon your every word.

may I suggest the stair grading method?
I am unfamiliar with that method. Does it require a staircase?

And I *know* that there's no hanging on my every word going on, except possibly on the part of publicists, whose job it is to scour reviews looking for good pull-quotes. :)
actually, mostly editors and writers do that in my genre. Publicists are for writers who make money.

Yeah, you take the books and toss them down a flight of stairs, then grade them in the order in which they land. *g*
Ah, I deal mainly with the publicist-people, not the editor-people, so I assumed they were doing to review-reading as well.

Sadly, I just moved house, so no longer have access to a staircase where I could throw things without people looking at me funny. I could put them in a row on the floor and see which one the cats picked to lounge on, though. Once I get them unpacked. I don't think I even have copies of all the books anymore. Guess I know who isn't winning! ;)
it is the Best Book.