it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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And this morning, I'm waiting for the tea to warm.

900 words last night. In which Dust pointed out that not only is he made of magictech, but also the antagonist of a book that is so Gothic it couldn't claw its way back down to the top with boot spikes and an antigravity generator, and that therefor, if he wished to turn himself into a clammy vampiric mist crawling along the corridors of a starship, he would bloody well transform himself into a clammy vampiric mist crawling along the corridors of a starship as seemed good to him, and there was nothing I could do to stop him, because the worldbuilding was on his side.

Even the frelling characters are rules lawyers.

At least, he may be Gothier Than Thou, but he's not the freaking drama queen that Mingan is.

Anyway, all this is by way of saying that I now have a problem. Because I should be writing my morning pages, and I don't know what the next scene is.

This may not be a critical problem, as I did get today's quota done last night, so technically I don't have to do anything this morning. But I would like to do something.

Ah well. 424 miles to Rivendell. Hoist that barge. Tote that bale.

The semi-weekly review collection:

renatus liked Carnival a lot. (slightly spoilery)

So did clarentine.

Which is good, because it helps buffer the (spoilery) egoblow from this reader, bnbalderwho thinks everything I write is populated with good-looking Mary Sues and shallowly characterized, but finds it inexplicably compelling anyway. I guess it's better than being inexplicably uninteresting. (Jenny will be shocked to discover that she is universally loved.)

I did like the bit in this review where the commenter talks about the bombing of Ottawa. Sie must have an edition of the book I haven't read. Or maybe I've already started forgetting the plot. (Somebody's going to pop up now and tell me I did bomb Ottawa, and I'm going to wonder when the timestream forked and how I missed my turning.)

The thing about the novels often focusing on people around the edges of the action is absolutely true, and I'm glad that came through, even if this particular reader did not care for the effect.

karenhealey on Blood & Iron, and catharsis.

Lesleyah offers brief but positive opinions of Blood & Iron and Carnival.

calico_reaction's review of Fast Forward 1 is overwhelmingly positive. Seems like the reviews are going very well for this anthology. (Unthemed anthologies are better? I dunno, but I suspect it may be so.)

dyanearden liked Carnival; the book review is in the middle of a really charming quotidiana post

And John Joseph Adams releases the ToC for Wastelands, forthcoming post-apocalyptic reprint anthology. I have a little altitude sickness, looking at that list of names.

Okay, now I really should pretend I work here. Otherwise, when will I know it's time to walk down to the grocery store and buy milk and eggs so I can make that meatloaf?
Tags: hog-slopping, jacob's ladder, quotidiana, reviews

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