?

Log in

No account? Create an account
bear by san

March 2017

S M T W T F S
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
muppetology need bears fozzie & kermit

postscript

I need to start thinking about Chill more seriously, which may mean re-reading Dust, which is a task I find myself cringing to contemplate. At least I don't actually need to start writing yet, which is good. (I should be writing, which is different. The deadline is now four months and ten days out, which is looming but not yet tight. If I haven't gotten my feet sorted by mid-February, though, we may have a Situation.)

I wish everything I wrote could come out the way the scene I wrote this morning did. It was easy, and I could feel the shape of it in my head, like I used to be able to, and the characters were pulling their weight, and all the layers were just there, where they should be, and the writing smoothed out by the second pass--and some of it, I actually think, is kind of good. And it has resonance, and things at stake, and it does work.

And it's pretty without being purple.

I would like to keep this sense of accomplishment for a while.

Here's a sentence or two I can show you without spoiling:

Shoulder to shoulder, they waited. Chaz heard Todd breathing, slow and steady, unruffled and unhurried, as if all he had to do in life was take in air and let it out again. 

I like it. I think it works.

Somebody check my DNA. I think I've been replaced.

All of which reminds me: I should have some copies of the galleys of All the Windwracked Stars to give away within a couple of weeks (Two, I expect.) For those of you who have not been playing the home game, AtWS is a Norse noir steampunk periapocalyptic mythic cyberfantasy, first in a not-a-trilogy collectively known as The Edda of Burdens, which is being published by Tor in October of this year. It's set in the same world as my short stories "Ice," and "The Devil You Don't."

Anybody got a bright idea for some kind of contest I could run to determine who gets the copies? This is something like nine months in advance of release, so it's a pretty big treat.

Comments

Anybody got a bright idea for some kind of contest I could run to determine who gets the copies? This is something like nine months in advance of release, so it's a pretty big treat

First person to comment on this post?

Yay! I win.
LOL!

Please don't tell me you've used Ullr and Skadi.

Pleeeaaase.

Oh well. My take will be different.
I suspect this one will be different from pretty much anything Norse anybody is working on. *g*
Your favorite review of a previous book?

Your favorite commenter named txanne?

No, I know! Make a list of everybody who wants one. Then put a treat on each name and let Mebd pick.
I like that! Let the Presumptuous Cat decide. First entry she sits on wins.
You could make a separate contest category for British blog-readers... I like the sound of *those* odds. ;)

(My, I'm chatty tonight. *g*)
Oh, and re:

Shoulder to shoulder, they waited. Chaz heard Todd breathing, slow and steady, unruffled and unhurried, as if all he had to do in life was take in air and let it out again.

I like it, too. It's kind of clean and beautiful.
The repeated "X and Y" rhythm of it works really well with the breathing in/breathing out idea, without being awkward as repetition sometimes can be: probably (aside from alliteration and assonance) because there are three of it and the third one has its own variation in structure. Best linguistics professor I had (come to think of it, he's a poet too) talked about how three things give a sense of completion: every Tom, Dick and Harry. Hook, line and sinker. Plus things in jokes and fairy tales always happen in threes. (In English. In (many/most?) Native American stories, things happen in fours.)

Ahem. I seem to have digressed. But it's a nice line.
>> If I haven't gotten my feet sorted by mid-February, though, we may have a Situation.

Have you been shuffling them again? *g*

>> Anybody got a bright idea for some kind of contest I could run to determine who gets the copies?

Best pun?

Less selfishly, best sonnet on a given theme?
you could always base it on answers to obscure Norse historical questions... It'd fit with the theme of the story.

(This suggestion is totally unrelated to the fact that I know answers to a lot of obscure Norse historical questions).
I like the idea of letting the cat decide. I will insist, of course, that you write my name in tuna fish juice...
Everything's prettier when it's purple! ^_^

I love you.

Oh, and I'm on the last 50 pages of Carnival.

Well, probably this won't help you...

but I suddenly thought of a "clean my house" competition... once a week for nine months.
No ideas on the contest, other than "winners will be guys named Joe currently living in Minnesota who rather enjoy the Promethean Age novels and who also own one dog which happens to be a nearly three year old cocker spaniel"

And stuff.
are you open to bribery? Buy you dinner tomorrow night post handling class in Manchester CT
Thank you.

I'm feeling pretty happy with that little vignette still, twelve hours later.

I think I must have been Thinged.

Oooo make the contest something I can win

I don't know. I'm really good at cat-petting, procrastinating, and writing overly emotional diatribes when indignant. is there some sort of contest that combines those three?
You could go the Scalzi route. Give one away to the person who comes up with the best contest idea and the other to the person who wins the contest.

(ETA: and if there happens to be a third copy, I claim it for coming up with this suggestion.)

Edited at 2008-01-22 05:00 am (UTC)
Ah, so much better! I've been posting anonymously for a day or so, because I lost track of my username, believe it or not. All fixed now, and I'm me again. Ok, where's the goat sacrifice?

I like my chances with the sonnet competition, but let's up the ante and make it sestinas at 20 paces. More seriously, I like the idea of recommending someone else to get the galleys. Tickles my pay-it-forward bone.