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March 2017



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she's waiting like an iceberg, waiting to change. but she's cold inside.

Hey! I bring gifts today! Two long pieces of short fiction posted to my website. In anticipation of the publication of Ink & Steel and Hell & Earth this summer, and the mass market paperback release of Blood & Iron, two stories about Matthew Magus.

One from when he was just a lad, "The Rest of Your Life in a Day."

And one set about a year before Blood & Iron, "Cryptic Coloration."


Also, I was a good Bear today and worked hard:

Progress notes for 19 March 2008


New words: 2012
Total words: 30562
Deadline: May 1
Mammalian assistance: Dear Cat, when you have food, treats, toys, a clean litterbox, fresh water, and I have made sure your throne pillow is on the chair beside me, walking back and forth on my feet and lecturing is not likely to make anything in your life any better. Love, Monkey.
Reason for stopping: food and a bath

Darling du jour: Age and treachery, all right. In that she made him feel old. Old and overcautious.
Tyop du jour: the raws of his floodlamp, moisture-doted, Birds'-next soup
Jury-rigging: skipped ahead two chapters because I was going strong with Benedick, and I wanted to stay in his POV. I'll go back and start the other bit tomorrow.
There's always one more quirk in the character:  Benedick really is Jamie Hyneman. I can tell, because he has a Rich Internal Life. This makes his POV a lot of fun to write. Chelsea may be developing a personality, finally. She needs more of one on the next draft.

Today's words Word don't know:   cryo, whiffled, planetfall, affectless, murfle, deadswitch, regrown, thorned, thornbrake, downclimbing, golds, ghosty, incandescents, overstory, floodlamps, spiderweb,
Words I'm Surprised Word Do Know: bioluminescence, bedazzlement
Sustenance: stuffed portobello mushrooms. coffee. I am excited becauseI only have one more pot of the mediocre coffee left, and then I can start using the good stuff again.

Also, I am wondering if I can find a good recipe for chicken breast with grapefruit compote or something for tonight, as I have here a chicken breast and a grapefruit, that need to be used up.
Mean Things: giant arthropods, feeling old
Other writing-related work: Easter egg contest stuff for SU

Exercise: none
Miles to Lothlorien: 248.2
Guitar practice: finger-picking yesterday. Need to work on scales and strum patterns and that damned F chord today.
Mail: nomail


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Err... you could make a fresh salsa with the grapefruit. Cut it into chunks, add diced onion, vinegar, coriander, cumin, touch of salt, dash of dried chiles to add heat...
Oh! And I've never introduced myself.

I'm Grey Walker. I found you through Emma, via Shadow Unit.

I make masks. And salsa.

Good job! Now into the tub with you!


Coffee Suggestion

at Gothopia Moon Base Alpha (North), we've taken to doing strange things to make our favorite seasonal coffee flavors last, like mixing them one-to-one or one-to-three with "boring" coffee when making a pot.

this means that, on the eve of the vernal equinox, we've still got a fair amount of christmas blend that we can continue to enjoy (also, it blunts some overpowering flavors to a certain degree)

have you considered tempering the last of the "bad" with the first of the "good" in a similar fashion, or is that blasphemous to even consider?
*g* I wasn't actually asking for people to google random internet recipes for me, but thank you anyway!
Matthew stories! Huzzah!

Also, yay on making your daily quota! Enjoy the bath.
Squee! Matthew! Benedick is Jamie! Squee!

Also, Chaz is my bitch. Just so you know. This is making me giggle immoderately on a day when I needed cheering up.
You know, he's barely domesticated, that kid.

And he'd probably enjoy it too much. ;-)
My husband is a gourmet chef. I just wandered into the living room. "Hey, hun? Challenge for ya. What can Bear do with a chickenfruit?"

I'm the one who needs coffee. Or chocolate. Or something.

...you know, the suggestions would be interesting. But I bet the results would be illegal in several states.
Mean Things: giant arthropods, feeling old

*shudders* at the first and winces at the second. You meanie!
Benedick POV!!! *happy bounces!*
I wasn't actually asking for random internet recipes, but thank you anyway.
Benedick = JH? oh, dear.
"I am smiling."

The cat is probably giving you writing advice, like everyone else who wants to be helpful.

Either that or she's been reading the financial news again.
Either that or she's been reading the financial news again.

I keep telling her we don't have any assets, not to worry. But that never seems to calm her, somehow.
I actually read "A Companion to Wolves" and loved it to pieces and... had no idea that you've written it. Erm.

I think I need to go to the bookstore now.
Thank you!

If you really liked that one, I think you will like All the Windwracked Stars, which is coming out in October, or Ink and Steel, which is coming out in July.
Last night, DH attempted to duplicate a recipe from his new favorite restaurant. A chicken breast with a honey-balsamic glaze. sauteing the grapefruit slightly with onions & garlic, cilantro or parsley, then deqlazing with the balsamic vinegar and adding honey to finish would be nice. (I think he said he waited til the end to add the honey, to prevent having it burn).
the restaurnat does add some sort of citrus, and serves arugula and sun-dried tomatoes with it. pasta on the side for sopping.

ps, loved Dust, waiting on Chill, knew I liked B for some reason..

That sounds nice.

I have a kind of salsa steeping. We'll see how it came out in a few minutes.
Favorite turn of phrase in "The Rest of Your Life in a Day": "...because everything tastes better in French." (:
;-) Thank you.
Moisture-doted has a certain sound to it, as if the moisture were doting on something or someone. The kindliness of moisture is not much considered these days, unfairly I feel.
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