Maybe it's the exercise.
Maybe it's the cat, exercising mind control.
I have a blessed week free of external obligations, except maybe dinner with thecoughlin and my mom on Monday, and I plan to use it to hole up and get some work done. There is bread in the robot and tomorrow I will sojourn to the farmer's market and procure produce, as we're down to a tomato, some celery, two mushy apples, a lemon, two limes, and whatever's in the freezer. That'll probably get me through today, though. I think the apples need to be stewed.
I have a lot of cheese though, which means I will be making goat cheese, roasted garlic, and sundried tomato pizza for dinner tonight, because I can.
Today's to-do list is to finish getting these books into envelopes (I got half done yesterday) and get signed up for that post office box, once I get Santa Claus and a senior CIA official to vouch for me on the paperwork. Then tonight I can print out the return address labels and tomorrow morning I can mail the books.
Also, I need to finish reading what truepenny has finished of the final draft of Corambis so I can tell her, I suspect, that there's nothing else that needs to be done with it.
I've got a list of my own stories in progress that I could be working on, but they all appear to be in the rising stage now, and all poking them is going to do is get little lumps of raw dough under my fingernails. Still, for my own reference, here's
the honeydew list:
Finish Bone and Jewel Creatures
Write "The Tricks of London"
Write "Mongoose" with truepenny (started)
Write "Smile" (Bone Garden) (started)
Write "Snow Dragons"
Write "The Horrid Glory of its Wings"
Write S2 Shadow Unit episodes: "Lucky Day" (with coffeeem); "Wind-Up Boogeyman"; "Smoke & Mirrors"
Rewrite The Sea thy Mistress
Shadow Unit S3
Also for my own reference, here's the list of books I've read so far in 2008:
29. Emma Bull - Bone Dance
28. Charlaine Harris - A Bone to Pick
27. Ian McDonald - Brasyl
26. Elisa Albert - The Book of Dahlia
25. Frederick Zugibe, M.D., Ph.D. and David L. Carroll, Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner
24. Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., The Human Predator: a historical chronicle of serial murder and forensic investigation
23. Barth Anderson - The Patron Saint of Plagues
22. Thich Nhat Hanh - The Miracle of Mindfulness
21. Dennis Lehane - Shutter Island
20. Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman - I Have Lived In The Monster
19. Ilona Andrews - Magic Bites
18. Charlaine Harris - Living Dead in Dallas
17. Charlaine Harris - Grave Surprise
16. Caitlin R. Kiernan - Murder of Angels
15. Caitlin R. Kiernan - A is for Alien (ARC)
14. Lilian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (man, these things just keep getting worse and worse and worse. But they have them at airports.)
13. Jim Butcher - Death Masks
12. Lilian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who had 60 Whiskers
11. Delia Sherman - The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (in draft)
10. Marie Brennan - Midnight Never Come
9. Elizabeth Moon - The Speed of Dark
8. Alice Hoffman - The Foretelling
7. Douglas, Burgess, Ressler et. al. -- Crime Classification Manual: A standard system for investigating and classifying violent crimes
6. Vincent J. DiMaio and Dominick DiMaio -- Forensic Pathology
5. Liz Williams - The Demon and the City
4. Cory Doctorow - Little Brother (ARC)
3. Warren Ellis & Ben Templesmith - Fell, Volume 1: Feral City
2. Amber Van Dyk - Red Means Go (in draft)
1. Amanda Downum - The Drowning City (in draft)
, upon review of which list I notice some definite trends.
I have a pretty good pile here still to get through, and some of what I'm doing this week can involve actually making a dent in the to-read heap. Because the summer convention season of upheval is over, and that means I really need to get back in the saddle again.
And spend less time next year going to conventions, because they really throw me off my working stride.