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i need a woman with eyes like rodin, see the body caught within the stone

Well, between dancing on Tuesday and climbing Wednesday, this morning I have bruises on my bruises and a lower back that feels like somebody ran a line of hog-nosed staples from my pelvis to the bottom of my ribcage. Seriously, I have been mean to my meat.

Dog/cat detente is still on the level of demilitarized zones, alas. I hope this improves eventually. He hasn't tried to hurt her, but he's just a little too interested/focused on her, and not backing down when she puffs up and makes teakettle noises. I am nonplussed.

Of course, this means he's back to sleeping in his crate, and the cat is exiled to the upstairs, and everybody's unhappy.

I did just finish the last couple of short scenes I had to write for One-Eyed Jack and the Suicide King, otherwise known as Promethean Age #5, and sent it off to the illustrious and overworked agent so that hopefully it can go out and seek a new home soon, as Ace will no longer be publishing the series. (We've known about that part for six, nine months or so, if not longer--I lose track.

Tomorrow and Sunday, I have to write an editorial letter for an Ideomancer submission I hope we'll be able to buy, and answer an email from the French translator of Carnival. Also, go over a stack of interview transcript for accuracy.

The other major project on my coffee table currently (until I get the editorial letters for The Sea thy Mistress and Chill) is the CEM for By the Mountain Bound, which is even now staring at me from across the room.

I want to talk about CEMs.

It's kind of a mysterious process until you've been through it a couple of times, I guess. Essentially, you send in the manuscript, the editor sends you and editorial letter, you make the changes, the book goes back, hopefully is accepted--and the next time you see it it's got all these blue and red pencil marks all over it. And then your job is to go through and yea or nea all the changes. On every single page. Of the four hundred page (or longer) manuscript.

And as this is your last chance to change anything substantive, and find your own egregious errors, it gets pretty fraught.

So that's what MY project is for the next week or so.

Also, I need to tell people like the DMV and my insurance company that I've moved. :-P And tomorrow, mail those last batch of books, as I did get them packaged and the customs forms filled out, once I found everything. Of course, there's also still more unpacking to do.

Also, I need to get "The Horrid Glory of its Wings" squared away by month's end.

I need to be twins.


Thankfully, we have a lot of beer in the house, and a fair supply of chocolate.

Honeydew, 2009:

Revise "The Horrid Glory of its Wings"
Revise Chill
Revise The Sea thy Mistress
Revise One-Eyed Jack and The Suicide King
Write either An Apprentice to Elves or A Reckoning of Men (with truepenny) (or at least get healthily started on it.)
Shadow Unit S3
Write Grail
Revise the blind cave mermaid story
Write "Smile" (Bone Garden) (started)
Write "On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera."


Your to do list leaves of "Do Hugo Nominee Happy Dance."

You must do some awfully rough dancing in them parts. :)

Dog/cat detente is still on the level of demilitarized zones, alas. I hope this improves eventually. He hasn't tried to hurt her, but he's just a little too interested/focused on her, and not backing down when she puffs up and makes teakettle noises. I am nonplussed.

I estimate that it took over a year before Repo could walk under Summer's nose without causing a ruckus. It does take time, but I have faith that things will move much faster for you, especially since you don't have to leave the house for 9 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and I doubt that Ace has anywhere near the issues that Summer came with.

Sometimes, I very much resent the day job. It interferes with my life, it does.
You aren't kidding about it being fraught. I just went through that about two weeks ago.
I thought you were out of this filthy business.
I am. These were the two books that Sean Wallace sat on for two years. I might as well get a return on all that effort, right?
Ayeah! Yes, you should.
Besides, I look at it this way. If I sell enough copies that I can afford to buy a brand new greenhouse, then you lot won't have to worry about me infecting the genre again. (I have to admit that I laugh myself sick when friends suggest that Greasing the Pan could win the "Best Related Non-Fiction" Hugo, because considering the value of the Hugos, that would be the greatest insult of all.)
Never mind twins, I need eleven clones. I keep hoping they're already out there and we'll all run into each other one day. I'll find they've written all the stories I haven't had time to work on yet and vice versa.
"Dog/cat detente is still on the level of demilitarized zones, alas. I hope this improves eventually. He hasn't tried to hurt her, but he's just a little too interested/focused on her, and not backing down when she puffs up and makes teakettle noises. I am nonplussed."

How come nobody is ever plussed?

The boyfriend's solution* for dog/cat disagreements is to rub the dog thoroughly with catnip (for cat/cat issues, rub both of them with it), but really I can see that plan leading only to woe and spiders. And more woe. And quite probably a lot of hissing and growling and associated poufing. And cat scratches. And a traumatized GRD.

*Note that he has never actually tried this particular solution, he just recommends it any time inter-critter disagreements come up in conversation.
NoNoNo ...

Rub the dog with catnip and rub the cat with aniseed.

Yes, you need to do the happy dance for the Hugo nomination. I just read "Shoggoths in Bloom". Thanks for the link.

Wow! All I can say is, wow. Really excellent.
Thank you.
The dog and cat will probably work things out, but if you want to help it along, I have a method I've used on three dogs and two cats. These are cats that were raised around dogs, and that really helps. I concentrate mostly on the dog, because if the dog is nonthreatening, the cat will usually calm down.

What I do is put the cat someplace safe, like in a crate, then work with the dog with treats. The first thing is just general obedience. Sit, down, watch me...anything where they are paying attention to you and not the cat. The second thing is "hello kitty." This is where the dog is trained to look at the kitty in a friendly, nonaggressive way. I start by simply waiting for him to look or sniff in the kitty's direction, then I say, "Hello kitty" and give the treat. Two out of three got it right away, and henceforth considered being nice to the cat a great way to get treats. The other one is a doofus and needs like 100 reps to learn anything, but was afraid of the cat to begin with so it wasn't a problem.

Just a session or two was enough to get them to the point where I felt they were not dangerous.

For cats, you can offer treats while they're in their safe spot and the dog is around, unless the cat is really freaked out. Then they usually won't take treats. But like I said, time seems to be the best thing for cats.
CEM = Copyedited manuscript? *feels dumb* ;-D
Yes. *g* So, not dumb!
Here's hoping the agent can find the Promethean Age books another home! I am really enjoying these books -- and pressing them on everyone I know. (Well, we are suckers for that Celtic/faerie stuff.)

It took, oh, at least 3 months for my dog and cats to get over that. I found it useful to let the one cat who would swipe at him do that (and he learned much quicker to leave her alone). The other two cats, he would corner, and they would yowl, and I'd tell him to leave it. He never hurt them, just scared them, and they had to learn he wouldn't, and he had to learn they didn't like him anyway. Nowadays, even the cat who took swipes at him ignores him, and one of the others actually cuddles with him. My recommendation is allowing them to be in the same room as much as possible -- but only when you're there to separate them. It's a process of acclimation on both their parts.
I have to say, the CEM process sounds just plain awful. I don't blame you for any dread its presence in your house may elicit.

It seems like just going through the text again that closely would bring up simultaneous "I never want to see this manuscript again AUGH" and "Oh, I really need to delete this passage and move this scene forward fifty pages, and--" reactions, neither of which you're free to act on. And then you add to that having to actually think about a thousand or so changes someone thinks you should make and how many times you can use your STET without antagonizing everyone, and then AUGH the things they caught that are embarrassing to think got through and--and--and--

I'm totally going to stop empathizing now. That's quite enough of that.

I do sympathize however. And also, contradictorily, congratulate you for having pushed yet another manuscript through to this state.

dog - cat intro resource

There is one chapter in the book _Good Owners, Great Cats_ that specifically addresses introducing a dog to your existing cats. I have used that chapter with many of my clients.

And, no, "letting them work it out" is not a safe answer.

Give a ring sometime if you would like; we need an excuse to chat! You can email or IM me for my phone number....

Good luck!

Re: dog - cat intro resource

Thanks for the resource!

Heh. You know how much I hate telephones, right?
Incidentally, out of curiosity ...

Do you ever get fan mail from your copy editor(s)?
I've gotten a nice note or two.
I'm going to take this bronze star heart
I've got I'm going to melt it down

Huh. How'd you discover this one?
truepenny, mirrorthaw, and heresluck.

Unfortunately, it's the only song of his that I like, but I really like it.
Well, it's taken ages with Sid and Bear and as you know, she is still in Luuuurve with Dreamy Sidney and Sid is still underwhelmed, but it's got a lot better over the last 6 months.
Thank you for the reminder to actually order the Promethean Age novels through work (the perks of working for a book wholesaler!)--I've been meaning to do so, but couldn't for the life of me remember where I'd written down the titles. Now I have at least a vague idea of where I might've put them.