To give you an idea of what going over galleys or page proofs is like, here's the list of corrections I am sending my editor and her noble editorial assistant for the first five chapters of Chill:
p 3 line 34 "Holde" should be "holde", please
p 8 line 30 and 31: Please change "The Chief Engineer has already been released. So has Prince Benedict." to "Prince Benedict has already been released. So has the Chief Engineer."
p 12 line 21: please change "to observe how" to "to observe that" please
p 19 line 02: please removed the words "At least" and capitalize the word "failed"
p. 28 line 11: please change "panel" to "controls"
p. 46 line 15: please delete the word "indeed"
...yeah, sounds thrilling, doesn't it? Three hundred more pages to go. After I shower.
TBRE talked me into staying home from climbing today, as I am still coughing and sound like Marlene Dietrich, only not in the good way. Also, my Crippling Pedagogical Injury could probably use some more time to heal before I jam my foot into a climbing shoe**.
So I will be holed up on the sofa with the dog and my page proofs today.
The current Honeydew*:
# Write Grail
# Revise The White City and its attendant chapbook, which might be called "The Forty Times Forty."
Or might not.
# Write A Reckoning of Men (with truepenny)
# Write "The Unicorn Evils" (with coffeeem)
#Write "Spell 81a" (with stillsostrange)
#Write "Uniform" (ensemble!)
# Write "Ligature"
# Maybe write The Steles of the Sky if it sells, or do some more work on it to send back out if it doesn't.
# Maybe write Karen Memory if it sells, or do some more work on it to send back out if it doesn't.
# Continue working on Smile
# Schizophrenic levitation time travel vignette secret project thingy
# Space opera thingy
# Vampirism thingy
# Singularity Rent novel
# Noir thingy
# Carousel thingy (which might also be the noir thingy)
*Not counting small obligations like page proofs and all the things I have to mail to people. The good news is, other than various Go Be A Famus Riter daytrips in October and November and one small camping trip, I have no travel planned until Readercon and Fourth Street next year. Which is a Very Good Thing, because I need the time to work.
Cons, man. Much as I love you all, they kill my momentum and productivity something fierce.