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March 2017



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Well, that was ever-so-slightly apocalyptic.

Today I finished a draft of "Spell 81a" (with stillsostrange). I canned a lot of carrots and parsnips. And then I drove down to Wallingford to meet The Jeff at the climbing gym.

Halfway there, I hit a band of severe thunderstorms that were throwing golfball-sized hailstones and blinding sheets of water around. Survived that, arrived at the gym, stretched out and practiced breakfalls and cartwheels (you know, I should not be allowed around gymnasium mats) and then when The Jeff and Mark-the-guy-who-is-climbing-with-us arrived, proceeded to climb.

And I got my 5.10 again, better this time. And then sailed up a sandbagged 5.7 on a fairly steep overhang that gave me serious trouble last week. (The routesetter thinks it's a 5.9-, but at Prime Climb we grade by acclaim, and people who climb 5.13 should not be allowed to rate anything lower than a 10.)

I feel strong!

Now I will do some reading, because I must.

Man, I could use some time to just grow back in here somewhere....

Also, after months of good behavior, the damned cat peed on the rug again. Probably because she and the monster kjitten are spatting.

Revise Grail: July 15
Revise A Reckoning of Men: August 1

Revise "Spell 81a": July 15 (with stillsostrange)

Readercon: July 8-11

Realms of Fantasy Review Column: August 11

Essay for secrit projekt: August 15

Proposal for Spectra: Sometime soonish in here.

Viable Paradise: October 1-10

World Fantasy: October 28-31

Range of Ghosts: November 2

"Uniform": November 15 (with stillsostrange, blackholly, coffeeem, willshetterly, and leahbobet)

Darkover: November 26-28

The White City chapbook: late fall

"Ligature": January 15 2011

New Amsterdam IV: March 2011

Leprecon 37: May 6-8

Eurocon: June 17-19 2011 (barring volcanoes)

Fourth Street Fantasy Conversation: June 23-26 2011

"The Shaded King": Autumn 2011

Shattered Pillars: November 2 2011

An Apprentice to Elves: December 1 2011 (with truepenny)

The Steles of the Sky : November 2012

No fixed deadline:

Karen Memory
(unless its name is actually Salt Water)
REZ (formely known at the Singularity Rent novel)
Unsuitable Metal
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy"
"Patience & Fortitude" (aka The Mighty Drag Werewolf story)
"Steel Something"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"Untitled Cyberdragon Story"
"The Slaughtered Lamb"
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"Möbius Heart"



Wow, that was some hail! NH keeps having the sort of short, heavy downpours that tend to cause flash floods and MA keeps having tornado warnings.
It was spectacular. Especially when it was shattering itself against my windshield.

Quite unnerving.

We had a tornado watch too, but I think nothing came of it.

We needed the rain badly, though....
Rocks! Made of ice! Falling from the sky! Just thinking about them striking my windshield makes me anxious. Glad it was the ice that shattered. (Right now we have lightning, ominous rumbling, and flickering house lights.)
We have another band coming through. Stay tuned!
I was reading an article about ice cream on the Colonial Williamsburg website and apparently in 1758 the Royal Governor of Williamsburg (or, more likely, his minions) collected hail and used it to make ice cream and cool his wine.

You are mighty!
You're coming out for Leprecon? There's a decent chance I'll actually make it this year.

I came across these pictures of rock climbers in Yosemite and thought you'd like to see them:

You're writing reviews for RoF? Cool!