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heard of some gravesites, out by the highway. a place where nobody knows.

Ooof. Gotta figure out what I will be working on, come Tuesday. I think I'm going to try for a draft of one of these two SF novellas ("REZ" and "The Deeps Of The Sky.") I think "REZ" is on deck. It's not finished in my head, but it's closer, and I might could force it. I was hoping these would be more cooked by now.

Also, these book proposals ain't gonna write their own selves.

Also by the end of February, I need a faerie story. Which means I need to decide to write either the mighty drag werewolf story, or "Patience and Fortitude," and also actually bloody write it.

I could use another reading/recovery month, I tell you what. It's a good thing I'm superhuman.

Mush, you huskies! Mush!

1) Charles Yu, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
2) Ben MacAllan, Desdaemona
3) Alex Bledsoe, The Sword-Edged Blonde
4) Catherynne M. Valente, Deathless
5) Kameron Hurley, God's War
6) Jodi Meadows, Incarnate (in draft)
7) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn, Scientific Detective
8) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Fossil Cave
9) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Automatic House
10) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Swamp Monster
11) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn on a Desert Island
12) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn on the Ocean Floor
13) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Weather Machine
14) Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin, Danny Dunn and the Universal Glue
15) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, The Thing Around Your Neck
16.) Peter Selby and Steve Slavin, Practical Algebra: a Self-Teaching Guide
17.) Tamora Pierce, Bloodhound
18.) Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch
19.) Geoff Ryman, Lust

State of the Honeydew:


The book proposal currently known as May Mazer and the Ghost Ship (You did detect a title change! Very good!)
The book proposal currently known as Gotham Jazz.
OWW EC review: February 15
Modern Fae story: ("Patience & Fortitude" (or possibly otherwise The Mighty Drag Werewolf story, which I think is the same story as "The Slaughtered Lamb, because two Manhattan werewolf stories might as well be one using all the good ideas instead of two each using half")) March 1, 2011
Realms of Fantasy column:  March 1, 2011
OWW EC review: March 15, 2011
ad eternum and "Underground" (New Amsterdam IV & chapbook): March 30, 2011
Realms of Fantasy column: April 28, 2011
The Shaded King (Bone and Jewel Creatures II): April 30, 2011
Shattered Pillars: November 2, 2011
An Apprentice to Elves: December 1, 2011 (with truepenny)
SF Horror story ("Form & Void"): December 25, 2011

World Horror Convention (barcon only): April 28-May 1 2011
Leprecon 37: May 6-8 2011
KGB reading: May 18 2011
Eurocon: June 17-19 2011 (barring volcanoes)
Fourth Street Fantasy Conversation: June 23-26 2011
Odyssey: July 1, 2011
Clarion: July 10-16, 2011
Viable Paradise: October 7-16, 2011

Okay, that's a little steep.

and 2012:
"Latency": March 2012
Steles of the Sky : November 2012
"Underworld": September 2012


"Dark Leader": March 2013
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": September 2013

No fixed deadline:

"The Deeps of the Sky"
Karen Memory
Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy"
"Steel Monkey"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"

Right. Guess I'd better get off the internets.


I am amused by the "might could" idiom. New England mannerism?

Yeah, I think it's local dialect, like "down cellar" and "needs (whatever)" (usage: "The car needs washed.") Though I know a Pennsylvanian who also uses "needs x."
I've met the "needs [to be] washed" construction -- I think I've heard Baltimore relatives use it? -- some mid-Atlantic dialect, anyway, though not Eastern Shore or Virginia Appalachia, that I recall.

Dang, I'm losing all my sense of Eastern speech patterns.

I hear the infinitive drop in Virginia, too.
In the Piedmont or in the moutains, out of curiosity?

Oh yeah. To the point that I've never even thought of "down celler" as incorrect or idiomatic until, well, just now. The "needs washed" one, I do realize is ungrammatical, but I use it anyway. :)

(Upstate - as in halfway across the state and right next to Pennsylvania- NY, *mumble* decades ago now)
Hee, we always say "needs washed" and similar, and also "might could." In particular, I'll note that my kitchen floor almost ALWAYS needs washed.

Trying to parse out for me if that is Michigan talking or all of the Kentucky I grew up around in my part of Michigan is a task for folks more patient than me.
I got some groceries, some peant butter, to last a couple of days
But I ain't got no speakers, ain't got no headphones, ain't got no records to play
You're already done with the ROF column due on March 1st? The way you destroy these deadlines never ceases to amaze me, Bear. Looking forward to it, as always.
It needs another pass, but yeah, the draft is done.

I'm compulsive, what can I say?
Trust me, I'm not complaining! :)
You're amazing. When folks ask me if I know a professional author - you - YOU! come to mind.
Smiles for Bear.
I gotta get back to shoveling snow and feeding horses (and putting words on the screen).
Dude. I think *you're* amazing. For sheer professional awesome? OMG.
Danny Dunn (smiles)