December 31st, 2004

bear by san

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booksquare with an absolutely lovely rant on disregarded women and women's fiction as an act of courage. papersky, I think you'll like this.

Got the paper edit of OEJ finished last night, ensconced in bed with the laptop and a glass of Fresca cut with cranberry juice. (such decadence.) I also got a hundred pages of the edits input, and blocked out very roughly one scene I need to add within those hundred pages. (Once I get the rest of the MS neatened up, I'll go back and fill in the scenes I've decided I need to add.)

It's really NOT the most boring book in the world. It just feels like it right now. (Actually, Worldwired is the most boring book in the world. One-Eyed Jack is the runner up.)

One of the problems with this editing pass is that the book is very fast-paced. (It makes Hammered and Scardown look downright leisurely.) and I managed to keep a breathless pace through it... attheexepenseofthecharactershavinganyinternalarcwhatsoever*cough*. Or, more precisely, neither Tribute or Jackie let me into his damage until the end of the book, when said damage is resolved. Which gives the book kind of a glossy, surfacy feel (and a bit of gloss and slickness is fine; it's a romp, after all, not a tragedy), because the characters have a real shallow arc.

So I'm having to go back and deepen that arc, and add pointers to their damage. Which is good, because it makes them more well-rounded characters, and bad because there's not a lot of room o get this stuff in, and I don't want to lose the voom! Because a lot of what this book has going for it is voom. *g*

It may be unpublishable, self-indulgent, masturbatory, and over the top (*cough* high concept, by tnh's definition, only no Pope *cough*)--but hell, it's fun.

By the way, for everybody who asked--yeah, it is pretty nice being published. You should try it!
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bear by san

Soldier's heart

I'm still feeling too spooked and horrified by the Indian Ocean tsunami to want to do much more than stare and chew my thumb. It's particularly shocking right now, in that I've just been writing this--aftermath of a tremendous disaster--and I was ready to put these feelings of shellshock and horror away.

This is one of the hypothetical efects of global climate change, by the way. I'm not saying that this particular quake was triggered by the melting polar icecaps and the resulting crustal uplift, but the potential for just this sort of disaster is discussed, somewhat, in Worldwired.

It's terrifying to see what you've imagined.

I have to think back to World War II to find a referent for death on this scale. Dresden, Kiev, Hiroshima/Nagasaki--

It hurts to think about. The world is so very powerful, and we are so very frail. They say the death toll may rise to half a million; very roughly speaking, that's like somebody shot every third person in Las Vegas, every seventh person in Toronto, every twentieth person in New York. I've tried to describe carnage on this scale.

Now I'm observing it.

It's still impossible to comprehend.

And in the morning, we still have to get up and slop the pigs. And right now, there's a hell of a lot of pigs that need slopping.

Which leads me to some small personal good news, I suppose; the pig slopping, that is. retrobabble just let me know that Amazon is nearly sold out of Hammered. There are five copies left as of this writing.

Also, I notice that stillsostrange has made herself a very shiny Hammered icon, and I wish I'd thought of it first.


I'm glad I didn't kill that particular darling.

Not being nihilistic_kid, I'm not going to resort to terrorism to sell those last few copies. Although I did contemplate briefly threatening to post pictures of Nick in his undies if I didn't get what I wanted. But somehow, today, what I want isn't really to sell books.

Instead, I want them not to come true.

In any case, my college friends (who will be celebrating the New Year in two short hours) and I have a sort of traditional New Year's toast, which I reproduce here, since I cannot be with them. Traditionally, the joke is that even years are worse than odd years.

We made it through--most of us!
It could have been worse--for most of us!
We'll get through the next one too--most of us!
Here's to 2004: Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way into history, bitch.
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