And I am. I actually mean to start my reading on China tomorrow at work while I'm editing, if I draw a project that doesn't require the Full Attention.
But I've gotten sidetracked into hard thinking about the Jackie novel, which seems to also want to be the Kelpie novel (annoying because they were supposed to be in two different continuities, and the magic systems don't match), and I'm really weirded out by that, because I'm damned if I can see yet how:
the Tsavo maneaters,
the Union Pacific/Central Pacific Railroads (commercials currently voiced by Sam Elliot),
the cultural iconography of 1960's and 1970's spy, heist and detective shows and movies (especially MfU, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Bond, I Spy, Mission: Impossible, Ocean's 11, and The Avengers),
a vampire named Tribute,
a particularly badass Kelpie with serious personal problems,
the Genius of Las Vegas (and his dead boyfriend),
John Henry Holliday,
John Henry the Steel-Driving Man,
the collective unconscious as it relates to broadcast media and the internet,
the Faerie Queen,
the weird dysfunctional relationship between Las Vegas and Los Angeles,
the personal agenda of the archangel Lucifer,
a hotel detective,
the MGM Lion and the Siegfried and Roy tigers,
and the romantic history of Kit Marlowe
But my subconscious assures me that they do.
Actually, just looking at that list all in one place, I can see a lot of links already. Maybe my subconscious knows what it's doing. In any case, that's a weird bunch of iconography to base a book on.... but it *is all iconography, isn't it? It does tie back into its central theme.
Why do I see a book structured something like a DNA double helix taking shape out of this? In any case, it's got until 2005 to cook this book, so I'm in no hurry to get there.