January 21st, 2007

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The following is an unpaid public service announcement.

ETA: I SUCK Bill informs that "in print" means titles currently in release, not those that are in pre-orders. So, in other words, this offer only applies to currently existing books.

Like, for example, not mine.

In other words, I suck. Totally my error. In other words, please disregard the list of applicable books below, and go look at the website to see what it applies to. sorry.*

Today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday), Subterranean Press is running a benefit book sale to help defray costs of medical treatment for Sam Jones, a preschooler who has been diagnosed with cancer of the brain stem

What does this mean in practical terms? Bill explains:

The special we’re running is very simple. To make it an appealing offer to you, every in-print title is 25% off if bought January 21 or 22.

For our part, we’ll be donating 25% of the retail price of each sale book bought on Sunday or Monday (Jan 21-22) to Sam’s family to help with their expenses while he’s in treatment, and will guarantee a donation of at least $2000

So please, consider picking up some great reading at less than cover price, while helping out a family whose needs are great.

A couple of final notes: Please mention 25% off when ordering. Your shopping cart total and automatic email confirmation won’t reflect the sale price. We’ll take care of that when processing your order. If you use PayPal, please don’t go through our online store. Instead, email us and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice for your order.

That’s all. Thanks in advance to everyone who opens their hearts and wallets for Sam. We’ll be back Tuesday or Wednesday with our regular newsletter.

So this means that you can order my New Amsterdam or autopope's Missile Gap or desperance's The Keys to d'Esperance or docbrite's D.U.C.K. or the special edition of scott_lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora or cmpriest's Dreadful Skin or crowleycrow's The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines or greygirlbeast's Mercury or scalzi's The Sagan Diary or any of these things, and get them not only at a discount, but benefit a family that by all reports sorely needs the help.

*the people responsible have not been sacked, because I can't fire myself, but if I could, I would.
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oh, there's sober men a-plenty, and drunkards barely twenty....

Progress notes for 21 January 2007


New Words:  1,892
Total Words: 34,726
Words for the Year: 36,222 (41,000, manuscript.)
Pages: 167
Deadline: Sometime in June or July, I'm guessing
Reason for stopping: quota

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41,000 / 110,000

Stimulants:  coffee, camillo tea
Exercise: gym yesterday, with pull ups, dips, and core work. Also some yoga, and 3.6 miles of internal road work, between the elliptical trainer and the treadmill. I am at 18.1 miles, just leaving the campsite to begin the second day's walk.
Songs mutilated: In addition to brutalizing Bouree, I also mangled Go Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Mammalian assistance: Mebd has stolen my chair again
Mail: nomail

Today's words Word don't know:  spinachy, underthings, chiffonade, rehydrated, backsplash,
Words I'm surprised Word do know: depilatory
Darling du Jour: That night, they camped in a kitchen with a stove, and they had hot soup for dinner.
Mean Things: They got hot food and hot showers. I am a just and merciful Author, and if they're going to complain about a few mouse droppings in the coffee grounds, they don't know how good they've got it.
Tyop du Jour: gilty glance
Jury-rigging: funny thing that keeps happening in this book. I'll write a scene, and then as I finish I will get an important sentence near the middle or the *end* of the next scene, and spend the whole next scene writing towards it. Today's sentence to write towards was: Do you think we're being maneuvered into finding things?

There's always one more quirk in the character: Tristen can cook.
Books in progress: Phyllis Ann Karr, The Arthurian Companion; Gustav Davidson, A Dictionary of Angels including the fallen angels; J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring; Carol Emshwiler, The Mount
The Internet is full of Things: Nancy Wake, the White Mouse 
The glamour!: I took out the garbage. Go me.

I should head over to the gym now, but this sunbeam is so warm....

iggy pop chairman of the bored

you wish that you were deep.

Courtesy of the Department of Marketing To Baby Boomers Who Wouldn't Have Been Caught Dead At An Iggy Pop Concert In 1974*:

A little voice inside my head said: Don't look back. You can never look back.

Man, I hope at least Jim got a nice car out of the deal....

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*A subdivision of the Department of the Irony-Challenged
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Book Report #6: Carol Emshwiller, The Mount

I had some initial problems with this, because of a certain transparent manipulativeness, but the Black Beauty deconstruction kept me reading. And I'm glad I did, because most of this book is worthy and subtle and thoughtful and nuanced and all those other good words. I felt as if it fell apart plotwise in the last couple of chapters--as if the book drives towards an inappropriately tidy ending. But that may just be that I would have done it differently. Or, just that the revelation of who it was who was listening to Heron is such a perfect payoff, and implies everything else we need to come to the conclusion of the story, that it feels as if everything after that is anticlimax.

A very, very good book, my few structural issues aside.