March 23rd, 2008

literature charlotte some spider

the vultures dried their wings

It's not a secret to anyone, I suspect, how much I love the work of Peter Beagle. The Last Unicorn is my favorite book (Watership Down is #2, if you were wondering) and that reminds me, it's about time to reread it again.

So it's with a good deal of pleasure that I point you to this week's Green Man Review, which includes a podcast of a brand new Beagle story.

And now, a little guitar practice for me, and then back to the book mines.

writing gorey earbrass unspeakable horro

you can tell them i'm coming and--hell's coming with me. hell's coming with me.

Progress notes for 22-23 March 2008

Ooo, I wrote a pretty sentence. That always makes me happy.


New words: 4160
Microsoft wordcount: 38,168
Manuscript wordcount: 44,750
Deadline: May 1
Mammalian assistance: the cat is picketing for something. And stealing my chair every time I get up.
Reason for stopping: Quota, scene, tired. Chapter 10 is done. Chapter 11 is happening.

Darling du jour: Overhead and alongside darted tiny jeweled birds with sewing-needle beaks, whirring like soft-spoken insects.
Tyop du jour: burst and rotten foot
Jury-rigging: I like the part where when I'm floundering through a draft, I just kind of write the scene I structurally know needs to be there, without any idea of the work it's meant to be doing. And then in the last two sentences I figure out what the work was supposed to be, so I go back and make a note at the beginning of the scene that goes, roughly, "Next draft make this scene do X."

Today's words Word don't know:  boled, Cattleya, somebodies, puddling, monodimensional,
Words I'm Surprised Word Do Know: multifarious, materiel, lossage
Sustenance: nachos
Mean Things: beetles in your hair, hypervigilance
Other writing-related work: SU easter egg hunt stuff

Exercise: went for a walk
Miles to Lothlorien: 245.2
Guitar practice: Kind of desultory, but there was some last night. And some better practice today. I am really, really not very good at this.
Mail: Congrats to M. John Harrison and Minister Faust, Who are (respectively) the Dick Award laureate and Certificate of Merit recipients this year.

Congrats also to the BSFA award winners:

BEST NOVEL: "Brasyl" by ianmcdonald
BEST SHORT FICTION: "Lighting Out" by Ken MacLeod
BEST ARTWORK: "Cracked World" by Andy Bigwood

The Internet is Full of Things:  But who has time to go look for them?
rengeek fucking silence

Cat Vs. Giant Dog

Cat: What is that horrible Thing?
Giant Dog: KITTY!
Cat: *makes a noise like a failing CV joint and scales the television stand*
Giant Dog: kitty?
Cat: *trees self*
Giant Dog: *hides in kitchen, behind Monkey, and peeks around corner into living room*
Giant Dog:
Cat: *makes a noise like two failing CV joints*
Giant Dog: *backs away respectfully, tail waving ever so gently, eyebrows worried*
Giant Dog: Hullo, kitty. You can come down from the top of the television stand.
Monkey: Oh dear. Here, Cat. How about I give you a lift past the giant dog, into the bedroom?
Other Monkey: Be careful. She's pointy.
Monkey: *picks up Cat*
Giant Dog: Kitty!
Other Other Monkey: Giant Dog, come here.
Giant Dog: But.... kitty.
Cat: *makes a noise like three failing CV joints and a steam drill.*
Giant Dog: *tries to rescue Cat from vicious Monkey, who is obviously hurting her*
Monkey: *somehow gets Cat into bedroom without losing a limb*
Monkey: Oh, look. Halloween cat. Wrong candy-related holiday, kiddo.
Giant Dog: *stands at end of hallway to bedroom, tail still waving slightly*
Giant Dog: kitty?
Other Other Monkey: You can go look at the kitty. It's okay.
Giant Dog: That would not be respectful of the kitty's wishes.
Other Other Monkey: No, look, just come down here and look at the kitty. She won't hurt you.
Giant Dog: But the kitty is scared. Poor kitty!
Other Monkey: Come on, Giant Dog. Let's go look at the kitty.
Other Monkey: *sneaks down hall like Shaggy*
Giant Dog: *sneaks down hall like Scooby*
Giant Dog: *will not pass bedroom door*
Cat: *makes a noise like drilling concrete*
Other Monkey: Really! Come see the kitty!
Giant Dog: Monkey, I really don't think that's your brightest idea....
Monkey: *laughing too hard to intervene*
Cat: I hate you all.