March 18th, 2010

writing dust bible 'house of dust"

people racing around in cars and cities you can't even walk across

Just send the Bad Draft of Grail to agent, editor, and a couple of carefully selected first readers who are allowed to see my work at it's absolute worst.

It is a very bad draft. But the plot is all in there, even if the contractors are obviously still at work, and several major plot developments currently exist as [bracket notes: go back and put this in] and it's got 75% too much exposition, and four chapters are only represented as outline notes, question marks, "So who DID kill what's-her-name two thousand years ago?"

We call it a draft because it's full of holes, dammit.

Manuscript stands at 378 pages. And I'm not looking at it again for at least a month.

Now, on to the next thing, which I think is my RoF review column. And then the short stories due in June need to go down, along with A Reckoning of Men, but I might need a little post-novel ennui here first.

Reading ho!

State of the Honeydew:

Tucson Festival of Books: March 12-13

Grail: April 15

Realms of Fantasy Review Column: April 9

Massachusetts Library Association Conference: April 30

Connecticut Authors & Publishers Association University 2010 - Writers Conference: May 8

Fourth Street Fantasy Convention: June 25-27

Secrit projekt deadline: June 30

A Reckoning of Men: July 1 (with truepenny)
"Dolly" (formerly known as the untitled noir objective stuntwriting thingy): July 1
"Needles" (formerly known as the untitled Near Dark homage thingy): July 1

"Spell 81a": July 15 (with stillsostrange)

Readercon: July 8-11

Viable Paradise: October 1-10

Gaylaxicon: October 29-31

The Steles of the Sky: November 2

"Uniform": November 15 (with stillsostrange, blackholly, coffeeem, willshetterly, and leahbobet)

Darkover: November 26-28

The White City chapbook: late fall

"Ligature": January 15

The Steles of the Sky book 2: November 2 2011

An Apprentice to Elves: December 1 2011 (with truepenny)

No fixed deadline:

space opera thingy
revise "The Romance"
Karen Memory
(formely known at the Singularity Rent novel)

criminal minds elle lucky

never had a doubt in the beginning

[16:57] matociquala: The book I am currently reading for review doesn't suck.
[16:57] leahbobet: ooh.
[16:57] leahbobet: which?
[16:57] matociquala: Mind Games, Crane. It's mind candy, but it's honest mind candy.
[16:58] leahbobet: I started Gemma's book last night.
[16:58] matociquala: And the protag is not brittle and mouthy
[16:58] leahbobet: She can fucking write.
[16:58] matociquala: Who?
[16:58] leahbobet: Gemma Files.
[16:58] *** kafkonia has joined the conversation.
[16:58] leahbobet: It's A Book of Tongues.
[16:58] matociquala: Don't know her
[16:58] stillnotbored: hey Jamie
[16:58] kafkonia: *falls over*
[16:58] leahbobet: Hey, Jamie
[16:58] matociquala: Hey jamie
[16:58] leahbobet: She is local-to-me-persons.
[16:58] stillnotbored: I only know her as a poet
[16:58] matociquala: I am glad her book is aawesome.
[16:59] leahbobet: And meeting her in person when I was 19 or 20 was really weird because she wrote the movie review column in one of our alt-weeklies when I was in high school.
[16:59] leahbobet: I had this OMG FAMOUS PEOPLE thing.
[16:59] matociquala: This book is not awesome, but it is perfectly fun urban fantasy
[17:00] matociquala: with telepaths and stuff.
[17:00] leahbobet: Like you do. *g*
[17:00] matociquala: And it owns its moral mabiguity
[17:00] matociquala: yeah
[17:00] matociquala: hee moral mabiguity
[17:00] leahbobet: hee
[17:00] matociquala: It is also refreshingly faerie and werewolf free.
[17:00] leahbobet: I want to parse that as MAN-biguity.
[17:01] kafkonia: Gemma Files?
[17:01] leahbobet: Yup.
[17:01] leahbobet: I am four chapters in and so far I am a happy me.
[17:01] matociquala: I went to a shakespeare place, of course
[17:01] kafkonia: Odd fact: her name weirds me out because she came to my attention shortly after the death of Jenna Felice (sp?)
[17:01] leahbobet: Mabiguity = you don't actually know what Queen Mab is going to do next.
[17:02] matociquala: Status Normal
[17:02] leahbobet: MANbiguity = is that a dude?