February 22nd, 2013

writing genocide

and i'm where i want to be and who i want to be and doing what i always said i would

And it's worthwhile, even if its exhausting. I really wish this deadline were a month further away, because I am going to be handing in something of a rough-draft mess.

I seem to have more to do than I have hours to do it, and the end of the book is further away than I thought. I think after this post I am going to stop liveblogging my end-of-book push, just because I am Le Tired.

I'm throwing words at the page right now. I will fix them later. Because of course, the book is suddenly made of great ideas that would have been really useful if I'd only had them 200 pages ago. Now, they are distractions from the main event: the push to the end of the draft.

In good news, an excerpt of Shattered Pillars is up at Tor.com! It does, of course, contain spoilers for Range of Ghosts, being, you know, a direct sequel. And like that.

Today will be the day I reach 500 pages. God, I am stupidly exhausted. And yet, the end is in sight--and my Pathfinder game has canceled itself this weekend due to Inclement Weather, so I will be spending the next three days snowed in and typing.

I've hit the point where inhibitions are low, and my brain is a sqooshy pile of cholesterol and collagen with minimal electrical activity.

Just keep typing until you get to the climactic space battle. Just keep typing until you get to the climactic space battle.

They call it a draft because it is full of holes.

101004 / 120000 words. 84% done!Steles of the Sky: Eternal Sky III

Start time: 1100 hours EST, Tuesday February 19 2013
Hours elapsed: 76
Starting Word count: 88,107 words
Starting page count: 437 pages
Current Word count: 101,004 words
Current page count: 498 pages
New words:  12,897

Teacup: squid mug
Tea: Upton pai mu tan white with ginger and mint; Stash mint chocolate oolong; Upton Christmas Tea; Upton gunpowder green; Upton Lung Ching ("Dragon Well") Chinese green tea;
Not Tea: Adirondack raspberry lime seltzer; hot buttered rum; a Manhattan variant with Campari in place of vermouth; coooooooooffeeeeeee; unsweetened almond coconut milk; Polar pink grapefruit seltzer, Thai chili bloody Mary, more coffee, wisniowska (the drink that shares my name); coffeecoffeeecoffeecofeee; Mott's Garden low sodium
Other Sustenance: cinnamon graham crackers; brown rice, refried pintos, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, fried egg; Reed's ginger chew; half a sweet cheese croissant; nut and rice crackers; more cinnamon grahams; a disgustingly healthy smoothie that would have been better without the kiwi; spaghetti with turkey sausage, veggie, and red bean marinara sauce; pistachios; oatmeal with jam, banananananananas, and peanut butter; rice with peas and mushrooms; chicken black bean burrito; still more cinnamon grahams; brown rice; refried beans; half a blood orange; leftover spaghetti; walnuts; more oatmeal with peanut butter, bananananananananas, and prickly pear jam; two bites of scott_lynch's pumpkin muffin with cream cheese frosting; a dangerously juicy yellow plum; Vermont Cheddar on low sodium stoned wheat crackers; steamed Korean vegetable bun; grass-fed cheeseburger on a whole wheat English muffin with Vermont Cheddar; celery sticks; cara cara orange; Morningstar fake burger (Luciferburger, as I like to call them); Whole wheat English muffin with butter and prickly pear jam; peach Greek yogurt; more cheese and crackers; bagel; walnuts; shrimp scampi-like substance with broccolini;

Dancing: with myself.
Exercise: yoga, 1 mile walk, 1 mile run
Sleep: 20 hours
Showers: 3
Reason for stopping last night: derp derp  derp derp derp derp 

Words Word don't know
Mean things

If I do not finish this book today, I will only have to finish it tomorrow.

new england quiet before the work

don't worry about a thing. 'cause every little thing gonna be all right.

Before I head back to the comma mines to get to page 500, I had some awesome news today, resulting in cake and gin cocktails.

Tor will be publishing my Heroic Hookers Of The Outermost Wild West novel, Karen Memory, probably in 2015.

Via arcaedia, to casacorona, etc.


This means I don't have to write a book proposal this summer, and also that I'm not unemployed as of May 1st. *g*

Also, I will be speaking at the ALA conference in Chicago in June, between 4th Street and ConVergence.

And due to scheduling conflicts, there is a Shadow Unit schedule rejigger. The February episode will be airing in March, which means the remaining four episodes after that will all be pushed back a month apiece.

Which means its time for an updated Honeydew....

 travel and appearances 2013:

Boskone: Boston, MA, February 15-17 2013
Signing: New England Mobile Book Fair, Newton Highlands MA, March 20, 2013
Signing: Bookpeople, Austin TX, March 27 2013
Signing: Dragon's Lair, Austin TX, March 28 2013
Minicon: Minneapolis, MN, March 30-31 2013
Signing: Uncle Hugo's Bookstore, Minneapolis MN, April 13, 2013
Up in the Aether: Detroit, MI, May 23-27 2013
4th Street Fantasy: Minneapolis, MN, June 21-24, 2013
American Library Association (guest speaker): Chicago IL, June 28-30 2013
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN July 4-8, 2013
Readercon: Burlington, MA, July 11-14, 2013
Lone Star Con (San Antonio Worldcon): San Antonio, TX, August 29-September 1 2013
Context: Columbus, OH, September 27-29 2013 (GoH)
Viable Paradise: Oak Bluffs MA, October 11-16 2013 
World Fantasy Convention: Brighton England UK, October 31-November 3, 2013


Steles of the Sky rough draft: March 2, 2013

Book proposal madness!
OWW EC: March 15, 2013
Metatropolis III story: March 31, 2013
"Dark Leader": April 2013
Steles of the Sky final: May 1, 2013
Venusian story: July 1, 2013
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": October 2013

HG story: Date to be determined...
An Apprentice to Elves: ?


Karen Memory: January 6, 2014

travel and appearances:
ConVergence: Minneapolis, MN, July 3-7, 2014
Finncon (GoH): Jyväskylä, Finland, July 11-13, 2014
Worldcon: London, England, August 14-17, 2014

No fixed deadline:

Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Gotham Jazz

Untitled Gangland Urban Fantasy That Keeps Bugging Me
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"This Chance Planet"
"Patience and Fortitude"
"A Time to Reap"

It's still a good thing I'm superhuman.