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if i freeze i can't decay.

Well, I just handed in a novel and I have more freaking short stories to write this year than I quite know what to do with. And the Honeydew needs updated again already, even though I just posted one yesterday...

Which means it's time for the first lines meme!

(For those who haven't encountered this before, the idea is that somehow magically listing all projects under construction will alert the brain to finish a few of them. Sometimes, it even works.)

Short fiction:

"It's not like I'd be selling my own liver."
--"This Chance Planet"

I loved you not.
--"Posthumous Jonson"

The first word was meant to be spoken quietly, if it should ever be spoken at all. A dribble of signal. An echo. A ghost. A coded trickle, something some PC running SETI-at-home would pick out of the background noise, flag, and return silently, the machine's owner innocent of his role in making history.
--"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"

Before she turned into a dragon, Kathy Cutter was Comanche Zariphes' best friend.
--"Form and Void"

"We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you'd flunked Algebra."
--"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera" (someday I will actually write this damned story. It's been a title and a single sentence for over a decade now.)

My father is deceased.
--"Edward"

Johnny Backus was a daywalker. Johnny Backus was a vampire. Johnny Backus was a friend of mine.
--"Steel"

Stormchases' little skiff skipped and glided across the tropopause, skimming the denser atmosphere of the warm cloud-sea beneath, running before a fierce wind.
--"The Deeps of the Sky"

There are no unremarkable worlds.
--"Periastron"

Nothing made Matthew hate himself more than waiting for the elevator.
--"Patience & Fortitude"

The universe will always need plumbers--at least until the Big Rip.
--"Flush"

Shadow Unit:

Barry Petrewski lived in a hole in the ground.
--"Latency"

The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. --Mark Twain
--"Dark Leader"

Danny Brady kept his lip from curling, but only just. “You want me to walk into that water?”
--"Underworld"

The old world is dying away, and the new world struggles to come forth: now is the time of monsters. -Antonio Gramsci
--"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes"



Novels:

Tin laced her fingers together across her gravid belly and frowned along her nose at the feeble human child.
The feeble human child frowned back.
--An Apprentice to Elves

You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.
--Karen Memory

Pewter scraped across the black wave-caps of the Atlantic on the morning Carl Hughes learned how his lover had died.
--Smile

It was always night in Gotham.
--Gotham Jazz

Mrs. Cornelius stalked into the reception room, emerald studs in her ears glinting like the eyes of a snake.
--Unsuitable Metal


State of the Honeydew:

2012:

OWW Editorial Review: February 15, 2012
OWW Editorial Review: March 15, 2012
"Latency": March 15, 2012
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio" (new story for collection): March 31, 2012
Untitled Abby Irene stories: May 1, 2012
An Apprentice to Elves: June 1, 2012 with truepenny
Weird West story: June 1, 2012
"The Deeps of the Sky" (Hard SF adventure story): June 1, 2012
First draft EII story: July 15, 2012
"The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward" (Collaborative short with truepenny): July 31, 2012
Final draft EII story: September 1, 2012
"Underworld": September 15, 2012


travel:
Boskone: February 17-19, Boston MA
ConStellation: April 13-15, Lincoln NE (Guest of Honor)
KGB Reading (not mine: I'm Mr. Lynch's arm candy for this one): April 18, 2012 KGB bar, Manhattan
Reading/Signing (with Scott Lynch): April 24, Albany NY, Flights of Fantasy bookstore
WisCon: May 25-28, Madison WI
4th Street Fantasy Conversation: June 21-24, Minneapolis MN
ConVergence: July 5-8, Minneapolis MN
Readercon: July 12-15, Burlington MA
Armadillocon: July 26-29, Austin TX
ChiCon: August 30-Sept 3, Chicago IL
Viable Paradise: October 5-14, Oak Bluffs MA
World Fantasy Convention: November 1-4, 2012, Toronto

There will also be at least one appearance at Pandemonium Books in Boston, date TBD.

2013:
Modern fantasy story: January 2013
Steles of the Sky : January 2013
"Dark Leader": March 2013
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": September 2013


travel:
World Fantasy Convention: October 31-November 3, 2013, Brighton


No fixed deadline:

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

"Form & Void"
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"Steel"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"This Chance Planet"
"Flush"

Comments

Hm. Are Smile and Apprentice to Elves supposed to be in the same universe?
Since one is in a Norse fantasy world and the other's a modern-day ghost story set in New England... no.
Brady! Squeee!

Love the first line for "Steel".

And whenever "On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera" becomes more than a title and a first line, I will squee even louder!
*g*
Whoa, that's a lot of first lines! Here's to successful ambition!
Yay on handing in the novel!
Just read the most recent Shadow Unit and have to say, I enjoy that series so much.
thanks!

First Lines

Oh, please, please, please write some more stories from the "Blood and Iron" world! Your list of things to do makes me want to lie down--really impressive.

Re: First Lines

Doing my best! And thank you.
Love this meme. Also? I'm not sure whether to lie down, bow down, or buy lunch. Seconding the Shadow Unit love, FTR.
Thank you!

I'm working on the caramels, I promise. It's just getting away from me. *g*
I don't mind. Words come first.
For the record, "Latency" and "Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes" are both freaking terrifying SU titles.

(Also, see you at WisCon!)

-Nameseeker
We like terrifying titles. *g*