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nolove from F&SF today. I've reached page 323 in the paper edit of Bridge of Blood and Iron, which is about where I quit last time. Fortunately, no feelings of panic yet this time, just a mild and continuous loathing.

I'm trying to decide whether to go and write out longhand the scenes I've listed out that I need to add to the first 323 pages (which will then be more like the first 360 pages), or to keep going and see if I can actually outline the rest of what I need to add to the novel. Balancing the POVs and making sure the two new ones have enough to do is kicking my ass.

Essentially, what I have is a finished novel, and I'm trying to outline two more plot threads to balance the protagonist's POV and show some of what's going on while she's shoveling through her own pile of drek.

This isn't easy. I keep remembering the cartoon of the two spiders that have spun a web and are trying to catch a trout, and one spider says to the other spider, "If we can pull this off, we'll eat like Kings!" That's kinda where I am with this thing, frankly.

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Of? The? What kind of words are those for a title! Where's the pazzazz, the whazzoga, the lililililileeee? Nowhere, that's where? I say strike those words: Blood Iron Bridge!

Now that'll move some books.

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Bah! You don't like my Bismarck quote, gitcher own!

Besides, it's not like the marketing department will let me keep it, anyway.

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They don't let you keep titles?

::scowls::

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Sometimes you get to keep titles. Sometimes you don't. I need a good title for me, while I'm writing, to cement the theme, but that doesn't mean it's the title it'll go to press under.

I'm kind of hoping to keep Hammered because it tombstones so well -- "Hammered Elizabeth Bear" -- but if it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out.

It doesn't pay to get too religious about ones work; the editor and his cohorts are, like you, guys working to make the book better.

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Week before last, I was involved in the retitle on Anne Bishop's upcoming story collection. Her original was: "Kaeleer's Heart". A number of different ideas were thrown around by the editor, but then I tossed in "Dreams Made Flesh" (since it appeared as a phrase in a number of the stories) and apparently the sales force ate it up with a spoon.

I'll keep my fingers crossed on "Hammered" though - I like that one.

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I like it too. *crosses fingers as well*
I keep remembering the cartoon of the two spiders that have spun a web and are trying to catch a trout, and one spider says to the other spider, "If we can pull this off, we'll eat like Kings!"

I remember it as a web across a playground slide. ;-)

And I know that feeling.

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You know, I think you're right. I'v conflated two things in memory, as happens.

Now I wonder what the one about the trout was about.

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I've seen it with a frog, so I think there are numerous versions around. :)