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March 2017



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bear by san

"Oh, the wonderfullness of me."


Words today: 2287
Words total: 77412
Manuscript pages: 315 of 325, ~95 pages to go.
Reason for stopping: End of scene. Took all day, but I got there. Major plot point dispensed with.
Stimulants: Honeybush (perverts. hush.), Russian Caravan, and liquorice and ginger Altoids
Mammalian assistance: Paladin was sick and required a good deal of attention. Signy needed petting. Marlowe needed headbumps. Oliver and Mebd needed to be combed.
Notecards obliterated: 1, 24 remaining.
Last exercise: 7/1, 15 laps of the public pool. Vacuumed house. Since we were agreed 3 to one that vacuuming is exercise. *g*


I'm having a good writing karma day. Probably shouldn't tempt the fates by talking about it, but I heard from arcaedia on Blood & Iron, and she liked the revisions enough to say it's probably not worth doing any tidying before we present it to my editor. Which of course we don't do until after Worldwired is accepted.

Also, I got a very nice note today from one of my favorite short fiction authors, saying he liked "This Tragic Glass." I'm just over the moon about that. And I heard back yesterday from mcurry, who had so graciously agreed to read The Stratford Man for me, and he had very kind things to say--and possibly some notes to offer later. And I also got some very, very kind comments on "Old Leatherwings."

And there were several multi-paragraph chunks of the scene I was writing today that, as they came out onto the page, felt good They felt taut and alive and interesting as I was writing them. Which is another good sign I'm finally moving off that plateau.

And no rejections today.

So, all in all, I think this was a really, really good day, in terms of egoboo. I think I'm going to bed to bask in my wonderfullness, since I'm expecting rejections from three or five magazines either Saturday or next week. *g*


I'm curious - how much fiction (short) do you have out there for consideration at one time?
As much as I have finished that isn't (a) trunked because it's out of markets (b) trunked because I hate it now (c) sold. *g* Which has gone as high as twenty stories, and is currently, um (checks excel spreadsheet) fourteen different stories. There's also a YA novel at two publishers (I think, unless my agent sent it out to another one since the last time I asked her about it) and one short story that's submitted to a grant program as well as to a magazine.

More Marlovian fiction

Someone called Louise Welsh has just produced a book called Tamburlaine must Die, an Elizabethan thriller about Marlowe's death, reviewed in today's Guardian - not favourably:
This isn't historical re-creation; it is the English language dressed up as Errol Flynn.

Though as the reviewer has himself written a book on the School of Night, I could be a bit hmmmm... about his impartial judgement on the subject.

Re: More Marlovian fiction

It can't be worse than The Slicing Edge of Death.
The School of Night? Check out books by Frances Yates (non-fiction, sort of) and Jean Seznec, THE SURVIVAL OF THE PAGAN GODS, if you haven't read them already for the Christian cabalists of the High Renaissance.

Also Lisa Barnett's and Melissa Scott's ARMOR OF LIGHT, which is an extraordinary book.

And yes, I think you know who the Kzin is. She's been mouthing off on SFF-NET. You're welcome on my newsgroup there, even if it IS a zoo.

Do you know Henry Jenkins' work on textual poaching? I just seem to have chomped on a reference library.

Welcome, Kzin!

We had a big discussion about ARMOR OF LIGHT here a while back, while I was up to my neck in writing THE STRATFORD MAN. I read just about all the Elizabethan fantasy I could get my hands on at that time, because I wanted to make sure I wasn't stepping on anybody else's toes, thematically or plotwise.

I agree. It is a very powerful book on a lot of levels; some of the setpiece scenes are astoundingly well written.

hit post too soon. *g*

And no, I don't know James' work. Obviously something I need to check out....
I nearly forgot to say that I'd finished reading Leatherwings and I thought it was delicious.
Thank you! That's very sweet of you to say....