it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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Was it hard to fold a hand you knew could win?

slithytove on "Diamonds and Rust," once or twice.

For those of you following the A Feast for Crows saga, my imprint-mate Mr. Martin has good news, and bad news. (via yhlee)

...I think this was the best solution... and the more I look at it, the more convinced I am that these two parallel novels, when taken together, will actually tell the story better than one big book.

And if there are those who don't agree, and still want their Big FEAST with all the trimmings set out on one huge table... well, there's an easy fix. Get both books, razor the pages out with an Exacto knife, interleave the chapters as you think best, and bring the towering stack of text that results to your favorite bookbinder... and presto, chango the Big FEAST will live again.

mabfan has a potential comet impact listing to share.

Progress notes for 1 June 2005:

Whiskey & Water

New Words: 1,611
Total Words: 99,339 / 111,000
Pages: 444

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
111,000 / 160,000
I am still pushing this Sisyphean chapter up the hill. 7,330 words and climbing. It will top out around 10K, I think. Push! Push! Push!

I would like to be done with it.

However, I killed a character today. Bloody and sudden. Irrevocable changes are always a good way to make me feel like I'm making progress and the plot is moving forward.

Reason for stopping: Quota, work, stupid
Mammalian Assistance: Summer is upon us, and the cats have been taking turns coming by to get combed. The cat jumps on the desk, I comb the cat until it bites me, and then discard whatever fluff has been removed. Well, except for Mith. He never actually gets tired of being combed, but he also doesn't jump on the desk and demand it, so I go and track him down and comb him while he puurs and headbutts me. We have a system worked out.
Stimulants: hazelnut tea
Exercise: gothercise!
Mail: There's a nice review of Hammered in the Broadsheet for the end of last month.

To be honest, I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about picking up Elizabeth Bear's debut Hammered. I don't often read science fiction set in the near future, particularly if it has a cyberpunk bent, which is how this book is being marketed. However, I grew more interested...

She's right in that it's not a book about shiny ideas. There are some shinier ones further up and further in (in Scardown and Worldwired). Or at least I think so. But shiny ideas are not and never have been my strong point as a writer. I'm more about the logically inevitable developments.

Today's words Word don't know: mitochondrial, limerence (and limerent), untelegraphed, tiercel, slickness
Tyop du jour: At the last moment, he lost sight of his pray.
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Dorothy L. Sayers, The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club;
Interesting research tidbits of the day: n/a
Other writing-related work: n/a
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