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Progress notes for 1 August 2005:

"Something Dreaming Game"

New Words: 2,630
Total Words: 5,750
Pages: 23
Reason for stopping: DONE! With the draft anyway.
Mammalian Assistance: nolove
Stimulants: chai
Exercise: I was going to gothercise, but the draft got the better of me:
Mail: big mail day:

Ellen Datlow at SCIFICTION wants "Long Cold Day," the infamous pool-playing Hounds of Tindalos story. I've now sold her something that doesn't take place in Las Vegas. w00t!

 Reflection's Edge review of Scardown. " Scardown's gaffes are so few that I can list them all here:"

Still not Litrachur, alas, but that's one of the more unequivocally good reviews I've gotten. (Although I'm still insanely pleased with the Mumpsimus's " a juggler who is also a magician..." I think I want that on my tombstone.)

To quibble a bit, though, actually, where I grew up, the saying is "almost only counts in horse-shoes and hand grenades." Such are the vagaries of regional dialect.

Although yeah, my characters are wrong a lot. About history, and other things. That, I'll grant in a heartbeat. (There's an entire scene at the end of Worldwired that consists of Jenny and Riel being wrong at each other. And just to amuse myself totally, it's the "Clarissa Explains It All" denouement scene. Jenny's wrong more often than Riel is, though.)

And to complete the theme, here's the article on intrigue that I wrote for Reflection's Edge this month. (And now I understand why they asked for that article in particular. There was a plan!)

Today's words Word don't know:  firetruck, hypnagogic, hypoxia, staffer, squinched, palp 
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a
Tyop du jour: worse coffee, this, from the staff room pot, lightened with artificial creamer and too sweat because that was the only way it was drinkable (or) psichiatry (that last actually sounds like something you might *do,* in the right sort of novel.) (or) a quantum computer ship
Darling du jour: "I'll talk to her. If asking nicely doesn't work, there's always extortion."
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: China Miéville, Iron Council; Richard Overy, Russia's War: A History of the Soviet War Effort, 1941-1945; Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Interesting research tidbits of the day: rescue breathing refresher
Other writing-related work:  I have a plan. This is the plan. Now that "The Something Dreaming Game" is finished, I write the other short story I need to write, "Lucifugous," and the other article I promised RE (one on writing older and otherwise nontrad characters) by August 10th. From August 10th through the 16th, I am working mad overtime at the dayjob. During that week, I will not try to write.

On August 18th, though, I am getting into gear on Carnival and I am coming back with my manuscript or on it. It's only 60K, after all. I should be able to put that away in a couple of months if I push. Heck, if I can get 2K a day, I can do it by the end of September.

There. Plan. Hold me to it.

And so to bed.
Tags: progress notes, short fiction
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