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Let's drink a toast to those who most believe in what they've won.

Progress notes for 31 May 2006:


New Words:  1235
Total Words (actual wordcount / manuscript): 51,687 / 59,250
Pages: 237
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline:
Reason for stopping: End of scene, cliffhanger, time for bed.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
51,687 / 100,000

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
237 / 400

The caper plot may be weaseling out of the book on me. On the other hand, I might still be able to pull it out at the end.

Still have to figure out why first-murder-victim-girl was important.


Stimulants:  darjeeling
Exercise:  two hours at the gym
Mail: I got a real live copy of Blood & Iron today. Wish I still liked it on a sentence level. OTOH, I think the story is pretty okay.
Today's words Word don't know: kissable, midgame
Word I completely made up and am really happy with: wearez
Mean Things: Cricket had to listen to a boring snarky fortune teller, and when she got back to the safehouse, people she didn't want to see were waiting for her.
Darling du jour: 

"It works better if you ask a question."
"It works better if I give you hints, you mean."

Tyop du jour: polyarmory
Books in progress: Martin Cruz Smith, Stallion Gate; Jay Lake, The Trial of Flowers
Spam name du jour: Mark Whaleburg. Sending me zoophilia email, appropriately.
Other writing-related work: none
Interesting tidbits: My god, I have no life. And won't until Saturday at the earliest. And I owe the whole world email. Eeeee!



I really love it when my chain mail hauberk and my banded mail greaves get along together in ways I could not have imagined before. Also, sometimes I dress entirely in mithril and it makes it that much better to come back home to the regular steel set of mail.
If it helps, you don't owe /me/ email.
"polyarmory" made me laugh and spew my drink all over my monitor and Mebd who was sitting by the keyboard. She's sooo not pleased about this.

and live "Blood & Iron" yay!

Bestest tyop evar.
Yup - and I speak, sorry, type as a man who's been collecting them for thirty-five years. Mine all come out sounding Anglo-Saxon; can't do Graeco-Latinate ones at all. Please, can we all use it, please?
Sure. I was thinking it meant a knife in one hand and a gun in the other, but I see others have other ideas.
She'll let you know. Eventually.

I burned down a chapel once, halfway through a book. Someone died, which was important; who set the fire wasn't, at the time. And there were two good candidates, and I genuinely didn't know. So I left it. And got to the end of the book, and thought I really ought to say, and still couldn't choose between them, because I had no reason to, neither had a better claim; so I went for a walk to think it through, and realised halfway round that there was this other character, been in the book practically since page one, never done anything that mattered - and he had reasons of his own, and of course he'd set the fire, that was what he was there for.

The book knows...
They do.

Writerdom is a vast conspiracy dedicated to never letting the readers figure out how hard we are pretending we meant to do that.

That may be the sexiest neologism ever.
polyarmory = the love of many armories at the same time

black powder armory, sword and halberd armory, etc.

I can never decide which armory to go to as I love them all. I guess I am polyarmory!

Where one goes before battle when things are bad with one's sweeties? ;)


Blood & Iron: A Novel of the Promethean Age by Elizabeth Bear
A war has been waged between the Fae and the mortal Prometheans who oppose them for ages, forging our myths and stories like "Tam Lin" and "Greensleeves," which are at once truthful and a flawed reflection of the truth. Now, with the coming of a new Merlin (an office, rather than an individual), the divided factions of the Fae, the Prometheans, and the forces of Hell are converging in a fierce battle for control of the Iron World and the world of Faerie. Bear proves as deft at urban fantasy as she is at Science Fiction (The Jenny Casey trilogy). Blood & Iron includes an examination of what ties form a family, a look at the literal and metaphorical significance of blood, and a particularly brilliant shift in Point of View that should win her even wider acclaim. As Patrick would say, "Dragons and Arthurs and Godlings, oh my!" Roc tpo, $14.00.
-- MeH
(leaving the ampersands in, damnit! LOL!)

(soon to be on our web site & in our print newsletter at Comic-Con!)

&you rock!&