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and I shall dance for you, the sweetest dance that I can do.

Progress notes for 3 July 2006:

Undertow

New Words:  1020
Total Words:  75148 / 88000
Pages: 352
Deadline: August 1
Words per day to meet deadline: 414
Reason for stopping: End of scene, late, tired.

If I were a different writer, I could have gotten a whole SF novel out of Lucienne and Jean and the negotiations of their relationship. But I'm not, and I didn't. Funny to be able to look at this book and see all the other books I could have written.

Stimulants:  iced pomegranate tea, Lagavulin
Exercise: Gym: weights, core, cardio, stretching
Mail: Oh, a rich and bountiful day of mail. Moneys from Subterranean, the fastest reject in the world from F&SF (They rock those return times and I knew this one was coming back. It has girl cooties.), a returned countersigned contract, and Locus! Wherein Nick Gevers dismissed "Ile of Dogges" (Aeon 7) as "slight," and Tim (I'm just guessing this was Tim) Pratt proves why he's the main man. (and casacorona and arcaedia also prove their equally formidable debonair.)

From page 8:

"ELIZABETH BEAR and SARAH MONETTE sold "subversive smutty fluffy psychic-companion-animal wish-fulfillment fantasy" A Companion to Wolves to Beth Meacham at Tor via Jennifer Jackson."

Yep.

Says so right there in Locus.

I'd have his babies, but Heather would kill me if I tried anything. And I eat babies.

Also, I am The Bear (sorry, Greg) in the Locus Poll writeup, which explains how other writers (*coughcough* scalzi) kicked my hiney in the first place votes, but because Locus uses one of those weird systems, Hammered won on the second-place votes. *g*

And Chains is a New and Notable book. (I'm "one of the most distinctive new voices in Science Fiction.")

That kind of takes the sting out of the crappy wordcount.

Also, pigeonhed liked Hammered.

Oh, and a Tangent review of "Ile of Dogges". Almost forgot that one.

Today's words Word don't know: mitose

Mean Things: Catastrophic, galaxy-wide network failure. Oops.
Darling du jour:  He meant to be comforting. She could tell by his eyebrows.
Jerry-rigging: We have reached the portion of the novel that is very like wrestling a giant squid into a flat-rate priority mail box for later shipping. Because the squid does not want to go into the box. It has many tendrils, and is quite muscular. And it doesn't quite fit.

But you can't mail it to Topeka for $7.10 unless it goes in the box.

So into the box it must go.

We call this climax, denouement, and closure.

It's quite hard.

This book is much more plot driven than most of what I write, which is also odd. I'm used to the characters running the show.

They all have to be different. Bastards.

There's always one more quirk in the character: Nothing makes Cricket more uncomfortable than percieving vulnerability in people she's been sleeping with.

Other writing-related work: read another draft chapter of The Mirador
Books in progress: Martin Cruz Smith, Stallion Gate; Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice
Neat stuff: via kelliem, one more step toward bionic limbs for amputees. via commodorified, a deposition from a late medieval transvestite prostitute.
The glamour!: I did dishes and cooked a chicken and did that laundry and generally waxed a lot of cats. But they were necessary cats.

Comments

Yup, that was me. You're most welcome. :)
*g* I emailed ALL MY FRIENDS.

Thank you. *g*
We have reached the portion of the novel that is very like wrestling a giant squid into a flat-rate priority mail box for later shipping. Because the squid does not want to go into the box. It has many tendrils, and is quite muscular. And it doesn't quite fit.

But you can't mail it to Topeka for $7.10 unless it goes in the box.

So into the box it must go.


(a) Love.

(b) Who in Topeka wants a seven-dollar squid?
It goes in the box or it gets the hose.

The squid is $19.95, and if you order now we'll throw in a second one free. Postage and handling is not included.
In re: the Rykener deposition, you may also wish to see this shirt. ;)

Trust Geoff to be right there for us.

Thank GOD, I've written my bloody medieval transexual story. Dues paid.
Wow. Isn't the F&SF turn around exhilarating... That SASE was practically in the trash can before I sent it out. It was so fast, it didn't even feel rejecty.
There's hardly even time to get hopeful. I love it.
"subversive smutty fluffy psychic-companion-animal wish-fulfillment fantasy"
Damn! I wish i could come up with soundbites like that! Or write books that people said that about...;-)
Start with Pern. Give the alien menace a convincing motivation. Add gang bangs.

Hey, we're in business!
You sold the animal companion buttsex book! Yay!

I'm really looking forward to that one; it sounded fascinating when you described it at WisCon.
*snrch*

Hey! There's more to the worldbuilding than buttsex!
Phooey on F&SF about the girl cooties. I'm rolling happily in the girl cooties in B&I, thank you very much.

I'm not holding out any hope for the submission-bombing, because I think editors like what they like and that's something we can't mandate. Wouldn't a boycott be more effective? I mean, what would happen if the submissions dried up?
Oh, Gordon's a good guy. I know perfectly well that he'll publish me if I write something he likes (he bought a poem from me once.)

But I knew sending him a story with three giggly adolescent girls in it was a tough sell. *g*
That's what I get for voting for you second!
Hee. See what happens if you try to be nice?

According to this, you had one more first place vote than I did. So you, like Al Gore, can revel in your moral victory.

Or, yanno, comfort yourself with your Hugo nom. *g*
More like tentpeg-fulfillment!
This is a book ENTIRELY DEVOID OF OBJECT RAPE, anal or otherwise.

For the record.