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bear by san

confessions of a would-be cat lady

Updated short fiction publication list.



Things to do in 2006 & the first part of 2007:

long things:

Revise By the Mountain Bound (done except those two short scenes I need to have wrote)*
Revise Undertow per pending editorial direction
Revise The Stratford Man and The Journeyman Devil if it proves necessary to do so
Dust proposal
Write Dust
Page proofs for Whiskey & Water
CEM for Undertow
Page proofs for Undertow
Rewrite the rest of All the Windwracked Stars (This, being the equivalent of writing a Whole New Book from an outline, will wait for a while, thank you, and possibly until the proposal sells.)*
Revise The Sea thy Mistress, including adding plot thread ripped from By the Mountain Bound*


*sell this series.



short things:

Things I need to write:

An untitled novella scheduled for Galactic Empires, 2008, Gardner Dozois, ed.

(no first line yet, or even title)

A novella and a novelette I owe to Bill Schafer, "Chatoyant" and "Lumière"

^ "Chatoyant"

"Chatoyant, said of a mineral's luster: 'containing numerous threadlike inclusions, aligned to produce catseye figures with reflected light.'"

^ "Lumière"

On a fine May morning in 1903, Abigail Irene Garrett boarded an airship bound from New Amsterdam to Paris, via Koln.
It was an act of naked treason.


"1796," dammit, no, Jay, I still haven't forgotten.

Mrs. John Adams looked to her sewing.



Things I want to write:

"Orm the Beautiful"

Orm the Beautiful would never die. But neither would he live much longer.

"Periastron"

No first line yet.

"Dark on Wednesdays"

The Tower of Babylon rose through the veil of transplanted jungle foliage and piped-in orchid scent to scrape a desert sky burned almost colorless by the Nevada sun. Visible the entire length of the Las Vegas Strip, it collapsed in fire and fury six times daily, six days a week, wind conditions permitting.

For a premium, you could ride it down.


"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"

The first word was meant to be spoken quietly, if it should ever be spoken at all. 

* "King Pole, Gallows Pole, Bottle Tree"

The ghosts of the dam always come in the summer.

* "On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"

"We wouldn't be having this problem if you'd flunked Algebra."

* "Black is the Color"

Along the north bank of the River Clyde, the oblong cobbles were glazed with sunrise light. The thump of music from a barge-turned nightclub had ended hours earlier. There was left only silence and the morning chill.

And a white stallion's hunger.


(and two bonus stories, because of course I was starting to get caught up and my brain gave me more.)

"Upon Deaf Ears"

"How would you define yourself?"

"Smile"

He was a better ghost than he'd been a man.

(I wonder if this goes with the fragment I've had kicking about for years about the smiling murderer?)

La.

And that is my to-do list for a while.

Also, I should clean the apartment. And catch up on some of this reading. And the critiques. And go to the gym. And eat something today, as I forgot last night.

Comments

Along the north bank of the River Clyde, the oblong cobbles were glazed with sunrise light. The thump of music from a barge-turned nightclub had ended hours earlier. There was left only silence and the morning chill.

And a white stallion's hunger.


I love this. *shivers* :)

Good luck with the list!
*g* now if only the pony would give me the rest of it.
You're good for me -- among other things you remind me there's always someone cooler and busier than me, and it's usually you. Go, girl.
:-P

Cooler, I dunno about.

Busier? You have a day job and a kid.
Touché. Pardin my maudlin ways this morning, ye Day Jobbe burned a lot out of me yesterday and I h'ain't got over it yet.
*snug*

Well, it is true that I have a heck of a treadmill going here. I find writing it down is helpful, though. As is crossing stuff off.
Hmm. A route from New York to Paris via Cologne doesn't make immediate sense to me. Is there a plot point in Köln?
Read the stories and find out. *g*
As soon as it's written, I'd be happy to. Your court.
But two of them are in print already. *g* And the rest should be out, collected, next year.
Okay, silly me then. I was reading them as still to-be-written 'coz they weren't crossed off.
IIRC (And IANABear) these are later stories in the same world as "Wax" and "Wane" and several others whose names I don't recall, which make standalone short stories but are goignt o be collected into something halfway between story anf novel. Ergo, you might be able to guess bits from the reading of the published bits.

(I read this journal rather too obsessively.)
*snrch*

Also, apparent inconsistencies can be actual clues. ;-)

::stares in awe::

What I find most amazing about you is you manage to write soooo much, and so well . . . and extensively rewrite, and still find time to read and write so much other stuff online that it would preclude me from doing anything else even w/out the "real" writing, which is more than I could do even when I was doing it full time and single and animal-less . . . and you don't have a servant. And you write critiques. And you go to the gym . .. and actually cook . . .

Re: ::stares in awe::

Hah! And I just spent ALL DAY looking at things on Youtube.

LAME!

Re: ::stares in awe::

::cries piteously::

Re: And a white stallion's hunger

...wow.
Hrmn... and her I'd always seen it as, "shetoyant", and "shetoyence." So this word I use looked alien to me.

Orthography, gotta love it.

TK
It's French, dear. Cat's eye. La Française a ses raisons, que la raison ne connait point. Especially when spelling raisins. Or something.
I can see the etymology for that spelling, I just know that I've never seen it that way before. Even in texts on gems.

Then again, we used to say, "It's Russian" and that would explain all (for certain, limited, values of all).

TK
I can see the etymology for that spelling, I just know that I've never seen it that way before. Even in texts on gems.

Then you were reading really idiosynchratic, badly copy-edited texts, or reading way too fast and not looking properly. Because the string "shetoyant" is a bonafide googlewack -- it gets only one hit -- while "shetoyance" gets all of nine hits -- and I would expect a common miss/alternate spelling to get a lot more hits than that.