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it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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you always said the cards would never do you wrong.

Progress notes for 18 October 2006:

"1796" (which needs a title that doesn't suck)

New Words:  1152
Total Words: 1152
Pages: 6
Deadline: next week
Reason for stopping: draft

Stimulants:  some Russian Caravan tea and, and couscous and steak for dinner
Exercise: none
Mammalian assistance: Mebd has been hogging the sofa all day.
Mail: Undertow appears to be officially delivered, which means I need to make a proposal happen for Dust sometime soon. Yay!

Also, cover copy:

The tide is turning...


Elizabeth Bear

Author of Carnival

“A talent to watch.” —David Brin

[Bantam Spectra logo] Science Fiction    UNDERTOW    Elizabeth Bear









Bantam Books


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A frontier world on the back end of nowhere is the sort of place people go to get lost. Some of those people have secrets worth hiding—secrets that can change the future—assuming there is one…

André Deschênes is a hired assassin, but he wants to be so much more. If only he can find a teacher who will forgive his murderous past—and train him to manipulate odds and control probability.  It’s called the art of conjuring, and it’s Andre’s only route to freedom. For the world he lives on is run by the ruthless Charter Trade company, and his floating city, Novo Haven, is little more than a company town where humans and aliens alike either work for one tyrannical family—or are destroyed by it. But beneath Novo Haven’s murky waters, within its tangled bayous, reedy banks and back alleys, revolution is stirring. And one more death may be all it takes to shift the balance...

“Bear proves herself to be one of the most talented writers currently working in the field.” —Romantic Times

Pub date looks like next August on that one, and Whiskey & Water should be June.

Today's words Word don't know: n/a
Words I'm surprised Word do know: n/a

Mean Things: came between a husband and wife; electoral college involved
Tyop du Jour: n/a
Darling du jour: Mrs. Adams lifted the thread to her lips and bit, forgetting her scissors until the pain of worn teeth reminded her.
Jury-rigging: Well, pastiching Thomas Jefferson is not as easy as it looks.

There's always one more quirk in the character: stubborn
Other writing-related work: line edits on "Sonny Liston Takes the Fall."
The Internet is full of Things: I got nothing but a head full of dumb.
The glamour!: and none of that either.


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