Amelie is hanging in there. She’s keeping down most of her feedings; she’s becoming a little more active; and yesterday’s bloodwork — though not improved — was not worse, so hey. We’ll take it. Thanks so much to everyone who helped out by throwing money in the tip jar. It added up, and it helped tremendously.
Links! Just a couple:
- Locus Awards ballot – Now with Boneshaker making an appearance, in addition to many, many other fine titles accompanied by ticky-boxes for your clicking pleasure. I honestly feel silly and frankly awkward about shilling for this kind of thing, but I’m told that it’s important to remind readers of their voting options. So here I am. Reminding, with a side mention of the fact that Hugo Award voting closes in another week or so. And Boneshaker is eligible for that one too.
- Kitty chaser – To wash down all that self-promotion, here’s a picture of Spain the Cat bogarting the fresh laundry and refusing to let me make the bed.
Have I been writing every day again, like I said I was gonna? No. I have all the usual excuses, of course. I was out of town. I’ve been sick. My computer crashed and died. I’ve been up to my eyeballs in deadlines and day-job work.
It’s all true, though it’s all insufficient to absolve me.
But now, as I crawl out from under a pile of distractions and stagger toward the light … I’m starting (just starting, mind you) to pull together the projects I want to work on this year (Christ, yes. It’s March already, I know.). I’ve got a couple stories independent of the Clockwork Century stuff that I want to get off the ground, and I’m not sure how well either of them will work but I’m determined to give them a go before the next wave of deadlines hits.
So. Here is the recent and pitiful progress on the new steam-horror fin de siecle project about ghosts, guilt, elder gods, and monster-hunting in the aftermath of two gruesome murders:
Project: (tentative title) What She Had Done
New words written: 940
Present total word count: 2470 words
Things accomplished in fiction: Revised the intro rather extensively. Cut about a thousand words and rewrote them, came to a quasi-satisfactory level of quality and decided to move along. I can always come back and fiddle with this more later on.
Things accomplished in real life: Everything mentioned in the excuses paragraph above. But today more precisely: got up early and drove Ellen and Amelie to the vet; did day-job work; went to post office; fell asleep briefly on the couch; did light housework; ate some nachos.
Total Official Word Count of 2010: 23,056 words