March 9, 2010

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.

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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.

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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
    Deadline: None
    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

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