I am officially the world’s worst blogger, but what can I say? I’ve been busy, and regular updates have taken a back seat. On the upshot, I finally finished the pass proof edits for The Family Plot, I’m mostly done with a Draft Zero for “Black Water” (Wild Cards), and my front/back yards are actually in pretty good shape.
I also had my first short story published in ages – via Out of Tune II (Jonathan Maberry, editor). It’s based loosely on the old murder ballad “The Knoxville Girl,” (which is also the name of the story, natch) and it’s… kind of a departure for me, but I’m pretty happy with how it came out. Pick up that anthology, if you get a chance. I’m in some excellent company, and it’s a fantastic theme for a collection.
Meanwhile, I have big/fat editorial letters breathing down my neck for both Brimstone and The Agony House, both of which need some pretty in-depth rewrites (which is fine). But today I’m taking a tiny breather to do some yard detailing and drawer-sorting. And maybe a smidge more work on “Black Water.” I don’t know yet. I’m kind of wiped out.
In other news, Greyson developed a lump on his chest, and he had a vet appointment this morning to check it out. I was pretty sure it was just a little fatty lipoma and I was right. No big deal, but he’s definitely gotten fat. I’ll have to have a word with the mailman (only one piece of that enormous cookie for the dog, thanks), the UPS guy (the dog is not a slot machine into which you feed biscuits; half of one Milkbone will suffice), the neighbor kids, and so forth, and so on. El Chubbulente is going on a diet.
As for the cats – they are also doing well. Quinnie is up to 13 pounds, and she’s not quite 11 months old … so my theory that she’s a house leopard is holding up nicely. She’s a little tubby herself, but not too bad – and I can’t stop her from eating the eldercat’s prescription food, so oh well. And just the other day, the eldercat woke me up in the middle of the night by playing slap-hockey with a ping-pong ball, so she’s not that put out by it.
Anyway. I’m burning daylight, here – so it’s time to log off and get back to something productive. Thanks for reading, and my apologies for the general internet silence. I’m just navigating some deadlines, that’s all. I’ll be back around soon.