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I am destined to not make it out of Boston cleanly. United had us at the gate on the plane for a while as we had generator issues. We did leave, and I figured I'd missed my flight. Poor Chicago weather delayed my connection, so I made it on! I arrived in Cedar Rapids about midnight, Bryon came and picked me up, and we hit the hay at 1:30.

It's been a low key day, but luckily I'm on vacation.


The Clarion Write-a-thon continues apace. This is the week of chapter 7, and I got a good jump on that yesterday. More about this to come.


In transit, I also read books: The Last Chevalier, Red Hood's Revenge, A College of Magics, and Extras. I'll have something to say about all of those eventually.


It was fantastic to see about 1/4 of my VP workshop buddies over the weekend. We hung out, a lot. Perhaps the most interesting facet of the convention was that hanging out seemed to inspire creativity in us all. We would talk, do a few panels, and wander away to our rooms to sleep or write. And then we'd get together and talk about what we were doing. It makes me think that maybe what we want to do is save our pennies for reuniting at writer's retreats, rather than hooking up at cons, but you guessed it, more on that later too.

Shout outs also to Sarah Prineas, who wasn't there but said hello, Eugene Myer, who one can have an action-packed hall conversation with, and Elizabeth Bear for the 4th Street information. Our reading went very well, and hanging out with alumns and meeting more VP folks and nice writing people was just good.

I won't be going to Readercon next year, as I'm already booked for North American Discworld in Madison the same weekend. While I liked Readercon fine, it's not going to be one that is a must go for me. I missed my Wiscon with its open parties and it's less hierarchical structure, and its feminist vibe. It was a little bit like going to Disney World first, and then going to Disneyland--I should have done it the other way around.

Priority one is writing the novel this week, but I'll try to get back her and say something interesting and relevant. Right now, I'm thinking more dozing.


Mirrored from Writer Tamago.

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I’m catching up here at Writer Tamago, mostly with being alive. :) Surgery will be either Wednesday or Friday next week, and frankly, the situation is escalating to the extent that I may have to claw the gall bladder out of my abdomen before then. (Don’t say euw. Say hrm. Consider the possibilities.)

Anyway, have I been doing anything writerly in the last two days? Yes. My friend Mark has helped me work on some of the bits and pieces of the site. If you click on the about page, you can actually see a picture of me, and it doesn’t look so rudimentary. One thing I wonder about is this: can I reduce the amount of just blank color after the descriptive paragraph? I’ll have to ask Mark.

Anything else? Our multimedia group for Wiscon has scheduled a time to chat.

Today is my last day away from my job at Kirkwood, gall bladder flaring notwithstanding (imagine a gall bladder, nostrils flared, hoofing the ground, and all you have to fight it with is a red sheet and a couple of Advil. Or not.).
As soon as I am done doing internet things, which is taking a while today, I will buckle down and write.

The plan today:

Combine Sara and Amanda into one entity
Proofread chapter 8.

Ambitious? Sure. Hot to do it while I’m feeling okay. Sure.

I’ll report back tomorrow or Friday accordingly. Take care, everyone.


Originally published at Writer Tamago. You can comment here or there.

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I don't have anything to report today, as I did the sick thing in earnest last night.


However, I do have a question: who is your favorite dead writer? I personally love Alexandre Dumas and Jane Austen. It's fashionable to emulate both of these writers in current fiction. I've yet to find anyone to pull off more than a surface level Dumas (witty repartee and sword waving do not a Dumas make!), but I found a good emulation of Austen in Sorcery and Cecelia, by [ profile] 1crowdedhour and Patricia Wrede, who if she is on live journal, I do not know the user name of.

At any rate, I thought I would pose the musical questions: Who is your favorite dead author, and which novel of their do you like the best.

For me:

Alexandre Dumas Twenty Years After (Count of Monte Cristo is a better book. I know it!)

Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (it's the most spritely. However, I think there's a lot of good in Persuasion as well, which speaks to me more at this stage of life.)

Your own answers I await with eagerness. Remember, dead.


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