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Books read in 2010

Murder on the Ballarat Train, Kerry Greenwood
Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood
Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood
Black Ships, Jo Graham
Get Real, Donald E. Westlake
The Messenger, Jan Burke
Rumpole Misbehaves, John Mortimer
Strange Bedpersons, Jennifer Crusie
Shinju, Laura Joh Rowland
A Matter of Class, Mary Balogh
Chill, Elizabeth Bear
The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff
Ghost Ship, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Merchanter’s Luck, C.J. Cherryh (reread)
Mr. Monster, Dan Wells
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
I Am Not a Serial Killer, Dan Wells
Deceiver, C.J.Cherryh
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Half Magic, Edward Eager
Unknown, Rachel Caine
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Sunshine, Robin McKinley
Bone Crossed, Patricia Briggs
‘Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
The Ten-Cent Plague, David Hajdu
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart (reread)

FIVE more days. . .

. . .until winter break.

Been doing a lot of necessary things that aren’t writing on my off time — sewing on buttons is notable. Man, what a hoot. You’d never believe I used to make all my own clothes.

. . .which reminds me that I wanted to do a post about Before and After — but not tonight.

Tonight, I wrote some requested copy, then sat down for a few minutes with George.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
7,584 words/100,000 OR 7.58% complete

What I know is what my gran told me, one night when she was out as shouldn’t’ve been, and her no more’n knee-high to a snowflake.

Book read in 2010

Flying too High, Kerry Greenwood
Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood
Black Ships, Jo Graham
Get Real, Donald E. Westlake
The Messenger, Jan Burke
Rumpole Misbehaves, John Mortimer
Strange Bedpersons, Jennifer Crusie
Shinju, Laura Joh Rowland
A Matter of Class, Mary Balogh
Chill, Elizabeth Bear
The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff
Ghost Ship, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Merchanter’s Luck, C.J. Cherryh (reread)
Mr. Monster, Dan Wells
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
I Am Not a Serial Killer, Dan Wells
Deceiver, C.J.Cherryh
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Half Magic, Edward Eager
Unknown, Rachel Caine
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Sunshine, Robin McKinley
Bone Crossed, Patricia Briggs
‘Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
The Ten-Cent Plague, David Hajdu
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart (reread)

Books read in 2010

Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood
Black Ships, Jo Graham
Get Real, Donald E. Westlake
The Messenger, Jan Burke
Rumpole Misbehaves, John Mortimer
Strange Bedpersons, Jennifer Crusie
Shinju, Laura Joh Rowland
A Matter of Class, Mary Balogh
Chill, Elizabeth Bear
The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff
Ghost Ship, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Merchanter’s Luck, C.J. Cherryh (reread)
Mr. Monster, Dan Wells
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
I Am Not a Serial Killer, Dan Wells
Deceiver, C.J.Cherryh
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Half Magic, Edward Eager
Unknown, Rachel Caine
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Sunshine, Robin McKinley
Bone Crossed, Patricia Briggs
‘Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
The Ten-Cent Plague, David Hajdu
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart (reread)

I can’t go outside, I’m scared I might not make it home

Today, it Rained Like Hell™.  It was also Unseasonably Warm.  The snow is gone.  When I left for work this morning, the surface of our crushed gravel driveway was the consistency of wet beach sand.  There were branches down, and though I took the high road, through Benton and Fairfield, there were many deep and treacherous puddles between me and the day-job.

Happily, I arrived safely, if soaked to the knees, and put in a light day of work, it being study/exam week.

After work, we took Hexampuma to the vet, as previously arranged.  He weighs more or less the same, which is at least not going backward.  We shall have to feed him more wet food, but are apparently on the right track.  Steve, in a Bold Experiment this evening, found that Hex will happily consume his vitamins as part of his Extra! Special! Gooshy! Food!  — which is good.

I got to spend a little time with George this evening and now it’s time to call it a day.

G’night.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
5,836 words/100,000 OR 5.84% complete


Grand-Uncle Daav nodded gravely, which Grand-Aunt would scold him for, were she present.

The Writing To-Do List

No words on George today; instead I wrote proposals for two books.  Yes, I have lost my mind, why do you ask?

In and around doing the proposals and dishes and laundry, I took some time to consider what’s coming down the line for us, writing-wise.  As near as I can make it, this is the Writing To-Do List for the next 18 months :

1.  One (1) commissioned short story, due May 15, 2011

2.  One (1) novel, due September 15, 2011

3.  Eight (8) novels to read/correct in galleys (Plan B, I Dare, Longeye, Saltation, Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon, Balance of Trade, Ghost Ship)

4. One (1) short story due for Yule chapbook, October 2011

5.  One (1) novel due, January 15, 2012

6.  One (1) novel due, May 15, 2012

There’s also at least one, and possibly two, convention appearances in there somewhere, one involving a lengthy train trip.

Busy is good, right?

Saturday at the word farm

Thanks to everyone who has let me know, in LJ and in email, about the Imminent Arrival of a Girl Genius text novel. It looks very exciting!

Also, thanks to everyone who voted in the Goodreads poll. Remember that voting continues through the end of December. Tell your friends, so that they can vote for their favorite works, too!

This morning I slept in, which was unexpected, but apparently needed. Still working on the “rest” concept.  The rest of the day was taken up with such frivolities as cleaning and laundry and banking and catching up business correspondence.  More of the same tomorrow, I fear.

Despite the above, I did sit down a few minutes with George today, to what I flatter myself  is good effect.

Progress on The Book Presently Known as George:
5,000 words/100,000 OR 5% complete

“We have been twice fortunate,” he continued, when the pipe was going to his satisfaction.  “Will we be three times unfortunate?”

PSA: What Authors Do

It seems that it’s time for a refresher course on who does what to whom in the world of publishing.

So!  What do authors do?

Authors write books.

Pretty much, that’s it, with the following clarifications-or-conditions:

If we happen to perform the Primary Function under contract, we write books and hand them in (more or less) to deadline.

We may also write on spec first, and sell later.

If we do the selling thing at all, then we also may read and correct galleys.  Some authors skip this, usually for lack of time; most try to go over their galleys, if only to annihilate that one wayward “not” in dialog, the existence of which changes the meaning of the last third of the novel*.

Occasionally, authors may be asked to write cover copy.  Occasionally, authors are asked to write forewords to novels.  Doesn’t always happen; sometimes, the requested copy isn’t used.  That’s life.

Some authors choose to do some promotion and/or mingling with their readers.  Some authors choose to do lots of promotion and mingling; some authors choose to do none.  These choices are author-specific and personal.

* * *

Astute readers will see that the above list leaves a Whole Buncha Stuff having to do with producing and selling books that the author of same has nothing to do with.

These things include, but are not limited to:

1.  Cover art**

1a.  Cover and/or internal typeface(s)

2.  The physical dimensions of the book

2A.  The medium of the book — i.e., hardcover, trade paper, mass market, electronic, audio

3.  The quality of the binding and/or the quality of the paper

4.  The price of the book

5.  The language(s) into which the book is translated

6.  The vendors who carry, or who do not carry, the book in a specific medium

6a.  The individual libraries and/or library systems that have, or have not, acquired our novels

6a1.  Whether or not the acquiring library, if any, has acquired all of our books, or only random titles

7.  The price charged by those vendors who do carry the book in whatever medium

8.  The speed at which a certain printing sells out

8a.  The speed at which (and whether) a sold-out book is reprinted

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*True story

**Sometimes, authors do get to consult with cover artists; we’ve personally been very pleased in being able to work with David Mattingly on several of our Liaden Universe® covers, now.  Ultimately, though, it is not the author, but the publisher, who OKs the art.

The week, on the way out

I woke up this morning, washed my face, picked up my glasses, and —

…a lens fell out.

And that’s mostly what the last couple days have been like — a series of minor, unexpected disasters — tinyastrophes — that take more time to fix than one imagines they ever could, and suck down too much energy.

This evening, we have a Thing in town, and tomorrow is Friday. Only ten more days until winter break. Yes.

Oh! The authors’ copies of  The Agent Gambit arrived today on the wings of Eddie, the FedEx guy. That would be — TAG, not Eddie — the omnibus edition included Agent of Change and Carpe Diem.

It’s a book!

Books read in 2010

Black Ships, Jo Graham
Get Real, Donald E. Westlake
The Messenger, Jan Burke
Rumpole Misbehaves, John Mortimer
Strange Bedpersons, Jennifer Crusie
Shinju, Laura Joh Rowland
A Matter of Class, Mary Balogh
Chill, Elizabeth Bear
The Replacement, Brenna Yovanoff
Ghost Ship, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Merchanter’s Luck, C.J. Cherryh (reread)
Mr. Monster, Dan Wells
Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
I Am Not a Serial Killer, Dan Wells
Deceiver, C.J.Cherryh
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson
Half Magic, Edward Eager
Unknown, Rachel Caine
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Sunshine, Robin McKinley
Bone Crossed, Patricia Briggs
‘Till We Have Faces, C.S. Lewis
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
The Ten-Cent Plague, David Hajdu
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart (reread)