Will you ride the great white bird into heaven?

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LiveJournal is still down, alack and alas. I suppose it will eventually rise again from its own ashes. In the meantime, I’ve been keeping busy outlining the next (after “Kin Ties”) story to be uploaded to Splinter Universe, which is entitled “Guaranteed Delivery.” The plan is to write that on the train to Reno. We’ll see how well that plan works out.

I’m re-reading the first 45,000+/- words of George in order to get back with those characters and plotlines. I also have some workshop submissions to read over and comment on.

You’d think that’d be enough to keep me out of trouble for awhile,and so it ought, which is why the back-brain helpfully came up with the three (relatively) tiny changes that need to be made in The Cards of Fortunate Design in order to allow the narrative to move forth. While it’s lovely that the back-brain is being so diligent, this really does sorta fall under the heading of Useless Information, since pay copy comes first.

Sigh. Writer’s brains are scary, scary things.

Speaking of which, tomorrow I’m for the day-job.

Only two more days of school.

And! Cowboys and Aliens opens on Friday.

Life? Is sweet.



6 thoughts on “Will you ride the great white bird into heaven?”

  1. Excellent information, I love the advert! Thank you, for information on two days to freedom!

  2. Burton from Montreal

    Don’t think the LJ site is down. Just very hard to get connected to the site. Maybe the site is getting attacked. The LJ site was accessible notmally last night. Now got to reload repeatedly to load any LJ pages. Hopefully this issue get resolve ASAP.

  3. Speaking of “pay copy,” I am very intrigued by the Cards story so far. I was a contributor to the serial bowl, and if you have some interest in fleshing out Cards, I could definitely be persuaded to make it pay copy.

    Now, my “pay” might get you a couple of large lattes at Starbucks, but I’m sure there are others who like it too. I didn’t say anything before, because I thought there was no chance you’d ever want to go back and finish the splinters you post to keep us busy and out of trouble :o)

  4. I got on to LJ late last night, but can’t connect again this morning so I don’t know what’s going on.

    The collection of free samples is a great idea for publicising authors’ work. I skimmed through the chapters last night and found 5 or 6 that I’ll be buying (if I can buy them as ebooks in the UK that is). I already have Carousel Tides of course.

    Darlington UK

  5. Burton from Montreal

    Apparently there is an ongoing denial of service attack on the Livejournal site from the last two days onward according to the LJ status message from 2:29 pm GMT (Wednesday, July 27)

  6. Yeah, LJ is being attacked because of politics in Russia. Who knew being sold to a Russian company would include frequent attacks like that.

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