Forward to February, 2005...
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Boy oh boy, time for an update already. I get so caught up in stuff that recently I lurk online more than post, and it takes all that much more energy to keep up everywhere. I am an online fool who's spread herself too thin in too many forums. ;-)
Anyway, first an update on the writing front. The two things that were due on February 1st are done and turned in. The non-fiction pop culture essay for a yet-undisclosed TV show has been mailed on 1-27-05 to the publisher, and the short story has been mailed to the anthology editor on 1-28-20. Now all I need to do is finish the revisions on my Jabberwocky story and hand that in, before I can finally dive back into the novels. COBWEB BRIDE is calling me....
Still no word on Margot Phoenix. In some ways I was glad not to have any word before February, since I was so swamped, but now the task plate is clearing.
And now, a word on a certain collaborative sting project that I was involved in. Several months ago, James "Yog" D. Macdonald got about 40 mostly SF/F writers to cobble together a horrendous monstrosity of a novel (read it here as an FTP download in *.RTF format) in order to show the less than discriminating tastes of a certain publisher.
At last, the sting has been revealed, the publisher fell for it (retracting the acceptance as soon as news spread, of course), and I am proud to own up to having authored Chapter 13 of ATLANTA NIGHTS by Travis Tea.
Here's a bit of an excerpt from my chapter:
"Actually, I think I am ready to order now," said Isadore, firmly ignoring it all, flipping back his red forelocks out of his face and beyond the back to where the bulk of the abundant and suggestive ponytail rested against his wide strongly utterly virile back a back that could do the beast with two backs so well, when one of the two backs came into question and under scrutiny (but the other back of course depended on the woman writhing with him, under him and on top of him ah, the beasts they would make!).
Yes, you can even buy your own copy at Lulu.com to read for gut-wrenching hilarity and educational purposes (lessons on how not to write can be derived from the perusal of this book). Here is the stellar lineup of blurbs from the back cover. I predict this will replace THE EYE OF ARGON as midnignt convention panel reading material. This book, folks, is purely and genuinely bad. So bad that it's great. In all seriousness, The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest should give it a special achievement prize. :-)
For more detailed coverage, including a list of contributors, of the ATLANTA NIGHTS atrocity -- or should we say, travesty -- see the Cold Ground blog, and Teresa Nielsen Hayden's Making Light.
Spent most of this and last week sick with a head and chest cold. Also, dealing with a family tragedy that happened to my friends.
On the writing front, have been watching lots of TV to familiarize myself with the show for which I am writing the essay. Deadline is February 1, and I am still in the detailed-notes-and-brainstorming stage, so will probably finish up this weekend. I also have to spiff up and turn in another story before the end of the month, and then one more, asap. Then, I can finally do work on the novels.
Meanwhile, no word from New York on my submitted revisions for Margot Phoenix. Still waiting....
And, got my first rejection of the year so the submission meter goes up.
If you recall the Holiday free book offer I made last month, today another review has been posted, this one by Lanyn who asked to review LORDS OF RAINBOW. Thanks for the lovely review, Lanyn! :-)
And some time last week, marymary posted a yet another review for DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, for which, my big thanks. :-)
In the garden, the plants are shaking themselves off from the winter chill, and the jasmine vines which I planted last year, all six of them, lush and gorgeous, are about to break out into an untimely bloom, because of the deceptive warm spell. Yikes!
And, I am really itching to get back to gardening -- there are a couple of bushes I need to rearrange and move from one spot to another. And then, there is the one last part of the garden that is left uncultivated (not counting the gated nook which used to be the RV access area, where I plan to put in an Endless Pool one day), and I look forward to creating the flowerbed there this summer.
Welcome to January 2005.
It's a good time to be alive -- despite the tragedies all over the world. Let's make the best of what we have and use it to do good for others who have not.
Not much to say except that some of my goals for 2005 are posted here in my SFF Net Newsgroup.
Just in case you may not be aware of it, my SFF Newsgroup is sort of my home base, the place where I post and announce stuff first, before I do it anywhere else. For some people Genie's where they've felt most at home, for others it's LiveJournal, etc. For me, despite the gazillion online personal hangouts that I have, my first is still my favorite, and that happens to be SFF Net. :-)