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August 1st, 2011

this time for sure

First part of Cost of Silver was approaching 95k. I realised that if I was going to give the ECW its due weight in the second part, it would reach at least 80k, maybe 95 also. Emailed Caitlin, said 'there are two distinct story arcs, can I send you part one, so you can tell me whether to start  trimming or make it two books?'
She said yes, so that went to her on Friday, and now I am off to Pennsic. Where I will be mostlly offline, and working with pen & paper. Maybe take up the Maenads at Band Camp YA paranormal again. 
Left Longview WA at 1pm yesterday, reached Missoula, MT at 2am
Happy summer!

June 22nd, 2011

no worldcon for me

Our Living History Week, which used to happen over the Canada Day weekend, needed to be shifted. So it's moved to later August, and because some other group will also be at Fort Rodd Hill in later August, our week will this year exactly coincide with WorldCon.

Maybe 2015, then.

May 2nd, 2011

nonbook goodnews

This morning Mark got the results of his biopsy after the surgery, and he is clear. Nothing cancerous in bladder or prostate. He still has to go in every three months and get rechecked, but he's bought a bottle of wine for dinner.

Cost of Silver, though, is still being slogged through in a slogging onward sort of way. Kipling's poem Boots comes to mind.

February 24th, 2011

sorta-new news

Since I don't suppose everyone on my friends list checks my blog *waves at Terri, my fanbase*, here's my writing-related news, a bit late:

'Bluebeard Contented', the Perrault-ish version, is up at Cabinet des Fees.

Archipelago made the shortlist (honourable mention) for the 3-Day Novel Contest, which means my entry fee for next year is waived. This is my second shortlisting in a row, last year's being for Culture Heroes. My certificate of survival came last week, with a sticky note saying the judges found Archipelago appealing and intriguing.

December 23rd, 2010

Merry Christmas Room 50


Dear VPX Room 50

A special gift has been
given in your name.

The gift of sight is the
gift of light - and life.

A man who was blind now can see.

A small gift can have a huge impact. The gift given
in your name will actually give sight to a man
blinded by cataracts. Restored sight means a father
or grandfather can once again earn an income.
This gift of cataract surgery through an Operation
Eyesight partner hospital will result in freedom from
a life of darkness, restoring hope and dignity.


December 22nd, 2010

(I'm copying this from the SF-Canada list, in case anyone on my friends list hasn't seen it. - Barbara)

The deadline has been extended for the above award, so everyone can recover from the holidays and still get their subs in.
Also, until noon tomorrow, the Rannu Fund fee will be half-price as part of our 13 Days of CZP-mas promotion!

Details are here:


Also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-CZP-Rannu-Fund-For-Writers-of-Speculative-Fiction/124677194255165

This award is open to any writer, of any nationality, at any stage in their career, but all subs have to be previously unpublished.

$500 each is awarded yearly to one prose writer and one poet. Submissions must be genre, i.e. science fiction, fantasy, horror, magic realism, etc.

$10 entry fee. All judging is blind.

(Website still says deadline is January 15, but it has been moved to January 31st.)

Do submit! : ) And spread the word!


**ChiZine Publications' authors, staff members and interns are not eligible to apply for this award.**

October 24th, 2010

I know, I've been practically invisible all month. Now I show up begging for advice.

Okay, so in 3 days I fly off to WFC. Yesterday an email from Brian, he of the time-travelling professor novel previously mentioned here and here  and previously critiqued here.
Brian attended the Surrey Writers Conference, and pitched an agent. Said agent has asked for the first 3 chapters. Brian has panicked and asked me if I'd edit them. He says he will pay me money.

Question 1: Should I say yes, or no?

Question 2: If I were to say yes, what would be a reasonable rate for editing prose of this quality? 

July 7th, 2010

revisions finished

I just have to convert my Bean rtf into a Word rtf, email it to Caitlin, take the thumb drive over to the copy shop and get hard copy to mail off, and it's done.
For now.
I hope.

I toss confetti in a desultory way. Fireworks to wait on C's response.

April 26th, 2010

I missed the day itself, but this may approximate an offering on the altar of technopeasantry.

I took three of my 3-Day Novels, the ones set in the same alt-Europe, and muddled about on Lulu.com turning them into a pdf and giving them a cover. This was rather fun.
I ended up using the old-style cover templates, so avoided most of the 'Hey, why not pay us to do this?' shilling that Jim Macdonald speaks of over on Making Light.

Here's the message from Lulu:
Threefold(ID #8518393) is available only through a Direct Access web URL. To allow others to see and purchase this Book, send them this link:

The book is at cost. The download is free. I will make no money if you get either, but will be mildly flattered and pleased.
If you got Fold a couple of years back, you already have 1/3 of this book. If I've emailed you Fold, Trading in Ghosts, or Culture Heroes, you have 1/3, 2/3, or all of this book. About all I can say in favour of getting the hard copy is that the cover is kind of cool and you can read it in the bath.

The texts are almost exactly as when I sent them off to the judges for the 3-Day Novel Contest. Editing was no more than adding a missing quote mark or restoring a paragraph break that had gone missing. I wanted to keep the flavour of desperation and fatigue that adds so much to the experience.

March 9th, 2010

puppet pictures

Which I can't post on LJ because I am incompetent. So I'll link to them here, or you can see them on my blog.
The puppets up close.
The puppets and booth (most of it missing but that's a long story).

puppets 2
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