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26 February 2016 @ 10:57 pm
Year of Miracles & stuff  

Last night I was feeling pretty pathetic and out of ideas for the last few stories in the Old Races Short Story Project (Part One), and moaned at Ted about not knowing what to write.

An hour of brainstorming later I had three story ideas for the first part and one for the second, and today I went into Dublin for the purpose of voting, but since I was going anyway, also to write, and got 4K done on a new story. It’s got another couple-three thousand words to go, probably, but hopefully I’ll be able to do that over the next couple of evenings and get it out to the patrons just before the end of February. And then I just might write the other two (and possibly even one more after that, as somebody else just gave me an idea I liked a lot) so they’re done and I’m not working so close to the wire anymore. @.@

So the ORSSP, as indicated above, has two parts. Part One is Year of Miracles, which will be a collection of stories that take place before the Negotiator Trilogy, and which are anchored by the titular novella. There’ll be ten or twelve new and reprinted stories in the collection, and I’ve just hit 80K on it, which means I probably technically only *need* two more for the wordcount I want, after I’m finished with this one. Three would make it a dozen stories, though, and that’s a nice number, so we’ll see. Anyway, if things go as planned, which has not happened AT ALL the past twelve months, the print and e-book editions should be available around July. Ish. But you can read the stories early at the Patreon page! :)

(The second part will be Kiss of Angels, a post-trilogy collection of etc and anchored by the titular novel(la, frankly i hope it’s a novella, but we’ll see), which will be the Grace O’Malley story. I have more stories that need writing for that one–5ish short stories and, y’know, the novella, so it’ll take a while longer, but it’s in the works and will, in theory, finish setting up the world for post-Aftermath novels. If I feel like doing that. :))

After writing I–well, I went and got some new backs for my earrings because I keep losing them, and ended up having a brief, sympathetic conversation about losing them with the guys at the piercing shop, which is only worth mentioning because I always have a nice time when I go in there. :) I also went and got a little shoulder massage, and honestly I haven’t been fully awake since. I’m pretty sure I could have actually fallen asleep in the massage chair. Despite that, I went out to dinner with friends, which was very, very nice. I know lovely people, and we ate so much that I honestly feel like I shouldn’t need to eat again until Thursday. Or at least Monday. Also, you know that thing where you’ve been drinking gallons of water but you still feel cottonmouthed? Yeah.

If I’m at all smart I’ll basically kiss Ted hello when I get home and go straight to bed, especially since we ran out of heating oil and the house is going to be cold anyway. :p

Just now, on the train:
Woman, loudly into her phone: Hello?
Man beside me, quietly: is it me you’re looking for?
Me: *beams at him*
Him: Thanks.

♥ :)

(x-posted from CE Murphy)

desperance: lukedesperance on February 27th, 2016 06:35 am (UTC)
I’m pretty sure I could have actually fallen asleep in the massage chair.

When I was having Serious Physiotherapy, my therapist (also called Karen) would cause me the most pain I've ever endured in my life, then attach the four giant nozzles of her hyper-TENS machine to my back and turn it on low and say "Tell me when it gets too much" and I'd say "Oh, come on, you know how this works - just dial it all the way up to maximum," and she would do that, and I would lie there under the tingly electrical impulses - and fall entirely reliably asleep, every time.
kitmizkit on February 27th, 2016 09:39 am (UTC)
Hah. I did have one massage where I kept falling asleep, but I also had a really bad cold, and my nose was very, very stuffed up. When I would fall asleep, my tongue would relax and fall forward and block my mouth so I couldn't breathe, so I kept waking up again too. It was very funny in a very bizarre way. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on February 27th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
I love the train bit.

Also, new stories, yay! I am really blocked on the novel I am writing now (you know that little spin-y thing you get on your computer when it is trying to think and failing? pretty much my brain, when I'm trying to write). I'm hoping a brainstorming session with a friend will jump start me...
Mary Annepers1stence on March 7th, 2016 12:15 am (UTC)
Question? It sounds like you're adding stories to Year of Miracles, but I already have a print copy of Year of Miracles on my shelf. Is this going to be an expanded edition?
kitmizkit on March 7th, 2016 09:41 am (UTC)
You're one of like twelve people who has that edition. Hold on to it, it's shiny and different. :) Everything after "Year of Miracles" in that edition is going to go into the "Kiss of Angels" print book, and there will be a bunch of new stories in YoM instead.
Mary Annepers1stence on March 7th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification! I look forward to the new edition.... :)