April 11th, 2006



There is either a bug on the outside or a smear on the inside of the living room window. It's driving the cats insane. They're standing up on their back legs smacking at it and trying to get it. *laugh* They're leaving little steamy kitty breath spots on the window. :)

I read SONG OF UNMAKING last night. *happysigh* Want the next book now, please. :) I was about three chapters in when I said to Ted, "*Man*, she's a good writer," and then I didn't say anything else for three hours 'cause I was reading. :) Reading is NICE. Having somebody else tell the story is NICE. I should do this more often! I think WORLDWIRED and IRON SUNRISE are on the plate for today, except this first chapter, or at least first scene, for the 4th Strongbox book really wants to be written, so I'm going to do that now instead of reading. And sometime in the next few days I'm going to post snippets and comments about that series, and see if I can get some book title ideas from y'all, 'cause this is one I'm coming up blank on.

Now Lucy is creeping up over me, as if I won't notice her sitting on my arm if she moves very slowly. The problem with this, of course, is that my arm is pinned down by eleven pounds of cat, and it's somewhat hard to miss.

book titles

Ok. This is all about looking for book titles.

I am not normally a person who has a hard time with book titles. The Strongbox Chronicles, though, are not easy for me to title. I'm now starting the 2nd trilogy of the series, which features a new main character, Carmen Davenport.

Before we go any further, let me encourage you to go read this post, so you have a sense of what I was trying to accomplish with the titles for the first trilogy.

Ok. Now that you've read that, I want to do the same essential thing with the second trilogy. I want a real-world starting point that builds up to a mythical creature. I didn't mean to get this elemental thing going, but I have, so maybe that can be used. Lemme tell you a little about what I know about Carmen. There may be mild series spoilers ahead, so Collapse )

BTW, drivingblind and cyranocyrano, I owe you copies of the original trilogy, for coming up with titles for me. You want me to send them now (or when I get copies of FIREBIRD, more likely), or wait til the 3rd book is out in December?
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and the rest of the day

I had really, truly not intended to write today. My plan was to read two books. But no. No, instead, having arranged lunch with madmiss, and having the first bit of SBX4 chomping at my brain, I thought I'd write a little instead of reading a little, because it's easier to put down a book I'm writing than one I'm reading.

2700 words later the first chapter of SBX4 is done. Well. A first chapter is done. I have learned more about the character, and I like the feel and the mood and a bunch of stuff, but it's possible this isn't the beginning of the story. I think it is. I think it gets into enough action and enough backstory to work, but der agent and der editor will certainly have opinions about it. :)

When it became clear I was going to finish this chapter today, I emailed the above-mentioned worthies and asked if it was ok to turn PHOENIX in on Monday (it's due Saturday, so I was gonna turn it in Friday) so I could just turn in the proposal for SBX4 along with it. I'm reasonably certain that's not going to be a problem, but it *is* a little exasperating that my brain, having had one day of reading, was so willing to charge back into the writing.

I mean, it's good. It'd be good if this continued for, oh, the next two years. Because I have a lot of books to turn in over the next two years. But when I set out to Kick Back and end up writing 2700 words..well, darn it, that's exasperating. :) I *still* intend to read LAST LIGHT OF THE SUN tomorrow, though. I just won't turn the computer on until I'm done with it. (At which point you may all anticipate wailing while I belittle my own abilities as a writer, because reading GGK always does that to me. :) And I _will_ read WORLDWIRED and IRON SUNRISE before the ... month, she said cautiously ... is out.

Email indicates my editor has perhaps not actually done the HEART OF STONE revision notes as I'd understood her to have, which means I might not have those to do in the next two weeks. I'm torn between revising ANGLES and Just Hanging Out and doing Chance stuff. Or writing the proposal for CAULDRON BORNE, not that that's going out for *ages* yet. But it'd be nice to have it done.

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