June 14th, 2006


thinks to do

Yesterday's thinks list was very effective. I may have to start posting these every morning, just for my own clarity of mind. Possibly I should lock them up so nobody else has to read them, but that might diffuse their effectiveness.

thinks to do today:

1. finish PL revisions
2. take myself on a walk to the store for some lotion

Other thinks that would also be good include more laundry, cleaning the kitchen, and not eating too much junk food. These, one imagines, become perennial on such a list, but I think if I put them on the actually bullet-point list the list starts looking like it's too overwhelming. Poooooor me.

Lessa's story was too long for my LJ comments, so I'm posting it behind the cut tag, because Collapse )

Must gobble down breakfast and go to work now.

don juan triumphant!

PHOENIX revisions are all but finished. I need to rewrite the epilogue so my editor doesn't kill me for how the story ends, and I still need to fix the bit earlier in the book which may or may not cause shockwaves, but it's essentially done. It's certainly as done as it's going to get today. I'll finish up tomorrow, do a spell check, and turn it in.

I also not only walked to the store, but walked the dog on a longer walk than we usually go on, and therefore got about 5 miles in today. This pleases me. And Ted, who is a hero of the revolution, broke out the new vacuum cleaner and holy cow do the carpets look splendid. He also worked a miracle on the kitchen. My hero!

He also went into Cork yesterday and returned with a copy of pbray's new novel, THE FIRST BETRAYAL, which I am now slavering impatient to read. Lucky for me, I am nearly done with PL and have a train or bus ride on Saturday which I can indulge myself by reading on. Yay! V. excited! Yay!


THE FIREBIRD DECEPTION, by Cate Dermody, should be available as of yesterday, in romance sections everywhere! Go forth! Seek it out! Purchase its darling little self! Endear me to my publisher by making me a best-seller! Heck, endear yourselves to me by making me a best-seller! :)

The following people get copies of WINTER MOON: Rhonnie, for bringing up scarring childhood memories, thank you so very much; Lessa, for a very funny story; hawkwing_lb for sympathy for stupidity in the sun; vg_ford for pagan little brothers; and madmiss for none-too-subtley encouraging me to get *out* of the *house* (I will come to the festival with you for at least one day!). Please email me your addresses (to cemurphyauthor at gmail dot com if you don't have one of my other addies) whether you think I have yours or not, because I'm very bad about holding onto addresses. I'll get the books out to you...eventually. :)

(ETA: Buh! Ardian, my Chance artist, just pinged me about doing the inks himself! Buh! That would rule! Buh!)

miles to Isengard: 103

reviving an old project

I whinge a lot about not drawing enough, or not being a good enough artist, so I've decided I'm going to revive an old project of mine that never went very far, 1000 Drawings. My original idea--which also fell by the wayside quite rapidly--was that what I needed to do in order to actually become any good at art is just keep drawing the same damned thing until I got it, and then move on to another piece. (This icon is one of maybe 3 pieces I actually did that with.) I figured once I'd done a thousand drawings, I'd probably have a fair handle on what I was doing. (I am not clear on whether this meant 1000 finished pieces or 1000 rough pieces. It probably ought to mean 1000 finished pieces, which would make God Alone Knows How Many Roughs. Possibly it also means I should do a second gallery for the finished stuff. I'll have to do that later. When there's more than one piece to showcase.)

Um. I'm not sure there's much point to this posting beyond announcing I'm going to give this another whirl. Well, there are some points. One is that I should probably try drawing in pencil instead of ink, because it's harder to correct mistakes and get it right the first time if you can't erase. I wonder if I can find my pencil box. Hm.

Another is I'm not necessarily looking for critique or commentary, though of course if people feel like it, y'know, go ahead. But I basically know what my weaknesses are as an artist, and I can generally see the problem when I look at a piece. I don't necessarily know how to *fix* it, but that's the whole point here, is to practice and learn. I'll probably put my own comments about the sketches into the comments on the gallery.

Lastly, anybody who wants to is welcome to join me. :) Oh, and tonight's drawing is here. That's all. :)