November 24th, 2011


writing things

I thought I was caught up on Nanowrimo, but then it turned out I just had the date wrong. Still, nearly caught up. No idea at *all* if my nephew will like the book, but at least I’m trying. I also have…rather a lot of story to accomplish in the remaining 25-30K. I think I was at the end of chapter 15, the nominal halfway point, at 34K, so theoretically it’s going to come in around 68K. Which is only about 10K more than I was aiming for. I’m sure it won’t be more than 80K. O.O (Actually, it can’t be 80K, because I’ll be screwed time-wise if it runs that long. Therefore, it is Not 80K.)

Our first beta reader finished “Easy Pickings” last night. He liked it. :) V. soon it shall be released into the wild!

I thought the DRYH story was due December 15. It’s due December 1. Agh. Particularly since the galleys for RAVEN CALLS turned up late and are (of course) due Monday. OTOH, If I manage to get everything that’s supposed to be done done by December 1, I’ll be free and clear in December with one short story & 100 pages of comic script to write, and “Wind Beneath My Wings” to practice singing.

thinks to do today, Kit:
- wash the kitchen floor
- clean the upstairs bathroom
- make a maple syrup cake with all that maple syrup Ted accidentally made :)

remaining November thinks to do
- “Don’t Wreck Your Soul”
- hit 50K on the Ilialiad
- get the Dublin calendar sorted (it shipped to me yesterday! yay!)
- finish the “Easy Pickings” draft

December thinks:
- ElectriCity script (because who are we kidding, it’s not getting any work done in November)
- 2nd Walker Papers short story
- practice, as advertised, singing “Wind Beneath My Wings” :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Dinner Party Meme

Nabbed from Alma Alexander: the Dinner Party Meme. You’re throwing a dinner party. You can invite ten authors, living or dead, to the party. Who do you choose?

1. Shakespeare, if only to take him to see “Anonymous” after dinner. :) No, really, because he’s *Shakespeare*, for heaven’s sake.
2. Oscar Wilde, because OMG.
3. Murasaki Shikibu, because I would dearly love to meet the woman who wrote what is widely considered to be the first novel.
4. Mark Twain. See Oscar Wilde for reasons. :)
5. Susan Cooper, because I love the Dark is Rising Sequence above almost all other fiction.
6. Jane Austen, because man, that would be interesting.
7. Walt Whitman, because A Song of Myself is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read.
8. Robert A. Heinlein, because while there may be a very good chance we’d have violent political disagreements, what I wouldn’t give for the chance.
9. Stan Lee, because, well, STAN LEE!
10. Veronica Franco, because she would be fascinating.

With the exception of Susan Cooper and Stan Lee, I’ve chosen dead writers. This is because of the faint, if mistaken, belief that I may actually get to meet ones who are still alive. But I’d want to be *sure* of meeting those two, so they get a place at the table. :)

Alma also has a second table over there, with ten favorite characters sitting at it. Mine would be:

1. Methos from Highlander (this cannot possibly surprise anyone)
2. Spike from Buffy (this cannot possibly surprise anyone)
3. Vincent from Beauty and the Beast (this canno–you get the idea.)
4. Gerald Tarrant from CS Friedman’s Coldfire Trilogy (Tarrant is my favorite fictional character *ever*, and if you’ve read the books, well, see above)
5. Dianora from Tigana (who may end up the only woman on this list, but that’s okay, because she’d have the men eating out of her hand before she finished saying hello)
6. Trent the Uncatchable from the Continuing Time by Daniel Keys Moran
7. Zoe from Firefly (who actually shouldn’t surprise anybody either, if they think about it at all)
8. Anne Shirley
9. pretty much any of the X-Men, but if I have to choose one for a dinner party…Hank McCoy
10. Harry from The Blue Sword

If I got to have dinner with ten of my *own* characters, now…:)

(x-posted from the essential kit)