December 5th, 2012


attempted seduction

The new Sony Vaio laptop/tablet hybrid wants to seduce me.

I need excellent battery life & a highly responsive keyboard. Ted's tablet, an Asus EEE or something that is now about 2 years old, is wonky with the keyboard--there's some kind of sensitivity problem between the touch screen and keyboard which causes the cursor to jump around even if you're not using the touchscreen at all. I had terrible, terrible tablet envy until I tried writing on it.

Is the Sony the machine I want? At €1300, it has to be *perfect*.


I have one extra tin of 12 pieces of homemade chocolate fudge (6 with walnuts, 6 without). I will send this tin to someone who comments on this post between now and, er, the time I go to the post office. The winner will be chosen from a random number draw. One response only.

Go. :)

eta: I'm on the way to the post office, so the contest is now closed. The winner is "kitandittya" who commented on LJ, so if "kitandittya" is a reader here, please email me your mailing address!

Year of Miracles

So I've got this Old Races collection, YEAR OF MIRACLES. My publisher, who are wary of short story collections, opted not to publish it. I've done a release of the short stories in 3 e-collections, which didn't light the world on fire, but which haven't done badly.

I'm trying to decide if I should go ahead and release the entire collection as a print-on-demand through Lulu and Amazon, or...what.

It's not a collection like BABA YAGA'S DAUGHTER, which while a collection of short stories and not a novel, does have a story arc of sorts. YEAR OF MIRACLES is much more...amorphous.

The way I see it, I could do a couple things. I could release it as-is.

I could also write a new set of stories and potentially offer two collections of half-new material to some other, perhaps smaller, publisher. (Offering anybody YEAR OF MIRACLES as-is, having e-released the stories, doesn't seem appropriate to me.) Realistically, of course, the chances of doing the second set of stories without some kind of outside (Kickstartery) incentive are slim, although there are plenty of tales I could still tell. I could also, of course, eventually write those other stories and release them in their own print-on-demand kind of collection like YEAR OF MIRACLES, if I decided to do that.

It seems like with the holidays around the corner I oughta make a decision on that pretty quick.

But the other side of this is I'm hoping to release NO DOMINION in January, and MOUNTAIN ECHOES is out in March. The phrase "tapping the well too often" comes to mind, so I donno.