August 20th, 2013


the final revisions

So the SHAMAN RISES revisions are really super light except for the five chapters that need to be completely rewritten. After finishing my re-read last week, I emailed my editor and said “okay, so my problem here is that I wrote it this way because the other thing to do leads down a genuinely unforgiveable path and I don’t know what to dooooooooooo”

She wrote back right away and my first impulse upon glancing at it was “no, that won’t work.” This morning when I sat down to have a good look at it, I realized that not only did her suggestion take care of the major problem with the book, but it was much, much more awful than all the unforgiveable things I’d thought of myself.

Obviously that’s what I’ll be doing, then.

On that cheery note, I invite you all to go vote for the ‪Last Days‬ project so that I have employment after the end of the Walker Papers, assuming any of you are still speaking to me after what I’m about to do. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)


using things

Just like everybody else, we have a slow cooker. Just like everybody else, we never use it. But in my quest to use things or get rid of them, I have stated emphatically that I’ll make something with the slow cooker at least once a month, and if I don’t, in six months I’ll get rid of it.

To that end, I’m using it. I got a slow cooker cookbook, and could make a difference recipe every week for the rest of the year before having to repeat myself. The inagural recipe is a bean and chorizo stew, which smells pretty good and will be consumed wich corn bread this evening. And probably tomorrow evening, too, which is one of the bonus things about slow cookers: they do tend to make enough for a couple days, and since I don’t particularly like cooking…win!

Oh, crap, that reminds me I have to make brownies for Ted’s work tomorrow! (Because I like baking, if not cooking. :))

The Using Things project means I’m going to have to draw something in the next six months, and sew something. I’ve already made a batch of jam, so hey, maybe this will be a good incentive.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)