April 9th, 2015

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writer alarm: engage!

So I’ve been looking into what’s necessary for submitting self-published books to major review sites (RT, PW, etc) and the answer is primarily “a long lead time.” Several months. Four, for RT, ideally four but 3 is bearable, for PW.

Which means if I want to get REDEEMER in for a late October launch, just post-Octocon, I have to have it written and edited by 21 June.

AAAAAAAAAAGH.

Written, yes, it will be written. But *edited*? Like to the editor, returned to me, and revised? That seems…unlikely!

I mean, I’m gonna go for it, obviously. I’ll try to do it. And it struck me that of course I can always *delay the general release*, it doesn’t *have* to come out immediately following Octocon, it’d just be *nice*, and it’ll obviously be out to backers well before that, but holy beans, this is a side to Official Self Publishing I hadn’t wrangled with before.

I’m pretty sure I could get the whole thing done by 21 June if I didn’t also have MAGIC & MANNERS revisions to do and the rest of Easter break to deal with (not to mention this Amazingly Snotty Cold), but since the start date for writing REDEEMER is around the 20th or the 27th, it would take some truly amazing work to get it done *that* fast. And it’s true that I’m amazing, but I don’t know if I’m *that* amazing. :)

I guess we’ll see how that whole Thorough Synopsis thing goes. :)

Speaking of MAGIC & MANNERS, I have great hopes of getting the *completed*, revised, copyedited, etc, book to backers at the end of the month, although that may be…a little ambitious. Mid-May is probably more likely, but again, I’m gonna go for May 1. Because that would be satisfying and they have been patient and yeah.

I love all you guys. <3 :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

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The Sorrow of Thin Mints

When I was a kid, she said, hunched over with one hand in the small of her back and the other waving an imaginary cane, they made Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies Differently.

They had the chocolate cookie base and the thin chocolate layer, but between them they had a thin layer of mint candy, like one might find in a peppermint patty or Junior Mint. The chocolate cookie base had a slight ridge around the outer edge, so the mint candy fit inside that, and one could scrape one's teeth across the mint-and-chocolate-layer and come to a satisfying halt at the proscribed edge, and then nibble one's way around the entire outside eating the chocolate off the cookie before putting what remained into one's mouth as a whole and entire unit.

They don't make 'em like that anymore. And it's not that I couldn't make them at home; there are recipes out there for it, or at least for the various parts that can be put together to create something of the same nature (except for the ridge; I'd have to...stamp them out, or something, to get the ridge), but it's the nostalgia of not having to make it, of having this Perfect Mint Cookie delivered effortlessly unto my mou...

!!!

I have spent far too long on this blog post trying to find a picture of one of the older Thin Mint style boxes for a featured image on this post. I have failed and punted to a modern box pic, but while trying, I found the Canada's Girl Guides have PROPER GIRL SCOUT THIN MINT COOKIES!!!!

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

CANADIANS

I NEED YOUR HELP