I did peek at the copy-edited TQB manuscript, and it is *nothing* like the horror the HoC ms was, so even if it's just shy of 600 pages long I'm not quite as dismayed about the prospect of doing the edits over the next few days. Also, if I start getting gloomy I can go look at the interior layouts and be reminded at just how gorgeous the book is going to be. *beams*
I've just realized I actually feel not-sick right now. Wow, it's amazing how perky not-sick feels.
It appears HEART OF STONE is shipping! Official release date is (well, the *official* release date is November 1, but the first-week cycle the Luna books are on says it's out as of) Oct 23rd. Anyway, what I thought was funny/cool was that Amazon's got it listed at #2 in their (can-we-get-it-any-more-specific) "SF/F -> Fantasy -> Contemporary" bestsellers right now. That's all fine and dandy, but the part I actually find myself liking a lot is that I know or at least have passing acquaintance with 4 of the top 5 bestsellers in that list right now: ilona_andrews's MAGIC BITES is #3; Jim Butcher's STORM FRONT is #4 (which, btw, rules, because that's book 1 of the Dresden Files and it's been out for years, man!), and Charles Stross's HALTING STATE (which I am *dying* to read) is at #5. I'm not at all sure I'd have believed you if you'd told me five years ago that out of a hatful of bestseller rankings (even very specific ones), I'd know half or more of the writers in it. I luff it, I do.
Yesterday Ted did something so cute he won't let me tell you about it (and really it wouldn't translate well into text anyway). Instead I will just tell you I have a ridiculously adorable husband and I love him a lot. :)
Know what I want? I'd like an Alfons Mucha style layout, preferably but not necessarily with some sort of fantasy-based theme. 'course, I also want LJ to actually be customizable, which is asking too much.
*goes to dork around with layouts*
miles to Minas Tirith: 341