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19 March 2008 @ 09:40 pm
memes and line edits  

Line edits for HANDS OF FLAME have been sent off. The end of the book has been revised to vast improvement, aligning much more closely now with my original vision of it, and I’m really pretty happy with it. There are a couple of stages left, but the book is very close to publish_ok now, and I am very very happy about that.

It does mean I’m going to have to face the 70,000 word bugbear in the room now, though.

Let’s see. Oh! Apparently HOUSE OF CARDS is going back to print (less than a month after hitting the shelves!), a fact for which I am deeply grateful. And I got a starred review for THE QUEEN’S BASTARD from the ALA Booklist magazine in the April issue. Given that I have had this on-going fear that the reaction to that book (despite it being, IMHO, the best thing I’ve written) will be, “Murphy debuted in urban fantasy; she should have stayed there.”, I am also *extremely* grateful for a very nice review.

On less self-congratulatory topics, from the “Getting To Know You” meme, the1pony and shartyrant ask You said the other day that if you were someone other than who you are, you’d get a tattoo like the one in the gorgeous phoenix drawing by Gabriele Dell’otto. I’d like to know why the person you are wouldn’t do it.

The answer:

Partly it’s that I’m forever torn on whether I really like tattoos or…not. I like the idea of them. I like the color, I like the idea of painting the body, I like the individualism.

I am not nearly so keen on a physical alteration which is, for all intents and purposes, permanent. If I could get that tattoo in a long-term semi-permanent fashion–something that lasted months or even years, I’d do it in a heartbeat. I might even get it at that *size*, which is terribly dramatic.

Partly it’s that if I wanted to have and display body art of that magnitude, I would want to have a truly killer body. I don’t think I’ve got one.

If I did get that particular image, I almost certainly wouldn’t get it at that size, or in that location. (Maybe at the small of my back.) But then I think, well, what’s the point, then, since I wouldn’t even be able to see it? And then, the problem with putting it on actual display is:

I think I’m too conservative. I have plenty of attitude and ambition and things, but when you get right down to it my hair, my dress, my lifestyle, is really pretty boring. I know that tattoos are a much more common form of decoration in the general public now than they were twenty years ago, but I feel that in order for *me* to pull something like that off, I’d have to … be much cooler than I am. I suppose “I want to be cooler” is something we should all get over at around age fifteen, but I’m not really sure I ever will. :)

ytd wordcount: 95,100
miles to Minas Tirith: 192.3

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
SaffronRose: Marina photosaffronrose on March 19th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
I dunno, but from MY viewpoint you ARE pretty cool enough for a tattoo.
This said I am pretty boring 54-yo myself but have labial and nipple rings. Very seldom am I in a place/position where strangers see them.
Ponythe1pony on March 19th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Maybe a henna version just for fun? :)
Lauratavella on March 19th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Or body paint!
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on March 19th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to say...

I think you hit every single point as to my own opinion about tattoos for myself. Mwah!

(Also, woo! About everything. But mostly about HoC, which I still need to buy but drat, I may not get first printing now!)
kitmizkit on March 19th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
You almost certainly will, not that Luna denotes whether it's a first edition or not. Buy it in the next couple weeks and you'll certainly get one. It takes a while (not sure how long) to cycle through.

Also: MWAH! :)
Kate Kirbykirbyk on March 19th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I kind of have mixed opinions on tattoos myself. I mean, I've seen some perfectly gorgeous ones, and have some friends with really neat ones - and yet, I still don't like them.

I think a lot of it for me is that, especially on women, a stretch of pure, smooth skin is the most beautiful thing in all of nature. A tattoo is like doodling on a sunset. Hey, don't mess with that, it was already awesome!

It's not a conservative thing, or a disapproval of the process, I just really happen to like un-tattoo'd skin. And fortunately, many people feel otherwise, and I'm unlikely to date any given person anyway, so this feeling is not really relevant to anyone else. :-)
Patchchamois_shimi on March 19th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I suppose “I want to be cooler” is something we should all get over at around age fifteen, but I’m not really sure I ever will. :)

This is why I shy away from trying to get in touch with people I knew when I was in high school or so. My mom keeps running into their moms, finding me phone numbers to call, and I dutifully write them down and file them away and ... don't call.

It's a stupid thing I know, but I still have this complex about the folks I knew in high school. I want to show them that they were wrong about me, I'm not now and wasn't then a loser ... but I'm not cool enough. They'd still point and laugh. Or perhaps worse, ignore. So I don't call.

Bah. Does anyone ever really grow up??
fatbaldguy60fatbaldguy60 on March 20th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
I get the same sort of feeling with my dad. I am 45, but there is still that relationship structure that was created long, long ago. High school was very similar in that most of us were not fully formed, emotionally speaking, and the relationships we created then can make us feel like we are back in that non-fully-formed person we were back then when we contemplate them in the current time. [Could I make that any more confusing?]
Ysolt: think outside the boxysolt on March 20th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Got ink?
Like most of you, I've seen tattoos that strike me as fabulous, and others that are just wrong and weird. I think it depends partly on how well the ink fits the person, and vice versa. That phoenix drawing is *really* neat, but I don't know even one person who could pull it off. Seems to me the tat is wearing the girl. :o)

Ponythe1pony on March 20th, 2008 08:26 am (UTC)
I can't wait for HANDS OF FLAME to come out. I'm -so- dying to know what happens next.

Is it out yet?

Damn.

Is it out yet?

Damn!

Hurry uuuuuup! :D
kitmizkit on March 20th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
*laugh*! I'm doing my best! I'm doing my best! :)
isis_daughterisis_daughter on March 20th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
i think you are a great author
I just wanted to say that I love all your books. I have read all the books that are out for The Walker Papers. I love this series so much that every time i picked the books up i could not put it down. I cant wait for the next book, i hope there is a next book in this series. when i saw that you have another series coming out. i pre-ordered from amazon with out even reading the summary on it. lol. I loved Hearts of stone, I have never read a fastasy series that was centered around gargoyles. When I noticed it was about gargoyles, i was so happy. It reminded me of the cartoon series Gargoyles which i loved. I couldnt put down Hearts of stone or House of cards. I cant wait for the next book.

Thanks for writing and making my imagine come to life.
kitmizkit on March 20th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: i think you are a great author
Thank you very much! I'm glad you're enjoying them so much. :) The fourth Walker Papers novel will be out next year. :)