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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)
 
 
 
Patchchamois_shimi on March 19th, 2008 08:00 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 19th, 2008 11:26 pm (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?]