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02 June 2008 @ 03:27 pm
thank you!  

Thank you all for birthday wishes! It was a very nice birthday. Ted got me a couple books and a DVD I wanted, and put them in a very silly bag that sings a birthday song. My sister called me from the fairy tale palace she’s studying at in France, and my dad made me a birthday cake! I literally can’t remember the last time somebody made me a birthday cake. I don’t think it’s been since I got married, so at least 11 years (I love to bake, so usually I make them myself. :)) and possibly quite a lot longer. It was an orange cake and very yummy. :)

Also, thank you all for being so reassuring about Lucy. She’s doing fine now, though boy is she going to be disappointed to go off gooshy food. :)

On the drive up to Longford, we passed a field and I said, “Babby cows!” Ted said, “How can you tell?” I said, “…because they’re little?” He said, “Little cows are happy cows?” “BABBY cows! _Baby_ cows are little cows!” “OOOOH.” So then every time we went by a field of cows (and there are a lot of those in Ireland) one of us would say, “Are they happy cows?” :)

I’ve signed up for Novel in 90 again (having utterly forgotten to keep posting there after smashing my fingers earlier this year), and today is officially Back To Work Day.

The Project: CAULDRON BORNE*, Book 4 of the Walker Papers
The Deadline: July 18, 2008
The Wordcount: 8419, but I’ve got to edit or even rewrite what I’ve got, so that’s a bit of a wibbly starting place
The Goal: 110,000 words

And the Zokutou meter is back. This makes me terribly happy. What *also* makes me happy is that unlike THE PRETENDER’S CROWN, I know how long this book is going to be. :) (Actually, my 170K estimate on TPC really wasn’t that far off, but I never had enough confidence to use a word meter on it.)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
8,400 / 110,000

*my editor is probably going to make me change this, but I can’t work without a title and I like this one, so I’m going to keep using it until they’ve *made* me change it.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Childlightchildlight on June 2nd, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
There is a series of commercials here in the US for some cheese company and that is similar to their tag.
"Happy cows come from California"
But I bet your cows are happier.
kitmizkit on June 2nd, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Indeed, I thought of the Happy Cows commercials. *giggles*
cinnamonbite: Kikkoman!cinnamonbite on June 2nd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Oh no way is that Joanne Walker on your icon. Come on, if she was that freakin' hot she cause so much commotion everywhere she went, she'd never get anything done! She'd not only have her boss wrapped around her finger, she'd have stunned every villain into submission just by batting her eyelashes and there'd be no plots whatsoever. Joanne Walker eats donuts and that girl in the icon has never known the taste of white flour or sugar. No way.
kit: jomizkit on June 2nd, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Jo is in fact pretty hot. She just doesn't know it, and she'd be caught dead before she'd actually be caught in that outfit, so other people might not be quite as aware as they could be either. :)
sammywolsammywol on June 2nd, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear mizkit! Happy Birthday to Youuuuuuuuu!

There should be another home baked cake when you get back, unless the lurgy strikes again in which case you might have to put up with shop bought niceness.

PS. that's a lot of happy cows!
Lady Doomlithera on June 2nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it was a good birthday, lady.

desperancedesperance on June 2nd, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Also, you share a birthday with my favourite niece. Awesomeness is, perhaps, date-related? Next thing you know, the universe will be telling me there's something in astrology...
J.K.Richárd: Bright!Shiny!New!neutronjockey on June 2nd, 2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Gemini-buddy! Happy birthday!
Tayefethtayefeth on June 2nd, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
More Walker papers! Yay! Write quickly! Please?
kitmizkit on June 3rd, 2008 09:33 am (UTC)
I think if I manage to get it turned around in 6 weeks, that will in fact qualify as writing quickly. Will that do? :)
Tayefethtayefeth on June 3rd, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Will I be able to buy it before September? Or will it come out next summer? Or will you again be tempting me away from work during the school year?:-)
kitmizkit on June 4th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
No, I'm afraid the only book of mine you'll be able to buy in September is HANDS OF FLAME, the 3rd book of the Negotiator trilogy. :) It looks like CAULDRON will be out in Sept 09. :)
Tayefethtayefeth on June 5th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
You have miserable timing. I need mizkit books that come out in July, not September. In September I'm supposed to be focussed on my new students, not devouring new books.:-)
kitmizkit on June 5th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
Talk to my publishers, not me! I don't set the schedule! :)
SaffronRose: Marina photosaffronrose on June 2nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Belated birthday wishes! Was yesterday the actual day?

I just reminded my "private bookpusher" of your forthcoming titles and their projected publication dates so she doesn't miss them like she did with TQB--which I will pick up from my local B&N tomorrow.
kitmizkit on June 4th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC)
Hooray for pushing books! :) My actual birthday was June 1. :)