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17 November 2008 @ 12:35 pm
tomorrow, we write  

Today is going to be full of Doing Work That Isn’t Writing. I have a dream that someday I will no longer be behind the 8 ball. (This would no doubt be made easier if I would stop taking on new projects. I spent a good hour on Saturday looking at my shelf of books I’ve written and trying to figure out where “taking a break” fit into the next few years of finishing those series. I did not come up with an answer. On the other hand, nor did I have spastic ZOMG I CANNOT LET THE MOMENTUM STOP MUST DO MORE OLD RACES/REVISE THE YA NOVEL/PITCH NEW SERIES thoughts, either, which is at least something, and which may have to do with two different people mentioning recently that I seem to be taking up most of a shelf at their local Barnes & Nobles, and with tersa having sent me this photo, taken at a Borders in Florida:

Perhaps it is slowly sinking in that I do not need to add a zillion new projects to my plate every month. Keeping up with the ones I’ve got is quite enough. I swear to God, though. Do other writers have this problem?)

Anyway. Today’s Thinks To Do, none of which are writing and all of which are work:

- create an ad for Chance #1
- email Rich the stuff he asked for
- email *more* to FPI
- read & comment on other short story
- send photo to CI guy
- email Ardian to check in on cover status
- email editors to ask about cover art
- email to set up an interview on the 25th

And, tomorrow:

- start writing “Cairn Dancer”

At least I read three or four books this weekend. One was KINGS & ASSASSINS, by Lane Robins, and which isn’t due out until next year. Same release day as THE PRETENDER’S CROWN, in fact, and I’d humbly submit that if you enjoyed THE QUEEN’S BASTARD at all, you probably ought to go get MALEDICTE, first in Lane’s series, so that you can pick up both PRETENDER’S CROWN and KINGS & ASSASSINS on April 28th and settle in for a week of politics, murder and betrayal.

I also finished reading John Scalzi’s GHOST BRIGADES and LAST COLONY, the latter of which I enjoyed *enormously* (I liked GHOST BRIGADES just fine, mind you, but I *really* enjoyed LAST COLONY), and am going to have to find ZOE’S TALE so I can get it all from her perspective. I can’t, mind you, help but feel that Zoe is a slightly older version of Scalzi’s own daughter, but given that from his periodic mention of her on his blog his daughter sounds *awesome*, this is really pretty much okay with me. :)

And I read Robin McKinley’s DRAGONHAVEN, which I thought, in the opening pages, was not going to draw me in (which is a bit like saying, I don’t know, like I thought oxygen would stop sustaining me), but which, once I adapted to the voice, was actually pretty wonderful. I really doubt there’ll ever be a sequel, and in fact I’m not sure a sequel would *work*, but I still want a sequel. :)

Hm. The length of this entry is starting to look a bit like procrastination, isn’t it?

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: workingworking
Pamela: NaNoWriMojeditigger on November 17th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
You might be suffering from an effusion of ideas, KitKat. I think when true success hits a writer, either too many or two few ideas follow. You're enjoying the former; Dan Brown suffers the latter. ;) (Yes, I know, he's sold ten trillion copies of his books, but come on, he's a one-trick pony. He's just a RICH one-trick pony.)

I really need to read Scalzi. I read his blog a lot, but I've never read his fiction. Once NaNo is over and I've finished Brust I'll hit it, but there's still a few of your books I want to read too.

And I told you you wouldn't slow down. Ted needs to dose you with more chocolate or something.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on November 17th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
But ... but ... there's *already* a "CD" book! You can't have two books with the same initials!
kitmizkit on November 17th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
"Cairn Dancer" is a short story. :) The thing for Morrigan Press. :)
wednesday childewedschilde on November 17th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
your post.

it smells of procrastination.
All Over The Mapjemck on November 17th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Just started The Last Colony, having been saving it as one of my 'finished the writing of a book, can now do reading of books' treats.

Along with Heart of Stone (et sequelae) :)
Amberleyamberley on November 17th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
ZOE'S TALE was excellent, I'm pleased to say. And Scalzi's AGENT TO THE STARS and YOUR HATE MAIL WILL BE GRADED recently came out. I haven't read them yet, but expect them to be excellent too.

Ummm, if you're reading this then does that count as procrastination too? Back to work! Or not-work, as the case may be, as long as there are things and the doing of things.
All Over The Mapjemck on November 17th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay ZOE
I've got Agent to the Stars to review for Interzone. I believe this counts as WIN!
Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on November 17th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
I surmise from your third item that yourself and Joe Gordon are talking to one another. An article on the FPI blog about Chance, perchance?
kitmizkit on November 17th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
Well, we might be talking to each other if I'd gotten as far as actually *doing* that Think on my list... *grr*
Alix (Tersa): Toast---silly tongue (tersa)tersa on November 17th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
I admit I kind of went 'eee' that I could possibly have had a small hand in the saving the sanity of the Kit. :)

Also, you need to fit 'swimming' into your list sometime. You have to do something to work off chocolate raspberry truffle brownies with cream cheese frosting. Plus, I might catch up. ;)

Also also...I agree with jeditigger, but go one step further to say I think your plethora of story ideas is a side effect of being a storyteller, not just a writer. And that is a fine thing, just one additional issue to need to manage in your ongoing quest to excel in almost everything. ;)

Also also also...I think I'm going to have to check out Scalzi--you're the second person I've heard recommend his stuff. Once, y'know, I feel like I've made a bigger dent on my to-read pile.
kit: swimmingmizkit on November 17th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
I have gotten paid, which means I can re-up the gym membership! You will not catch me! Muahahah! :)

*laughs* My ongoing quest to excel in almost everything. This is a very good way to describe me, isn't it? I need help. :)

Scalzi's first book, OLD MAN'S WAR, is unabashedly Heinleinesque in the STARSHIP TROOPERS fashion, so if that works for you it's a good read. By the third book I think it's evolved beyond that into something that's entirely Scalzi, and I really enjoyed that book in particular. So yeah, sometime when you get the chance. :)
Lady Doomlithera on November 17th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)

I love you, you know. *grins*
kitmizkit on November 17th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Aww! *hugs* Even if I'm nuts? :) *hugs more and beams*!
Lady Doomlithera on November 17th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Especially, m'dear.

You're inspirational.