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01 April 2009 @ 09:19 am
what, was it too hard?  

Was yesterday’s contest thingy too hard, or is everybody off doing non-internet-related things? V. few responses! Or maybe it’s just nobody’s read TQB… :)

I’m going to go start work on the latest Walker Papers (which is currently untitled and will therefore be referred to as Jo Vs. The Cannibals until it gets a title) in a few minutes. “Start work” in this case may mean “going to go re-write the synopsis in much more detail, because it has occurred to me that the books that have gone most smoothly were the ones where I’ve had more, rather than less, in the way of synopsis”. The greatest payoff of thorough synopsizing was the “Banshee Cries” novella, for which I had a synopsis as long as any of the ones for the full-length books, and which I wrote in 3 days, 10K a day. I’m not aiming for 10K days, but if I can hammer out a synopsis that helps me get a chapter a day done without too much agony, that’s a win. Perhaps I’ll discover that I’m really a plotter, not a pantser.

I went for a little swim this morning, just a mile. My shoulder is…okay. Achier than I’d like, but not debilitating. I’ll take some aspirin and go work at my Good Keyboard, and perhaps that’ll allow it to relax a bit and to stop aching.

Arright, folks. Cover me. I’m going in.

ytd km swum: 29.6
miles to Minas Tirith: 147.5

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: okayokay
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on April 1st, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
Well, I've had enough free books off you already, so even if I'd felt even mildly competent for this one, I'd have refrained.

But I'm lousy at these, so I'm sticking this one out anyway.
Henrytahnan on April 1st, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
I admit it, I haven't read TQB yet. I'm not sure you could begin to comprehend how far behind I am on all of my reading. For instance, not only have I not read Jhegaala, I don't think I've read Dzur yet. Also, I haven't read a Bujold novel published since 2002, and I gather Neil Gaiman has some sort of book that won some sort of award or something, and... Anyway, the fact that I've actually managed to read Urban Shaman should indicate that I'm actually a lot more up-to-date on your writing than on most other people's I used to keep up with.

On the other hand, I'll gladly buy your entire bibliography when you come to my city for a book signing. I mean, assuming you'll sing an Elephant Duet with me, but I think that's a safe assumption.
kitmizkit on April 1st, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
That actually sounds like about how far behind /I/ am on my reading, so I think I can comprehend it pretty well.

Now I must watch Moulin Rouge again. :)
Melinda: stop to thinkmythrana on April 1st, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
I read TBQ and loved it... however I am terrible at picking actors and actresses for things. I figured by the time I got it all figured out the contest would be all over. However I am really looking forward to The Pretender's Crown!
kitmizkit on April 1st, 2009 11:40 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll have to extend the contest! Or maybe just let people do a couple characters...
Legolas McGeeseveredscythe on April 1st, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
Just a side note, but totally watching your journal because your walker paper's books are on my favourites list of like, forever. <3
kit: walkerpapers_petitemizkit on April 1st, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
Well, that certainly heartens a girl to get back to the keyboard. :) Thanks! *beams*
Lauraskeagsidhe on April 1st, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
I would happily play if my squishy little mind were capable of remembering more than 10 or so different actors' names at a time. Alas. 'Tis not to be...
wednesday childe: bunneh glompswedschilde on April 1st, 2009 01:23 pm (UTC)
:::lays down ground fire::: GO GO GO!
Sakariladydark on April 1st, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
I would play the contest but I haven't read Queen's Bastard yet. You can blame my fiancee, ruford42, for that one. He sent me a whole box of books which contained all of the books you have written. Now if you do a contest like this for Walker Papers or Negotiator....I am so there. I have read all of Walker Papers and loved them. I am currently reading House of Cards and so far loving that series. You are just an awesome author.
Cally Beckeldestmuse on April 1st, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I liked TBQ better than the Walker Papers, to be honest, I just haven't had time to sit down and re-read it, since my memory is too sketchy for accurate actress picking.

I'll do that tonight, and be on time for Thursday :)
Astres - Kate L.astres on April 1st, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
I haven't read TQB yet (it's on my shelf--I do own it!). I'd have better luck casting for the Walker Papers.
kit: walkerpapersmizkit on April 1st, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'll have to run one of these when WALKING DEAD comes out, or something. :)
so_mercurial: reading = loveso_mercurial on April 1st, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
May I completely change the subject of this thread for a moment? *blushes*
When you mentioned Walking Dead I rushed over to Amazon to put it on my wishlist and I notice that is priced at $17.95 CDN. Is this book being released in hardcover, or is the trade paperback just priced rillyrillyRILLY high?
kit: walkerpapersmizkit on April 2nd, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
...are you sure that's *my* WALKING DEAD? I know Greg Rucka has a WALKING DEAD coming out in like August, and there are a billion other books with that title, but I don't see mine up on Amazon yet...
so_mercurial: reading = loveso_mercurial on April 2nd, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
...are you sure that's *my* WALKING DEAD?


yup, it is yours. then this is a trade paperback??

kitmizkit on April 2nd, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
My. That's appalling. I'd order it from the States. O.O
ctearecteare on April 1st, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I've been looking forward to another Walker book.
The Angel of Vengeanceesmerel on April 1st, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I was desperately flailing to finish a chapter as it was *due*. Not that you know anything about that:)
popkin16: Sayonara Zetsubou Senseipopkin16 on April 1st, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
I haven't tread TQB yet, though it's on my list of books to get to. At this point, I'm impatiently waiting for the next Walker Papers book. I've been forcing my friends to read the books :)