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15 January 2010 @ 04:26 pm
day off  

I was not feeling enthusiastic this morning, despite approximately 9 hours of dead sleep. I wasn’t feeling *bad*, you understand, I just didn’t want to get up, particularly, but the taxi was on its way* and so I got up and went and swam. And partway home started feeling absolutely horrible, all nauseated and dizzy, which is very probably because I hadn’t put my hat on because it seemed so warm out, and I think my body temperature went “AGHGLGLHBLBLGHAAAAH DO NOT WANT”, so upon arriving home I went back to bed for two hours. And I decided that any day that began with nausea and a two hour nap was a day not meant to be, so I’m taking it off. There will be NCIS in my immediate future. :)

…and more copyedits in my near-to-immediate future, as the TRUTHSEEKER copyedits have landed. And, sniff, I might not get to keep my title (WORLDBREAKER) for the second book, because my editor rightfully points out it sort of has an SFnal sound to it, which is All Wrong for what is in effect a fairy tale. But it’s such a good title! :) And, oh dear, the CEs have to be back in New York earlier than anticipated; by the 29th, not the 6th, which is what I thought I’d been told. So I need to have ‘em out of here by the 22nd. Pother. Ah well, that’s what this job is all about, moving targets…

*laugh* That reminds me of a conversation over on Facebook, where somebody said “Hanging with the authors on twitter has ruined my visions of how writers write. Wordcount!Wordcount!Deadline!! There’s no ‘all mysteriously inspired, maybe something of tortured must-write-can’t-do anything-else.’ I KNOW better but still.” I don’t think most jobs are very romantic from the inside. :) I think it was James McAvoy whom my father overhead say, as he (both James and Dad; Dad was an extra) was sitting around waiting between takes while they redressed the set during the filming of “Becoming Jane”, “God this job is boring!” :)

You know, if I were a really good person I’d use today as a day off to work on a bursary grant application, as I believe they’re due next week. Yeah. Thursday next. Hrm. (She said with a distinct lack of go-to-it-ness.) (Oh hey! they changed the rules! Maximum 10 pages for a literary grant application, instead of minimum! Hm!)

I haven’t been paying attention to Pat Robertson, because he’s a hateful person and I try not to clutter my life with paying attention to hateful persons, but even without paying attention it’s hard to have missed some of his comments about Haiti. A couple of people have posted wonderful God Responds To Pat Robertson links, complete with Princess Bride references. (Hat-tip to rfrancis and suricattus for the links.)

*This taxi thing continues to be the best and worst idea we’ve implemented recently. There is absolutely No Way we would have gone to the gym daily for the past two weeks without it. Ted and I, in discussing this on the way home yesterday, agreed that the problem is humans are pretty much inherently lazy, and without some kind of expectation from others in place, it’s just much too easy to let things slide. In high school, he said, we had coaches who expected us to turn up to practice, and parents who would bring us there. This in no way prepares one for a world where you’re expected to get your own self there without any outside help. In retrospect, it seems silly that we have spent so many years with gym memberships but no particular arrangement for the outside help part (gym partners who don’t live with us, for example, or a physical trainer (too expensive for the likes of us!), or, heck, a taxi, though I can’t imagine ever having gone the taxi route while we owned a car). Humans: not only lazy, but also not too bright. :)

Work Schedule:
Jan 22: TRUTHSEEKER copy edits due
Feb 01: DEMON HUNTS AAs due
Feb 19: WORLDBREAKER due
Apr 15: SPIRIT DANCES due
Jun 30: New book proposals due

The Road Home: miles to Isengard: 42.5
ytd km swum: 10

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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Laura Anne Gilman: madness tollsuricattus on January 15th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
On the external expectations thing: word. Having a gym buddy is all that gets me out some mornings (as you well know) and when he's on vacation it's tough to get motivated, even though I KNOW that once I'm at the gym, the rest of the day will go better, and I'll feel better.

Got my 500 words, btw. Barely. The Saturday finish may happen... or maybe it will be Sunday. Am not feeling the writing-surge today. I hereby declare it Edit All Over The World Day, instead.
Pamelajeditigger on January 15th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
All right, I don't want to sound like a kiss-ass but I think part of being a smart boss of yourself is knowing when to take a day off. You don't miss deadlines so far as I have ever seen or heard, so you know you'll make up the time however.

Get some good rest, listen to your body, pamper yourself, and get back to it tomorrow...because we needs our crackrock.
kitmizkit on January 15th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Thank you, although truth be told, I haven't turned a book in on time since, um, 2006?
Pamela: GD Batmanjeditigger on January 15th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, fine, rain on my parade. SEE IF I CARE. :)
Al Pettersoneyelessgame on January 15th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC)
I don’t think most jobs are very romantic from the inside

One of the writers (Sandy Petersen) of Doom (the old '90s computer game) said, back when, that when kids (teens) found out he was the author of Doom, they were all "Can I watch you work?" and he said "Why?"; they responded "To see what it's like to work on something that cool!". He looked at them, and said "It looks a lot like a fat bald guy typing on a computer."
Rovandarovanda on January 15th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm... Worldbreaker actually sounds very epic fantasy to me. I suppose it could work as sf too, but seeing that title on the bookstore shelf, I would be expecting epic fantasy.
kitmizkit on January 15th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Well, but it's not epic fantasy either, just a fairy tale. :) I mean, the cover won't go in a SFnal direction, but it's possible bookstores, buying pre-cover-information, might determine it's one thing when it's really something else entirely. Which isn't ideal. :)
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on January 16th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Probably it's a result of the fact that I read very little actual SF, but I never once got 'SF' vibes out of WORLDBREAKER.

Of course, being entirely ignorant of the content of either TRUTHSEEKR or WORLDBREAKER, but knowing what you tend to write, I'd been assuming fantasy. :)
martyn44martyn44 on January 15th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better real soon now. Yeah, the writing trade, 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration, without the 1% inspiration so much of the time.

Don't worry, God will deal with Mr Robertson. In her own good time. Personally, I think they will sell tickets.
Zitazita_h on January 15th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
"Humans: not only lazy, but also not too bright."

You said it, sister! LOL
Mary Annepers1stence on January 15th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
"outside expectations"/"gym partner" -- I'm still amazed beyond all that we got up to be at the gym at 6-something in the morning for a while there in college in WINTER in Alaska!!!

Becoming Jane -- I didn't know your dad had been an extra in it...I might've enjoyed the movie more if I'd know to watch for him.
silkiemom on January 15th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
This is one reason why I've signed my kids up for so many sports. It really forces me to get off my butt and get them out the door to some physical activity. It's partly the mentality that we've paid for it and we should get our money's worth. But also there's the notion of letting the team down. Kate's soccer team lost one member before the season started, leaving them with 14 girls - 11 on the field and 3 subs. But you don't always get everybody at a game. Kate had to play 3 full games because they didn't have enough subs. So we make every effort to attend.

I also have a suspicion that once I let myself think it's okay to skip practices or games because I'm tired/she's tired/too much homework/too hard to arrange with everyone else's schedule it gets too easy to think of practice or games as "optional" and skip even more.

Also, humans are lazy, but they have their lazy in different contexts. You manage to make yourself write. A lot. Even before it was a paying gig. My sister runs. A lot. And that's not a paying gig. I think people might have some things that they are more driven to do, and other things that they really want to do but haven't figured out the motivation/incentive thing.