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05 February 2010 @ 06:40 pm
I am remiss.  

I’m told I am remiss in failing to mention frequently enough that you can find me here on Twitter or here on Facebook, as well as at this blog and at cemurphy.net.

There. My duties here are done. :)

I remembered at the last possible moment that I needed to do the Art Fact Sheet for SPIRIT DANCES, the sixth Walker Papers novel (due out April 2011; yes, this is way ahead of where you as readers are, since book five, DEMON HUNTS, is out in June), and in a fit of truthfulness, emailed my editor with the following:

I forgot about the AFS, I’ll get it flung your way shortly! I don’t suppose, “Who are we kidding? Do what you’ve been doing, with a rattlesnake as the not-Joanne image, and maybe use, oh, I don’t know, not green because book 7 is set in Ireland so we’ll want green for it, how about yellow? for a color scheme, and by the way, this is the only book in the entire series where Joanne gets gussied up, so if you want a chance to put her in a velvet sheath dress instead of jeans on the cover, grab the opportunity while you’ve got it!” would do? :)

Turns out that’ll actually pretty much do. :) I sent a few more details upon being asked, but really, who *are* we kidding? The Walker Papers covers have been awesome and as long as they keep doing the same things, I will continue to do happy dances of squeeful joy when I get ‘em. :)

(Speaking of which, I have seen the cover for TRUTHSEEKER, and I LUFF it. LUFF LUFF LUFF. <3!!! I will show it off as soon as I'm given permission!)

3K writing day today. I'm thinking of working over the weekend, as it's been a pretty low-key week and I've been getting up comparatively early on weekends anyway but don't have to swim, so I could in theory just hie myself to the keyboard and get busy. I'm at about 73K on WAYFINDER, and have one more chapter to go before everything hits the fan, so I'm kind of looking forward to the possibility of just flinging myself in and not coming up for air until it's pretty much done. I figure there's somewhere between 30 and 40K left to go. Surrender the manuscript!

thinks to do:
Feb 01: DEMON HUNTS AAs due
Feb 05: SPIRIT DANCES art fact sheet due
Feb 19: WAYFINDER due
Jun 30: New book proposals due

The Road Home: miles to Isengard: 106.3
ytd wordcount: 44,500
ytd km swum: 22

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Pamelajeditigger on February 5th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Wait, who are you again?

Megabitchmegabitch on February 5th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
You know there's a really selfish part of me that keeps muttering "She doesn't write fast enough. Need more books now!" I try to hammer it into submission and go read other books. Then I read your LJ (and those of other writers, of course) and feel so guilty, because I know you're all hammering the keys/wearing out the pens pretty much all day everyday in a vain attempt to keep voracious bibliovores like me sated.

Reminds me, I must bug Korenwolf to see if he has managed to offload his "on-call" status for the P-Con weekend so that we can make it to Dublin again.
Megabitchmegabitch on February 5th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Dammit. I just reread the not-an-AFS and now have an unshiftable image of Joanne as a Mae West figure with a rattlesnake instead of a feather boa. Gah!
kit: walkerpapers_jomizkit on February 5th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
*laughs out loud* Um. My. :)
blitheringpooksblitheringpooks on February 5th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I've snagged you on facebook and twitter, so I am up to date with the ce-love.

The new art facts sheet sounds exactly the kind of thing to give the art department fun to work with.
mayakdamayakda on February 5th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
You are a lean mean writing machine. Wow.
kitmizkit on February 5th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
I'm not so sure about the *lean* part... :)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on February 5th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
This is probably a silly question but I just wonder if you have time revise the draft before you sends it to your editor? *is curious*

Otherwise, just looking on your schedule makes me tired :)
kitmizkit on February 5th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Other than relatively minor revisions which the manuscript is full of notes for already, pretty much no. :)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on February 6th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I hope you have a trip booked somewhere warm when your done with the novels and proposals :)