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22 August 2013 @ 11:16 am
of course…  

…with the return of Kitsnaps I’m going to have to try desperately to get regular blog posts up more often or this will look like a photography blog. Which is fine, it’s just not, you know, what I actually do professionally or anything. :)

Speaking of what I do professionally, the SHAMAN RISES manuscript currently goes like this:

(page break)

so I’d better get to it, eh?

In unrelated news, I’ve almost got the dining room sorted out, and have discovered how few *books* we now actually own. We have boatloads of gaming material and graphic novels, but holy crap, we really have been utterly ruthless with the actual books. And now, looking at them, I realize that what I really want is to be able to replace all the decades-old mass markets with hardback editions. Which is of course never going to happen: STARBRIDGE was never released in hardback, even if I wanted them, etc ad infinitum. But it seems I’ve reached a point where if I want to keep a book, I want it to be the highest quality print edition I can lay hands on, or an e-book.

Although I’m still not good about reading e-books. My brain isn’t well wired for that yet. I’ve got to keep practicing. :)

Anyway, so very many of the old mass markets we’ve got are so long out of print it’s a pity the authors can’t/don’t release them in other editions, but I suspect that’s not going to happen.

Tell you what, too, I’m feeling a little torn on the topic of the graphic novels. (I’m not torn on the topic of the gaming material: 99% of it is Ted’s (I own the ElfQuest RPG) and is therefore sacrosanct.) We have several big beautiful editions of things, like Hellboy and Hush and the Ultimate hardback collections (and some more on the way! SiP! Digger! Woot!), and I really love those, but there is so much superhero stuff that I’m so far behind on and that they don’t collect in the manner I prefer (12-18 issues; don’t give me this 4-issue crap unless that’s actually the sum total of the ENTIRE COMIC BOOK RUN) that I wonder if it’s really worth keeping/pursuing those collections.

Of course, what I’d really like is a large house of my own that I never have to move out of so I can start collecting books again and just have a huge satisfying library.

To work, now.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on August 22nd, 2013 12:31 pm (UTC)
I can't get onboard with the ereading either. I don't even have a reader yet, and the few things I've downloaded onto my tablet (usually novellas by writer friends that haven't been released in print form) languish there, ignored.

I keep ruthlessly culling my books. But then I buy more ;-)
Bryantbryant on August 22nd, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
That is such a familiar problem, except that we're on the ebook train. Right there with you on the nice edition or ebook choice, though. Except I keep running into stuff -- I have the full run of Travis McGee books and OK, I'd replace them with ebooks when you get right down to it, because it's a random lot of non-matching paperbacks. So I look and the ebooks are mostly $12 a pop.

I am not a 99 cent or nothing guy, but I am not paying $12 a book when I could get a new paperback for $8. I dunno.
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on August 22nd, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
I heard of someone (a writer, I think) who bought the house next to theirs and turned it into their own personal library, which is one o f those things ime quite jealous of and probably will never be able to do.
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Andrea Blytheblythe025 on August 22nd, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Perhaps he did it, too, but I remember it being a woman who posted on livejournal (unless I'm totally confused). It was years ago that I saw the mention.
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on August 22nd, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Chapter 22: Stuff happened.
Chapter 23: More stuff happened.
Chapter 24: Would you believe, more stuff happened.
Chapter 25: Jo took a nap.
Chapter 26: ... wait for it ...

There! I helped!
kitmizkit on August 22nd, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
Just for that, I'm going to make you wait until the book is published before you get to read it. :)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on August 22nd, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
But ... but ... that's ... awww.
Harold Zablehzatz on August 23rd, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
When there was a bunch of us (four families: Gollubs, Zadiks, Mittmanns, and me) living on the same street in Palo Alto, we toyed with the idea of buying a fifth house and making it our library. Houses are way too expensive for that, though...