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15 June 2006 @ 01:32 pm
unshorn fleece  
I've just turned the PHOENIX revisions in. Matrice said she'd trade me COYOTE notes for the PHOENIX revisions at the end of this week.

There is a scene in FARMER'S BOY, the Laura Ingalls Wilder novel about Almanzo, her husband's, childhood, which I keep thinking of.

It's sheep-shearing season in this scene, and Almanzo is too little to help shear. His job is to run the bundled wool up the ladder into the barn's loft while his father and--uncle, or brother; I forget which--do the shearing. He's working as hard as he can, running up and down as fast as he can, but they're faster at shearing than he is at bundling and carrying the wool, and they keep teasing him about it. Eventually it's lunchtime, and they go to lunch while Almanzo has to finish carrying the wool they've done upstairs.

While he's at it, he hauls a sheep up there, too.

Then he, too, goes to lunch, and the afternoon is spent doing exactly the same thing: Almanzo running his legs off while he's teased mercilessly about falling behind. At the end of the day, they've sheared all the sheep, and are crowing over having outpaced Almanzo, who turns to *them* in triumph and says, "No! I've got a fleece upstairs you haven't shorn yet!"

Turning PHOENIX in before I've gotten the COYOTE revisions feels distinctly as if I've got an unshorn fleece upstairs, and have every right to dance triumphantly. :)

I'm going to go slather myself in sunblock and see if I can find the riding school now. In theory it's about a 3 mile walk and fairly straightforward to find, but the Irish don't believe in road signs, which may make it an adventure. OTOH, it's an island. I can't get *that* lost. :)
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Tayefethtayefeth on June 16th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
That unshorn fleece scene is just fantastic.

Is there any chance of another Jo Walker book being out before I have to go back to school in September? It's finals season, so I've finally started Thunderbird Falls, and once school starts again, I will have No Time until who-knows-when...
kitmizkit on June 16th, 2006 09:46 am (UTC)
No chance at all. :) The next Walker Papers will be out around May-ish 2007, so, y'know, hey, maybe school will be out again before you get it! :)

My, my book release schedule just doesn't work with your school schedule at all. :) The only summer release I know about for sure is this week's release, FIREBIRD DECEPTION. Everything else for the rest of like forever (at least all the Murphy books; I don't know about the Dermody release schedule) are fall-winter-spring releases.
Tayefethtayefeth on June 16th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
And, of course, if I buy them when they come out, I'll be really tempted to read them instead of, you know, grading...