I’ll try to get it up tomorrow. For those of you wondering why/what is going on with me this week — I had the opportunity to audit the Superstars writing seminar. I’ll write about it later but several lectures were very interesting and I’m very grateful to Kevin J. Anderson for letting me audit.
The seminar was only a couple of miles from me, which is good, because we ended up missing about half of it, as I came home to deal with the freezer.
Our 27 cubic feet deep freezer (aka the reason we can afford meat, because I buy it ONLY when on deep discount) gave up the ghost probably about 12 hours before 4 am on Wednesday, when I woke up saying “The freezer stopped.” Now, this is bizarre unless I have ears like a bat — and a delayed sense of hearing — because a) it had to have stopped way earlier, since half the meat was defrosted. b) the freezer is in the basement, two floors down from my bedroom AND across the house. BUT I knew it, and it was a good thing. Not that I did anything RIGHT then, but as soon as the guys were on the way to their finals and Dan to work, I carried up laundry baskets full of meat, sorted it into three piles: completely frozen (coolers surrounded by ice), mostly defrosted but cool — crammed it into fridge and started cooking what was left out right then — and completely defrosted and warm-ish or what I described as “manky looking” which went in the large trash bag.
Then I left everything cooking and went to the lectures I could not miss. Then I came back and finished cooking, then I went to more lectures… You’re seeing the pattern, right?
This went on till yesterday. Today I woke up what is technically known as dead. It’s as though the weight of the world JUST fell on me. Also, I have a short story almost finished, and I’d like to finish it. It’s grossly late, and probably won’t be used, but if not I have other things I can do with it.
I COULD probably write one chapter of Rogue Magic, but because of the way I’m feeling, that might be the only active writing I got done, and I’d rather finish the short story. (Today is also what’s know as “a good day to edit” — which I need to do a lot of with Shadow Gods, so that’s fine. — it takes less energy than active writing.)
So, meanwhile, put your links to your indie (or otherwise) published books in the comments, for me to organize into a post tomorrow. If I have recovered from whatever this is, I might even insti-link (they need a different thing done on the link for that.)
Speaking of which, Peter Grant, husband of our very own Dorothy has his first book Take The Star Road out. Yes, that’s a quote from me. Yes, I meant it. I’m re-reading the book to review. But I enjoyed it.
Also, I’m giving Never Look Back away free for the next five days. Get it, get it for you, for your family, for your dog, for your friends, and for total strangers whose email you have. 😉 Spread the word.
I’m hoping to put up another collection or two this weekend, but no promises because the weekend has business of its own.
Also, two questions for you hunnish lot:
1 – Can one of you come up with a Pulpy “human wave” like title for a magazine that hasn’t been used before. Yes, there’s a reason for it. I have devious, devious plans. To clarify: I want it to sound like something that would have been sold around the 30s, 40s, SF/f (it was actually not clearly parted then) and which did NOT exist (so I don’t have to worry about copyrights.) It should carry the idea humans-good. Or at least the idea that the future is better than the past.
2- There are a lot of lawyers either, and at least one non fiction medieval researcher. Can one of you come up with a form of words VAGUELY signifying “Magical Britain” that sounds good as a series title? See, Witchfinder and Rogue Magic are part of the Magical British Empire universe and have the same feel. Once I er… clean MBE I’d like to put them all up and link them by a series name. Since AFAICT all of these are set in Britain or have British citizens and span anywhere from regency to Victorian England in feel (some are in our time, their history just went different) Magical Britain sounds appropriate, but if I just use it straight it sounds like a travel/non fic book. If we put it in Latin, it’s immediately fantasy. Of course, if you guys think up other names that might work for the series like “Secret mages” or whatever, go for it. Just shoot stuff at the wall, we’ll see if anything sticks. (This is how I got the title Darkship Thieves. I honestly had no idea what to call the book before.)